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Jousting on the Bike is Painful

Monday, I was getting out of the office at around 5:30 pm, and there was still sunlight out.  This was great … I was thinking I might be able to go all the way home in daylight.  In other words, I was in a really good mood.

I took my route through the San Tomas Aquino bike path as usual, and took the Levi’s Stadium detour (passing through where ACE trains stop by on Great America).  Then I get back on a short stretch of a bike path.  Another rider is coming in the opposite direction, and for some reason he ends up in my lane, and I had no time to reach, and we collide.

Damn, that hurt.  He didn’t even ask if I was OK.  All he said was I was going too fast.  I was going 15 mph, but regardless, he should not be in my lane.  It’s a little ironic that they built these bike paths to be safer for us, when in fact I’ve heard from some of my friends that’s where they suffer the most accidents.  I probably should have taken Lawrence Expressway.  At least there, I know exactly what everyone is going to do.

Damage?  Front rim is shot.  Impact but a big dent in the rim, making the wheel out of true.  There goes my nice Williams 30 rim.