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December 2007
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Dang, That Ain’t Right…
Filed under: general, photos, bike tech, unfortunate events
Posted by: The Cyclofiend @ 5:43 pm

The sun had pushed through the last day’s haze and things were good.  Oh, it did feel clumsy and wrong for a bit, as all the reasons I’ve mentioned recently have had me mostly not riding for the past few weeks.  Leaden legs and weird, chewey coughs at inopportune moments.  But, the first slug of rain had passed and it felt like I was getting back on track, riding to work and all.  Indeed, I’d sent in my registration for the SFRandonneurs 200K, which is less than 60 days away.  Mileage of any kind would be good. 

Felt a little better as I hit the last climb before work. Pedaling out of the saddle, nothing punchy or sudden as the calf is still weird and quirky.  Just hitting that nice fixed-gear body wieght low cadence rhythm.  Going uphill under my own power.  Resetting the needle, carefully, so it wouldn’t skip.

An odd image popped into my head about halfway up.  The road is narrow, at its worst about 10″ or less to the right of the fog strip.  It’s not exceptionally dangerous, as line-of-sight is unobstructed, but it is a place to be careful.   It’s not a place to contemplate the image of tires sliding out and falling into the way of traffic.  Yet, that was the picture that played out in my head right then. Sort of freaky, but concentrated on breathing, balance, not riding on the still-slick-with-rain painted stripe. As the thought passed, I chalked it up to being off the bike for too damned long, the product of being a little stiff on the bike.

Another 100 yards or so pass.  I’m maybe 3/4’s of the way up now and suddenly things fall badly amiss. The bike lurches oddly, my left leg is up in the air as I try to correct. The distinct sound of traffic is audible from behind me. Something kicks in and the bike goes right and everything falls left.  I hit pretty hard, but land well, hand still on the bar, rolling up my arm to my shoulder and then on my back.  I’m actually on the ground, completely off the roadway, and look back to see three cars which have come to a stop behind me. Thank goddess for a trifecta of non-multi-tasking drivers.  I get up as quickly as I can, spy my left pedal and a little nubbin of crank out in the roadway.  Fetching that, I encourage the drivers to come around, but to my suprise, two of them pull over to make sure I’m OK.  The more tenacious person asks specifically if I’m alright and won’t leave until I thank him and assure him it looked worse than it was.

 I do a quick waning-adrenaline system check, and everything seems intact, other than a single knuckle of the little finger. Digging out the pencam, I find the batteries have drained, so no ActionNews on-the-scene images…

But here are a few from later, after I talked my wife into extending some errands she had been running.  I used my better camera, so you can click through and see it with pretty decent resolution (click “All Sizes” once you jump through to Flickr)


Pushed the bike over the crest of the hill and then eased into work with one pedal and a brake. The few folks who noticed gave me an odd look.

For those of you who are keeping score, it was a Campy GS (Grand Sport) crankarm.  It appears that the failure started right at the end of the inletting near the pedal. I guess it’s a nice place to obscure cracking and certainly a fine area to create stress risers.

Dang.  I was really looking forward to a nice, easy scenic loop home tonight.

Vote The Marilyn Ticket!
Filed under: general
Posted by: The Cyclofiend @ 12:04 am

Dropping off some stuff down at Recyclery tonight and bumped into Marilyn Price as she threaded her way through the small knot of folks digging through derailleurs, fenders, forks and other for-the-project items.  As she went past, she called that anyone could take a second and vote on the computer that was set up in the work area.

Turns out that Trips for Kids director Marilyn Price is a finalist for the national Volvo for Life Award.  Winners are determined by online voting and if she wins in her category - “Quality of Life” - TfK will receive $100,000.  This is a good thing for them, obviously, as it gives them a pretty good hoist in their efforts to run a cycling projgram for underserved youth.

You can click here, then choose “Marilyn Price” and click “Submit”.  Go ahead.  It’s free.  You don’t have to register. It’s a good thing. That’s step 1 of 2.

If you don’t know anything about Marilyn or the Trips 4 Kids project, go here for more info. It’s pretty simple to start one in your town - she’s drawn up plans and everything.  More than 40 chapters now and growing!

Step 2 of 2 is to email three friends who are cycling interested/obsessed, have them vote and contact three more friends to do the same. It gets all viral and everything and pretty soon everyone is doing it!

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