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    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.

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    it's my road too, dangit sydney_b's Avatar
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    Sorry to hear about your crash. What a biter. Good reminder to be careful.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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 .

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    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!

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    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

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