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2311Re: [rootsradicals] The Eagle Has Landed!

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  • Morgan Scherer
    Dec 1, 2007
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      Speaking of bike accidents...

      I got to provide worry and spectacle for folks yesterday when my front
      fender stay came loose, got caught in my spokes and precipitously
      stopped my bike as I was going 18 mph. I got flung over the handlebars
      and landed on my head/shoulder in the road. Thank goodness for helmets!
      My helmet is cracked through and thoroughly scuffed. I was unconscious
      for a while, as when I came to I heard the sirens approaching (a
      spectator had called 911). Luckily, I'm fine. Sprained shoulder and
      wrist and bruised, but that's all! My bike's fork is all bent up
      though. Luckily I wasn't on the X with the kids (although, no fenders
      on Xena, so it couldn't have happened anyway, lol). The sunset that
      night was particularly beautiful, coming home from the hospital after my
      brief brush with mortality.

      Moral of the story: I don't think I'll go on a ride anytime soon
      without checking my fender and rack stays for adequate tightness!

      Morgan Scherer

      On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 21:41:51 -0500, "David Morrison"
      <davidmorrison@...> said:
      > Yah, the LBS which put mine together is not really local to me either
      > and not a self-evident ride, though I think I can map a route and
      > call it an adventure :). Fortunately the bike shop had a pickup,
      > otherwise I was going to have call on a buddy with a pickup for a
      > favor. I was thinking of even taking on the Metro, which allows
      > bikes, until I was told ( in very no-nonsense and bureaucratic terms)
      > that bike on the metro could be no longer than 80 inches long.
      > Used it for the first time to get groceries today. My first trip on
      > the bike when I would have used the car previously :). Without the
      > hassle of looking for a parking space and traffic etc, it took about
      > the same amount of time :). One negative thing though, when I passed
      > through one of the major intersections I had crossed just twenty or
      > twenty-five minutes before on the way to the grocery store there was a
      > ambulance and a several EMTs....working on a downed cyclist who
      > appeared to have been struck by an SUV. He or she was not sitting up
      > and the only way I knew it was a cyclist is from the mangled bike I
      > saw. I didn't stop to look or stare, but prayed a little for the
      > rider. I love my bike. I love the freedom, the speed, the utility if
      > the X, the boost it gives my heart, lungs and spirit.....everything
      > really. But its scenes like that which make me remember how much we
      > need to keep our wits when we ride.
      > DCM
      > On Nov 30, 2007, at 9:09 PM, tda0818 wrote:
      > > You're looking at the semi-anonymous Yahoo profile of a proud new X
      > > owner!
      > >
      > > The good folks at X had the Townie 21 shipped directly to my mechanic,
      > > and when the Free Radical arrived at my apartment this afternoon, I
      > > loaded it up, drove out to the shop, and watched the guy assemble it.
      > > (Sorry, no birth video.)
      > >
      > > It was kind of an interesting experience. When he started building
      > > it, he was in kind of a bad mood about it, for reasons having to do
      > > with miscommunication between him and the shop manager. Anyway, once
      > > he got the real wheel off the Townie (which he'd already fully built),
      > > glanced at the instructions and held the FR frame up where it would
      > > fit, he got this big grin on his face and said, "This thing is a
      > > trip!"
      > >
      > > The longer he worked on it, the better his mood got. By the time he
      > > was done, he was more excited about it than I was. There are 3 bike
      > > shops closer than his, but he told me he'd love to work on it whenever
      > > I have anything done. Talking about the other shops, he said, "Yeah,
      > > when you roll this thing into any bike shop in town, they're gonna
      > > love it."
      > >
      > > My only problem now is: I can't figure out how to get it home! There
      > > isn't a safe route to ride it home from there, and it sure as hell
      > > won't fit in my car. I'm gonna have to rent a truck or something.
      > > The guy at the LBS was happy to keep it on their floor for a few days
      > > -- he said it'd be the talk of the shop. (And I left the little info
      > > cards with it and told him to hand them out to anybody who was
      > > interested.)
      > >
      > > One other thing. I'm going to search the archives on this, but the
      > > mechanic did think I should ask around about how people are keeping
      > > the chain from slapping around so much. He figured somebody had come
      > > up with something that would bolt on at the rear dropouts of the
      > > Townie frame and provide some tension on the chain. If anybody has,
      > > I'd love to hear about it.
      > >
      > > Woohoo!
      > >
      > > --urbino
      > >
      > >
      > >
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