I'm new to this message forum and just recently got back into biking at age 48. I used to ride a 10-speed up until about 1990. About 3 months ago I purchased a GT Aggressor mountain bike (model 6061) because a friend of mine has one and I rode it and loved it. I've been back into riding everyday for about 3 months now w/o any problems other than a flat tire. Then last Wednesday night I was flying through (Hauling Butt) a subdivision having a blast until I decided to begin braking for an upcoming intersection. All I remember is beginning to brake and then trying to pick my face and chest up off the pavement. My husband witnessed the whole event and said that the rear tire went straight up and over me slamming my chin straight down into the pavement at about 20mph. It was instantaneous! He said my feet were still in the pedals when he took the bike off of me. All my injuries are symetrical so what he says happened makes sense. I was knocked out for a few seconds and I'm pretty seriously injured, but why did this happen I ask? I NEED to know...
I have been using my front and rear brakes simultaneously since I began riding again, thinking that I would experience smoother, more even stopping. I did NOT KNOW that the front brake was stronger than the rear brake though, until I read the archived thread #73271 ("Is there a difference between front and rear discs/") yesterday. I was pretty much applying the same amount of pressure on each brake. Would that be enough (with the front brake being stronger) to instantaneously flip my bike like that though? Is it posssible that my front brake is Maladjusted and just locked up for some reason?
Another thing that makes me think that it may have been a problem with the bike, and not a problem with the rider (I hope, Ha Ha), is that this is the first time I've ridden this particular bike in about 2 months. I have 2 GT Aggressor model 6061's, one a 2004 and the other a 2005. I've been riding the 2005 nearly exclusively because I like the updated shifters on it much better than those on the 2004. Tuesday night I had a flat on the 2005 so rode the 2004 bike on Wednesday night, which is when the crash occurred. I've been riding the 2005 bike using both brakes together all this time w/o a problem... Hauling Butt too! I ride the 2004 once in about 2 months and I have a major crash. Was I just lucky on the 2005 bike all this time, and perhaps I've just been braking WRONG all along?
Does anyone have any ideas or questions for me that may help me to understand what happened to cause this crash??? I do realize that I'm a novice at biking after all these years, so feel free to use some constructive criticism if necessary. I really do NEED to know what happened so I don't do this again. I don't think I'd live through another crash like this. I feel very lucky that I didn't break my neck... or maybe I did and don't know it yet. I'm going to try to get my neck and upper back exrayed this pm. My lower jaw was exrayed last Thursday and it's broken inside the joint (both condials snapped off) on both sides. I literally rammed my lower jaw up into my ears. The specialists don't like to do surgery within the joint because it usually results in more aggravation, loss of range of motion, etc. down the road than if they just leave it alone. Sooo, my lower jaw is permanently disconnected from my upper jaw. I have cracked ribs and possibly a cracked sternum. Both of my elbows are fractured, but tolerable. PLEASE help me figure this (instantaneous flip) out so I don't do this again...
Carol in S.Tx.