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Old 06-20-09, 07:42 PM   #1
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First Fall

Okay, it's my first fall where I was actually riding, rather than at a stop.

I met up with a buddy for a 40 mile ride at 7:00 a.m. this morning. I was riding my recumbent, he was riding his shiny new QuickBeam.

We were on a deserted road riding side-by-side, and I wasn't paying enough attention, and dropped the front wheel off of the paved road and down about four inches into gravel. I tried to steer back on to the road, but it wasn't going to happen.

I was doing at least 15 MPH when my butt landed on the road. I was still gripping the handlebars as the bike and I slid down the road. I saw everything happen in slow-motion, but was powerless to stop it.

After the bike and I stopped sliding, time returned to normal, and I felt the pain. I have road rash on my bottom and my back. The bike had some minor scuffs. It wasn't too bad. I only needed a few minutes to collect my thoughts, and I was back on the bike for the rest of the ride.

I really got lucky. My bare skin was never against the road, there was always clothing in the way. That saved me from getting much worse road rash.

So, my lesson for the day: "Pay Attention!"
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Old 06-20-09, 09:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to the club. There are only 2 types of cyclists. Those who've crashed, and those that haven't........yet.

Good that nothing really hurt but your pride, though.
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Old 06-20-09, 09:50 PM   #3
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I am glad you are okay...however, picturing you sliding on your arse down the road paints quite a funny scene in my mind....LOL
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Old 06-20-09, 09:51 PM   #4
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Tom is right. I'm glad you didn't get hurt worse. I hate crashing.
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Old 06-20-09, 10:09 PM   #5
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Does falling off a recumbent really even count as a fall?

Just kidding, road rash sucks.
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Old 06-20-09, 10:20 PM   #6
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I was in the TDC last week and there was a stretch of uneven pavement and everyone was riding in the lower section being worked on for some reason and I had two cyclists wipe out right in front of me as they were trying to get switch lanes into the upper lane. Tehy were both females and knew they had to be hurting
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Old 06-21-09, 11:30 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
Does falling off a recumbent really even count as a fall?

Just kidding, road rash sucks.
From what I understand, losing front wheel traction and sliding is one of the more common types of 'bent falls, compared with going over the handlebars on an upright. Given the option, I'd rather lose the skin on my hips than break my collarbone (I did that skiiing in my teens, once was enough!)...
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