Did Cervelo Save my life?

by quintana007   August 30, 2014  

Wednesday morning warming up just before 10 am in leafy Essex. On a training ride with Phil the Hill. Take a blind right turn up a narrow'hiily road' in Essex. Confronted with a Landrover desceng at ....miles an hour. Screeeam, no effect my bike and are struck head on and end up on the road...................

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posted by quintana007 [4 posts]
30th August 2014 - 17:29

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Looks like a bit of cosmetic damage there, drop it into your LBS and I am sure they'll patch it up for you Wink
Seriously, pretty amazing you're able to write about this one and hope any physical and mental scars heal quickly

posted by arfa [651 posts]
30th August 2014 - 17:50


How did you ride it in that condition Surprise Thinking

I bet your insurance company had a laugh when you gave them the details Laughing

posted by Binky [115 posts]
30th August 2014 - 19:14

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I think putting this bike on the workstand for some tuning might have been a little optimistic Surprise

posted by giobox [358 posts]
30th August 2014 - 19:38


So what you're saying is, Cervelos should be mandatory?

Bring out one with proper brakes and I'll get behind that Smile

posted by nuclear coffee [201 posts]
30th August 2014 - 19:50



Are you OK?

As for the bike, it might buff out!!

posted by Super Domestique [1695 posts]
30th August 2014 - 20:16


Did you get his number, or is it imprinted in the frame?

Glad you seem to be OK, shame the same can't be said about your bike Sad

Done Nightrider 2013, 2014 and 2015 for Parkinson's UK. Next year Ride London

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posted by jova54 [664 posts]
30th August 2014 - 20:29

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Probably still rides better than a Carerra Wink

posted by gazer117 [26 posts]
30th August 2014 - 20:30


I believe that is what is called a 'crumple zone.' Any photos of the Landrover?

I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1823 posts]
31st August 2014 - 12:05


Thanks guys. It was a Freelander, not a single mark on the Freelander. I did split my lip and cracked a bone in my left hand. So did the Cervelo crumple zone save my life Kiss

posted by quintana007 [4 posts]
31st August 2014 - 14:17

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I take it he stopped? Has he admitted liability?

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
31st August 2014 - 21:16


It'll polish out...

Hope you mend up quickly.

ride slow, ride far, ride often

posted by mzungu [41 posts]
1st September 2014 - 11:24


Wow. If lucky is a word that could be used in this situation, I think you have been! Would hope he admitted liability immediately, apologised, and gave you a lift home? Bet he didn't though! Sad to admit, I looked at your pictures and said out loud..."I have that saddlebag too! " Glad you weren't too badly hurt.



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posted by Skybird [13 posts]
1st September 2014 - 18:33


Thanks guys. He stopped, did not admit liability but offered to take me hom.e I accepted. He told me his name was Steve, an architect. I did not take his number. I was just glad I could walk and talk. Confused
A passerby said the 'wheels saved you'. Of interest the tubular was peeled off the rim but did not deflate D Oh


posted by quintana007 [4 posts]
1st September 2014 - 19:26


Just how wide was this narrow lane? Like Landrover wide? And where were you before you were on the bonnet?

And I though Architects were the good guys*:

*says former Architect(ural technician) turned evil** Banker
**not evil really, nice.

I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1823 posts]
2nd September 2014 - 1:58


It's the luck of the moment. I had a bad crash that left me looking like your bike, and I was quite shocked (after leaving the hospital) to find my bike almost unscathed — the saddle was bent, and the rear derailleur was scratched (but unharmed and still in use today) but I didn't even have to change the bar tape. It wasn't the first impact that I shared with the bike that did me in — it was my hitting the ground afterward that caused all the damage.

Have a nice day.

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posted by DavidC [120 posts]
3rd September 2014 - 2:56