Newbie commuter here and needing help. Have put in about 250 miles and am loving it. But...
Hopped forward during a sudden stop/emergency dismount. My leg came down and my Planet Bike fenders sliced off a four or so inch section of my leg starting just above my tube sock. Saw lots of blood and leg innards (fat tissue I guess). Went to the emergency room and let them put eight stitches into me. When I returned home, it was raining and dark. Went out on a ride anyway - painkillers were still effective and I wanted to get back up on the horse immediately.
Next day - trying to figure out exactly what happened. I think I sliced myself on a piece of metal -- one of the support brackets?? -- sticking out from either side of the Planet Bike fenders. Possibly on the fender itself, but it seems more likely it was on one of the support brackets.
1 - I am thinking of removing the front fender so this does not happen again. It would be nice to keep the fender, but I'd rather get muddy than get more stitches. It occurs to me that maybe the support brackets are supposed to end in a rubber safety cover. I bought the bike new with fenders installed so I don't know if they are supposed to come with such things. Ideas on how to keep the fender but not see the doctor again?
2 - Noticing a bit of blood around the garage - guess I bled more than I realized. I think when I flipped my leg over the bike bag attached to the bike, I dribbled quite a bit then. I've wiped the known spots down with water -- should I do anything else to protect friends & family? Don't particularly want bugs or animals, either.
3 - Commute is 12 miles one-way. No commute today but would like to ride tomorrow. Issues with stitches & biking? Don't really want to wait for the stitches to come out to ride again... but not willing to bust out of the stitches, either. Thoughts?
Thanks for your help. Lurking has given me tons of ideas, hopefully I can generate some more here.