Oops, crashed the Tracer

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Re: Oops, crashed the Tracer

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mangocrazy wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:25 pm
The Spin Doctor wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:18 pm Hope the damage is fixable and you're back in the road in the not-too-distant future!
I'd prefer it if he was off the road and on the bike... :mrgreen:
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Oops! :)
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Re: Oops, crashed the Tracer

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The Spin Doctor wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:18 pm

With any crash, I'd say the main thing is to understand it, and appreciate what can be done in future. It's when we have no idea what happened, nor what can be done in future that we struggle to put it behind us.
This is why, when I get home, my cycle is going up for sale. I know I will never use it because I'm scared of riding it on the road (and TBF, with the steepness of the roads around me, I'm unlikely to ever enjoy it!)

I know why I fell off in that my right arm didn't work well enough to control the bars when the bike had a wobble.

What I don't know is what caused the bike to have a wobble.

All I can remember from that morning (5:00 - 13:00) is the handlebars doing what would be a tankslapper on a motorbike :o This would have been at 5:50. The ambulance was called at 6:25 when someone drove by and saw me. The only other thing I remember of the day is my colleagues from work coming in to the hospital to see me.

If I knew why I'd fallen off, I'd still dislike cycling but I wouldn't be scared. Not knowing gives me the heebyjeebies
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This - understanding the accident - is exactly what I've been trying to do. I think I'm pretty much there now.
Noggin, sorry you've not been able to get to that point with your cycle crash, and that you're having to give up.
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The Spin Doctor wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:10 am I'm very alert to triangular warning signs - getting riders searching them out is a key point of the proactive part of my courses.
Just had a look on Google Street View at the stretch of road where the accident occurred. I thought there might be a junction sign, but it turns out it's one with a yellow background. Doesn't that often mean it's an accident black spot?
in the view you'll see the sign on the left, indicating a turn off to the right coming up. The crash happened just where the small car (mini?) is, after the bollards. I suspect the van driver suddenly decided either to take that turn or to turn left into the crescent, just before that left turn.

Maybe if I can get myself more attuned to the triangular hazard signs it'll reduce the probability of a similar event in future, so thanks for that thought, Spin.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.08886 ... authuser=0
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Hi-vis backgrounds usually mean the highway engineer wants you to see the sign... probably a history of collisions at the junction, probably not unrelated to the fact it's very difficult to see from where the GoogleCam is sitting.

I note a cemetery just up the road. Hope there's no connection!
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Re: Oops, crashed the Tracer

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Scootabout wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:42 pm This - understanding the accident - is exactly what I've been trying to do. I think I'm pretty much there now.

Noggin, sorry you've not been able to get to that point with your cycle crash, and that you're having to give up.
Cheers. I think if I'd been a keen cyclist I'd have tried harder to get over the mental side. But, not ever having been particularly keen on road cycling (and downright scared of the sort of mountain biking they do here) I didn't try very hard! Other issue was that my arm still wasn't very good for balance, so could have ended the same again.

I'll try again sometime, but probably on smooth ish mountain paths and with an e-cycle!! LOL Maybe!


Really glad you are pretty much there with the understanding. I do think that is the biggest part of getting past a crash. I sorted my TLs crash in my head with no issues, but until I actually rode a bike again (a year later) I wasn't sure if some part of my brain would spazz out and make riding an issue. Luckily, head and heart agreed on that score - can't wait to get home and get the bike started and go play!! :D :D
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