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Old 05-13-09, 05:47 PM   #1
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700x23 tires, Sand & Road Rash

This morning, I decided to take a route unknown to me. Rounding one of the corners, I failed to notice the small pile of sand in the turn.

700x23 tires have absolutely no traction when they hit sand. And..... Road Rash is painful.
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Old 05-13-09, 06:09 PM   #2
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Ouch! that's gonna hurt for a bit. If you can hobble over to your LBS see if you can find some Brave Soldier crash pack to help you heal up (other mftrs have equiv kits, too). Alternatively you can try some 2nd skin patches, but, they're a little pricey (but worth it). You mainly want to keep the rash clean and moist so it can heal up without scarring. Good luck.
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Old 05-13-09, 06:11 PM   #3
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This morning, I decided to take a route unknown to me. Rounding one of the corners, I failed to notice the small pile of sand in the turn.

700x23 tires have absolutely no traction when they hit sand. And..... Road Rash is painful.
sorry.

pics?
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Old 05-13-09, 06:13 PM   #4
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Ouch, curves and corners are for crashing.
How is your head?
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Old 05-13-09, 06:40 PM   #5
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Ouch, curves and corners are for crashing.
How is your head?
Skip that part. Is your bike OK?
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Old 05-13-09, 06:59 PM   #6
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700x23 tires have absolutely no traction when they hit sand. And..... Road Rash is painful.
Yeah, I hate sand and gravel too - might as well be grease. Good you didn't break anything!

Heal fast!
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Old 05-13-09, 07:04 PM   #7
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Didn't think to take any pics.

Bike is OK. Skinned the Bar Tape on the side/end of the drops.

Head is OK.

Right leg and knee aren't pretty. Cleaned it up pretty good when I got home. Wife put a big Guaze bandage on it loaded up with Neosporin.
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Ain't just 23s, I have slid out in sand and or gravel on tires over 2 inches wide. Sand in a corner and bicyles don't mix

Hope you are not too hurt and recover quickly.
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Your speed at impact?
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All tires narrower than 32mm are evil.
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Sorry to read about your fall but glad you're O.K.

Ya shoulda read this post submitted by a very wise man before you started your season...What's the risk with sand?
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I recall an unheard from lately member, CrossChain, telling how he slid sideways on semi-fresh cowplop but was only saved by his 32mm Pasela's. Was the sand slicker than sh*t?
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Road Rash?
Tegaderm. There is no substitute.
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How fast were you going?? Damage the helmet?
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The key to safely negotiating corners with sand is not tire width so much as speed and lean angle. You just have to be extra careful when turning on sand on pavement.
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The key to safely negotiating corners with sand is not tire width so much as speed and lean angle. You just have to be extra careful when turning on sand on pavement.
You must be right on that - I hit a patch of sand on a fast turn during a century last summer - I could feel the bike going sideways and starting to go down but somehow I righted it and never went down - it was scary because I was moving fast
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