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Thread: A weird conclusion to the cx bike cantilever brake question

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    Default A weird conclusion to the cx bike cantilever brake question

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    In a different thread, I asked a question about how to get better braking on my cross bike.

    Well, the situation resolved itself more quickly than I would have thought.

    On my way home Friday, I was hit by a Brit. British dude, head down, hands in his drops riding fast downwind, strayed in to my path on the trail. I yelled and hit the brakes, he looked up, and swerved...

    ... even further to the left, directly in to me. I went over the bars and hit the pavement; he tumbled a good 30 feet off the trail in the grass.

    Fortunately, no serious injuries. He was very apologetic -- just spaced out on the whole "we drive/ride on the right in this country" thing.

    Unfortunately, my bike was totaled (along with a good helmet and a pair of sunglasses). Frame cracked. I will try to salvage the (new) wheels and derailleur.

    The good news? New bike! With disk brakes this time.

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    He buy you the new bike?

    Glad you're ok!

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    No, I can afford new bike no problem. I did the instant forgive and forget, just because he was so apologetic and it was just a pure dumb accident. Besides, that bike was fully depreciated. If he reads this board and wants to do something, WABA's East of the River initiative is a good cause!

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    If someone ran a red light and t-boned my car, totaling it, I don't think I'd say "well, it was just an accident" and go off to start saving for a new car. No one should ever be "head down riding fast in the drops" on a multi-use trail - he bears more responsibility here than you're assigning. If it were me I'd be cashing a check for that new bike right about now.

    I'm glad you're okay though, the description is truly frightening.

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    Bravo, Greenbelt. I'm glad no-one was hurt. Sometimes stuff just happens and I like the way you handled it.

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    Update: Jamis has a deep discount on stock frames under their "crash replacement program." They're sending me a new 2009 SuperNova frame so I can rebuild the cross bike! Probably amounts to about wholesale price with the discount, and seems like a good deal to me, and my shop is going to assemble it with my old bike's parts at cost. So then I'd have a lightweight bike for weekend use as well as the new steel commuter bike -- that will be cool.
    https://www.jamisbikes.com/canada/th..._supernova.pdf

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    Wow. Thank goodness you are ok. Glad you get a new bike. Heard of the Flying Scotsman, now we have a Flying Brit.
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    Default New frame!

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ID:	250Rebuilt bike is sweet. Just rode around the block. Salvaged all the parts off the wrecked bike so didn't have to buy anything new. Except I got some of those cool looking salmon-colored wet weather brake pads this time...
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    Very cool! Jamis is a pretty dang good company to deal with.

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