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Does almost count?

I almost did when we rode to WI and back with Alex - this was before lunch.

Well, has anyone fallen asleep while riding and killed a driver as a result? Or a pedestrian? Or other biker? . . .

I don't think that a bicycle would be comfortable enough for its rider to doze off like that. On an recumbent, maybe.

Plus, if you did fall asleep, you'd probably stop pedaling and lose your balance first and fall sideways before anything. Of course, this is just a personal and non-scientific observation from my part.

On a tricycle, perhaps, or quadricycle ;)

. . . But I think it is yet another argument for riding versus driving, eh?

Just Will said:

I don't think that a bicycle would be comfortable enough for its rider to doze off like that. On an recumbent, maybe.

Plus, if you did fall asleep, you'd probably stop pedaling and lose your balance first and fall sideways before anything. Of course, this is just a personal and non-scientific observation from my part.

I have fallen asleep on a lengthy downhill grade while on aerobars. I don't know how long I was asleep, and I didn't crash, but when I opened my eyes again, I got that unsettling adrenaline rush you get when you realize that your eyes have been closed for some length of time. 

Serge Lubomudrov said:

On a tricycle, perhaps, or quadricycle ;)

. . . But I think it is yet another argument for riding versus driving, eh?

Just Will said:

I don't think that a bicycle would be comfortable enough for its rider to doze off like that. On an recumbent, maybe.

Plus, if you did fall asleep, you'd probably stop pedaling and lose your balance first and fall sideways before anything. Of course, this is just a personal and non-scientific observation from my part.

Bob Breedlove died in this fashion:

http://www.rusa.org/newsletter/08-03-07.html

So, he did kill a cyclist, but that cyclist was he himself.

O said:

Bob Breedlove died in this fashion:

http://www.rusa.org/newsletter/08-03-07.html

I've passed out climbing sandy trails on a mountain bike.   The loss of balance and resulting impact woke me up though.

I've ridden home absolutely smashed and only slightly confident of going in the right direction, incapable of forming words or standing upright, but not actually asleep.

Not posting a lot of danger to anyone but myself crawling along side streets at four miles an hour.

Serge Lubomudrov said:

On a tricycle, perhaps, or quadricycle ;)

. . . But I think it is yet another argument for riding versus driving, eh?

Just Will said:

I don't think that a bicycle would be comfortable enough for its rider to doze off like that. On an recumbent, maybe.

Plus, if you did fall asleep, you'd probably stop pedaling and lose your balance first and fall sideways before anything. Of course, this is just a personal and non-scientific observation from my part.

I dozed off while riding a number of times during the 1991 PBP. I figured out that if I started hearing the theme music to 'I Love Lucy' in my head, I knew I was heading into la la land. Strange, really.

Nodded off during a brevet a couple of years ago... riding head down into a tough wind, staring at my front wheel... woke up as i rolled onto the gravel shoulder.

 

Years ago was riding from about Harlem & Touhy to Northbrook Velodrome around dawn... was on the track doing laps when i suddenly realised that i wasn't sure how i'd got there... then i got sleepy and inattentive on the way home and crashed into a stalled car. Have a 2-inch scar on my leg as a reminder.

You guys are scaring me. I anything, riding wakes me up. But, of course, I've been riding for only about three years, and, so far, only once made hundred miles in one day.

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