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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Lay Your Armor Down

I will jump right to the point... Safety first kids. Never underestimate the power in safety whether its in your helmet, seat belt or goggles. For some reason the world seems to be blowing up all around me at times...

I decided to dust off the road bike after some coaxing from the crew over at Velo News. Two flats, a broken chain and one police report later I was questioning my judgment.

An RV decided to pull out in front of our group as we were ripping down a mountain decent, sending Ryan "The Grinch" Lynch skidding into the ditch... He managed to control the damage pretty well considering, but the driver of the RV decided to bolt. That is until a bunch of lycra super heroes chased him down. (There were no serious injury's to report but some mental images that will keep me riding the brakes)

Give me the trails, the trees and the birds.... Their turn signals seem to work.

My boy Whitey has been on the other side of this story too many times. In doing so, he is passing his lessons of hard knocks on to the public through his new Crash And Burn Kit. A must for those of us who choose the outdoors as our playground.


Blogger Sean said...

That's why I'm a big fraidy cat when I'm out on the road.
I'm glad everyone is ok. Run ins like that have a tendency to turn out a lot worse.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Fritz said...

So you guys never crashed on the trails? Never broke a MTB chain? Never donated skin to singletrack?

2:51 PM  
Blogger Colin Osborn said...

That top photo is awesome

4:06 PM  
Blogger Martini said...

We pretty much crash daily.... the pavement seems to leave more of a lasting impression vs. the dirt.... There is something about the element of cars that ups the anty a little as well....

7:10 PM  
Blogger Colin Osborn said...

Dirt leaves bumps and bruises, pavement takes away skin and confidence, I will see you on the dirt

10:21 PM  
Blogger Mom said...


I can't resist commenting on your photo in goggles...looks like your Dad's high school pictures. Sure glad eyeglasses have come a long way! The good ole '70's! Your pic gave me Deja vu! Pat? What do you think???

Love ya,

6:05 PM  
Blogger Joel White said...

That first pic is classic, it could have been taken in the 70s.

12:02 PM  
Blogger LilSis356 said...

Ditto, Mom! I was just about to post and say hello to "Pat Junior" when I read your comment.
Safety goggles, ey, Nick? You've become Dad after all! Especially the comment about "safety first". remember how may times Dad used to turn the car around on the way to church to make sure he unplugged his coffee maker?? :-)

We love you Pops! Thanks for passing on your life's wisdom!


10:14 AM  

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