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wheels&wings
03-12-2015, 11:54 AM
Hi everyone.

I am trying to find out which un-lucky BAFS rider has fallen the most times since January 1st… I’m talking real plunges to the pavement/ice/snow… bruised butts, knees, or egos….

I’ll start. I went down five times since January 1st (three of them last Friday). And you? Am I the winner? :+)

jrenaut
03-12-2015, 11:57 AM
Just once. Extremely embarrassing, not very painful.

Brünø Moore
03-12-2015, 12:07 PM
Three times, all in one week—but at least the first time I landed in snow. Third time was in mud and crud (bleeechhhhhhhhhhhh), and second was on (in?) an icy expansion joist in the middle of 8th NW (and is why I'm in the market for a new helmet).

The important thing is, though, that my trusty Marmot coat doesn't even show scuff marks from any of these hard landings. That's some serious textile engineering right there.

Greenbelt
03-12-2015, 12:10 PM
I am zero for 2015 so far on falls. I've had to drop the bike a couple times, but stayed on my feet.

Therefore I lose. Or maybe I win. Always confused...

dkel
03-12-2015, 12:13 PM
One time: first snow ride (on that awful Tuesday that no one thought would be a big deal) I hopped on the bike and wasn't expecting so much rolling resistance as I tried to clip my right foot in. Ground to a halt and tipped over on my left side, since I then couldn't get that foot unclipped. Hadn't even left the driveway yet. Other than that, no falls. Well, I did bang my...uh...let's just say I landed on my top tube one time, but that wasn't really a fall.

vern
03-12-2015, 12:29 PM
Four times...3 riding slicks where the ice didn't cooperate, and once, last Friday, riding knobbies, where that damn dog ran out in front of me whilst on ice. I've still got a nasty bruise from that one.

Phatboing
03-12-2015, 12:30 PM
Twice: Once on the Bikenetic ride to Buzz Bakery - we went over a bridge section that was all ice, and I was one of the two silly persons not riding on studly tires. I made it far enough to scream "we're all gonna die!" before going down, though.

The second time wasn't really a fall so much as it was trying to injure various parts of my bike by using my body.

lordofthemark
03-12-2015, 12:42 PM
Turns out my last fall was actually on Dec 31, 2014 so zero, but just barely.

Raymo853
03-12-2015, 01:53 PM
Once, which is not enough. I never crash anymore proving I am not riding correctly.

ShawnoftheDread
03-12-2015, 01:56 PM
Like I'm going to jinx it by posting about it.

Oops.

vvill
03-12-2015, 02:03 PM
Three falls. That I can remember.

Dickie
03-12-2015, 02:08 PM
Three falls all in powder, but that last one was close as the snow was hiding a jagged metal post that nearly impaled me…. luckily I made snow angles not real ones.

ian74
03-12-2015, 02:17 PM
Twice for me. Once during the first week, which banged me up pretty good, and a less severe one on Tuesday this week, where the one tiny patch of ice on the CCT at the DC/MD line took me out as I rode about 2 mph over it trying to "be careful of the ice." Other people walked their bikes around it just in front of me...I was like....pshhhh..I can ride over this. But I failed.

I think I have whiplash and my butt has a bruise. I'm glad I have ample padding.

Rockford10
03-12-2015, 02:31 PM
None. But, if I see any snow or ice I immediately hop off the bike and burst into tears about riding in situations I'm not comfortable with.

(Not exactly true, but true enough. Please don't ask how many times I've done this in 2015.)

rcannon100
03-12-2015, 02:37 PM
None. But, if I see any snow or ice I immediately hop off the bike and burst into tears about riding in situations I'm not comfortable with.

(Not exactly true, but true enough. Please don't ask how many times I've done this in 2015.)

Funny, was about to say the same thing. And for me its entirely true. I'm a chicken and proud of it.

Phatboing
03-12-2015, 04:01 PM
Oh oh oh... another one:

But does it count if my bike fell but I didn't?

On the day of the first proper snow, I was riding the fixie for the 2nd time evar, and going really slow. On the slight dip from Providence St turning left onto Oak St in Vienna, I was going still slower because it was so slippery, and at one point the bike slipped and just .. went away. I wasn't clipped to it, so it was definitely surprising to find myself standing at the top of the hill while my bike found its way into a ditch. I didn't even have enough forward momentum to stumble or nothin' - just "now my feets are on pedals ... and now on ground".

Boomer2U
03-12-2015, 04:20 PM
Twice, both on my roadie w/ slicks. The first one was in GTown on M Street during PM rush hour after a big snow fall. A big SUV cut me off leaving me no escape. So I dumped the bike into an icy snow bank. Still have the scabs from that one.
The second one was on the WOD snowfield under the Rt 50 overpass. I was going through it too slow and when I torqued the crank, the back tire went out from underneath me, and I went down, more embarrassed than anything else. But since there were no witnesses, does it count?

sethpo
03-12-2015, 05:30 PM
Just the once last Wednesday in the afternoon ice storm. My knee is still swollen but the resulting GIF (http://share.gifyoutube.com/KdrNaW.gif) makes it acceptable.

