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    What are the odds?

    Certainly greater than the proverbial "being struck by lightning"...

    I'll go with 'Astronomical'...

    (pic stolen from some random Twitter place)

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    At least the phone didn't smash the ground...or did it bounce?

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    I won't look for the links, but over the years, there have been several unfortunate squirrel incidents and I've personally witnessed:

    A: a chipmunk being lifted by a front tire (we were in the mid twenties) and shot harmlessly (mostly) through the front triangle.

    B: a bird (starling) passing through a front tri (again, at speed).

    addendum. blame Apple for making this possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova_rider View Post
    At least the phone didn't smash the ground...or did it bounce?
    Well, if it indeed bounced, that would be like the coat hanger that sprung up into my chain rounding a bend on a group ride. Never saw it until it locked up the rear wheel. The chain pulled it through the derailleur similar to the picture.

    Fortunately, 30 minutes later, a riding buddy came back in his truck. Straightening the derailleur dropout about 30 degrees wasn't easy. Threads were distorted but still chased ok. Wonderful thing about CRMO steel, once in position, it ain't goin' nowhere. So far, so good, 30 years later. Watch out for twigs and coat hangers.

    Is this photographer making a statement on the meaning life as we know it? Perhaps a digression; perhaps the whole point of this picture:

    A fierce thunderstorm blew through two days ago, ripping lower branches off two trees and knocked the power out. It just came back on. First thing I noticed was how quiet it gets, all the motors stop. Relaxing to be totally out of touch with the news, the weather reports, the electronic world at large. Right away, the only communication option is face to face, by far the most satisfying way of social discourse.

    By the second day, the brain seemed to function at a much less anxious rate, as if the 60 cycle electromagnetic radiation is no longer roaring through the ether activating peripatetic cells. Sunsets and sunrises were the main event. The moon cast light through the windows, defining major objects in the room. City light above the trees. Looking straight up, one could see the heavens. Haven't felt this good since bike camping on the beach.

    Don't let that cell phone get caught up in the chain of life, pardners. That ain't where its at.
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    There are better ways to do electronic shifting.

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    Looks like a Huawei phone, so perhaps a blessings in disguise as it was probably stealing Strava data and sending them back to China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova_rider View Post
    Looks like a Huawei phone, so perhaps a blessings in disguise as it was probably stealing Strava data and sending them back to China.
    That's right. Not only that, consistently giving rider low results. He threw the thing down. It bounced into the chain right at the point it enters the derailleur, and zingo! The fatal stroke.

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    what are the odds?

    that's like the time i was running with that yard dart...

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    What I'm wondering is this: Just WHO had the phone? Was it somebody riding while trying to make a call, or did the cyclist hit some pedestrian talking while walking?
    "L'enfer, c'est les autres"

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    What I'm wondering is this: Just WHO had the phone? Was it somebody riding while trying to make a call, or did the cyclist hit some pedestrian talking while walking?
    I was thinking maybe the rode past the scene of an overturned electronics recycling truck...

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    so, somewhere there's a phone zombie without a phone.

    good job...
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    What I'm wondering is this: Just WHO had the phone? Was it somebody riding while trying to make a call, or did the cyclist hit some pedestrian talking while walking?
    Or a pedestrian threw it at the cyclist...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
    There are better ways to do electronic shifting.
    You, my friend, win the Internet today. LMAO


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