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Old 07-02-10, 05:26 PM   #1
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Qualify for Club Tombay?

After reading BengeBoy's account I figued a new thread rather than hijacking his to ask if this qualifies or not would be proper...

While on a popular after dark ride in Houston (Moonlight Ramble) I crashed, big time. Problem started when I decided to take my old Raleigh wasn't vintage when I bought it Record Ace. It's the only bike I have with toe clips and I hadn't ridden it for awhile prior to the Ramble.

Five miles from the finish, generator lamp adding a light hue to the blackness I fell into a crack in the asphalt. Automatically I tried to clip out, which only tightens a clip on and down I tumbled attched to 30ish lbs. of British steel. I seriously broke my right collarbone, cracked three ribs, reinjured my left knee and cracked a bone in my left ankle. I also cracked another helmet, but that's another story.

I rode the five miles to my truck, unceremoniously threw the Raleigh into my pickup bed, drove home to have my older daughter drive me to the hospital.

Most of the bike was fine as I had broken it's fall with only a bent fender, rear rack and a couple of scratches here and there.

Is this a aualifying toe clip crash or simply a clipless pedal inspired crash?

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Old 07-02-10, 05:57 PM   #2
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I did the same basic thing last week. Stopped at a light waiting for it to change to green. I thought it would change in a few seconds so didn't slip out of the clip style pedals. After so long in the barely moving mode I unceremoniously fell over on my right side. I would call it a Tombay even if I only bruised my pride. I'm just glad I did a couple hours overtime. My work buddies would have been there to see the crash. It is about a quarter mile from work. I hope your injuries heal quickly BradTX. Blues Frog
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Old 07-02-10, 07:25 PM   #3
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Ooh! That hurts me just to think of it. Sounds like a lot of cracked and broken bones. I hope that you're back in the saddle soon.

On the light side, while not a classic Tombay, I'm going to support your application because the ultimate cause was failure to remove your foot from the pedal. This application could have been made stronger by mentioning the gender and pulchritudinous factors of any witnesses.
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Old 07-02-10, 08:43 PM   #5
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Best thing is that it's a humerous moment now. Yes there were witnesses and none stopped...a real WTF moment.

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If i ever ride at night it will be with about 3 or 4 led lights along with the one on my forehead. Sounds like serious injuries to me, hope you mend soon.
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LAriverRat, My favorite night ride is my MTB with a pair of halogen headlamps mounted on the handlebars. Works very well. The generator lamp is a halogen also, but lighting is dependant on speed and at 10 MPH or less should be considered a mood lamp.

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Best thing is that it's a humerous moment now. Yes there were witnesses and none stopped...a real WTF moment.

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Yeah, that can be amazing. Once I was hit by a car that was turning right on a red light. I remember lying on my back in the middle of this two lane one way street and people driving their cars around me. If anybody witnessed it they drove away. The pimp that hit me stood over me cursing me and accusing me of deliberately trying to cause his auto insurance rates to rise. He ran off when I retrieved my cell phone from my bike's stem and called 911 leaving his two employees to deal with the police. Finally a concerned citizen stopped to try to help but he was no good as a witness so it ended up being my word against the "ladies" who said I ran a red light. The police treated me like a criminal. Wanted proof that I owned the bike.

I hope you heal soon. Those injuries are no fun at all. At least it's summertime and most of the pollen is past. Sneezing with broken ribs is one the most intense pains I have experienced.
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