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    Headfirst, off the bridge

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    I was riding alone this morning. I hit a wet bridge and my tires slipped. As I was flying headfirst off the bridge into the water, the thought flashed through my head that this was going to suck.
    The water was little more than a foot deep, but that's all it takes when you find yourself in it upside-down. I got a mouth full of swampy water and my every instinct told me to get myself right-side up, then out of the water. But my only thoughts were of my iphone, which was in my back jersey pocket.
    I was soaked through, from head to toe, but somehow my jacket must have protected my phone, because it survived. It was 45 degrees Fahrenheit, however, so that was the end of my ride.

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    I think everyone who wears a helmit should carry around an old crank arm, then when you see someone without a helmit on, give them a good wack in the head. That'll teach them to flaut their helmit-less noggins out in public.

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    Glad to read your OK, F the Iphone; that can be replaced.

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    Dang, glad you got out of that situation in one piece, although it can't have been a fun ride back to the trailhead.

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    Well that sucks but at least you're okay...and your phone too.

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    Got to hate those wet wooden bridges!

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    you should have learned two important things today. Wood is slippery when wet, and always keep your phone in a zip lock bag.
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    After watching one of my friends do the same and slipping on a "slick" rock crossing I am very careful when riding wet bridges and slick creek crossings by myself.

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    Yup
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    Two lessons I already knew, but apparently needed a reminder. I forgot a ziplock this morning and wasn't about to turn back for one. And since I was riding alone, I wasn't about to leave the phone in the car either. Oh well, that worked out fine.
    The wet bridge was unforgiving. I know better. But after hitting enough wet roots just right, I guess I let my guard down. WET BRIDGES ARE LIKE ICE.

    And yes, the ride back to the car was pretty cold. There was a quicker route back that was mostly pavement, but that would have been colder. Not to mention boring. I'm looking forward to July!
    Quote Originally Posted by trogdor
    I think everyone who wears a helmit should carry around an old crank arm, then when you see someone without a helmit on, give them a good wack in the head. That'll teach them to flaut their helmit-less noggins out in public.

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    What's wrong with you people? The victim is clearly shown in both photos and nobody bothers to ask if the bike is OK?

    Looks like you live to ride another day! Be careful on those greasy bridges.

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    You're so right steiny. How's the bike?!

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    Haha, the bike's just fine. Me, on the other hand, well there's something going on in my back that I suspect will be worse in the morning.
    Quote Originally Posted by trogdor
    I think everyone who wears a helmit should carry around an old crank arm, then when you see someone without a helmit on, give them a good wack in the head. That'll teach them to flaut their helmit-less noggins out in public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianW. View Post
    I am very careful when riding wet bridges and slick creek crossings by myself.
    And when you're not by yourself, not being careful must lead to endless entertainment for those with you

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    That reminds me of this clip from one of my favourite local tracks.


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    Tee Hee

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    Smile Thanks

    I was just starting to get over my fear of narrow bridges.
    So, how do you feel the morning after?
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    Wet bridges are the devil's spawn.

    So are mossy creek crossings.

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    Thanks for sharing. Bummer on the crash but hey, glad you're OK and glad the phone is OK. And, you have one fun story to pass on with your family and friends. Sure beats work..............

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    that is to good
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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny View Post
    What's wrong with you people? The victim is clearly shown in both photos and nobody bothers to ask if the bike is OK?
    It's a sad state of affairs when the bike's health is secondary to that of the iPhone.

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    Get yourself a lifeproof iphone case,
    not cheap, but saves iphone lives...
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    You're not alone. I have a iphone phobia about getting it wet. I even dream (nightmares?) about it. Weird. I know.

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    I have done a creek crossing before(no bridge) 1 ft deep. slipped on a rock. soaked the rest of the ride. I just told my buddies i was training for a Tri. Gotta get the swimming in

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    Glad you're Ok and the bike and iphone both survived. Just curious, how fast were you going when you hit the bridge and did you enter the bridge straight on or come at it on an angle?

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    I was coasting down a little hill after a climb that winded me, so I wasn't going too fast, maybe 12 mph, I don't know, pretty much just riding along. And yeah, that bridge is almost impossible to hit straight, unless you come to an almost complete stop, so I definitely hit it at an angle. Stupid me, I know better, but I'm the kind of guy who needs a reminder now and then.

    Today was as expected - some back pain from some muscles that got strained or twisted, but otherwise mobile.

    Really the worst part about the whole thing was that there were no friends to witness it.
    Quote Originally Posted by trogdor
    I think everyone who wears a helmit should carry around an old crank arm, then when you see someone without a helmit on, give them a good wack in the head. That'll teach them to flaut their helmit-less noggins out in public.

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