Unluckiest bike day ever?

I want to hear your stories of (now funny) bike calamities after my day!

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04/06/2013 at 10:50

Yesterday I decided to cycle my 7 mile commute to work. Not a problem except one pot hole, a dud spare tube, and a total fail when negotiating a kerb (blew both tyres and went flying) I had managed to go through 4 tubes in one day. 

So 4 tubes in 14 miles (the accident was on the way home). Can anyone beat that for cycling mishaps?

04/06/2013 at 11:54

Nope you take the cake

I did go through a phase of many, many punctures on my hybrid after the farmers had cut the hedgerows and left crap all over the lanes  

04/06/2013 at 11:57

When I was younger ( a lot younger) I spent about 3 years wearing a brace to straighten my front teeth. Eventually the big day arrived to have them removed - a few days later over the handle bars and broken front teeth!!! Result a p*ssed off dentist!!)

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/06/2013 at 12:18

Quite a few years ago having collectively run out of tubes and having sent my riding buddies on to the end to collect a car and rescue me.

I spent 90 mins sheltering in a ditch in almost zero degrees sheltering from horizontal rain/hail.

Edited: 04/06/2013 at 12:19
04/06/2013 at 12:26

Few years ago when i was care free and a bit mental.

Miss judged a jump on a trails bike and hit the front wheel, which in turn tossed me over the handle bars and into a heap on the floor 

Another time i hit the handle bars on a post, and again, tossed me off the bike and winded me.....that was not fun.

04/06/2013 at 12:37

Since January this year with my first proper bike with cleats, I have hit 1 stationary car, 1 slow moving car, Ive had 3 traffic light topples and have killed next doors hedge, but my best was a spectacular topple into a ditch with my bike still attached to me and getting stuck upside down in a puddle while my O-H was uncontrollably laughing, I only slowed to wait for her but as I turned to look for her I lost my balance.

No punctures yet though (touch wood)

04/06/2013 at 12:53

I have chain ring scars on the back of my ankle which have received more than one admiring comment from cycling friends.... little do they know that they were not caused by some amazing bunny hop fail or a Pyreneen high speed descent incident but a poorly executed turn at approximately 0.134mph. 

I also have nasty scars to shoulder and elbow from a road interface moment which took place 49.2 miles from home into a 100 mile bike ride. There was no quick way back. I had no choice but to get back on my bike and carry on. I got lots of (wo)man points for bravery from my riding buddies that day. 

04/06/2013 at 13:28

We were cycling back from a camping trip, and at the first uphill I complained that the back tyre felt bit flat ( a common thing for me when I feel I'm not going very fast uphill - it's always the tyres! ). Eventually, bf agreed to have a look. The tiny pump we had with us makes it very hard to put the last bit of air in when they tyre is almost fully inflated already so instead bf managed to rip the bottom of the valve. I think this happened again on the first spare tube. Then bf lost his rag, threw the pump on the ground which made it unusable as it broke. So, bf had to cycle to nearest town, about 10-15 miles away. I carried walking with the bike and all the camping gear in the same direction. After about an hour we met on the road side, he'd bought a new inner tube and a pump. However, the inner tube had a presto valve and the tube that came with the pump was broken! Thankfully at that moment, a couple of proper cyclists came round the bend and I waved them to a stop and one of them lend us his gas canister. (Now I'm afraid to compain about flat tyres...)

04/06/2013 at 13:41

Ha Ha, we should all get together a start a support group for victims of cycling

04/06/2013 at 13:44

Two cycle rides recently of less than 2 miles resulting in inner tube failures.  The second one resulted in a rather loud explosion as I got on to my bike at my local farm shop and cafe on a lovely, busy, sunny day...  So embarassing!

The lesson I have learnt is do not buy cheap inner tubes (Raleigh ones from Go Outdoors) with lots of ridges as when these ridges fail you can't repair the stupid things!

I now have better inner tubes and a straightened back whell on my bike and managed 4 miles before a puncture on Friday which was repairable and did 21 in total.  I am hoping I have broken the rear inner tube failure curse that has been haunting me this year!

