On the Road: Whats your biggest fear ??

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by will_start, May 12, 2008.

  1. will_start

    will_start Member

    I considered this a white zone subject, but then maybe its more in General.

    I did a search and found no subjects discussing FEAR.

    When I was learning to surf, the fear of drowning was something
    I had to conquer, and then the fear of sharks whilst surfing alone.

    So when it comes to being out on the road by myself, I find parallels
    with having to break through the fear barriers.

    So three things I think I've conquered.

    1. Falling off due to a back wheel lockup.
    (I did this one already, & the fear has stayed for a while).
    2. The Front Wheel coming off, and going over the handle-bars.
    This has never happened.
    3. Getting run over by a Bus. (This has never happened.)
    Those things weigh alot, and I have to travel in a Bus lane
    to get to work.
    I had a close call with a Bus once, and since then have been ultra
    wary of them.

    So thats my list, whats yours ?
    Dare you to put it down and let it go.

    Feel the Fear and do it anyway. :cool::cool:

    ...and do you feel better for acknowledging the fear in this post ?
    Last edited: May 13, 2008

  2. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    1. Turning a corner and hitting a sand patch. Ouch! Have done it.
    2. Hitting a pot hole, bending the front rim and doing a face plant. Have done it.
    3. The wife when she gets that certain look on her face. :shock: Has done it.
  3. 1 ~ Car doors
    2 ~ Cell phone drivers
    3 ~ Cars turning right when the light turns green oblivious to the fact that you have the right of way
    4 ~ Going so fast that you blow up your engine...which is why I simply cruise.
    5 ~ Locking up
    6 ~ Drunk drivers
    7 ~ Driving at night
    8 ~ Thunder
    9 ~ Lightning
    10~ The way trees move when it's windy out
    11 ~ The exorcist chick
  4. stiche

    stiche New Member

    N.Z. Buses

    I lived in New Zealand for a while and pedaled to work and back. The downtown busses would get 3 in one lane and 3 in the next lane sometmes and I got caught in between them once! I got out alive but 3 busses are scarier than 1.
    Been dumped by sand pactches often.
    Racists get to close in their cars.
    Rednecks get to close in thier cars.
  5. alex

    alex Guest

    I live in Englewood ,FL and as you might have been able to guess, the area that I'm in consists of mostly elderly people who can't see over the steering wheel, one time, I was cruising about 25 mph, and one of them pulled out right in front of me (i was on the sidewalk) and I tried to turn, but I went right over the hood of her car. She got out and was yelling and sceaming angrily at me. Meanwhile, I was in a daze, with the skin on my right shoulder, hands and right but cheek gone and my bike revving out of control in the middle of the street. Anyway, long story short I wound up telling her that it was her fault, but she wouldn't believe me so I got her tag numbers but I didn't report her because 1. I was riding an illegal vehicle on the sidewalk
    2. I left a huge dent on the side of her car and a couple of deep scratches on her hood. (she was driving a brand spankin' new 08 caddilac)
    No, the bike wasn't fine for those of you wondering, I bent the front wheel, and broke my new expansion chamber exhaust and bent the handlebars.
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  6. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    ...that I exist only in someone's dream and he is going to wake up.
  7. eljefino

    eljefino Member

    Mailboxes seem closer to the traffic lanes than they used to be. Or the shoulders have gotten narrower. They really go by fast at 30.
  8. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    In order according to pucker factor:
    1. Moose
    2. Brown bears
    3. RV's
  9. djase10

    djase10 Guest

    Hi ya's

    1)-cars exiting side streets!!
    2)-Going around parked cars in peak hr traffic
    3)-Car doors
    4)-Blind round-abouts

    Good 1
  10. Alan

    Alan Member

    My only fear is the long arm of the law. I tend to look over my shoulder a lot.
  11. Loooookout!!!

    People crossing the road between cars and busses that have stopped and i'm flying down the inside lane.:eek:

    WHAMMO!!! Got insurace Mr? :evil:
  12. Oh; and the exorcist chick :evil: :puke: :shock:
  13. fourfeathers

    fourfeathers Member

    Everything everyone has already mentioned ++++++++++++++ those bleep bleep bleep *DOGS* You know ;the ones that come dashing out of driveways snarling their *****heads off at you; and those that think they can run faster than you're going and suddenly dart in front of you. I've hit three so far and done a 6 metre Harry Houdini, broke a mirror and lost most of the skin off both elbows. If they get to close alongside I've managed to deliver a swift kick to the head which usually sorts them out, they don't expect that. I'ts not that I'm a dog hatter but they are ****** niusence.
  14. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Lipstick swabin textin drunken mirror gazzin swerevin doughnut eatin door flippin day dreamin cellphone talkin redlight runnin CAGERS!
    Other than that, I FEAR NO EVIL!
    Oh I almost forgot!:
    LOL good one Hough!
  15. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Cagers, particularly narrow stretches with no shoulder and cagers.
  16. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Ah... Rubbish...

    I come home drunk and late from the bar just looking for a little old lady (innocently collecting her mail) to leave tire tracks accross.

    It's all in name of Sport I tell ya!
  17. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    cut off and smashed by car or other vehical ((not being seen))
    I also watch for -- sand and gravel on roadway -- can take one down fast
    unseen ((fast)) blow outs
    not being on a ((perfect 90)) when crossing rail tracks -- went down behind this

    I just read a thread here about a front axle breaking
    this is not a common problem
    I don't remember any of our bicycle shop customers having had this happen
    but you know what -- after reading about the event -- like a scary movie -- added to my list

    keep our eyes open as we ride those things
  18. will_start

    will_start Member

    nice set of fears.
    wouldn't it be nice to be free of fear.
    Does it keep us safe or prisoners ?

    I have no answers only questions.
  19. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    that's the question will_start

    that's the question will_start ??

    at many times there may be what we could call -- good ((healthy fears))
    you know the ones
    hot stove -- got burned once -- don't touch
    like being whipped ((real Good)) for someTHING done wrong as a young boy or girl
    remembering in our minds -- our worn out behinds !!

    oh no -- a new poem coming on ?? "Worn Out Behind On My Mind"

    yes -- prisoners of fear
    very interesting as the ((fear thoughts mode)) floats through the mind
    fears can also be ((very very unhealthy))
    as they cause us or may we say one to miss out on so much in life
    I just want to stay home and hide behind the big rock all day -- away from daylight
    don't want to ride my motor bike -- remember I broke my leg back in 1906

    she broke my heart in high school -- causing terrible fear in my life
    30 years ago
    I decided right then
    I would never love again -- and (have not) either looked for or (found love)
    (((((a true sad story))))) of one of my friends at the City job

    Last edited: Jul 2, 2009
  20. bootlegger

    bootlegger Member

    Those white marker poles on the side of the road ESPECIALLY THE STEEL ONES.