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Most dogs are Ok, as are most owners...

Postby kaNUK » Sun May 03, 2009 5:59 pm

Today: I'm riding home after battling a vicious headwind (think "Dorothy" and you're close) for a couple of hours. Really enjoying the assistance and spinning along at 50+ km/h (30 mph) on the flat. An elderly couple is out raking their yard when their HUGE dog bursts out of the ditch right in front of me. Braking is not going to make much difference, my only chance is to swerve. I pick left and so does the dog. The front wheel catches him hard in the midriff. I have enough time to "spot" my landing ...but have no way to do anything about it. I realize my head is in for the worst of it and do my best turtle impression.

When I regain consciousness I see the lady with the rake standing over me "Are you Ok?" "Uh, no. Keep your fuggin dog on a leash!" That probably didn't set the best tone for our relationship, but I was ueber pissed. My head was pounding. My helmet is cracked right through in three places and flat spotted in the back. My right shoulder blade, elbow and hip are a mess.

The gentleman is nice enough to drag what's left of my bike to the side of the road. I hobble to the shoulder and take a seat. "Do you need an ambulance?" My reply: "Can you call the cops, I'll need an accident report?" Her: "What? the police? There is no need for that! You seem fine, and look your bike is too, just the chain came off!"
"That's Ok, I've got a cell phone"

At this point the gentleman goes back to his raking, and the wife soon follows (!) leaving me alone on the shoulder. I call 911 and they send a cruiser and an ambulance. I get a very pleasant ride to Emergency on the backboard. I check out Ok, mostly contusions, and a suspected hairline fracture of the elbow. (I'm expecting ridiculous soreness tomorrow)

Gear damage:
- Giro helmet FUBARd
- both shifters are toast
- new Diadora shoe road rashed beyond recognition
- seat shredded (entire top seating surface)
- cycling jacket has extra ventilation
- LOTS of front to back play in the headset
- bent bar & shredded tape

I'm guessing that the impact with the 150+ lb dog ovalized the aluminum head tube = frame needs replacing / new bike. (That's one dumb and TOUGH dog to walk away from that btw.)

I'm going to take pictures of all the damage tomorrow and get a replacement estimate which I will give the dog owners. Their pain should be about $3000 if the frame is cooked ...about $1000 if it's just the headset. The officer pointed out that there is way more than the chain being off the ring to worry about, and that the owners are responsible for all of it.

If this meets with even the slightest hesitation on their part it will be time to "lawyer up" and go for a bike upgrade.


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PS - Second crash within 10 days. Lawn bowling is starting to look good.

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Postby kuan » Mon May 04, 2009 4:38 pm

Ugh! You seem to be having the worst luck ever! Check out Judge Judy and a very similiar situation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p12x52UzJsc
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Postby MN Hoser » Tue May 05, 2009 4:08 pm

I ran into a car that turned without yielding. Someone's insurance took care of it (it might have been their's). The insurance company didn't have a problem with any of the bike expenses as long as I was willing to say this was the end of the claim (no injuries and medical claims). So you probably have a new bike, helmet, shoes, etc.

Should we call you crash? Good luck on the recovery. Glad it wasn't more serious.

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Postby Biffbradford » Tue May 05, 2009 5:38 pm

Yes, recover well and glad that the helmet did it's job.
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Postby kaNUK » Wed May 06, 2009 7:01 am

Thanks!

Feeling much better today. Unfortunately it's going to be a while before my elbow can put up with the cup of the aero bars on the TT bike. I guess I'll put my road seat and some slicks on the MTB.

As per my lawyer's recommendation I Sent the dog owner's a registered letter asking for their homeowners liability insurance information. I also let them know that I was not looking to start a physical injury claim at this point (hint, hint)

My neck is fairly sore, but I'm sure it's just strained muscles. I was pretty "tensed up" during impact.

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PS - I've been bike shopping. Looking for carbon and Ultegra (or SRAM). An the shortlist so far are a Trek Madone, Cannondale six, and a Kuota Kharma. Thoughts?

