I'd like to be older when I die
April 20, 2012 10:04 PM Subscribe
I'm seriously thinking of never riding a bike again, having just had my second serious crash in just over a year - despite it being my default mode of transport since I was 12 years old. I don't really want to stop, but I also don't want to end up a vegetable or dead.
What are some non-obvious defensive (bicycle) riding techniques for an experienced rider to start using?
How do you force yourself to learn and use them after 20+ years of habit?
posted by deadwax to health & fitness (58 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
-Both accidents have left me hospitalised with post traumatic amnesia, concussion and various physical problems. I'm lucky to be alive after the most recent. The first accident is a bit of a mystery, I have no memory of it and there were no witnesses. Damage to my bike suggests I was hit by a car. The most recent accident involved me being hit by a taxi. Many witnesses, no fault of mine and the driver is looking at criminal charges from the police.
-I have good habits in terms of helmet wearing (or I'd be dead), light using, riding predictably and obeying road rules.
-I'm not sure what to change to make my riding safer. I try to do everything right, how do I defend against people doing everything wrong?
Talk me out of selling my bike.