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Jan. 29th, 2013

11:57 pm - RTC - bike vs lorry

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From:susannahf
Date:January 31st, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
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My usual instinctive reaction in a situation like this is to bail sideways onto the pavement (assuming I'm not in the middle of two lanes of traffic, which is a very rare occurrence). I've never had to do this due to brake failure, but had to a few times due to buses / lorries forgetting how long they were when passing me and pulling in too soon. Basically, I fall sideways while braking and trying to jump off my bike. It hurts, but it mostly hurts your shoulder and hips, which are big lumpy bits of bone which are hard to break, rather than your face, which is made of small thin bits of bone that are (relatively) easy to break.
You sometimes get road rash (if not wearing clothes on all exposed body parts) and bruise like hell, but I've always walked away sufficiently undamaged to get back on my bike and cycle home.
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From:johnckirk
Date:February 1st, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
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That's an interesting tactic, thanks. Have you done that when you've been in "primary" position (i.e. in the middle of a lane)? I assume that you'd ideally want the left pedal to be at 12 o'clock, so that you can push off against it to get a bit further? I suspect that this would be a bit more tricky with SPD pedals, but it should still be feasible: I'd need to unclip, then put my toes against the pedal (to avoid reclipping when I push against it).
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From:susannahf
Date:February 1st, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
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No, I've only ever used it when a metre or so from the kerb. Oxford traffic mostly moves fast enough that being in the centre of the lane is a good way to make the people behind you very very angry indeed, which tends to make them drive stupidly and dangerously.
I tend to worry less about where the pedals are, and more about launching myself away from the few tons of metal that are forcing me off the road. I don't use SPD pedals, but yes, I assume it would be harder to disengage from the bike. You could still do it by taking the bike with you (expect more bruises and potentially more bike damage).
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From:sammoore
Date:February 2nd, 2013 09:20 am (UTC)
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This is also a mountain biking tactic, "when you are coming off, come a long way off". If I find myself coming off I tend to try and kick the bike away from me as best I can.

The theory is if I hit the ground at 30mph I'm more likely to roll on my own then if I am tangled up with the bike.

Not sure how it would work in traffic unless, as susannahf says, you are headed for the pavement.

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