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Black Suburban and flying skis

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I have had the flu for the last week and half. I havn't felt like doing much but my wife and daughter wanted to go ski. So I decided I could make a few runs. I dropped them off at the lodge and went to park. I was walking through the parking lot when a black suburban came flying down the hill from the upper lot. He was going way too fast and just about hit a couple people. The typical, I am the most important around here so get the hell out of my way. As he turned the corner into the lower lot 3 or 4 pairs of skis went flying off the top of the suburban onto the pavement. He had forgotten to lock his ski rack down. It make a hell of a noise. I could see at leat two pairs of newer model volkls and a pair of lines scattered across the pavement. I felt bad to see that happen to some nice skis but I had to laugh and cheer for the guy when he stopped to pick them up. It made my day.
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Originally Posted by UTpowder View Post
I have had the flu for the last week and half. I havn't felt like doing much but my wife and daughter wanted to go ski. So I decided I could make a few runs. I dropped them off at the lodge and went to park. I was walking through the parking lot when a black suburban came flying down the hill from the upper lot. He was going way too fast and just about hit a couple people. The typical, I am the most important around here so get the hell out of my way. As he turned the corner into the lower lot 3 or 4 pairs of skis went flying off the top of the suburban onto the pavement. He had forgotten to lock his ski rack down. It make a hell of a noise. I could see at leat two pairs of newer model volkls and a pair of lines scattered across the pavement. I felt bad to see that happen to some nice skis but I had to laugh and cheer for the guy when he stopped to pick them up. It made my day.
The only way this could be less suprising is if they were Atomics.
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Aren't those the cars the secret service uses?
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Was one of the Volkls a KARMA!!!?
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The only way this could be less suprising is if they were Atomics.
...and if a Mom got out to pick them up. :
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I forgot to lock my rack down once. I made it all the way through town and got on the interstate. Once I hit about 70 mph all 3 pair of skis went at once in a big clatter. I saw sparks out the rear view mirror and slammed on the brakes. Luckily it was so early in the morning that nobody else was on the road at the time. The back rack was broken and all three pair of skis were scratched up pretty good. Unfortunately (or not) they were all still skiable, so I couldn't get insurance to pay for new ones.
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Originally Posted by UTpowder View Post
I have had the flu for the last week and half. I havn't felt like doing much but my wife and daughter wanted to go ski. So I decided I could make a few runs. I dropped them off at the lodge and went to park. I was walking through the parking lot when a black suburban came flying down the hill from the upper lot. He was going way too fast and just about hit a couple people. The typical, I am the most important around here so get the hell out of my way. As he turned the corner into the lower lot 3 or 4 pairs of skis went flying off the top of the suburban onto the pavement. He had forgotten to lock his ski rack down. It make a hell of a noise. I could see at leat two pairs of newer model volkls and a pair of lines scattered across the pavement. I felt bad to see that happen to some nice skis but I had to laugh and cheer for the guy when he stopped to pick them up. It made my day.
Wait, you can drive a Suburban fast ?
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I forgot to lock my rack down once. I made it all the way through town and got on the interstate. Once I hit about 70 mph all 3 pair of skis went at once in a big clatter. I saw sparks out the rear view mirror and slammed on the brakes. Luckily it was so early in the morning that nobody else was on the road at the time. The back rack was broken and all three pair of skis were scratched up pretty good. Unfortunately (or not) they were all still skiable, so I couldn't get insurance to pay for new ones.
The very reason I:

1. Keep them in my car if I can, or
2. Use a cargo box that you can't close without a key coming out of the lock.

I'm still waiting for the day I forget I have a bike on the roof though. I (almost) always try to take my garage door opening and hide it when I have bikes up top.
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Was one of the Volkls a KARMA!!!?
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*groan*
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Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
The very reason I:

1. Keep them in my car if I can, or
2. Use a cargo box that you can't close without a key coming out of the lock.

I'm still waiting for the day I forget I have a bike on the roof though. I (almost) always try to take my garage door opening and hide it when I have bikes up top.
We get at least 15 bikes a season coming into the shop like that. They range from bent seat rails to written off bikes, depending on the height of the door and the speed of the car. Most happen when people are driving home (or to the hotel) from an epic ride just bagged, and forget about the bike on their roof.

My favourite was the one where the bike was dragged behind the car for ~300 km. A pedal, front wheel and bar were worn through and melted from the grinding action of the road. That bike came in for a written estimate to get it repaired and is still hanging unclaimed on the storage hooks in the shop basement. Guess the guy thought the $25 deposit he left wasn't worth the embarrassment of showing his face around the shop again.
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I'm still waiting for the day I forget I have a bike on the roof though. I (almost) always try to take my garage door opening and hide it when I have bikes up top.
I did that once at a parking ramp...had one bike and two kayaks on the car..stopped for coffee at a thruway area. Luckily the bar ends just barely dinked the garage roof as I was going up to the top level...if I'd come down without taking the bike off the car it would have hit by more than six inches!

Never lost skis off the car, but I've lost a kayak. A couple times. That's what happens when you meet your buddies at the takeout and are in a hurry to get to the put in! Fortunately both times were when I slowed down to take a dirt road, and the boats when bouncing off the hood of my car and skittering away in front of us.
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I'm still waiting for the day I forget I have a bike on the roof though. I (almost) always try to take my garage door opening and hide it when I have bikes up top.
Consider a parking garage that has an entrance clearly marked with a hanging pipe for 9 feet of clearance. Drive through auto gate into said garage, and find upon your return that in order to exit, you must drive onto another level via a ramp with 7 feet of clearance.

Explain how well conceived this is to the attendant, receive shrug in return.

Consider removing box full of skis from roof. Consider trying to exit the entrance. Note that there is a chain across a driveway conveniently placed in the middle such as to allow you to drive across the deck with 9 feet of clearance, and then out the exit. Return to van for tool...
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