Why I dont go more than 25 mph, even downhill.

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Dave7, 22 Feb 2019.

  1. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

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    Luckily the sonic boom caught you up just as you were about to hit the Tarmac.
     
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  2. YukonBoy

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    Remember whether you come off at 12mph or 25mph you will hit the ground with the same impact forces. It is only in head on collisions that that extra speed will make much difference.
     
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  3. Phaeton

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    No it's hitting things that hurt,

    Worst accident I ever had (grabs a bit of wood) was less than 15mph broken tibia, fibula & compound fracture of femur still suffering from that 40 years later.
     
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    Dave7

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    1. Cant agree with that sentiment and I dont want to 'invite' death earlier than necessary.
    2. But as I said "i am not advocating that for everybody, its how I feel".
     
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  5. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    Yes i'm a proper slow coach going downhill these days - by some folks standards - especially on twisty muddy Devon lanes - you don't know who is coming the other way - and if they've been to spec savers recently enough.

    Enough gravel has been dug out of my knees - from previous mishaps - for any one lifetime.

    Plus the downside of being a self employed landworker, is that if I'm broken in body, then I'm very quickly become broken in bank too :sad:
     
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    Dave7

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    When I came off my motorbike at 40 mph I ended up in hospital having gravel picked out of my aris, doubt that woul happen at 12mph.
     
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  7. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

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    Gravel rash and impact force are not the same.
     
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    Dave7

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    That wasnt what happened. He was strolling along the runway when the tail end got hooked on his famous Y fronts.
     
  9. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

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    Not sure I agree entirely about the impact thing. Ever seen a high speed motorcycle racing spill, where the rider goes bouncing along the track, carried for a considerable distance by their momentum at the point they come off?
     
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    Dave7

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    I realise that. I didnt mention impact I am generalising about coming off at speed and how much more likely (i think) that is at faster speeds.
     
  11. Slioch

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    You need one of these...

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  12. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    I'm much the same as Dave7... although i don't have a speedo so don't really know how fast i'm going, I always wimp out on descents these days, even on roads i know well. I almost had an off last summer, bombing down a little well known descent, only to find a bank of gravel in the middle of the road just at the bottom, crapped myself when the front wheel hit it and slid a bit. Another was bombing down a big hill out in Wyresdale somewhere... i could see the road ahead and seemed like i could just 'let go'... but the cattle grid just after a bit of a bend was unexpected. Didn't come off but did crap myself. I don't want surprises like that when i'm doing around 40mph
     
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  13. YukonBoy

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    I would have thought leathers protected against gravel rash but guess not.
     
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    Dave7

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    I am sure they would have, if I was wearing them :blush:.
    But it was 1966.
     
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    Dave7

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    I hope the "crapping yourself" was metaphorical otherwise you will be the owner of some very messy shorts :rolleyes:
     
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