Monday, April 27, 2009

Not a good day

On the way to work I nearly got hit. Closest I've come in a long time. Totally my fault. I was taking heading west on Second Ave. My target was the new coffee shop, Taste, which is on the west side of the street. After I turned right onto Howard, I proceeded to U-turn to lock up in front of the restaurant. I didn't check before I U'd. Of course, a car had also taken a right onto Howard right behind me, and he was now gunning it to overtake me on the left. yowsa. Close call.  
Good lesson for me. I think I'm a pretty good and safe rider. That's a new scenario for me to be aware of.
On the way home, I approached a curb that I bunny hop about 4 times a week. I do it so often that I've apparently stopped thinking about it. I apparently think the bike is going to jump on its own. Because today I totally shanked my rear wheel on the curb. Lame. Lame. F'ing Lame. 

There's a huge honkin dent in my rim and it's totally out of round and it sucks and I'm mad at my lazy self for being so out of it. I was able true it up to ride it home, but there's a huge bump in the ride. 

And of course not a single bike shop in Spokane stocks the Velocity Synergy rim. Errg.


Hank Greer said...

Try as we might we all have these moments--even when we drive. How fortunate yours didn't result in a hospital visit.

Pat S said...

Can't we skip Mondays altogher and go straight from Sun to Tues? Glad you're ok. Your tags pretty well summed up your state of mind and gave me a laugh. Hope today was way better.

rory said...

I am replacing a velocity synergy rim at the moment. one thing i learned is they are now available in black, for all your trendsetting needs. Personlly, i was hoping for fluoescent green, ala most fixie riders/walkers.

John Speare said...

Rory: funny you mention that. I was at my LBS yesterday and noticed the new black rim. I would bling my daily driver with hipster colors if Velocity sold the synergy in fluoerscents.

Hank/Pat: I'm glad I'm ok too. The barfy and nimrod tags finally came in handy again. Nimrod, though is not a good term to use in the way I use it --- per Tarik.