About a month ago. my friend and neighbor - let's just call him "Kyle" - had posted on the Interwebs that he had crashed on his bike. Thankfully he was OK - just a mild concussion and now in the market for a new helmet.
We stopped by for a visit to check on him and asked Who/What/Where/When/Why/How, and "Kyle" informed us that he flipped right in front of our house.
Which got us thinking...
About 2 years ago to prepare for cyclocross season, we planned a ride on the bike path from our house to our local CX park and back. We rolled out, and were turning off the street onto the trail and heard the unmistakeable sound of a bike locking up cantilever brakes and hitting the deck.
I looked back to find Kyle sitting in the street, with his bike perfectly balanced on the stem and seat, wheels spinning. Something like this:
We confirmed with our friend Nic that this in fact did happen and we weren't imagining this. Apparently "Kyle" didn't see we were turning, looked up and grabbed ALL the front brake.
The story on Crash 2 was that my neighbor was mowing the lawn, and Kyle being a friendly guy waved to said neighbor. At this point "a rock" made contact with his front wheel and his hand missed the bar. We are in the process of conducting neighbor interviews.
We then started running some analysis. Google Maps calculated the distance between our house and the CX crash, #1. About 466 feet away, and the yellow arrow indicates direction of travel, sign indicates approximate location.
We then plotted the approximate location of crash #2. See below, direction of travel indicated by yellow arrow.
Clearly a cyclist named Kyle was having issues bicycling on this street.
We asked the Google for "bicycle crashing signs". Which led us to MyParkingSign.com.
We inquired if the signs could be customized with the official Highway C font, and much to our delight yes, yes it could.
Marcus at x7152 was so helpful. He had a proof delivered within an hour, and delivered the completed sign in 5 business days. We also ordered the Stainless Hose Mount Kit to properly mount the sign to the light pole in front of the house.
Sunday, June 4th was the day to mount the sign. We had a few friends over for Sunday Funday, and were in the garage getting the ladder ready when, guess who rides by? And didn't crash! It was "Kyle" riding by on a grocery run. Discreetly, I put the sign down, made some small talk, and after he departed we quickly set up the ladder, mounted the sign to the light pole. (Note: The worm gear on the mounting kit is really easy and efficient to use.)
Tuesday, June 13th was the official date that Kyle's wife noticed the sign. There was much rejoicing.
And from the Coincidence File, my friend Nic who was present on Crash #1 - sent me this pic of his tattoo. I hadn't seen this ink until now.
The world is truly an amazing place.
Thoughts and hopefully inspirations from the Warmfront.