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Offline J-dog

Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #60 on: August 30, 2016, 01:18:42 pm »
...sex is a way better way to spend your time.

I can ride my bike longer, harder and more often...

I can ride more than one bike without the others complaining...

My good mates let me ride their bikes too...

and the bikes don't complain if we do swap for a ride.

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Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #61 on: August 30, 2016, 05:20:42 pm »
...sex is a way better way to spend your time.

I can ride my bike longer, harder and more often...

I can ride more than one bike without the others complaining...

My good mates let me ride their bikes too...

and the bikes don't complain if we do swap for a ride.

 :biggrin: ;D


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Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #62 on: August 30, 2016, 07:03:49 pm »
Hey Gram, trust you will heal well.

For me, a massive difference between an accident and somebody trying to kill you. Commuting in JHB is the latter. I got my first bike at age 7. Owned bikes throughout my life bar for a few years between. In 2010 aged 42 I sold my last big bike. Why? My daughter then 3 cried every time I rode out of the gate. Bought a 4x4 and took family with from there on.

Now our environment changed. Here in the northern cape with its wide open space where only you and the kudu's can kill yourself. So now I am back into bikes. Not big ones but quads and enduros.

And the best of all? My daughter rides with me and also her own bikes and quad.

What must you do? Stop commuting till you feel well and decide then.
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Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #63 on: August 31, 2016, 07:08:58 am »
Statistics dictate that the biggest cause of death is birth. Keep on riding.
 

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Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #64 on: August 31, 2016, 08:25:20 am »
In 2010 aged 42 I sold my last big bike. Why? My daughter then 3 cried every time I rode out of the gate. Bought a 4x4 and took family with from there on.

I basically did the same thing and for the same reason a few years back. Had, and still have, a lot of fun, doing the 4x4 thing as family and sharing with them the places and experiences I had on the bike out in the sticks.

In JHB or PTA, the traffic density is just too high and, when mixed with a high doses of stupidity and lawlessness, the odds against you are quite high.

These days I enjoy working on my bikes more than riding them and spending time with the lightie.

Advise would be to stop commuting on the bike.

 
 

Offline KaTooMatt

Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #65 on: August 31, 2016, 12:30:02 pm »
I reckon you need to get up and out there again. Go commuting again on your XT. See how you feel. You'll quickly decide whether or not commuting is still for you.

Like falling off a horse you have to get back on and deal with it first hand. Once you're back up and riding you can decided what works (or doesn't) in your own time.
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Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #66 on: August 31, 2016, 04:12:26 pm »
GRIM, as you know, I also commute every day on my bike in and around Jozi. Every time I read or hear about a big accident like yours, I wonder about the sanity of it. I have to attend a number of meetings a week in different parts of the city, and getting to these on time with a car would be stressful to impossible. If I don't use two wheels I reckon I'll die of stress in a couple of years (if my wife doesn't divorce me before then, because if I don't ride I'm always in a pissed-off mood). To make matters worse, my son often commutes to WITS with his sister as pillion, so it weighs on the mind, especially since barely a day goes by when I don't have to take some evasive maneuver to avoid idiot drivers (can someone remind me again why we have those coloured lights at intersections - they seem to have limited entertainment value?). I'm not sure what would the "right" thing to do, so cannot really dispense advice to you.

Nevertheless, many okes here have said to take some time. Yes, time will allow grokking the fullness better (apology to Robert Heinlein). In meantime, take the trail or 660 for some light riding away from major traffic. Most importantly however: first enjoy the hell out of your family and the fact that you are alive!
 

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Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #67 on: September 02, 2016, 10:55:07 am »
Very very very dangerous commuting on a bike on tar in SA Cities, given our appalling record for vehicle accidents, and SA motoristsí flagrant disregard for rules of the road.    Rather think of other ways to avoid the traffic;
1.   Buy a supermotard bike and commute on  pavements, take short cuts through open spaces, alongside railway lines, and such like. Ride where the cars donít.
2.   Live and work in a place like Pofadder where the is no traffic
3.   Work flexitime so you donít have to commute during peak hour traffic.
4.   Form a lift club so you can sit in the back seat of someone elseís car, and while they are driving and getting frustrated in the traffic, you  study for that law degree that you always wanted to get.
5.   Commute by mountain bike on pavements, take short cuts through open spaces, in canals, concrete storm water drains, and footpaths.  Much like 1 above, but much more legal.  Big plus with this one is you get free fitness thrown into your commute.
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Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #68 on: September 03, 2016, 11:10:01 pm »
Speedy Recovery.
For me riding has everything to do with knowing your own limits in different riding conditions and putting ego in your back pocket.
I love to ride unhindered therefor I don't commute in traffic on a bike. I ride on weekends and head out into the country side where there is less traffic to contend with. There are just too many distractions for a smoking, eating and texting driver. Or the coffee drinking applying makeup driver, or the many Taxis and unroadworthy trucks out there. This is Africa.
Let's face it, the drudgery of driving in stop start traffic in a cage has become so mindlessly mundane that we all look for something to preoccupy ourselves with.
For a motorcyclist lane splitting through a sea of chaos is like playing Russian roulette twice a day nogal.
So I know my limits and ride in off peak times, mostly weekends, on our beautiful back roads.


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Re: yes or no for a future on a bike
« Reply #69 on: September 05, 2016, 06:14:33 pm »
Commuting by bike is just a matter of time.......
Our roads is just too dangerous and yes there are people driving that will kill you just because they can get away with it or save a minute.
Stop the biking, you have had your time with bikes and a second chance at life. Do not put your family
through this again.
If you really must, then keep your XT  and do  strictly social gravel trips when you are ready. You know
mellow gravel overnighter with some fellow dogs around the camp fire.

+1  only 2 types of bikers - those who have had an off and those who still have to have an off... In the last 5 years I've been lucky 3 times - once bumped off the bike by a car on purpose & mugged at knifepoint; one VERY near miss with a truck 10km after a brake replacement when it turned out the mech. had forgotton to tighten my front brake calipers; one completely unavoidable off in drizzly conditions due to diesel - luckily at low speed.
I've made peace with the fact that the only thing guaranteed is that I'll have an off again.  Yes sure, plenty of WD's will respond along the lines that "I've been riding for x number of years, never fallen, etc, etc", but if you look at the reality, I think it is purely a statistical numbers game and some offs are unavoidable.   :(   Bummer to not ride though, I always miss it terribly as well, but I think you called it spot on when viewed from your loved ones' perspective.
Whatever you decide, good luck!
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