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ME 2 11-14-2012 01:39 PM

Light Rail tracks on N Broadway
I never thought it would happen to me. I know all about the issue of the street car tracks and how important it is to hit them as perpendicular as possible. Still I was in the far left lane 1 block east of where N Broadway meets N Williams when I went down. I cleared the first track and was just getting ready to clear the 2nd track when it angled enough that my front tire got sucked right in.

I came away with several scrapes, several tears in my pants, and a tear in my saddle. Luckily it wasn't worse and a car wasn't on my tail.

I'd like to thank the good samaratian who flagged an approaching car to proceed with caution and staying with me so I could regain my composure.

boneshaker 11-14-2012 02:55 PM

Welcome to cycling in Portland. Happens to everyone if you ride here long enough.

Alan 11-14-2012 07:34 PM

Sorry the tracks got you, glad you aren't hurt worse, and love the honesty about "never thought it would happen to me." Don't we all?!

Just curious, what tires were you on?

PS - http://www.activerightofway.org/proj...ash-reporting/

Simple Nature 11-17-2012 11:03 AM

Even on a 3-wheeled recumbent, I can get caught up in tracks. Being ever so vigilent, I did finally get caught up in some tracks at I-5 coming out of Lake-O to Durham. I got lucky as no one was behind me and the front wheel didn't get taco'd. But it was certainly a wakeup call.

ME 2 11-17-2012 08:39 PM


Originally Posted by boneshaker (Post 29043)
Welcome to cycling in Portland. Happens to everyone if you ride here long enough.

I guess so and I've been riding here for 12.5 years.

ME 2 11-17-2012 08:41 PM

I ride a single speed with skinny road bike tires. It usually makes me more cautious but I was surprised at how easily I slid into those tracks

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