Frequent reader Brendan writes in about a bizarre close call.
He was riding inbound on the Memorial Bridge's downstream side, and had just gotten off the bridge. He was on the sidewalk approaching the ramp to Ohio Drive, and just to his left was the triangle of grass that separates the traffic lanes and Lincoln Memorial Circle. The grass was being mowed by an NPS riding mower about 150 feet away.
CLING! Then two spinning objects came flying fast and directly at me at pedal height. In that split second I didn’t have time to hit the brakes; just ease off my cadence because something weird was happening. Whatever they were they clattered into the curb about ten feet ahead of me and ricocheted back into the vehicle lanes.
Below is a picture of what came at him, with ends so sharp he cut himself just picking them up.
Which is why I wear full body armor and an adult diaper when biking.