Rider Down -- car vs bike
l just found out today a rider bud of mine (Aaron Ryan) lost his life, possibly due to a crash he had with a car while riding his fixie home from work. He rode his fixie to and from work almost every day of the week... he totally loved riding his bike to & from his job. He didn't need to ride his bike --- he owns a perfectly good -- new(ish) Subaru Outback. After thinking about him... l'm honored but saddened to think it was me who turned him on to the fixie thing several years ago. He fell in love with it and he's also been an active XC rider too. l raced with him several times through the years.. l lost count how many times we did local/casual rides when we lived closer to each other. l don't know the full details yet but he had an encounter with an automobile about two weeks ago. (not the first time he got hit by a car while on a bike)... from what l hear, he didn't really get hurt and didn't see a doctor or anything. l also don't know who was at fault or even how bad the crash was. Fine one day -- started to feel like he may have had nerve damage so he went to see a doctor... left the doctor and suddenly died while at work on Friday. He was extremely fit so it's very shocking to hear about him passing on. Fit as in: e.g. we did a single speed stage race up in MD a few years back -- the bike race was at least 4 hours long, very grueling.. l was only rider support and l had a hard time finishing the ride. After getting back from the ride, he swam across Liberty Reservoir (must have been at least a mile swim, if not more). When he races, he always had very fast times -- he was no rookie rider. Now he's gone!!! leaving behind a beautiful wife and daughter . We're going to put together some sort of awareness ride in honor of Aaron. It's very soon after learning about Aaron so l'm blank at the moment but l'm open to ideas.
God bless you and your family Aaron.
l will miss you.
P.S... do they have bikes in heaven?
Last edited by PedalShop; May 15th, 2011 at 11:11 PM.