Popular Post Obly Posted June 30, 2017 Popular Post Share Posted June 30, 2017 Anyone know a friendly witch doctor or shaman? I'm wondering if I need a hex removed or something, because I seem to be having quite the unlucky streak. I've been riding for over a year and logged hundreds of miles on my KS-14C with nothing but a few bumps and bruises, only to bang myself up pretty good the last two times I rode. Just a warning in case there's something going around... The first accident was user error, beginning of June. I was trying to cross an intersection between two busy roads. I hate this intersection; there's no crosswalk or pedestrian signal, and the first lane I have to cross approaches the intersection from around a bend, so you can't see the incoming traffic (and they can't see you) until they're almost on top of you. I had just entered the lane this time when a car came zipping around the bend. The right thing to do would be to floor it and cross as quickly as possible; that's usually what I do. But being out of practice (only a few rides in since a long winter break), I got startled and instinctively jerked the wheel hard to the left, trying to get back on the shoulder. The wheel tipped over and tossed me into the road, right in front of the oncoming car. Thankfully he was able to stop in time! I picked myself up and walked my wheel the rest of the way across (well, then had to dart back into the road to pick up my keys ). I thought I'd gotten away with just my pride being hurt, but I noticed my left big toe was starting to hurt badly. By the time I got home and had a look, the toe was already swollen and turning black, and a large hematoma was forming under the nail. I spent the weekend in a lot of pain before seeing a doctor on Monday. Turns out I had managed to fracture my toe and tear the nail bed, just from what I thought was a minor fall. I walked with a limp for about two weeks (no riding the EUC, obviously) and had to have the hematoma drained; I've since lost the toe nail (it will take 6-8 months to grow back ). Finally got back on the wheel for the first time last Sunday. Things went well most of the ride, until I got to around the 22 mile mark. I think I got caught up in the bright, sunny weather, nice scenery, the moment--just felt good to be riding again, ya know? I lost my concentration and started accelerating way too hard up a hill. Nothing major (7.3% grade per my GPS tracker) but I was low on battery by that point (showing 4 bars on the EUC and ~55V in the KS app). You can guess what happened next. The thing that surprised me was just how fast the cut-out happened, almost no warning--not what you'd expect from a KS. One second it's all good, the next second I get the sensation that I'm tilting too far forward, and then boom, one beep and the wheel cuts out. I hit the asphalt with my face, literally. Nose bleeding everywhere, vision went white, got faint and dizzy. I staggered to the side of the road and sat there for around 5 minutes until I could see again, then another 10 or so until I could keep my balance on the wheel. I made it the 2 miles to home (probably not too smart), and then it wasn't too long before my wife drove me to the hospital for facial x-rays and a head and c-spine CT. Amazingly my nose wasn't broken and my brain wasn't bleeding - hooray! But oddly, I did manage to badly bruise my right big toe--thankfully no fracture or bleeding this time though. But I've been practically wearing a bag of frozen corn on my face since the accident. I thought the real road warriors here would appreciate this picture. I bled on my EUC when I moved it off the road. This is the amount of dried blood still left on the underside of the pedal after riding it 2 miles to get home. Anyway, I'm feeling a little unsure about things right now. Funny enough, I had actually already ordered a brand new Monster from Jason, and it arrived on Monday. I know in my head that Monsters are (supposedly) unaffected by the recent oscillation firmware problem and that probably neither of these accidents would have happened on a Monster. But I haven't yet brought myself to open the shipping box; I have half a mind to return it. These accidents really brought home for me how much risk we take every time we step on one of these things. Right now I'm really wondering if I want to add even more risk by riding a wheel from a company we can't trust. Food for thought... Stay safe out there, ladies and gents (and protect your toes)...! 2 16 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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