The bike is dead, long live the bike…

12 03 2012

… but on the plus side I’m still here!

Sad news on the bike front though. Potentially “the bike” was fatally wounded in a collision with a car door last week. You will be pleased to know that the car door did not make it either, the Horizon gave as good as she got.

I was on the way home from work last Friday in the bike lane when with no time to react the passenger door was swung into my chest. Now although this still sounds bad when I write it a week later I must point out that I was very lucky. If the impact of the corner of the door was any higher then it would have been throat, teeth, eyes and it would have been much more serious. Also there was a conveniently placed wall that I landed on, as opposed to the floor which likely would have meant wrists or collarbones. As it happened I escaped with a dent in my chest, whiplash and the usual cuts and bruises.

I was well pleased with the emergency services response. Within 10 minutes there was 3 paramedics (2 vehicles), a passing doctor, 3 fireman and later in A&E another doctor and a policeman; all of whom were very good with me. To be fair to the people in the car responsible they seemed really nice and were of course incredibly apologetic. They also made sure I got their details, something I was incapable of thinking about and then they reported it to the police too.

All this has of course given me the excuse to take up one of my favorite hobbies legitimately- surfing the net for “bike porn” as Rose calls it. I’m thinking (dreaming) of a Surly Long Haul Trucker.




2 responses

24 03 2013
Bryan Keith

Terry mentioned that you were pretty happy about your bikes — so much so that you don’t use them around Antalya for fear of them getting stolen. Of course, he didn’t know what they were. “Thorn?” I asked. Haha, good guess, I just read that you both have Sherpas.

Now I read here that you were also considering the LHT. That’s what I have. Nice choices! 🙂

I must say, however, that you ought to ride them around Antalya. What good is a bike if it’s too nice to use it??!! And I also must say, I’m sure glad the car door didn’t turn out worse. I had the same thing happen (with even less traumatic results) when I cycled into Belgrade a while back.

See you soon.


25 03 2013

Hi Brian. I agree with the theory about a bike should not be too precious to ride. But when you’ve had as many stolen as us it does make you a little cautious. We still ride in Antalya, but on the old ‘run arounds’ we have. A LHT was my dream but the Sherpas were the ones that we could get hold of second hand, and we are indeed well pleased. See you Friday for a (car door free) ride.

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