Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sometimes You Eat Asphalt...

...and sometimes the asphalt eats you.

I heard the kid down the street today yelling after The Boys that he already knows how to ride a bike without a helmet. He was wondering why The Boys hadn’t figured that out yet.

Today I went out for a little lunchtime jaunt. The menu selection was all the dirt between Yankton Trail and Tuthill Park plus the climb at Tuthill. The first time my front tire went flat I fixed it and contemplated turning back. It's risky to continue with a compromised front tube (rimstrip issue) and I've had a terrible time with flats this season.

I finished the out portion of the ride, made the turn at the top of the hill and completed the 40mph descent of the sliding hill.

On the way back when I leaned to turn I discovered that my front had gone flat again. That is to say, I leaned but instead of responding like a tire should, it folded over on itself, the bike jerked violently and deposited me on the ground. Throw in a lunch time audience on Cliff Ave for extra humiliation.

After my head bounced of the asphalt I remember thinking how glad I was to be wearing a helmet. In the time it took to come to a stop I realized I could push my helmet covered head into the ground to reduce the amount of skin that was being removed from my shoulder.

Helmets are handy, better get a new one. Oops, don’t have one for tomorrow - but I have something for the kid next time he comes over.

12 comments:

Michael said...

Glad to hear that the asphalt got indigestion and spit you back out. It was probably the helmet that it couldn't stomach.

Michael said...

Glad to hear that the asphalt got indigestion and spit you back out. It was probably the helmet that it couldn't stomach.

Tez said...

Glad you are ok and yes you will need a new melon bucket!

Hooterville Mayor said...

Be sure and bring your old brain bucket to the Helmet Hut!

Sprocket said...

"After my head bounced of the asphalt I remember thinking how glad I was to be wearing it."

Okay, glad you were wearing your head...what happened to the antecedent of "it"? I'm glad you were wearing your head THAT WAS WEARING A HELMET. If the cobwebs (and headache) don't clear by morning, go see a doctor!

Seriously, I'm glad you're alright (respective of our phone conversation)...must be a "rash" of injuries--BikingBrady is also down for the count. Take care.

sans auto said...

I have a pen in my messenger bag that I've wrapped duct tape around so that when I have rim strip issues, I can fix them with the duct tape... just a thought.

Snakebite said...

Have it bronzed and put on display on your mantle.

mytzpyk said...

Sprocket - I woke up alive this morning after asking The Wife if my pupils were the same size. She said - define same size.

Sans - 10/4.

Snake - if I bronze it do you think I could just wear it?

All - your concern is appriciated.

db said...

Glad you're OK. I can't believe the number of folks on bicycles out there who think they don't need a helmet. Glad you had one.

DIRK said...

If you needed a smashed helmet for the helmet hut you could have just hit it with a hammer or thrown it around. No need to actually crash to get a banged up helmet for next week.
Glad to hear you are as normal as you were before the wreck.

thE_kErnEl said...

wow, geez, man o man, wtf, omg

take care dude

SD_pedalpower said...

What is it with the amount of crashes in the fall?

Maybe our bike fitness starts to surpass our technical skills. Ok, I'm speaking of myself and taking everyone else along for the ride.