Fell off today

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Cowsham
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Re: Fell off today

Postby Cowsham » 11 Nov 2020, 12:52am

There's leaf blower man who blows the leaves off a straight stretch of path, outside his rather large spread, I use on my journey to work but any time I've seen him out the leaves instantly get blown back onto the path with every passing car -- it's that look of despair when he sees a large lorry approaching at speed that I somehow find very funny. The war on leaves continues.

francovendee
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Re: Fell off today

Postby francovendee » 11 Nov 2020, 8:31am

Here it's not the leaves that are the biggest danger but tiny gravel left from road repairs. It gets pushed to the side of the bend and is just like marbles.
How do I know! :roll:

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Re: Fell off today

Postby PH » 11 Nov 2020, 9:26am

Glad you and bike are not more seriously damaged. It happens, and when it does it's useful to think about the why, but I don't think anyone could or would ride in a way that eliminates the possibility, so don't blame yourself.

Jdsk
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Re: Fell off today

Postby Jdsk » 11 Nov 2020, 9:52am

francovendee wrote:Here it's not the leaves that are the biggest danger but tiny gravel left from road repairs. It gets pushed to the side of the bend and is just like marbles.

And washed down drives and dropped in bends by surface water.

I became even more aware of this (and sand) when I started riding a Vespa.

Jonathan

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Re: Fell off today

Postby pwa » 11 Nov 2020, 10:21am

Jdsk wrote:
francovendee wrote:Here it's not the leaves that are the biggest danger but tiny gravel left from road repairs. It gets pushed to the side of the bend and is just like marbles.

And washed down drives and dropped in bends by surface water.

I became even more aware of this (and sand) when I started riding a Vespa.

Jonathan

It is a bigger risk with a motorcycle because you don't have the benefit of feeling slippage through the cranks.

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Re: Fell off today

Postby roberts8 » 11 Nov 2020, 3:13pm

I had a front wheel go and slid down the road that was wet and compounded by a thick cow slurry from cows being moved on the road. Got home with road rash and stinking kit. The dog thought I smelt wonderful so I took my shoes off and stood in the shower. Now I am really cautious on bends and expect the unexpected but still enjoy winter rides.

Cowsham
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Re: Fell off today

Postby Cowsham » 11 Nov 2020, 8:55pm

Jdsk wrote:
francovendee wrote:Here it's not the leaves that are the biggest danger but tiny gravel left from road repairs. It gets pushed to the side of the bend and is just like marbles.

And washed down drives and dropped in bends by surface water.

I became even more aware of this (and sand) when I started riding a Vespa.

Jonathan


So did my son -- too wide - on the marbles - and out through the hedge -- CBR not too bad apart from a new fairing, belly pan, screen one set of side panels, new mirrors, indicators, straightened the brake pedal -- new clutch lever -- his gravel rash took longer to heal than I took to fix the bike.

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Re: Fell off today

Postby alexnharvey » 29 Nov 2020, 10:04pm

Here is a picture of the corner in question earlier today with two nice lines of fuel/oil down the centre of each lane, if you look carefully.

IMG_20201129_133444.jpg

Cowsham
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Re: Fell off today

Postby Cowsham » 29 Nov 2020, 10:33pm

Spilled fuel going through a roundabout almost got me when riding a motorbike -- front wheel let go but gripped again as I hauled the bike up sending it off line -- I hit the corner of the kerb at the other side of the roundabout with both wheels.

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Re: Fell off today

Postby peetee » 29 Nov 2020, 11:23pm

Yesterday’s ride was on an often-used hilly circuit. On a junction I noticed a oil trail heading down the wet road that I was taking. Just as well it was visible because within a hundred yards it heads steeply downhill on a clear, bendy but, nontheless, fast section. I took it easy for the next couple of miles and guessed correctly that the trail would lead into the scrapyard I subsequently passed.
Winter had arrived in the land of Kernow. Along with it came wet roads and cool winds.
“Oh, my wheels and coupling rods!” Peetee exclaimed.

francovendee
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Re: Fell off today

Postby francovendee » 30 Nov 2020, 7:56am

Near me a local bakery ran a large fleet of lorries and had their own diesel pumps on site.
Drivers filled their own tanks and the pump's cut off didn't work. The result was the tanks being overfilled or fuel caps not properly fitted, the fuel would spill out on the first roundabout. You could smell the diesel as you got close to the roundabout.
I had a chum who worked there and he said the place was swimming in diesel. This was in the 70's so better pumps an dearer fuel has put an end to this sort of thing.

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Re: Fell off today

Postby Brucey » 30 Nov 2020, 11:46am

I have had numerous incidents with spilt diesel and it is an absolute menace. IME it'll be the same vehicles doing the same thing every single day and if so you need to get the police involved.

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Re: Fell off today

Postby Psamathe » 30 Nov 2020, 11:51am

Brucey wrote:I have had numerous incidents with spilt diesel and it is an absolute menace. IME it'll be the same vehicles doing the same thing every single day and if so you need to get the police involved.

cheers

Out of interest, can you report such things to Highways? (as a road hazard to vehicles legally using the roads). Also I assume the Police could do little about finding the culprit but might they close the road (I know a Police Officer (friend) and once before he called Highways and told them to immediately repair a dangerous pothole or he'd be closing the road ... and after a bit of "debate" they did).

Ian

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Re: Fell off today

Postby Jdsk » 30 Nov 2020, 11:57am

"Report a road spillage"
https://www.gov.uk/report-road-spillage

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Re: Fell off today

Postby Stradageek » 30 Nov 2020, 1:15pm

Sorry about this ( and trust you've recovered) but couldn't stop looking at the title of this post and remembering this....

https://vimeo.com/56525357