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Old 08-31-09, 09:07 PM   #1
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Fiery Crash Tonight Heading Home

First of all - no video I know, I know. No photos and it didn't really happen.

I don't post every little owie and trolley track tribulation here. I hit the deck at least once a year. Goes with the territory.

But on the way home tonight...awesome!

I am rolling on my Jamis ATB hardtail/rigid fork through the park with no hands sipping from my water bottle at maybe 15 mph at most. It's still light enough to see but I am running my NightRider on strobe anyway. I pass this broken section of asphalt every evening no prob that stretches from curb to curb - no getting around it - and a chunk is missing near the middle about two foot by one foot and ten inches deep (see where this is going?)

I manage to get my right hand back on the bars but the front wheel hits the hole anyway. The bike kinda springs up in the air - wobbles like a big spring - then comes down nearly sideways giving me plenty of time to say !OH****! out loud. I hit the ground expecting a big hurt but no...almost like landing on a giant pillow nearly on my back. Then sliiiiiiiiding for a bit looking up at the sky and majestic oaks. I stop still clipped in at least one foot and both hands now holding the bars (more or less). It took me a full 15 seconds lying dead center in the road to get away from the bike.

I look around. Not a soul in sight. Just sounds of tennis players nearby. I look at the ground and it looks like I was torpedoed - U-Lock over here, water bottle over there, and the bike a full 20 feet from the hole!

Time to inventory the body. No blood squirting out. No bones visible. That's good. My ring finger on my right hand seems mildly sprained at the second knuckle. I have a 2mm piece of skin missing just past my glove on the thumb of my left hand. And a nice hematoma rising on my right shin where the crank hit it ringed by a couple of minor scratches. My helmet is flawless. My white dress shirt is unmarked. My backpack is OK. When I get home I pull down my shorts at the mirror and see why I didn't feel the impact. My right butt cheek has a muffin plate sized red mark barely visible. I later find that my sunglass case was crushed inside my backpack, but the glasses survived somehow (clip-on style).

As for the bike. The chain got inside the right crank and took some time to carefully remove it. Wheels are fine. Rear rack scratched up. Handle bar end plug the same. Rear derailleur scratched and the hanger is bent a tad. Seat is twisted a bit and scuffed on the edge. I rode it home with no issues.

So my arse cheek and backpack (full of clothes) took the impact. I swear I felt nothing. A tad sore now, but I'll be riding tomorrow not doubt. Man, that really came out of nowhere. Who ever thought balancing on two wheels would be a good idea anyway?
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Old 08-31-09, 09:11 PM   #2
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Harsh! Get well soon!
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Glad to hear you're reasonably OK. All those folks who've been waiting for you to get creamed while running a red light are going to be a little disappointed, especially when you admit to not paying enough attention to something you've seen before.
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Old 08-31-09, 09:16 PM   #4
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Funny how a helmet can come out of a flop like that without ever touching the ground. Mine's done so a couple of times.
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Old 08-31-09, 11:08 PM   #5
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Funny how a helmet can come out of a flop like that without ever touching the ground. Mine's done so a couple of times.
As I was falling I was fully aware that the back of my head was going to take a hit and that I was wearing a helmet. So I just kept my hands and arms away from the ground and didn't feel compelled to protect my head. I was certain that my head touched the ground, but upon close inspection of the helmet - nothing.

I have taken some gnarly falls offroad. Once I dented a helmet slightly. Kept the dirt out of my hair anyway
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Old 08-31-09, 11:36 PM   #6
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Sounds like you made it out ok.
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Riding with no hands and your ma wasn't around to look- darn!
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I look at the ground and it looks like I was torpedoed - U-Lock over here, water bottle over there, and the bike a full 20 feet from the hole!
In skiing, this is known as a yardsale. Extra points if you do it under the chairlift and then get an audience as you pick up your scattered gear.

Congrats on taking the hit on the soft stuff!
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Wait a second; you were wearing a helmet, taking the lane, using a light, and being visible. Another reason for cyclist to be on the sidewalk . Sorry, bad attempt at sarcasm. I'm glad to hear you are relatively ok JoeyBike. Just pick up the pieces (of yourself and your bike) and keep pedaling.
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damn no video. that would have been a classic. sorry could not resist. glad you survived. those pot holes are bad news. take care. oh and you'll be sore. advil is your friend?
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Like your mama said, ride with both hands! Glad to hear you had to serious injuries or damage.
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Like your mama said, ride with both hands!
How are you supposed to carry home the chicken wings?
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Glad you are in one piece.
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Glad you made it through, Joey.

I'm still waiting for the fiery part...!
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He lit a match and used it to cauterize his wounds.
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...or use some voodoo concoction
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Old 09-01-09, 07:30 AM   #17
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I'm still waiting for the fiery part...!
That happened in the shower when I got home. (Those of you who have lost skin in a crash know what I mean about that first post-crash shower).
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All those folks who've been waiting for you to get creamed while running a red light are going to be a little disappointed, especially when you admit to not paying enough attention to something you've seen before.
Who would ever wish such a thing on Joey?
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Damn, sounds like you might have dodged a bullet! Glad you're not too seriously hurt. Those bomb crater pot holes are just deadly.
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I feel like I just read about a superhero losing his powers. I'm always in awe of your riding style and traffic carving skills. Glad you're alright. Surprised the bike didn't get destroyed though, sounds like a rough one. Stay safe out there.
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Who would ever wish such a thing on Joey?
Not me, I'm glad he's OK.
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Too bad someone else wasn't filming you; I would have paid to see that.



My mishap wasn't near as dramatic; something just went pop in my back. The cars around me didn't even have a clue I was injured. In the end it kept me from riding for a week and a half. Glad your injuries aren't as severe.
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In skiing, this is known as a yardsale. Extra points if you do it under the chairlift and then get an audience as you pick up your scattered gear.

Congrats on taking the hit on the soft stuff!
Darn it ! You got there first!

A buddy did this on our second skiing vacation. Caught it out of the corner of my eye, I wasn't going to stop because we were all practicing the new found skill of shuusing, so we didn't have to push across the horrible flat spot.

We of course all stopped at the end of the flat, and watched as he gathered up his hat, glove, poles, skis, etc and made his way down to us, including pushing across the hated flat.

"You OK?"

He then entered the history books with his reply.


"Yeah! I think I'm really getting the hang of this!"

We all fell down laughing.


Joey, do you think that in putting your hand on the bar at the same moment as hitting the bump imparted some steering input that triggered this?
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(Those of you who have lost skin in a crash know what I mean about that first post-crash shower).
I remember that.
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Thank your backpack, it no doubt cushioned your fall. I hate riding with one, but they're great if you ever fall on your back assuming you don't keep sharp objects in it. 15 mph may not be much while riding, but it's pretty fast for a fall. Glad you came out okay.
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