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Old 04-25-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Road Hazard Today

My first road hazard was a blow-out from a tractor trailer on 295N in the New Jersey. I was keeping a distance of appx. 6 or 7 car lengths at 70 mph. In slow motion I could see appx. 3/4 of a tire flip up from behind the the trailer that I was following. MY first reaction was limited....I thought I was in my car rather than on my bike. I have been programed not to swerve from lane to lane trying to avoid road hazards while driving my car. However, running into 3/4 of a trailer tire would no doubt cause you to go down on a bike. I was fortunate enough to lean my body and my bike a split second before impact and narrowly avoided the tire.

I was fully aware that I was on my bike prior to this happening...I was keeping a greater safety zone around me and I was paying more attention to my mirrors. However, I had a memory lapse and seemed to revert to my "car driving technique."

Common, or un-common? Anyone else have a similar experience?
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:09 PM   #2
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Instinctive I guess. I spend more time on bikes than in my truck so........ That tire comin at ya gets your attention dont it!
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:25 AM   #3
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I sometimes reach for a stick shift to down shift when needing to slow down quickly - I haven't done this on a bike, but have done this in automatic trucks. I just looked kind of stupid or scared since it looked like I was bracing for a crash.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:39 AM   #4
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:00 PM   #5
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Common, or un-common? Anyone else have a similar experience?
I've been riding for 37 years. I've had to avoid all sorts of crap(mostly caused by Minivans lately). Never had to deal with a blown tire though!

Is it common to have a lapse of attention? Sure, but make them short and rare.

Is it common to have to avoid stuff that can kill you? Yes, get good at it.

I don't know how long you have been riding, but what you did that day was good enough. You even realized you could have done better, work that angle.
Good job lad!
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:13 PM   #6
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I've been riding for 37 years. I've had to avoid all sorts of crap(mostly caused by Minivans lately). Never had to deal with a blown tire though!

Is it common to have a lapse of attention? Sure, but make them short and rare.

Is it common to have to avoid stuff that can kill you? Yes, get good at it.

I don't know how long you have been riding, but what you did that day was good enough. You even realized you could have done better, work that angle.
Good job lad!
MotoradMIke - I share your thoughts...instinctively, I realized I had to lean to avoid injury. But to be honest, I was upset with myself for not reacting quicker.

I rode for appx 5 years during my late teens and early twenties. I took a long break from bilkes....appx 15 years....working, raising kids, etc....I'm sorry I took such a long break because I love the solitude, open air, and the ability to just get lost (literally & figuratively) when I'm on my bike. 99% of my experience when I was kid was in driving in the city (Phila) at 35 - 50 mph...not much highway experience.

I am thankful that I didn't not get hurt and will learn to react quicker.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
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I am thankful that I didn't not get hurt and will learn to react quicker.
Good attitude.

Riding in NJ is way different from riding around rural Ontario but there is still lots you can do to reduce risk. Take the long way 'round, don't ride at night, avoid busy intersections ...

I guess I'm just trying to say that you are way ahead of the masses by recognizing a "deficiency" and working to improve it.

I'm also saying I feel the same way you do when shit happens. Could've done that better, bit slow on the brakes, don't like that I locked up the back wheel, why am I between these trucks...

The learning should never stop, when it does - quit.

Sorry if it seems like a lecture, I'm on your side.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:43 PM   #8
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southbound 95 just outside of philly had a big truck blow a tire.

was surprised how much smoke was created by the event...almost completely obscured the road.

happened far enough ahead that i was able to slow before entering the cloud...everybody slowed down and picked their way through.

since then, i give trucks wide berth if traffic is moving fast.

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