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    The "now retired" Old Guy Ed in GA's Avatar
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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.
    "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?"

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed in GA View Post
    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.

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    Ouch, curves and corners are for crashing.
    How is your head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Ouch, curves and corners are for crashing.
    How is your head?
    Skip that part. Is your bike OK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed in GA View Post
    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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    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.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    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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