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Do you know how to fall???

Just call me the Fall Guy(cue the music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ1YHkhfCKc)

I had the pleasurable experience of wiping out on some wet leaves this morning.  Now before anyone gets on me…yes, I was going slow and yes, I was paying attention but the leaves don’t care.

It happened as I was exiting an over pass.  I saw the leaves but did not see the sneaky little one that got me.  After I picked myself up off the ground and did a quick look to see if anyone saw me go down, I started riding again and realized that my rear tire is now warped and minus one spoke.  Oh well, it could have been worse but it did get me thinking(a jarring impact on cement will do that from time to time).

Do you know how to fall?

Of course, you do but I mean really fall…

Knowing how to properly fall can make all the difference on whether or not you are hurt and able to ride away from a minor accident or hauled away.

If you watch children and some adults when they fall forward(there are plenty of YouTube videos of this), they always put their hands out in front of them and land on their hands and knees.  On top of this really hurting, it is not the best way when there is some momentum behind you.

The best thing to do is to tuck and roll.  The body disperses the impact better and you sustain less injury.

Here is what I am taking about…http://www.wikihow.com/Fall-Safely

Number 5 is the what I am referring to but the others are important also.

“5

If falling from a height, roll as you hit the ground. This will distribute the force of the impact throughout your body, instead of just on one place… Don’t try to break the fall with your arms…”

Here is a video…this mountain biker does it great.  You will notice that he rolls and springs right back up after his wipe out.

So next time you go down remember to tuck and roll.

Have fun, ride safe.

Clark Kent does it…shouldn’t we all???

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I recently watched Superman: Man of Steel and I liked it.  I think it is one of the better Superman movies and I am looking forward to the next one.

Towards the end of the movie right before Lois Lane says “Welcome to the Planet”, we see Clark Kent(Superman) commuting to work.   Not in a car…Not on a train…Not on a bus but on what appears to be a Fixie with a Brooks saddle.  Hot damn!!!

I think this is great.

Clark Kent bike commutes.

My only issue is he is NOT wearing a helmet.  How NOT to lead by example, Clark!!!

Here is a clip of the filming of the scene:

If you have the movie, it is at 2:14:37 – 43.

Have fun, ride safe

Bicycle Bucket List

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Do you have a bicycle bucket list?

I do…

1. Bike the distance of Massachusetts

2. Bike to the tip of Cape Cod

3. Bike from Boston to New York…lots of fun but shattered my elbow on that ride.  Learned the value of a helmet( that will be a later post)

4. Bike across the country East to West

5. Bike the Atlantic Trail to Florida

6. Get a mountain bike

7. Get a single gear

8. Bike commute the entire winter and not get frost bite

9. Bike tour in a foreign country

10. Learn to properly maintain my bike(s)

11. Mountain bike the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/video-great-divide-mountain-bike-route-highlights/)

12. Visit Groningen, Netherlands – This city is a biker’s Mecca.Here is a video preview of the city…http://vimeo.com/76207227

 

What are some things on your list?