Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-22-05, 10:22 AM   #1
Rodney Crater
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Rodney Crater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Sheldon Iowa USA
Bikes:
Posts: 167
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mud Slinging

The bike is ok.

Watch out for mud. I know it has been said many times but I wanted to add that it lurks around corners hiding and waiting for the unsuspecting cyclist.

I hit a patch of mud this morning on my way to work and took a hard fall to the ribs. Taking a blind corner, that I take every day, I suddenly found to my dismay ( hey that rhymes) that the mud patch I knew about had tripled in size ( 300 yards ) overnight, unbeknownst to me. I had started to brake as normal since I knew it was coming. What I didn't know was it had grown and was lurking just around the bend instead of a couple of hundred yards past the bend. I was coming out of the corner braking as normal and boom!! I was in it, clipped to the pedals. The bike did an immediate slide and belly up because my past training in Judo has me roll out of a fall. The problem was I was clipped in and instead of rolling away from the bike, The bike rolled upward and I hit with an arm slap and a direct hit to the ribs at the same time so my arm slap did not absorb much of the force( with bike weight added to it ), my ribs took it. The good news is the bike obviously was protected and after x-rays there are no breaks or fractures showing in my ribs, and the doc said riding would help even if the ribs were broke and not floating because it would force me to breath deep and prevent pneumonia. So in a couple of days I should be good and I can still ride in the meantime.

But, be aware of growing mud slicks or you will be slinging mud too.
Rodney Crater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-05, 11:15 AM   #2
sydney_b
it's my road too, dangit
 
sydney_b's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: nebraska
Bikes: early 90's marin, 1969 schwinn collegiate, waterford, bridgestone rb1
Posts: 216
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry to hear about your crash. What a biter. Good reminder to be careful.
sydney_b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-05, 11:46 AM   #3
max-a-mill
aspiring dirtbag commuter
 
max-a-mill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: philly
Bikes:
Posts: 2,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
you know if your gonna hit something slippery, no brakes at all might serve you better....

all i know is (in the winter mostly) if i hit any ice or even see any the brakes are the last thing i reach for (wet wood, same thing).

don't want to sound like an after the fact know it all... just something to think about maybe if you haven't already.
max-a-mill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-05, 11:51 AM   #4
oboeguy
34x25 FTW!
 
oboeguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NYC
Bikes: Kona Jake, Scott CR1, Dahon SpeedPro
Posts: 6,013
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Heh, early Judo training has saved me from bad falls in the past too.

Get better soon!

Oh and I agree with max-a-mill on the brakes.
oboeguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-05, 12:17 PM   #5
jyossarian
SERENITY NOW!!!
 
jyossarian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In the 212
Bikes: Haro Vector, IRO Rob Roy, Bianchi Veloce
Posts: 8,756
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you had taken karate instead of judo, you would've unclipped and flipped into the air in a perfect somersault, kicked the bike back upright and landed in the seat and kept on going, just like Jackie Chan. Next time, bring along a wire team to help you do all that.
__________________
HHCMF - Take pride in your ability to amaze lesser mortals! - MikeR



We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
jyossarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-05, 01:40 PM   #6
Rodney Crater
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Rodney Crater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Sheldon Iowa USA
Bikes:
Posts: 167
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jyossarian
If you had taken karate instead of judo, you would've unclipped and flipped into the air in a perfect somersault, kicked the bike back upright and landed in the seat and kept on going, just like Jackie Chan. Next time, bring along a wire team to help you do all that.
LOL

Quote:
Originally Posted by max-a-mill
you know if your gonna hit something slippery, no brakes at all might serve you better....
I agree but in this case I was not able to see it until it was too late and I was in it. That mud is so slick that the tires instantly took flight sideways, like when you lock the brakes of a front wheel drive vehicle on ice and you are trying to turn but go straight.
Rodney Crater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-05, 02:33 PM   #7
Eggplant Jeff
45 miles/week
 
Eggplant Jeff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Bikes: Jamis Aurora
Posts: 2,020
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Doh, that stinks. I've come close a couple times, I have a short gravel path I travel, it's for maintenance vehicles for the park. The center strip has grass and stuff so is pretty solid, but the two tire areas are deep loose gravel. Every once in a while I'll be coming down the hill, around the corner, and get a little too far off the center strip... as soon as I get in that gravel I start to lose it. Luckily brakes still work somewhat in gravel and I haven't fallen yet. But it's probably just a matter of time .
Eggplant Jeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-05, 09:02 PM   #8
As You Like It
Enthusiasm on Wheels
 
As You Like It's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Kansas City, MO
Bikes: 1953 Schwinn Debutante, 1971 Hercules 3-speed, 1973 Schwinn Suburban, 1990 Huffy White River, 1990-something Bianchi Advantage, 1996 Trek 800
Posts: 725
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had a wreck like that about two weeks ago. The roadrash on my shoulder is finally not all puffy and itchy (I think it might have gotten a little bit infected). I slid about 12' on my side and bruised the heck out of my left buttock and scraped up my shoulder like crazy.

Glad you're okay and your bike's not messed up. Darn those mud washouts anyway!
__________________
Wheeeee!
As You Like It is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-05, 11:36 PM   #9
azesty
Hot in China
 
azesty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: China
Bikes: Giant Lava
Posts: 961
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hey, bad luck. While it sucks to fall there are two good things about it. You now have a good story and it is likely you will not be as afraid of falling as you were, once the pain subsides anyway

a
azesty is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:41 AM.