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Postby kuan » Thu May 07, 2009 7:53 am

I dunno about those bikes, but you can get an Ultegra groupset from PBK for under $700 http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=D6050 and get a nice carbon frameset for $1.5k? Then get some nice race wheels for $1.5k and you're rockin' man.
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Postby enevala » Fri May 08, 2009 6:17 am

kaNUK wrote:
PS - I've been bike shopping. Looking for carbon and Ultegra (or SRAM). An the shortlist so far are a Trek Madone, Cannondale six, and a Kuota Kharma. Thoughts?


If you have a Jamis dealer in your area, check out the Xenith as well, Carbon frame and available w. either Ultegra or Dura......

Hope the healing is going ok *geez!

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Postby kaNUK » Fri May 08, 2009 8:33 am

Thanks guys,

Yes, I had thought about building my own, but two old friends of mine run a bike shop in town. It wouldn't feel right to not support them. They take care of me in return ;)

At this point a Cannondale Six 3 is winning. I like the stiffness, steep front end and tight rear triangle (i.e. a responsive bike)
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/model-9RSX3D_9RSX3C.html

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Postby kuan » Mon May 11, 2009 9:14 am

What about a Scott CR1? Nice wheels and Ultegra throughout.
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Postby kuan » Thu May 14, 2009 8:27 am

So did you get it?
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Postby kaNUK » Thu May 14, 2009 8:44 pm

Yup, sure did :D :D :D

Thanks for the heads up to the Scott, nice bike! I looked at it in a competing shop, then went and rode the Six 3 tonight. The stem was still the "wrong" way around and too many spacers, but the ride was such that I whipped out the check-book pronto.

I'll take it for it's first serious ride after I pick it up tomorrow. Still needs the steerer cut and the cluster switched for something a little more close ratio. I'm not sure if I'm a huge fan of compact gearing. Time will tell. Same goes for the fi'zi:k (please shoot the marketing dork that came up with the spelling) Arione seat.

What sold me on the bike:
- razor sharp steering and response
- unbelievably responsive for out of the saddle sprinting
- very forgiving on broken pavement (I come form Aluminum so... )
- smoking deal and a few hundred bucks in accessories

The bad news: I'm filing suit against the dog owners in small claims court. Could be a while before I see any compensation.

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Postby kuan » Fri May 15, 2009 4:52 pm

Ooh! NICE!!!! You gotta post a picture. :)

I don't know what it's like in Canada, but here if you talk to the insurance companies and sign something promising not to file anymore medical claims they'll be pretty happy.

Maybe exchange out the Arione for something else? Or why not use your old saddle if you can?
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Postby kaNUK » Fri May 15, 2009 8:02 pm

Will do!

Got the block changed to a 12/23, and am going to give that seat a chance. A lot of my cycling friends swear by it. One of the "gimmies" thrown in was a Bell Volt helmet. I just realized how much they retail for. I guess I'm buying a round for my bike shop owning friends when the opportunity presents itself :D

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PS - Looks like my luck is holding. Tomorrow's forecast is barely above freezing and a couple of inches of ...wait for it... SNOW! I'm going for a ride. Might be on the rollers though. Its as good a place to tweak the setup and fit as any.

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Postby Shawn » Wed May 20, 2009 4:06 pm

I am sorry to hear of the encounter with the big dog,but I am glad you are ok and you're getting a new ride.

If you ever need a place to stay while racing that bike down near the big smoke(Toronto) I have a pseudo futon you can crash(no pun intended)on.

Lots of races down here.

Get well.

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Postby kaNUK » Wed May 20, 2009 5:29 pm

Thanks Shawn,

I have a brother in-law in Oshawa, and more relatives in the Lindsay / Peterborough area. We are coming down in August for a family reunion ...I'll have to check the calendar, as my bike is coming for sure! (as is my white water kayak for the Ottawa River :D )

Update on the dog vs bike situation:
My registered letter requesting contact with the owner's liability insurance had been ignored for two weeks. I started filling out forms for small claims court and also called the police constable to have the owner charged under the leash bylaw. The officer called me from the dog owner's door step and asked me to speak with the lady (dog owner). She agreed to replace any damaged property in front of the officer, and stated that she had contacted her insurance as soon as she received the letter (yeah, right). I'm forwarding a copy of the invoice tomorrow.

Looks to me they were hoping I would just let this slide...

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