04/06/2013 at 14:19


Did get me thinking - when was the last time I fell off my bike: I was about 10 doing a "Milk" triathlon in Ipswich. I fell off going too fast coming into a downhill bend. Destroyed my helmet. Paramedic allowed me to get back on and finish - I was destraught that my mum's car journey would have been wasted (must have driven around 100 miles)

Got loads of claps for being "that girl who came off her bike". I quite enjoyed the rest of it! 

04/06/2013 at 16:23

If this thread had been started at about 12:30 today I would have assumed someone had seen me a few minutes before.

i have not fallen off my bike before but today did it twice within ten minutes!

firstly just when I was setting off and got my feet clipped in my wife decided to ring and I hit the brakes before I clipping feet resulting in a cut and bleediknighthood knee. Nothing too bad so after phone call carried on as we arranged to meet in town for a coffee, just getting into centre i slowed for some railings uncliiping left foot gust as someone stepped out in front of me I had to turn right to avoid them, a sudden turn and right foot still clipped in and gravity did the rest. Not sure how but left leg got intwined in the bike so when I went down sharp pain in left calf and bruising coming out from ankle to above knee!

apart from that I have had a great day !

04/06/2013 at 16:25

Auto correct !!  Bleeding knee not bleeding knighthood 

Ironholgs    pirate
04/06/2013 at 16:40

Once lost a saddle less than 2 miles into a half Ironman ( managed to finish the race ).

Wouldn't want to repeat that again.

04/06/2013 at 18:34

My friends first triathalon was pretty much ruined by him borrowing his bosses bike and finding out after the swim that it had a puncture. 

He almost thanked his boss for lending him the bike

Mr StOat    pirate
04/06/2013 at 18:55

First time I rode up a kerb I didn't know you were supposed to lift the front wheel, 6 feet flying into a hedge

Did a wheelie once only to see the front wheel roll off into the distance

Had the handlebars snap off the stem whilst riding

All if these were a few years ago, obviously I've not done anything daft for ages







04/06/2013 at 19:36

Oh I did come off the other week but it's so sad there was no race or tri attached to it!  I came up behind a car leaving from work (the car was in a line of cars waiting for the gates to open) and I was concentrating on getting my right foot unclipped as it is always the harder of the two to unclip, so I could swipe my security pass and I reached out tot car infront of me so I could unclip my foot and the car then went forward like a foot and I went down like a tonne of bricks shot my arms out and my left knee took the brunt of it - awesome bruises tho'  

04/06/2013 at 21:19

February last year, doing a 30 mile early morning ride.I took a short cut through a car park and crashed straight into the exit barrier at 20 mph.Resulted in some bike gymnastics,a spectacular somersault over said barrier with the bike still attached to my feet then me lying on the ground wondering what had just happened.Handlebars bent,gear changer smashed, huge briuses and a very uncomfortable 15 mile bike ride home stuck on the big cog 

07/06/2013 at 00:44

A couple of weeks ago I went downstairs before work to change the inner tube on the bike that I use in the city. The rims are really big so it was difficult to find a replacement. I had purchased it after much searching, from an area of Bogotá that is a little dodgy, but has loads of bike shops mixed in with the prostitutes and dealers.

While changing the tube it punctured again, and rather than go upstairs, I licked it to check where the hole was before proceeding to fix the problem (I know, I know).

Several hours later I was starting to come around and found myself in a Colombian hospital accident and emergency. Tubes sticking out of me, MRI, CAT scans, Spinal taps, blood and urine tests. You name it, they did it! And I was stuck there for several days while they 'observed' me.

Thieves put powder made from lillies on paper, or blow it into people's faces and drug them then rob them here. The doctors believe that it was on the inner tube, left there by someone who had been handling it or part of a botched attempt to rob me (Silver lining!)

I have now missed a couple of weeks training, but back on the bike and off swimming this weekend...and LOADS of people visited me to cheer me up, which made me feel much more at home


07/06/2013 at 01:34

Last week (honestly), I got a puncture in my rear bike tyre.  I guess it's my first one in 15 years - though I don't do anything like the miles of you triathletes.

In the car, I drive 25,000 miles.  I honestly don't think I've had a puncture since the mid 1980s.

What are you lot doing wrong?

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