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


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-03-08, 02:22 PM   #1
Ed in GA
The "now retired" Old Guy
Thread Starter
 
Ed in GA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Savannah, GA, USA
Bikes: Trek Madone 4.5
Posts: 546
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great ride on Sunday with an almost bad ending.

Did my first group ride on Sunday. A 25 miler that turned out to be a 27 miler.

Ride was going great up until about a mile from the end then near disaster.

I got clipped by another rider in the group who was wearing earbuds and never heard me say "On Your Left", I went down pretty hard. I have bad bruises on my side, on my arm, hand and my chest along with a strawberry on my knee and road rash on my right leg. Fortunately, no broken bones.

I can almost positively say that if I had not been wearing a helmet, I would either have a fractured skull or some other type of serious head injury. Made a believer out of me, big time.

I did go ahead, get back on the bike and finish the ride. There was no damage to my bike, fortunately.

I'll take about 10 days off, recuperate and get ready for my next ride.
__________________
"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"
Ed in GA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-08, 05:11 PM   #2
BLIZZ
Senior Member
 
BLIZZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Missouri
Bikes: Scott CR1-Gary Fisher Sugar-Litespeed Ultimate
Posts: 336
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry to hear about your spill. Glad it wasn't worse than it was.
Gotta give riders that aren't paying attention a wide berth.
You didn't mention the other rider going down, so I assume he hit your front wheel or handlebars with the back of his bike. Another thing to remember in a group ride. Always protect your front wheel and bars. Any where else you get bumped won't affect you as much.
BLIZZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-08, 05:37 PM   #3
TromboneAl
Senior Member
 
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Far, Far Northern California
Bikes: 1997 Specialized M2Pro
Posts: 2,875
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Will you buy a new helmet (most are supposed to be no good after an impact)?
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-08, 05:44 PM   #4
Ed in GA
The "now retired" Old Guy
Thread Starter
 
Ed in GA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Savannah, GA, USA
Bikes: Trek Madone 4.5
Posts: 546
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
Will you buy a new helmet (most are supposed to be no good after an impact)?
I will either buy a new one or return it to Trek for a crash exchange. I do have a spare helmet.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BLIZZ View Post
You didn't mention the other rider going down, so I assume he hit your front wheel or handlebars with the back of his bike.
He didn't go down, He swerved to the left to pass another bike and hit my front wheel with his rear wheel.

He stopped about 15 feet away while others checked to see if I was OK. They told me that he had the earbuds in. He rode off quite a bit before I got moving again.

I didn't pursue him. Things might have gotten worse than they already were.
__________________
"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"

Last edited by Ed in GA; 09-03-08 at 05:58 PM.
Ed in GA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-08, 05:53 PM   #5
Red Rider
Don't mince words
 
Red Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Vacaville, CA
Bikes: '16 BH Quartz, Co-Motion Roadster "Blue Jay"; Fuji D6 TT bike
Posts: 6,949
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ouch! Sorry you got hurt, glad the bike's okay.

Our group rides (casual club as well as race team) prohibit MP3 players and earbuds in, for this very reason. Might you make a similar suggestion to the ride leader?

Heal soon.
Red Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-08, 06:09 PM   #6
SSP
Software for Cyclists
 
SSP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Redding, California
Bikes: Trek 5200, Specialized MTB
Posts: 4,618
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
Ouch! Sorry you got hurt, glad the bike's okay.

Our group rides (casual club as well as race team) prohibit MP3 players and earbuds in, for this very reason. Might you make a similar suggestion to the ride leader?
+1 - anybody who wears headphones on a group ride is an idiot and deserves to be yelled at and/or shunned. Thankfully, most ride directors for centuries and tours have outlawed them.
SSP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-08, 06:16 PM   #7
TromboneAl
Senior Member
 
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Far, Far Northern California
Bikes: 1997 Specialized M2Pro
Posts: 2,875
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I saw an older guy riding on the freeway (Geezers On Bikes T-Shirt). When I came up to him, I started talking "Nice tailwind today, huh?" No Response. Then I saw the ear buds.
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-08, 08:02 PM   #8
Yen
Surly Girly
 
Yen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: SoCal
Bikes:
Posts: 4,113
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow, glad you weren't more badly injured, and I hope you'll recover very quickly. You demonstrated a lot of grace toward the other rider.
__________________
Specialized Roubaix Expert
Surly Long Haul Trucker
Yen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-08, 08:59 PM   #9
Louis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 4,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SSP View Post
+1 - anybody who wears headphones on a group ride is an idiot and deserves to be yelled at and/or shunned. Thankfully, most ride directors for centuries and tours have outlawed them.
Agreed. The fact that he rode away indicates he is also a jerk.

Glad you're going to be okay.
Louis 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 11:54 PM.