Thursday, April 26, 2012

In a pinch

I was in a hurry to get home tonight and it seemed like I had to stop at every intersection for a car. When I got to 27th Street, I had to wait several minutes before finally finding a tight window to cross between cars.  I mashed hard on the pedals as cars in the southbound lane quickly approached.  I cleared the street only to find a huge pothole in front of me.  "Oh man, that's going to hurt!"  Instinctively I dug into the pedals and pulled up with my feet successfully jumping the pot-hole.  No big deal, right?  Well, I was riding my 1990 Raleigh Talon with its heavy steel frame, bike rack, and loaded bike bag.  I can bunny hop lighter bikes and I can bunny hop my heavier Specialized mountain bike when clipped in, but I've never been able to bunny hop this bike before.  It's surprising the things you can do in a pinch.

So, after bunny hopping once, I was determined to repeat it.  In the alley behind the house I tried once again.  Failed twice and nailed it the third time!  This is going to open a whole new world for me.  Time to start making some Danny Macaskill style videos!

check out these videos if you don't know who Danny Macaskill is.  The guy is amazing.  (