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    You think your NNC day sucked?

    Dude's maiden voyage on his $20,000 bike has a Lownje worthy ending:

    https://cyclingtips.com/2020/11/what...he-first-ride/

    In the soft early morning light streaming through the window of his Bernal Heights studio, Erik Nohlin snapped a few photographs of his new Specialized Aethos.


    The day was one hed been anticipating. It would be the first ride on a bike that hed spent days painting, and months planning for. The frame was a 1-of-300 Founders Edition, but it was barely recognisable. It had been stripped back, then painstakingly dotted with gold to create a striking, holistic and one-of-a-kind effect.

    Before his daily lunch ride, Nohlin uploaded the pictures to Instagram, wrote a caption Dont want to jinx [it] but if there is anything like a forever bike, this is it and set off into the San Francisco sunshine.

    Minutes later, as Nohlin sailed down a descent, a Honda Civic pulled out of a carpark in front of him. The rider skidded over toward the centre line to avoid a collision, but the driver tightened it into an illegal U-turn and Nohlin slammed into the side of the car, over the bonnet and onto the tarmac at more than 35 km/h.

    Nohlin escaped reasonably intact. His bike, on its maiden voyage, wasnt so lucky. One of the most expensive bikes on the market, heavily customised and valued at somewhere between US$20,000 and US$30,000, was a complete write-off within its first few minutes of use.
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    He would have had a chance to avoid the crash if the car didn't pull a U-turn.

    Which is not to say it was the cyclist's fault, just that if circumstances were different and the driver obeyed the law, this wouldn't have happened.

    I'll bet, as a Specialized employee, he got a YUUUGE discount on the bike.

    He also made a good point in the article; the bike absorbed a large amount of force, no doubt lessening his injuries. Which makes me wonder; in a crash like that, which material is better at absorbing those forces and possibly saving the rider?

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    What ever happened to the First World Problem thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter P. View Post
    He would have had a chance to avoid the crash if the car didn't pull a U-turn.

    Which is not to say it was the cyclist's fault, just that if circumstances were different and the driver obeyed the law, this wouldn't have happened.

    I'll bet, as a Specialized employee, he got a YUUUGE discount on the bike.

    He also made a good point in the article; the bike absorbed a large amount of force, no doubt lessening his injuries. Which makes me wonder; in a crash like that, which material is better at absorbing those forces and possibly saving the rider?
    It seems, to me, that a carbon frame is the cyclists "crumple zone".
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Dont want to jinx [it] ..."

    110% the wrong thing to say, in any situation. I'm not the least bit superstitious, but the Unwritten Yet Widely Accepted Laws of the Universe are there for a reason.

    He would have been better off saying "I haven't had a flat in 17,000 miles"* or some other boast about tires before his ride.


    * That's not me saying anything about my history with bike tires, or making any claims, boasts or predictions about what the future may hold for my bike tire situation. I learned my lesson about that more than once.

    Again, I'm not superstitious.


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    $20-$30,000? Uh huh

    List price for the top of the line S-Works Aethos - Founder's Edition is $14,500.
    So the special 'art' paintjob is worth $5-$15,000. Mmmm ok. Art is subjective. It's only worth what someone will pay for it.

    Complete write off? No, just the frame.

    And if he was hit by a car, it's an insurance claim against the car owner. Or even his own car insurance.
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