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    My favorite Jerry Garcia quote:

    "It's clear that somebody has to do something, and it's incredibly pathetic that it has to be us."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    The S of Eternal Peril is an easy place to crash... even for people who have ridden it for years. Someone (my guess is that it might be the people doing tree work there a few weeks back) had an equipment failure and oil was spilled. At first they spread wood chips to cover the oil. The wood chips were later replaced by sand. Someone should have put oil-dry down on it day 1 and the problem would have been solved. As it was, oily sand kind of got tracked up and down the path and it was a little more slippery for a while.

    The oil spill was actually at the bottom, when all the turning is done. It hasn't really been more slippery than the rest of the trail for a few days, but I still treat it gingerly.
    Dirt, your theory makes most sense. For weeks, I saw wood chips and sand later. I saw wet grey color mud covering it on the day I got wiped out. I was trying to figure out how it got there. My original guess was mud slide from the hills but it didn't have the same color. There was tree work on that day as well. If I follow the water flow, it came down the hill to my wipe out area.

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    Sorry to hear about your crash + injury. Heal up.

    I commute on 700x23s and while it's not ideal, I'm yet to puncture - excepting the morning I crashed (also on the Custis) and broke my arm. (I've only had one other puncture on these tires in ~1400mi, around Leesburg on the W&OD when I carelessly went straight over a sharp rock.)

    Actually after my crash a lot of thoughts went through my head about what I did wrong, how dangerous really is cycling?, etc For a time I was thinking that I should be commuting on a 26" with Big Apples and disc brakes but now I have a lot more miles on my road bike I'm fine with it. I think I learned a lot from that crash.


    I do wish I had a CX bike to commute on, since my road bike will only take 25s max, or possibly smaller 28s.

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    I'm going to build up a super light 29er for phun. Slap some phatties on it and get some super traction. NO MORE FALLS!

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    it is hard to tell exactly where you lost control. I generally refer to that entire stretch as "the S Curve of Death", starting where (headed east) you proceed downhill from the Lee Hwy overpass through the curves until extreme caution is no longer needed. It sounds like you definitely fell somewhere at that point. I did a few years ago when my rear 26 x 2.0 Conti Town and Country tire slipped out from under me. The pavement was a bit damp but I think a twig, say the width of a pencil, was what caused me to lose control.

    Since then I have been extremely careful. Once I was going so slow I even got passed by an idiot on a fixed gear bike going downhill there, guy flew past me on the inside. I don't think you can chalk up your fall to any one thing, it just happens there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffC View Post
    it is hard to tell exactly where you lost control. I generally refer to that entire stretch as "the S Curve of Death", starting where (headed east) you proceed downhill from the Lee Hwy overpass through the curves until extreme caution is no longer needed. It sounds like you definitely fell somewhere at that point. I did a few years ago when my rear 26 x 2.0 Conti Town and Country tire slipped out from under me. The pavement was a bit damp but I think a twig, say the width of a pencil, was what caused me to lose control.

    Since then I have been extremely careful. Once I was going so slow I even got passed by an idiot on a fixed gear bike going downhill there, guy flew past me on the inside. I don't think you can chalk up your fall to any one thing, it just happens there.
    Heading towards Rosslyn on the Custis Trail, it sounds like he fell at the left turn immediately after emerging from the underpass under I-66, where the trail parallels the parking lot of the Italian Store center.

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    that's exactly where i get on the trail on the way to DC (I come down Lee Hwy, and then cross at the pedestrian light)

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    that's exactly where i get on the trail on the way to DC (I come down Lee Hwy, and then cross at the pedestrian light)
    Exactly where I was thinking, yeah.

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    If I understand, the site of the accident is also generally under the 66 overpass. Shaded. Less sunlight to zap ice, moisture, oily goop.... whatever. Probably a little cooler under the bridge too.

    Do you think the troll under this bridge is related to the troll under the Roosevelt bridge, the one that keeps wiping out bikes on the boardwalk path?

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    That is the extract location. I'm the water is coming down the hill and on to Lee highway and brings some slick stuff with it. The rear wheel just slide off ,no wobbling, no way to recovery.

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