Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Sheldon Iowa USA
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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.