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Goin' Crazy in 2009

  • Offroad Riding - 13002.72 miles [289]
  • Aborted Riding - 61.00 miles [3]
  • Turbo Trainer - 33.70 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 13063.72 miles
  • (TA) 13097.42 miles

Hurtin' in 2008

  • Offroad Riding - 10602.84 miles [300]
  • Turbo Trainer - 130.20 miles [8]
  • Running - 114.56 miles [24]
  • Aborted Riding - 37.20 miles [2]
  • (TOC) 10640.04 miles
  • (TR) 114.56 miles
  • (TA) 10884.8 miles

Riding in 2007

  • Offroad Riding - 8365.93 miles [300]
  • Road Riding - 3599.80 miles [70]
  • Turbo Trainer - 50.90 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 11965.73 miles
  • (TA) 12016.63 miles

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Big Crash

19 Jul 2009 at 12:30

Pretty bad crash this morning, I'm fine (just scrapes on left shin from sliding though bushes, scabbed knee, etc), bike seems fine, more later....

So what happened?

Complete brake failure, both ends reduced to thin slivers of metal thanks to the inability of anyone to make pads that work in wet weather, shocking seeing as that's the whole point of disc brakes.

Rear brake went somewhere near the lower barn, very sudden, but at least the front still worked, 20 miles later, just at the bike was accelerating though 18mph, pull the lever and N O T H I N G, pull again, OK, MAYDAY, unclip, look for an exit point, not many options, no time, aim at spot between trees, slam bike into bank, fly over bank barrel roll into ditch, roll slide stop. minor lacerations to shins and knees, painful bang on right buttcheek, sore shoulder. Clamber out of ditch, bike neatly parked next to the bank, side on, so no front impact. Helmet a little dinted, probably from branches/debris, 15 brake-less (shoe braking) miles to finish the ride.

I live for the day someone makes pads that work in the wet, it might actually make riding in the rain tolerable, and not a 20-40 quid expense, wouldn't that be nice?

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