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  • Oakleys RIP…………….

     Ashleydwsmith updated 2 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
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  • Richard A Thackeray

    10 December 2017 at 8:53 pm

    After ‘knocking on the door’ of 25 years use, my blue Oakley Mumbos have finally succumbed to age

    They’ve seemed slightly loose, and been moving/almost fell off (in the slipstream) when l turned my head to look behind

    The frames split this morning, when I took the lens out to clean it properly

    The lens has been swapped with the frame that houses my ‘Purple Iridium’ lens

    The arms are salvageable, so they will be retained

    Dear when bought, as a present, in about 1992 (£90 ish). by g/f – wife since 1998

    Worth every penny

    Why so?

    Because they probably saved my eyes, when I RTC’d back in 1997

    It was on the A61 (Leeds – Wakefield road) late one night when riding home from work

    I rode into the back of a (later found to be abandoned, when Police came to talk to me, at home) car, on an unlit section of road, after being dazzled by oncoming traffic

    It was an Austin Metro

    Back then it was unlit, & a national speed limit section – not 40MPH, & lit, as it is now

    There were plenty of glass-slashes on my jacket/t-shirt/gloves/face, from going through the rear window, onto the back seat

    I counted myself lucky that I was wearing glasses, I still have the scars

    (contact lenses, so always wear them)

    I could blow my nose, & squirt blood out of side for a week or so 😆

    The worst part was carrying the bike, the remaining 6 miles home, as I didn’t have a mobile phone back then, & the pubs that I passed were closed by then

    (the phones boxes I passed, weren’t working)

    Rather fortunately, it was about a month before I started working at Pinderfields.

    However, Joanne knew a lot of staff in A&E when we attended, as she was the Chief Bed Manager for the Trust at that time, so she got me seen by the ENT team

    The frame still hangs in the garage, as a reminder

  • Gunner

    11 December 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Ruddy Norah, Richard, that is certainly some “ding” in that frame. 😯

  • Richard A Thackeray

    11 December 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Ruddy Norah, Richard, that is certainly some “ding” in that frame. 😯

    It was a fair old impact!

    Where it happened was at the base of a dip (old mining subsidence), & I was probably on the big-ring

  • Ashleydwsmith

    2 February 2018 at 8:58 pm

    You should speak to Oakley and see if they can sort you out! 25 years on one frame! Amazing!

    Failing that there may be a shoot round the corner from me that still sells them!

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