|Trace The Mitten|
I have biked enough to saw I went around the world and this was my first dog bite while riding. I shook me up. I have had dogs chase me and this was usually in the country, but this was in a nice suburban area. Dogs stay in their yards by leash, fence or electrical boundary.
This photo was taken 5 minutes after it happened. I was still in shock. What should I have done?
1. Get information. Owners name. Address. Were there witnesses? Get there information. Get information about the dog. Are the shots up-to-date? Phone camera will assist you. It beats writing. (PS-I did none of this. I was not thinking straight and you won't either.) It can be a very good time to call 911.
2. Call the doctor, go to urgent care, go to emergency room. In this case perfect, the owner was a family general practitioner and he looked at the wound and gave his assessment. He told me what to do when I got home. I did call my doctor and I saw him the next day.
3. Report the dog bite to the authorities. They will monitor what goes on with pet bites and they can follow up.
You can get further information on the web. Be careful, have a plan and be vigilant. Follow your instincts.
I recently noticed that my knees were creaking when I stood up from a sitting position or going up steps. After several days I thought that I better google to see what I should do before my annual physical when I will talk to my doctor. I was not experiencing any pain and that is why I was not too concerned. My research did not indicate any immediate concern. I know that this happens with many people, but I want to be aware of what is going on. I read recently that cycling is easy on knees compared to impact exercise. I will add that you do not want to push hard gears consistently. Spinning is low resistance.
I just had my physical and my doctor reaffirmed that my creaky knees are not a concern because I am not experiencing any pain.
Neither of these two accidents involved me or a bicycle, but they make me think about safety because they occurred at two different major intersections during daylight only a half mile east and west away from my place. I cycle through these about everyday.
These intersections are major county road arteries and bother spread to six lanes wide with motor vehicles going every which way. The speed limit is 45 through the crossing.
Crosswalks are used by pedestrians and cyclists. I abide by the crosswalk signal and I am always alert to what the speeding and standing cars may do that could involve me. I stand there feeling very small and vulnerable. Accidents today may have occurred because a driver misjudged or was not focused. How many times have you seen someone talking on the phone as they were during.
Rules that I try to remember.
1. Don't figure that they see you. Bright colors do help, but there are no guarantees of being seen.
2. Don't make assumptions about what the driver will do. What did they tell me? When you ASSUME, you make an ASS of U and ME.
3. Do not blindly enter a crosswalk. The crosswalk light may be one, but it may mean that "You were dead right." In may early years I remember being told, "Stop, Look and Listen when crossing a street."
4. Make eye contact with drivers. Smile . Wave. They will usual do it back at you.
5. Obey the lights. We expect drivers to follow signals and drivers get upset, and rightfully so, when people disregard the rules of the road.
6. Don't encourage road rage. We hear too many terrible stories about good judgement going out the window and resulting in injury and death. Gestures and profane language only escalate the situation. I remember that my bike is smaller than the car and much slower. People have very good memories when it comes to "jerks".
7. Hand signals can be confusing. "You go. NO, You go. NO NO, you go.... Don't make the situation uncertain.
8. Figure that everyone is in a hurry and their mind is thinking about where they are going. When I bike I am in a hurry too. I am trying meet some important achievement that can seem trivial if I am injured or I cause an accident.
9. Have a plan. When a situation is looking out of control where do I go and what will I do?
10. Many drivers will go into the crosswalk so they can see the cross traffic. Watch out.
What can you suggest to add. Be safe
I usually don't hurt myself doing bike cleaning, service or repairs , but I did yesterday.
I was cleaning the chain and lubing it for Sunday's Century ride. I found my bike with a rear flat. The new tire was OK , but an old patch had come off ( more about that in another blog). As I was moving the chain on from the small front gear to the middle gear, it snapped in place catching my finger. Blood immediately covered my finger. I did get a 1/4" slice.
I learned that the derailleur spring is powerful and be careful.
Today while fixing my flat I would estimate over 20 runners and cyclists passed by, but only one asked me the question in the title.
I was confident and busy taking care of the repair. I am always trying to look like I know what I am doing (even when I am clueless).
If you need assistance look like it. Wave someone down. Say, "Hey, can you help me?" "Do you have a pump?" Hang you head. Cry. Look at you bike and shake your head in puzzlement.
People will help when given the invite. I have heard many tales of road angels. You can become a road angel too.
What goes through your mind when you see someone along the side of the road?
Do you assess the seriousness of the situation?
What would you do to assist?
Ask if they are OK . It sure helps your spirits to hear someone ask.
What assistance are you able to offer? Do a phone call. Tell them what might help. Do the repair. Offer a tube or patch. Wait there with them until help arrives.
I will think about this. Maybe I can be someone's road angel.
I was OK today. Thanks for asking.
Today was my third flat in over 17,000 miles. I feel pretty lucky. You cannot rely on luck and getting flats is part of riding. There are sharp stones, glass, pieces of metal and who knows what else?
I first thought this was part of a plastic fork, but upon closer examination later I determined it was an animal bone.
I was riding on the Clinton River Trail. Crushed limestone can easily hide such dangers. You can see from the top picture that the puncture was near the side edge of the tread. The puncture liner that I added did not reach that for around. Two of my punctures have come in on the side.
I had everything I needed to fix the tube and tire.
What do you take with you on a ride?
tube, pump, patches and tire levers.
Do you know how to change a tube? Have you practiced?
My observations I do not see those items with most riders.
I know that I could describe what to do, but the first time I tried a complete a roadside repairing I paniced. I ruined my two brand new tubes. I called my son to pick me up 12 miles from home.
What is your plan for flats and a breakdown? Boy Scouts taught me to be prepared.