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Old 09-04-05, 06:04 AM   #1
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First crash in ages....

I have been commuting regularly this year. I have done a little over 2500km so far. Last Tuesday I had my first crash.

I was about to go up a driveway onto the footpath to get to a post office box to post a letter. I was going through a fast section of my commute home, and was doing about 40 kph, slightly downhill, and with a strong tail wind.

As I went up the driveway, I had two problems. It is a sort of narrow section with, at this time of the day, a fair few cars. I couldnt go very wide before going up the drive so I hit it at a shallow angle. I was also a little puffed and didnt lift my front wheel. And the driveway lip was higher than usual, about 4cm.

As I hit the lip the front wheel went straight along it, not up it. And over I went, hitting the ground fairly hard.

I hit on my elbow and knee. My elbow left a fair bit of skin on the footpath, as did my knee, and I have a very big bruise on my elbow.

While it still hurts, there is a bit of my that is glad I have fallen off again. I used to fall off all the time when I was a kid, but since it has been so long, I became a bit scared of it. Now I am not as scared.

I rode the next day, in the rain. I was more cautious than usual, but I was in pain. I left a bit of blood on the inside of my jacket.

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Old 09-04-05, 07:19 AM   #2
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Good to hear that you're basically OK.

Isn't it funny how sometimes the thought of crashing is worse than actually crashing.
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Old 09-04-05, 05:31 PM   #3
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Ouch! I hate it when my wheel does that. The worst part is knowing the outcome as it's happening.
Bruised elbows hurt, mine is still throbbing somewhat after an altercation with the road early last week
Hope you heal soon.
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When you fall as often as I do, you kinda get used to it! Don't be embarrassed; don't sweat the road rash. It heals faster if you keep it bandaged with lots of antibiotic cream to keep it moist all the time. Tylenol helps the pain -- they say ibuprofen can slow healing.
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Ouch! So far so good for me - I have only crashed once on gravel while standing on the pedals with newly-installed Power Grips.
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look on the bright side... at least you're still riding
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I went down approaching a smaller lip but at a worse angle, not fun. This is where being able to lift the front wheel a little, a standard mountain bike skill, comes in handy. Just like the bunny hop, in theory you should not need these little-kid-bmx moves on the street, but in practice they can be lifesavers.
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Thanks all for your thoughts.

I generally do lift the front wheel, but was a little maxed out after riding through the tight crowded section of my commute. I sit on 50 to 60 kph, in the middle of my lane, moving with or faster than the cars. This was at the end of that section, and I guess there wasnt sufficient sugar and blood getting to the brain

While I dont live in the tropics anymore, growing up there has left me with an aversion to bandages. Their use in hot humid climes will often lead to infection. I usually just, if I can, leave it out to dry.

While the scabs are there now, they dont hurt as much as the big bruise, now yellowing, on my elbow.

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