Crash Hazard Ahead

I like this system, I think it may get adopted on future trips of our own!

“Remember to keep the road under you and the sky above you and everything will be fine” – Tim Sindle

It has been brought to our attention that Christian and I do not have a working definition of what exactly a ‘crash’ is. I swear he stacked it the other day, but he maintains he just ‘came off’. Pfft.

So we’ve had to clarify the meaning of ‘stacked’ and ‘came off’ to avoid any further disagreements. For the sake of competitiveness and entertainment we’ve also allocated point values for various mishandlings, to be tallied throughout the remainder of the trip.

‘Stacked it’ a.k.a. crashed: to qualify for a proper stack one’s torso must be on the ground. 3 points.

Come off’: a minor mishandling of the bicycle that results in coming to an abrupt halt, the bicycle not completely upright and at least one foot on the ground…

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Frailty of Cyclist

Yesterday I had an absurd experience which reminded me just how frail a cyclist is, and that we are at the peril of drivers more often then we think. I wasn’t hurt, nor was my bike, but the situation was more then enough to shake me.

Normally when I think about accidents involving bikes it will include merging traffic, cars screaming through intersections or just not staying on their own lane. Yesterday I had the new experience of a car rolling into me from behind after we’d both been well and truly stopped at an intersection.
After rolling forward a little to get a clear view the car behind me started rolling and basically forgot to stop. The first thing I felt was pressure on my back wheel, the like a ship the bike just tilted to the ground underneath me. By the time I’d turned and shouted a profanity the half the back wheel and my pannier were becoming stuck under the bonnet of the car.

A very strange experience, with no injuries so no harm done I guess.

Still a word of advice to all my fellow cyclists, people really are dumb and accidents can occur in the least expected locations.