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After 50 years, it happened!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by mr_hippo, 4 May 2008.

  1. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    I was undecided where to put this so feel free to move it!
    I've been cycling for almost 50 years and today, it happened - my back wheel was clipped by a bus! Slight graze to right elbow and knee, bruising to left flank and KO'd for a few minutes! Yes, I have been to hospital and everything is alright.
    The bike did not do as well as I! I am now sporting a new type of wheel - 10 spokes in one quadrant! Both dropouts bent, rear mech in pieces and drive side chainstay bent.
    Other damage includes, smashed helmet (only 4 days old!) Old Fart jersey with a hole on on pocket (First time on!) and ATC camera mount. Police and insurance reports completed and I'm claiming a new bike as the bike is only one month old - can you safely re-bend aluminium? Have to visit the insurance company on Friday. The bus driver has admitted responsibilty.
    Don't worry about me, I'll be cycling in a few days!
     
  2. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    I am afraid my dear chap that the a bent ally frame is a DNR
     
  3. Good health and a full recovery Mr H...there's an even better reason for a new bike now!
     
  4. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Wow 50 years respect dude.

    Hope you are ok.
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Glad he admitted responsibity - you're lucky, with a lot of british bus companies it's 'company policy' not to do so. It's far far too often really that people are getting barged off the road and injured at the hands of these menaces to society.
     
  6. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    That's because there are people out there who shouldn't be driving.
     
  7. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    bit close to that car's blind spot? certainly too close
     
  8. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road

    Who me? No chance I was right in his mirror.(I wasn't originally if you noticed till he caught cyclist up and did his left turn)

    Another thing was that the cyclist in front slowed him down and also he didn't bother signalling till too late which I find happens a lot of the time.I also caught him up as he slowed down for blind corner turn.Watch the video again.It's obvious he saw me and also I half expected the left turn so it probably looks more dramatic than it was.

    Also you bring this up straight after my last comment.Nice judgement of my road behavior.
     
  9. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Glad to hear you're OK, Mr. Hippo!

    Cycling in London's a walk in the park compared to how it is in Asia and drivers' total lack of awareness/consideration for the cyclist, so it seems like you were lucky, especially as there have been one or two fatalities in the last week or so back in Blighty. :wacko:
     
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    not excusing the driver Merv, of course that was dreadful driving, just making the mild point that when you're that close to the thing in front you leave yourself little room to react, not saying I don't do the same every single day

    not sure what you mean about the last comment thing

    no biggie, honest
     
  11. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Im not complaining about the driving.Even put it in my video.I knew what to expect.Seriously.Im just putting videos up to show what can happen when things like this happen.I actually remember at the time I was keen to get out of the roadwork section.I dont have any complaints about the car.Apart from the signalling I guess...but thats normal.I dont actually think I was aiming to undertake.I was watching the car all the time as I was aware the left turn was coming up.I haven't got a clue why the video looks so dramatic.

    Yes I did end up being close when originally I wasn't till the events unfolded.

    Seemed a bit ironic that you posted the comment after my previous post.
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    Oh and I take it back BTW.

    P.S Did you notice the slagging off of my video by a utube user and said you tube user has 2 dangerous overtakes of peds on the pavement at speed of which I would never do.Also I take it that this user is a motorist as well.

    (Cycling to Work part 2)

    I did wonder.
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  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    good

    I did think it looked quite nasty, might have been if you weren't on the ball, still looks like shitty driving to me unless the angle etc is deceptive, always seems to be those people movers and oversized idiotic cars
     
  13. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    I really do think it looks worse than it is.It didn't cause me any problems.
     
  14. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Maybe Magnatom called in a favour from one of his bus driving mates. Hope your insurance man coughs up productively Hippo (eugh).
     
  15. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Sorry to hear that Mr. Hippo but glad to know that you are more or less OK and it's only the bike that's damaged. No doubt some TLC from the wife will also help your recovery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!