Steve O
03-12-2015, 06:05 PM
Funny, but I'm not actually sure. I seem to remember sliding down twice during the first storm, the morning I met Powerful P (I was forced onto my road bike because my toodler bike was at the shop). I don't think I've had any falls since then, though. If so, they were not memorable enough to recall. Looks like you are still leading w&w.

consularrider
03-12-2015, 08:44 PM
I definitely took a fall in Athens, OH on the ice (should have gone ahead and put on the studded tire wheel set for that night time ride), but am not sure if any of what I did on the fat bike in the snow counted as falling or just dismounting since I mostly landed on my feet.

Vicegrip
03-12-2015, 10:25 PM
Twice for me so far. One was a slow plop while not looking where I was going. The other would have been fun to watch. The IRoD got a hold of me and tracked me off trail but not without a long wobbly fight. Ended in a snow angel of sorts. Took a picture. Will have to find it.

wheels&wings
03-12-2015, 10:30 PM
Wow. Really interesting to hear the absurd, sometimes painful, often funny-only-in-retrospect stories of what we’ve been through. Please be assured my “likes” were a sign of appreciation and not sadism. :+)

I’ve just had the unexpected good news that my schedule has shifted and I’ll be able to attend the final happy hour – I am thrilled! – so I was exploring the possibility of giving a pointless prize for the most falls. But from this exercise I have determined the utter stupidity of such a designation, since I’d be awarding it to myself. :+)

But thank you for sharing. Healing wishes to those still nursing their bumps and bruises! w&w

baiskeli
03-13-2015, 08:57 AM
I've only fallen once in 25 or so years of cycling. I even managed to not fall when hit by a car - it gently slid against me as it was turning, and though I lost my balance I somehow managed to land on my feet, kinda like Phatboing.

Terpfan
03-13-2015, 09:16 AM
It depends upon how you count falling. But I would say twice. Once on the iced over boardwalk bridge just north of OT/powerplant on the MVT to whatever that island is called. That was one was just funny given how I watched someone else fall and thought oh I'll go a little slower and be fine--yah, nope. I made it 10' more than the other ride and then the tires just slide to a 90 degree angle from underneath me. I kind of fell once right as I was leaving work because of a little ice, but into a nice comfy bush. Now, if you count when I unclip and am walking the bike to my shed...well, at least once, maybe twice more as this little wooden walkway becomes like ice with any moisture to my bike shoes. But that's a walking fall, which I don't really count as a fall. (I've fallen more this winter than ever before).

Greenbelt
03-13-2015, 11:05 AM
I definitely took a fall in Athens, OH on the ice (should have gone ahead and put on the studded tire wheel set for that night time ride), but am not sure if any of what I did on the fat bike in the snow counted as falling or just dismounting since I mostly landed on my feet.

In my reckoning, unintended dismounts when the bike falls but you stay upright on your feet do NOT count as falls. I've had to ditch the bike a couple times in snow and ice but haven't hit the deck yet with my own torso or upper parts. So I'm claiming zero.

elwbikes
03-13-2015, 12:20 PM
I only fell once (that I recall), on a small icy descent. I hit my head, got road salt all over my boots/pants, and had to get a new helmet (because I hit the ground somewhat hard).

CPTJohnC
03-17-2015, 09:24 AM
Once. Bikenetic MTB ride back at the beginning of February. Several witnesses. Clearly I should stick to the road.

creadinger
03-17-2015, 09:34 AM
Once - While confirming the terrible condition of the MVT a couple of weeks ago. The jogger rut was iced over near the airport and I did a low speed keel over. Knee was a little sore afterward, but worst part was I somehow ended up back heeling my chainring and got some shallow gashes in my calf area despite wearing 3 layers at the time. I shudder to think what would have happened to my bare leg!

Ice can suck a big fat one.

Jason B
03-17-2015, 10:23 AM
Not once, but then again, ever since I built a wood platform for my computrainer, it is way more stable.....
let me have it, you moosemit-wearing-seven-layered-stinking-onions. Yea that's right, your co-workers are only being polite so I will say it for them, "you stink big time". That three second wipe you did in the bathroom didn't do jack! They can all smell you. Didn't you ever wonder why they have less meeting in the winter?!? And No, that Ibex wool base layer can not be worn as a stylish European sweater, its a damn smelly undershirt! And double No, wool cannot be worn 7 times before washing it. Your think your hair is cool and spiky, but we all know it is sweat and grime holding it up. Yea, I said it!:p

Great job to all of you, for this was a horrendous, unforgiving winter. You are all a bunch of grimy, stinky, poorly dressed, tough swashbuckling biking pirates that i bow to. BRAVO!

ShawnoftheDread
03-17-2015, 10:54 AM
Didn't you ever wonder why they have less meeting in the winter?!? !

So smelling = winning.

PotomacCyclist
03-17-2015, 01:12 PM
This is probably why I never sign up for BAFS. That plus I don't like riding in freezing weather. Yes, I am not a friend of Snow Miser.

[I also confuse BAFS with BASF.]