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Old 07-31-08, 08:46 AM   #1
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Took a Tumble

Well, I experienced my first bicycle fall since I was in my teens last night. A few scrapes and bruises, but no major damage to bicycle or rider.

I was commuting home and got crowded a bit by a car. This caused me to get a little too close to an uneven driveway entrance in Boston. I tried to go onto the driveway, but my front wheel caught on the two in difference in pavement height and all I could think of is "I'm going down!" I fell to my right and over the handlebars, somehow managed to start rolling in the air and landed on my left shoulder, rolled over a couple times and came to a stop. I got right back to my feet and was feeling more embarrassed than anything.

Good thing I was wearing a helmet, because it might have been worse without one. I couldn't find any marks on my helmet, but it I did see a couple of spots when I first popped back up.

There were a couple of guys on the sidewalk that picked up my bike and asked if I was okay. I bet it was a real site to see a 325# guy take a header off a bike. I got back up, checked out my bike and finished out my commute. I still had about 9 miles to go.

Damage report is very minor.

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Scrape on right pedal
Scrape on right bar end
Had to readjust my saddle. It got twisted during the ejection sequence

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Sore/stiff left shoulder
Small divot in my left ankle
Small scrape on my left knee

From now on, I am going to have to keep a better eye out for uneven pavement.

P.S.

I rode in to work today, no mishaps or excitement. Here's to staying upright.
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Old 07-31-08, 09:19 AM   #2
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Ouch well at least you are ok and your bike to. glad to see you got back out there the next day. I just recently started riding again and I have not fallen yet but have gotten close a couple of times. Although my falls would have not been contributed to riding but more to me not being to unclip or fogetting I was wearing my shoes. That might be more embarasing than a riding accident as you were moving. I would basically be a stopped and just fall over on my side.
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Old 07-31-08, 09:35 AM   #3
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I'm glad it wasn't worse. Any impact to the head can be problematic; you may want to see a doctor, just in case.
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Old 07-31-08, 09:39 AM   #4
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I'm glad it wasn't worse. Any impact to the head can be problematic; you may want to see a doctor, just in case.
Thanks for the advice Neil. I am pretty sure I am ok. No headache, balance issues or nausea. If my shoulder doesn't improve in a few days, I will get that checked out.

I guess all those years of football and wrestling really did teach me how to fall.
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Next time pull your front wheel up over the lip, you don't need to pop a huge wheelie, just pull up and to the side a bit, the back wheel will follow. I have to do this all the time on my commute when I encounter the dread double length transit buses that force me up onto the sidewalk. Trying to just steer yourself over those lips when you are parallel too them is a recipe for continual disasters.
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Old 07-31-08, 09:45 AM   #6
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This is why cyclists are almost always safer when they ride a little more away from the curb or shouder. Drivers see you, and if you do suddenly feel you are being crowded, you have left some maneuvering room for yourself. Glad you're Ok, because falls like this have been known to happen towards the car side rather than the sidewalk.
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Ice down that shoulder....

Replace the helmet, too, as you may not see the damage. The foam core is compacted and is no longer as effective a protection.

Glad you weren't hurt badly!
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Thanks for the advice Neil. I am pretty sure I am ok. No headache, balance issues or nausea. If my shoulder doesn't improve in a few days, I will get that checked out.

I guess all those years of football and wrestling really did teach me how to fall.
If you did impact your head, then yes, I'd agree with Neil F. "Seeing spots" could be from the roll you underwent when you hit the ground. If you didn't bang your head, then don't worry about it.
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Some more unsolicited advice: unless you're lying in traffic, don't "get right back to your feet" when you go down. You're not in a good situation to evaluate the damage. Stay on the ground and sort things out there.
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Next time pull your front wheel up over the lip, you don't need to pop a huge wheelie, just pull up and to the side a bit, the back wheel will follow. I have to do this all the time on my commute when I encounter the dread double length transit buses that force me up onto the sidewalk. Trying to just steer yourself over those lips when you are parallel too them is a recipe for continual disasters.
I thought of that pretty much the rest of the way home. I don't think I will forget that lesson easily.
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Old 07-31-08, 10:37 AM   #11
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Some more unsolicited advice: unless you're lying in traffic, don't "get right back to your feet" when you go down. You're not in a good situation to evaluate the damage. Stay on the ground and sort things out there.
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Not sure if I will be able to "stay down" unless I am pretty torn up. I pretty much got right back up on my feet instinctively. It is really hard to undo all those years of athletic training. I have hurt myself a couple of times playing sports where I knew it was pretty bad and I did stay down then and assess the damage.

Thanks for the concern.
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HELMETS ARE SINGLE USE ITEMS.

If the helmet impacted the ground, REPLACE IT NOW. Do not use the helmet. Destroy it (cut it up) to prevent a dumpster diver from using it. Reusing a helmet that's been in a crash is very bad.

Foam compacts and doesn't protect as well. It also cracks. The strap stays can also bend and crack and warp and not secure properly. They might also be fatigued and fail at the wrong time.

REPLACE THE HELMET.
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Glad your ok and yeah, replace the helmet!
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