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 Post subject: Well, THAT was exciting...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:29 am 
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This morning I confirmed that my emergency braking skills are good enough, but not as good as I want. Here's the story...

On my way in to work, I sometimes ride through the center of town. It's a college town, so I try to avoid it during the semester (there's nothing quite as dumb as a college freshman who hasn't had coffee yet at 8:00 in the morning...), but today I didn't have a choice. It rained all night, so the roads were damp, but not too wet. I'd almost made it through the center and someone stepped out in front of me without looking... no problem, I'm only going about 20, I've got plenty of space to stop. If I was in the car, she'd be flat, but on the bike, no problem, right?

Right. Mostly. I managed to lock the rear wheel, and the bike fish-tailed a little. (That's a lot more unnerving on a bike than in a car, by the way.) The good news is that my reflexes were right: the first thought that went through my head was "Do NOT let the rear brake out all the way!", and I kept the bike upright and on course until I stopped. I left a streak on the road that used to be part of my rear tire, but no damage was done other than that.


I'm once again thankful that I took the basic rider course, and I've put "practice emergency stops" on my to-do list for the next free sunny day I have! And for all you other new riders, go practice! (Yes, I've been riding for about 4 years. I still consider myself a new rider, given how few miles I put on the bike and how much of the year I can't ride.)

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 Post subject: Re: Well, THAT was exciting...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:41 am 
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Excellent job. Glad you were able to avoid a potential lawsuit.

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 Post subject: Re: Well, THAT was exciting...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:47 am 
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Heh. Thanks! I was more concerned about damage to me, the pedestrian, and the bike (in that order) than the potential for a lawsuit, but that possibility just adds another layer of unpleasantness to an accident, doesn't it?

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 Post subject: Re: Well, THAT was exciting...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:28 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Well, THAT was exciting...
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:13 pm 
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That's one thing about riding a bike... you can't ever let your guard down or let your mind wander.... There is always someone out there just waiting to do something stupid.

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 Post subject: Re: Well, THAT was exciting...
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:55 pm 
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99% of riders will lock the rear brake in an emergency stop unless they have been practicing and have learned to just give it a quick dab and then rely mostly on the front brake as the weight comes forward. Ideally you can keep it spinning and just squirming like the front tire as you stop, but that takes a light touch after the first second or so of braking.

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