Crashes Some days you shouldn't get out of bed

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by Fabian, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    The likelihood of surviving the ridiculously steep fire access trail that i was trying to negotiate was nothing less than a suicidal attempt, but sometimes ambition tries to overcome the laws of physics; especially when the bicycle trailer is trying to jackknife the bike; shortly followed by the trail turning from dry ground into an even steeper & muddier slope; preventing any chance of turning around.
    Today was the first time that i've crashed once (spectacularly) and been "run over" twice; firstly by flying through the air and impacting the deck; head first, then being run over by the bike, followed shortly thereafter by the trailer as the kit and caboodle careened over the top of me at speed which wasn't going to present a good outcome.

    Although i'm not feeling particularly comfortable, it was all worth it (purely to gather data for science); showing that the human body is capable not only of unpowered mid-air flight, but also surviving a double hit and run.


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  2. Bgard

    Bgard New Member

    Man that's going to hurt tomorrow, trust me.
     
  3. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    The day that was yesterday, and which is now today has brought forward body aches and pains straight from the hurt locker.
    Somehow i've managed to twist up my right ankle (that didn't give me any pain yesterday) and i'm feeling like my left shoulder and left hip has been hit by a sledge hammer (both not giving me any real pain yesterday) as well as my ribs taking a battering, but strangely my head is perfectly fine, despite giving me one he!! of a serious headache yesterday.
     
  4. Bgard

    Bgard New Member

    Travel and learn. I have had my share of wipeouts over the years. My best one was on a trail mountainbiking in a place called Hardwood Hills in Ontario. It was doing a run called the coffee grinder. It was a long 2 km. down hill run. Near the end of the trail I caught a glims of a caution sign. Came up on a descent jump about 8 feet in the air and the trail under me took a sharp 90. Straight into a bunch of trees. man did I hurt. Lesson learned.
     
  5. Pablo

    Pablo Motored Bikes Sponsor

    Glad you are OK. Thanks for taking one for science and the team.

    I still can't get over the amount of lights and stuff on your bars. You are my hero!
     
  6. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    That looks like it was one spectacular biffler.You're going to have to come up with the first electronic trailer brake for bike trailers.
     
  7. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    @ Pablo

    You can never have enough lights. How many times have car drivers said (after cleaning up a cyclist) that they didn't see the cyclist, despite having working (front and rear) lights fitted to the bike.

    Someone described my bike coming down the road as a low flying, slow moving UFO, so i'm guessing that my bike is reasonably visible on the road.
     
  8. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    That thought has been going through my mind for the last 12 months: how do i fit a servo motor actuated disk brake and caliper system to the trailer and have it wirelessly activated from the front brake lever, as well as being able to dial in an adjustable level of trailer to bike brake bias.

    It's doing my head in, because if i had trailer brakes i would be able to tackle more difficult and frighteningly treacherous terrain, though the scenery in some of these places is spectacularly beautiful.
    I've even though of attaching a small electric winch to the rear of the bike trailer so in can winch my way down some of the (triple black diamond) mountain tracks that i want to have a go at.
     
  9. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    That sounds something straight out of a Warner Bros cartoon: Wile E. Coyote vs Road Runner - always a 90 degree turn with a cliff face and 3,000 feet of air between paws and ground.
     
  10. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    Not too hard to do, get a cheap 2ch surface radio (used ebay) , splice an extension to the gimble potentiometer you plan to use, defeat the other gimble, maybe a Bendix hub on the trailer, a jumbo linear servo for the trailer/RX, then it's just figuring out what kind of linkage to make the hand lever trigger the gimble, I'm thinking an internal aileron turnbuckle and clevis with some strong music wire.That would give you adjustable pull (if you kept the trim) and manual braking as well.Now finding a place on the bars for the stuff??Wink.
    This may be overkill, but you get the idea:http://www.servocity.com/html/linear_servos.html
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2013
  11. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link. Now can you post a link for a small wirelessly operated winch :evilgrin:
     
  12. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Now this is a novel, yet simple method of operating bicycle trailer brakes, even though they are not using disk brakes, but it's better than nothing:

     
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  13. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    Everything you need to make your own mini wireless winch is also on that site, pulleys/motors/controllers.
     
  14. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    Gee Fabe,
    that's what happens when you don't have enuff
    stuff on your handlebars.:devilish:
     
  15. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I need to bolt on another set of handle bars to attach more brake levers !!!
     
  16. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    And a blonde on the back to operate them.
     
  17. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    or maybe up the front...
     
  18. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    Then if you did crash, at least it would cushion the blow.
     
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