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Old 09-21-06, 08:54 PM   #1
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Popped My Cherry!

OK, So I'm a noob and have just started communting 2 weeks ago but I am LOVING IT!

I just got a new Arkel Commuter Pannier and I have it loaded with a lot stuff for the ride home. About 10 miles in I cross a 4 lane highway and have to make a sharp turn to get back on the bike path through the forest preserve. It's a tight left hander ... no problem. Uhhh until ... I lean the bike in and all the sudden ... Rear Wheel goes Bye Bye. The damn pannier lifted my wheel off the ground. No more deep leans with a stuffed pannier! Luckily I was only going about 15 mph but of course I was infront of about 12 cars . [edit] I don't think this is right, I think it was just the weight and too much lean[/edit]

Broken mirror, sunglass lens popped out, scratches on new Atmos Rabobank helmet, bag scuff, damaged jersey, cut finger, arm rash and shoulder rash.. It's not much but here it is, but at least now I'm in the club.


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Old 09-21-06, 09:12 PM   #2
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Eww please don't take pics like that. There are kids here too you know. And great job on your commuting.
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Old 09-21-06, 09:16 PM   #3
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wow, those nipples are hairy. welcome to the "oops, i meant to do that" club!
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Old 09-21-06, 09:18 PM   #4
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I don't think there's anything unseemly about the photo. And, besides, it shows the hazards of riding a bike in the most graphic way.

Glad you didn't break anything! I am surprised, however, that you didn't feel the difference in the way your bike handled before you had to make this hard-left-turn. I generally ride with just a left pannier, and, when it's loaded for bear, I can feel it even on a straight-a-way.

Hope everything heals up well. How's the bike, by the way?
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Old 09-21-06, 09:27 PM   #5
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Oooo... can I get in on the fun?

(Word of advice, first... ALWAYS double check that you remembered to reconnect the brakes after doing major maintenance!!!)

I hit a chain at 15mph when I squeezed both brakes to stop and got... absolutely NOTHING.

(This was taken first thing when I got to work... no bruising apparent yet... it's just now starting to show up)
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Ugh, I could show you guys all the cuts on my leg from the past few weeks but it would hurt your eyes. I discovered that the clips holding the shifter lines to my downtube were causing all the cuts only last week...
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Thanks. Upon further review, I don't think the pannier ever touched. As Muchkin said, I think it was the weight that got me. I didn't feel any difference when doing normal left handers but this one I leaned pretty good and I think the extra weight just gave me too much lean and ... bye bye.

I'm an idiot for not thinking about this ahead of time. This morning my left wrist is pretty sore (hurts when I type). I still rode in though.
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Old 09-22-06, 08:30 AM   #8
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Good for you on the ride. Looks like you learned a lesson the hard way. Why is it that anytime you crash, there are alot of people there to watch? I did the famous "forget to unclip" maneuver at an intersection for all to see.
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Old 09-22-06, 08:53 AM   #9
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Wiped out doing about 25-30 when the Pannier grabbed onto the rear wheel. And if you think I look bad, you should have seen the pavement!
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John, mine stings. It looks like that hurts. How did the pannier grab?

Just for the record, what should you put on rashes to ease the pain and hurry the healing?
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Old 09-22-06, 09:44 AM   #12
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It was the first time I had put a heavy load in the panniers(full load of groceries). The bag was sitting a little low, so I adjusted it a little which was a bad idea. I think it came loose and then grabbed the spoke. I also made another mistake, which was braking hard after the rear wheel locked. Once I did that, I started to fishtail, then lose control entirely. Actually, the elbow was the least painful part of the accident. My shoulder was in AGONY for about two days after, and it still hurts right now.


As far as the rash goes, what I did was use a large gauze bandage which I then covered with this stuff called Aquaphor, then taped the bandage over the road rash. Once it healed a bit, I switched to a large bandaid.
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I have a case of chaffed buttocks if we're still posting injury photos ...
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