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julietk From: julietk Date: November 10th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Especially bus drivers.

CTUK has been doing some courses with bus drivers recently, which I am very pleased about :)

The trainer mentioned in that LondonCyclist article is my boss! For the benefit of any London cyclists reading this, I will mention that most London boroughs offer some variety of subsidised on-road cycle training (many of them via us). It is *well* worth doing.

I was considering my bike-accidents the other day. They fall into two categories: cornering too fast on wet [cobbles|slippery brick|leaves|drain cover|more than one of the above], and bike-part-failure (I've had two seatposts break, which is alarming). The bits that consistently get damaged are: hip/upper thigh (bruising), knee (ditto), and left wrist (I sprained it reasonably badly on the most dramatic seatpost-failure incident; and I seem to quite reliably fall leftwards. I like this, as an instinct.). My anecdatal conclusion is that my stomach, even if more sticky-out, would not be a high-risk area.

(I would note that over 10+ years of daily cycling, I've come off the bike maybe 5 times in total. Plus one clipless moment, of which we will not speak :) )

The worst injury I've done to myself was on foot: falling over the dog last spring & breaking my thumb :) (Interestingly, I don't think I'd have hurt myself so badly had my overriding instinct as I fell not been to avoid falling onto Sidney; which meant I hit the ground pretty awkwardly. I wondered whether if one *did* fall whilst pregnant, one might wind up doing more damage to other bits of self due to trying to protect the bump.)
j4 From: j4 Date: November 10th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
The trainer mentioned in that LondonCyclist article is my boss!

Heh, cool!

Bike-part-failure is the only thing that does slightly worry me, but only really because it's a bit of an unknown -- the only time it's happened to me was a brake snapping halfway across a roundabout, which was a bit startling, but just a question of carrying on and stopping in a safe place afterwards & going "what the hell was that then?".

I suspect your bike is subject to a lot more stress than mine with all the long rides you do...? Or does it not work like that?

And yes, I hope my instinct if I did fall would be to protect the bump ... but then my instinct so far has clearly to put my hands out (which would not be a bad start from the bump's point of view, though probably less good for my wrists/hands/etc).

I kind of wish I had done more judo-ish stuff to learn how to fall safely, but that's the sort of exercise I almost certainly shouldn't be starting now. :-}
julietk From: julietk Date: November 10th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Total miles on the road definitely has an effect on part-lifespan; and I do, or used to do, a lot of mileage. I also tend to ride bits of bike into the ground (the fact that one of the seatposts that broke was of Unknown Origin and Age may not have helped). Plus I sit waaaay back on the saddle, and shove back on it hard when starting, which isn't great for the seatpost either. Having had a very similar failure *twice*, I've given some thought to what I might do about it, but haven't actually been able to think of anything (look for signs of metal failure? I'm not sure if that would even show up at all!)

At least with brakes you have two of 'em. Rim going BANG can be very nasty, but happily that you *can* actually check for (make sure rim is not concave). Um. If you remember. [looks guilty] Overall I've decided to check what I can semi-regularly, and otherwise put it into the Sometimes Things Go Wrong column and try not to worry. Plus my experience so far is that even if something *does* break, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to hurt yourself, still less that you'll hurt yourself badly.
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