Today while riding my normal “semi-muni” route, I decided to try “bombing” down a very steep hill. I had just switched from 150mm cranks to 175’s and thought no problem slowing down, especially with my new hydraulic maguras.
Well, I got going soooo fast, I was a “runaway train” and even my brakes couldn’t stop me…and they STOP very well! But not this time; maybe in the confusion I didn’t apply enough pull or that small puddle I had just pedalled through contributed, but MAN! What was AMAZING is just as I began to lose control, (I KNEW I was about to CRASH HARD!) BOTH my feet came off the pedals-but I Miraculously stayed ON the muni, for what seemed like 10 seconds! But it was probably more like a second or two at most, but maybe when you’re about to eat it bad, time slows down!
Anyway, I went FLYING forward and hit the rocky/rooty/hardpacked dirt pretty hard on my tailbone, and also sustained a nasty pedal bite on my right ankle. Luckily and to my surprise, I got up and shrugged it off and have no serious injuries. Now THAT I wish I had video taped! So I guess that was my first (and hopefully last) unintentional “Coast.”
When you’re half-way to the century mark, it’s even MORE scary! It’s like, "what the HELL am I doing…I’m not a young guy anymore! So I did the only thing Icould do…I went right back up the hill and did it again, the right way!
I too have done an unintentional coast when I knew I was gonna crash hard. It’s amazing that you can take your feet off because you’re sure your going down, and then you can coast for a few meters. Your crash sounds a lot like mine, except I was doing the runaway freight train thing on pavement. Tailbone hurt for days.
Nice that you’ve achieved hero status here in cyberland. Congrats.
Wow! I’m humbled by such words! My problem is that I don’t “act” my age! And that can get me in trouble since the bones aren’t as strong as they used to be! (Execept maybe for the one that’s in my head! ) I just like goin’ for it sometimes and challenging myself. That seems to be my “life-is-too-short, so go for the gold” outlook.
Strong brakes on a multi-wheeled vehicle = quick stop
Strong brakes on a unicycle = catapult
I’m not sure if it can count as a “worst” UPD if you walked away with no serious injuries… scratch that – I haven’t had anything I couldn’t walk away from either, eventually, but we each have our “worst.” Glad you weren’t injured, and welcome to the world of unintentional coasting!
It was my worst upd…so far. And I fell not because the brakes cataputed me, but rather because I lost balance from not having my feet on the pedals, thus unintentional coast! OUCH! I have my brakes adjusted pretty well and I usually lean back slightly when applying them as to compensate for the forward thrust of the uni when braking. But I was moving so fast…REALLY fast, that the brakes were totally useless against the overpowering momentum of the wheel. Scary!
Ouch. I am very glad you are okay! I am getting more into Muni. Actually skipped out of work early yesterday to ride. shhhhh
I have been also getting more and more active as I get older. A few of my friends have independently suggested (and only half kiddlingly,with a tone of concern), that I have a late-blooming case of ADHD.
HA! It’s such a coincidence that you mention ADHD! I’ve had that ALL of my life! But just like a person who stutters can sing amazing well without stuttering, I seem to be able to ride muni and do my piano tuning with focus and patience! So I guess my lineof work and Muni-ing is a good outlet for my hyperactivity.
I can’t even move my wheel pushing as hard as I can with my Maggies squeezing on them halfway down, and yeat I can still manage to find hills that keep me going full blast downhill while squeezing my brakes for dear life…
Yeah, I wonder why that is? I guess it just takes a lot longer to stop when there’s so much momentum and weight (you) driving it forward at high speed. So I probably WAS stopping, but not anywhere quickly enough in my case!
i did sometihng liek that today, i was flying down this road and ive only got 125mm cranks on my 24" and i jsut kept goign faster and faster, i couldn’t slow down and so i tried to bail of and i coasted for at least 5m acidentally.