absolutely c*****d myself!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Crackle, 21 Nov 2007.

  1. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    Steaming down a local 10% at a heady 36mph, I hit a bump, there was a sudden twang and a thump as something got caught between the spokes and the forks. There was a dramatic wobble as I veered towards the local wild goat population and being the vertiginous creatures that they are, I knew that just beyond said goat was a large plunge to a certain wet end via some interesting igneous rock formations.

    Anyway via some judicous braking and staccatto swearing, the latter essential to enable the muscles to relax from their pre-rigormortis brace position, I remebered I hadn't brought a change of underwear before managing to slew sideways to a nice stop on the wrong side of the road whereupon the goat gave a plaintiff maaawr before leaping agilely down a 200ft cliff to pastures new.

    Anyway turns out the front reflector had twisted on impact with a pothole and got caught between the spokes and the fork. Luckily it shattered instantly with bits hitting me in the face. I've now removed the rear one.

    I advise you all to check yours if you have 'em on and maybe take them off or replace them with somehting else.

  2. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I understand why you nearly 'crackled' yourself!
    Touching cloth is best avoided.
    Now be a good boy and don't do it again.
    For a while.

    Glad you made it safely. :blush:
  3. oops
    I assumed he'd nearly creamed himself.
    sorry :blush:
  4. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Crackle you mad bastard. Be careful.
  5. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Ouch!!! :blush::ohmy::ohmy:
    Usual comment, glad you're OK, never mind about the bike.

    Usual motto, nothing on the forks please! I decided that a long time ago (didn't have anything as spectacular as yours though!). I used to have a touring frame with a brazed-on boss on the fork, can use that I suppose if it's really secure, but otherwise ... use the handlebar...
  6. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Years ago, when front lights were mounted on a bracket on the right fork, mine came loose, went into spokes, stopped the front wheel dead, and I followed over, landing on my back with bike on top of me...oooof!
  7. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    I'm impressed that the main topic on your mind as you wobbled towards a messy and goat-trampled demise was the igneous rock formations!
    Glad it all came out OK (apart from the reflector. Condolences for it.).
  8. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I suppose you were lucky you had something to reflect on!
    Sorry, but someone had to say it! :blush:
  9. OP

    Crackle Squatter

    Thanks folks. Kirstie you'll need to elaborate on what you thought I'd done for your imagined title :smile:

    Anyway, I've just eaten the weekends fry-up, so I feel a lot better. Might have been complete co-incidence but by the time I got up the last climb I was feeling positively ill and a bit trembly: Much better now though :blush:
  10. OP

    Crackle Squatter


  11. I don't know - I just read the title and then clicked on the thread to find out exactly what you'd been doing. I suppose you might have seen your dream bike in the flesh or something like that... it was more a reflection of the twisted inner workings of my mind than anything else...
  12. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Maybe it was reading Walker's cures for insomnia that did it.
  13. OP

    Crackle Squatter

    Yes I think I read one of his suggestions. It was the last one if all else should fail!

    Sorry, just realized re-reading my post and the replies. It was a wheel reflector, one of those white ones that goes on the spokes. It was just on the bike from when I got it. Never really thought about or noticed the bloody things 'till today. Just off to check spoke tension and wheel alignment now.
  14. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Wheel reflectors are evil...... those and any others must be removed at all costs, unless it's a commuting bike where front/rears can stay
  15. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Kirstie , remember,

    CLEAN THOUGHTS, clean thoughts, clean thoughts
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