<FONT face=Calibri>A co-worker who recently got into road cycling asked me about RAGBRAI; and I’ve given him the low-down about how much fun the ride can be. He asked about the crowds, and the possibility of accidents on the road. I told him that yeah, the early part of the day is packed, and can be hazardous, or stressful, and like everywhere else, accidents happen. </FONT>
<FONT face=Calibri>I told him about one particular incident I remembered. Back on the last day in 1997, a buddy and I were in a town on the side of the road watching the ride go by, when right in front of us, someone yelled out to a cyclist riding. This cyclist did a complete 90 degree right hand turn to meet up with her friends on the side fo the road, when some guy “JRA” T-boned her. His bike was totaled; frame, fork, and front wheel were obviously bent. The rider who turned in front of him got up pretty much unscathed. Of course, this had to happen on the last day when the end is so close. </FONT>
<FONT face=Calibri>His next question made me think. How do people on the ride resolve the liability when incidents like this happen, and what would I do? Luckily I’ve never had to experience that but if I’m to blame for something I’d do the right thing.
If someone runs into you and ruins your bike do you beat the cash out of them? Take their bike, and finish the week? Get their name and resolve it after the ride? </FONT>
<FONT face=Calibri>To me fault is fault; but if you were riding or ran into someone with say a 1970’s 10 speed they pulled out of the barn or some fancy Campagnolo carbon rig with a 50 gram saddle, would the perception or blame be different? Fixing a bent steel wheel is obviously cheaper than a replacing a carbon wheel with 16 spokes. </FONT>
<FONT face=Calibri>Just curious what people think, if anything this is a different thread that has nothing to do with the buying or selling of wristbands or vehicle passes. </FONT>