On Jul 12, 2:46 am, Sir Ridesalot <i_am_cycle_pat...
> On Jul 11, 4:36 am, thirty-six <thirty-...
> > Can you spot the 10 mistakes?
> No I can't. Care to list them?
I'll start with the lack of preparation for which as an experienced
rider, I wouldn't ride at such a speed in the company of the faller.
No sleeves, no socks, no gloves, no cap, no repair kit or windsmock
and riding with an empty bottle cage. None of these things we can
point as directly contributary to the fall but certainly show a
attitude to riding not common in the experienced rider. We don't know
if he was dehydrated, was feeling the chill as the sun fell, had sore
hands hence wrong choice of handlebar or caused himself temporary
blindness by looking directly ar the sun. I'd guess the actions were
a result of a combination of these effects, all small in their own
right but this accumulated lack of preparation leads to such events.
Specific actions leading to the fall were passing the rider ahead
by more than half a wheel (that small one in front), riding with leg
locked out (absolute no-no in close company), using tribars in an
inappropriate position, failure to brake to correct reative positions,
looking into the sun (and wearing dark lens eyewear), going for the
brake when steering most appropriate, not braking quick or hard
enoiugh and not leaning his bike to the left.
There are many errors which led to the fall and I have not
counted them but probably of most note is that he had his saddle too
high so was unable to make effective control of his bicycle. There are
a couple of other things, he should have shouted a warning and after
the collision he should have leaned back to unweight the damaged
wheel, only I guess the high saddle position made that difficult to
The forward facing QR is a nice touch, if this doesn't scream
"unsafe rider", I don't know what does. I suppose he phoned his mom
to pick him up after his minimally spoked wheel collapsed. I still
don't get it, 28 or more spokes works, keep your race wheels just for