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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
21,589
6,396
Chicago area west
#3
Once I was riding my girl cousin's bike and attempted a "wheelie" off the top of a rise.... well the %$@&*#@ front wheel flew off. Forks stop a bike very fast! Ripped the whole nail off my left middle finger, and it didn't even bleed till I looked at it....LOL!
 

Rides4Fun

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 19, 2017
281
315
56
Front Royal, Virginia
#5
I did the same thing when I was maybe 10. I cut the forks off and old bike and used them to make a chopper.... popped a wheelie and off they went....then I had that fun front-flip experience and laid in the road a bit :( A drill and screws were then used to secure the connection!
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
21,589
6,396
Chicago area west
#6
Anyone ever make a chopper out of their muscle bike in the 70's by cutting the forks off another bike and pounding them on? I was doing a wheely and had one of them fall off. Ouch!
I used metal hammock frame work..... front wheel kept going for about 50+ yards.... I wasn't so lucky.
 

Mr. Monkeyarms

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 30, 2018
456
1,274
Colorado
#7
Anyone ever make a chopper out of their muscle bike in the 70's by cutting the forks off another bike and pounding them on? I was doing a wheely and had one of them fall off. Ouch!
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Ft. Collins, CO/summer 1974/age 9 with the first custom bike I built. Shortly after this pic was taken I launched it off a 2"x8" propped on a cinder block standing on end. Evel Kneivel was BIG at the time. Discovered in mid-air that I should have spent a little more time beating the fork extensions on. LOL! :oops::oops::eek::p:p:p
 

piercer_99

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 27, 2015
491
1,342
Sanger, TX
#10
at 11, I was riding the Stingray through the desert in Tucson, along with my friends. I was tearing it up and well in front of them, turned to look back at them and trash talked them for being slow. Turned around just has I made contact with the top strand of a barb wire fence, flew backwards a good distance, no idea how fast I was going, just pumping all out, going downhill, woke up getting stitches across my face, the tetanus shot was the worst part.

My friends were good kids, one stayed with me, while the other went and got my Dad, then they brought my bike home for me, I didn't get to ride for about a week after that one.
 

Oilit

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 30, 2015
610
453
Concord NC
#13
I was on a gravel section of the local greenway just where it turned back onto the pavement. As I was coming into the turn it struck me that it was a little too sharp for the speed I was going. I went to grab the brakes, but grabbing the brakes hard on gravel to avoid a crash is just another means to the same end, and it was summer, so of course I was wearing shorts. This was only a couple of years ago, so I guess I'm still learning. I can also vouch that you need to stay square when you're crossing light rail tracks. There's a trench that clears the wheel flanges, and if you get lined up too close, your front wheel will drop right in and you CAN"T steer back out again! What makes this even better is when you're riding with your friends in the local bike club so there are plenty of witnesses! But at least I was able to jump up before anyone snapped any pictures! At least, I don't think they did...
 

Nashman

I live for the CABE
Oct 2, 2016
1,529
2,189
61
Winnipeg, Canada
#14
at 11, I was riding the Stingray through the desert in Tucson, along with my friends. I was tearing it up and well in front of them, turned to look back at them and trash talked them for being slow. Turned around just has I made contact with the top strand of a barb wire fence, flew backwards a good distance, no idea how fast I was going, just pumping all out, going downhill, woke up getting stitches across my face, the tetanus shot was the worst part.

My friends were good kids, one stayed with me, while the other went and got my Dad, then they brought my bike home for me, I didn't get to ride for about a week after that one.
Ouch...
 
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OldSkipTooth

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 6, 2015
2,844
3,196
Sebastopol, United States
#16
I was on the back of my friends Tote Gote dragging my feet in the tall grass having a great time until my right foot wrapped itself around an iron pipe hose bibb! Pulled me clean off the gote and into an ambulance with broken ankle and toes. At least it was my introduction to pain killers!
 
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Nashman

I live for the CABE
Oct 2, 2016
1,529
2,189
61
Winnipeg, Canada
#17
yes, it was quite the ouch, took years for the scars to go away, right above my upper lip, I wore a mustache for 15 years to cover them.

Looking back on it, I was very lucky not to kill myself that day.
I'll say. Someone was watching over you when you were not watching. I think we've all had some close calls/bad spills. I ran into a tree at school ( at a pretty fast run) in grade 7 because a kid was chasing ( I was looking back, not forward) me with a book that belonged to a girl we determined had "cooties". I broke my thumb.. Maturity never grows on me. I just thought of a bike OUCH...I'll post. Take care.
 

Nashman

I live for the CABE
Oct 2, 2016
1,529
2,189
61
Winnipeg, Canada
#18
About 20 years ago after a few "adult beverages" while out of town selling a vintage boat/overnight trip, I decided that riding my Schwinn mountain bike in a skate park in shorts and Birkenstock sandals was a good idea? NOT. I went off the side of a jump ( about 4 feet high) and pile drove my right heel into concrete. Shattered the heel. That was a LONG Summer. To re-quote myself. "Maturity never grows on me". Common sense doesn't stick either?
 

piercer_99

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 27, 2015
491
1,342
Sanger, TX
#19
About 20 years ago after a few "adult beverages" while out of town selling a vintage boat/overnight trip, I decided that riding my Schwinn mountain bike in a skate park in shorts and Birkenstock sandals was a good idea? NOT. I went off the side of a jump ( about 4 feet high) and pile drove my right heel into concrete. Shattered the heel. That was a LONG Summer. To re-quote myself. "Maturity never grows on me". Common sense doesn't stick either?
shattered heels really suck, I have fractured my right heel once, and pulverized my left heel, it is now made of compressed coral. Neither was riding bikes, both were work accidents.

Falling off of tall buildings can ruin your day.
 

Hobo Bill

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 8, 2008
439
878
under the church floor
#20
WHOA!!!!....eye received my 1957 schwinn wasp for my seventh birthday...red and white it was...after riding very fastly ....way ahead of our neighborhood gang..i ran into the back of a 54 Pontiac...broke the forks off the schwinn and eye got a big fat lip ...i dragged the two schwinn peaces over to Mr. Jerris where he welded the frame and forks together..little paint and i was ridin' on my birthday...this turned out to be one of many events to follow.......joly foly.......
 

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