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Old 09-26-10, 10:40 AM   #1
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So that is what asphault tastes like....

March 26,1986, Philippines. I am on a Honda shadow at a dead stop with my blinker on, waiting for oncoming traffic to pass so I can turn left. The last car passes, I let out the clutch and begin my turn. Five seconds later I am on the ground in the middle of the street with a broken leg and only four fingers on my left hand. The drunk that hit me did not know he hit anything even though he had no windshield and there was an extra left pinky on his seat. The thing I remember most about the "accident" is the initial impact of the car hitting my helmet and my helmet hitting the pavement.

Fast forward September 26, 2010. Turned 54 yesterday. Feel great, don't miss the finger at all (well except when I go through a drive thru I always drop the change) So I am riding my hybrid at the local bike trail and as I cruise down the incline prior to the hairpin turn that I have taken 200 times before, I notice the pavement is glistening a bit and there are many leaves and a lot of pine straw. I would like to pause for an announcement...I am not the brightest bulb in the pack...thank you. So I tap the brakes and realize I am no longer riding the bike, it is riding me. So I hit the pavement hard. This is my first crash since I began riding bikes again and OUCH!!!!! Shoulder is jacked up, road rash on the face and knee, and my hip is not quite right. But again the thing I remember the most from today is my helmet hitting the pavement and scraping along for 5 or 10 feet. I sure am glad someone was smart enough to make sure I get one.
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Old 09-26-10, 12:17 PM   #2
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Whoa! I am glad you had your helmet too!

As to seeing all the warning signs, I have seen them and ignored them and paid the price, too. Not very distinguished company but you aren't the only rider figure out what it all meant 10 seconds too late.

So, how's the bike?
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the thing I remember the most from today is my helmet hitting the pavement and scraping along for 5 or 10 feet. I sure am glad someone was smart enough to make sure I get one.
Ouch. Falls seem to hurt more at 54 than at 34, don't they?

In any case, glad you're relatively OK.
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retnav94 I'm glad you able to write about your experience

Today was not one of my better bike riding days either. For some reason the Parks Dept. decided to put little islands at various locations on the Seminole Wekiva Trail and today while going around one my front wheel dropped off of the right side of the trail. Long story short I have the worst case of road rash that I have ever had ( knees several locations, elbow, hip and shoulder). I was riding solo and much faster then conditions warranted. A fellow driving in a car on the road just to the left of the trail stopped to help me. My head hit the concrete hard enough that I don't remember the ride home and I will be replacing the Specialized helmet later in the week. The visor broke away as it should but left a pretty nasty cut over my left eye. I am pretty confident that I will not be riding for a couple of days.

SloSpokes words of wisdom: There are two kinds of bike riders, those who have fallen, and those who are going to fall...
I don't know said that but it sure is true.

And falls hurt more at 70 than the do at 54
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My bike is fine, I was between it and the pavement. My shoulder is a bit painful, cant raise the arm past shoulder level yet, but I will survive. Thanks for the concern folks. Slo, it sounds like you fared much worse. Hopefully you will feel better in a a day or so.

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.... For some reason the Parks Dept. decided to put little islands at various locations on the Seminole Wekiva Trail ...
On the "tour" we call that road furniture!
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Wet leaves on the roadway/trail should be against the law.
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Wet leaves on the roadway/trail should be against the law.
Instead they sit there waiting for us to ride by so they can enforce the laws of physics.
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Only had one major off on Asphalt and that was on black ice. Slid for a long distance and thought I had got a way with it till a couple of miles later I had a headache. Clothing not ripped- just a few skuff marks but it was obvious that when I took the Helmet off- It had been a hard fall (Hence the headache) and the side of the helmet had been scraped away.

Luckily- Most of my falls have been offroad. You don't slide much and get rash- but the Puncture marks from landing on hardpack or Flints can look quite dramatic. But the helmets still get damaged. Normally had to replace the helmet most years- and if I didn't- I wasn't riding hard enough.
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And I was about to post the assorted links from people who love riding in the fall.

Until they fall because it's fall.

I transition to mt. biking in a few weeks and go thru a period in late Nov. when the combination of leaves no longer on the trees where they belong, combined with the rain we had 2 days prior, make for an exciting time on the bike. Fortunately there's no asphalt to taste in the woods.

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Fortunately there's no asphalt to taste in the woods.

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No, but those rocks and tree roots can leave a bitter after taste.
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Seriously, thanks for the heads-up about the wet leaves.
Hope you're feeling better.
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I'm glad you're both healthy enough to write about your mishaps. Heal well.

I'm probably preaching to the choir here but we also need to be aware that the drivers are unfamiliar with the wet leaves also. Be ready to watch some cars slide through stop signs and red lights. If we can foresee it happening perhaps we can avoid being a part of their mishap!!
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retnav94, Be sure to replace your helmet, it's done it's job. I used to keep my old and crashed helmets. I ran out of room and recycled them.

kjc9640, Maybe riding is out of the question for a couple of days, but keep moving to shorten the recovery time.

To both, heal quickly. Watch for signs of secondary injurys, those that appear two or three days later. Many poo-poo bicycle wrecks, but it's been my experiance they can be worse than a motorcycle wreck... Non voluntary testing!

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Yeah, helmets do a great job for how light they are. I remember my impact of helmet on ground and it didn't even put a mark on the helmet. My wife had a patient that refused to wear a helmet riding his motorcycle. Well he did when it was mandatory but as soon as he crossed the state line off it went. He dropped his bike at 5mph on a u-turn and sustained a closed head injury that he eventually died from. It doesn't take much.
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and today while going around one my front wheel dropped off of the right side of the trail.
I've also had the experience. The powers that be always seem to have the need to "improve" the local MUP. One such imrovement left a 3 inch drop at the side of the trail. I slowed to pass/chat with som guys that where fishing, the next thing you know, I'm looking up at them, with a WTF look on my face. Opened up my knee, and sprained my wirst. The other guys helped me up, which was nice. Another improvement they made was to "resurface" it with these 3/8 round rocks, it was like trying to ride on marbles. And there where some spots that where deep, You would just sink in and stop. Somebody thought the round rocks would pack down into a nice multi-use surface.

Glad to hear your injuries are minor, but get yourself cheked out by the Dr. Better safe than sorry.
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SloSpokes words of wisdom: There are two kinds of bike riders, those who have fallen, and those who are going to fall...
There are two types of people in this world: those who want to divide everybody into two types, and those who don't.

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Wet leaves on the roadway/trail should be against the law.
You can add walnuts under those leaves, too
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Glad to hear you weren't seriously hurt and the bike is okay
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Glad to hear you weren't seriously hurt and the bike is okay
Beverly-that should read-"glad to hear the the bike is okay and you weren't seriously hurt." We have to keep our prioities straight!
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It kind of cracked me up how many folks wanted to know how the bike was.
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Wet leaves are the thing I disliked the most about my one attempt at Hilly Hundred, about 25 years ago. They were everywhere.
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It kind of cracked me up how many folks wanted to know how the bike was.
Have to get the priorities right.
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No, but those rocks and tree roots can leave a bitter after taste.
Tree's we got lots of, but no rocks here on Long Island !.

Which is good thing actually. If there were rocks, I'd really suck at mountain biking, the damned things scare the hell out of me. As it is I'm only mediocre.

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