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Old 04-12-13, 06:39 AM   #1
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Waiting for the tweezers...

I made my typical 90 degree left turn 3/4 of a mile from my office today. It's wet and raining, and what do I see? They painted large (3 or 4 times larger than normal) cross-walk lines sometime after I passed through the same place on the way home yesterday. The front tire hits one, and down I go, hard on the right hip. I must have slip three feet. I've limped into the office and can now see there's some gravel in the road rash. Iíve got the antiseptic soap, a scrub brush, and antiseptic cream, but I'm waiting for a co-worker to get me a pair of tweezers she says she has in her purse. Then itís off to the menís room for a bit of clean-up. You just never know when some little change is going to make your day different than you thought it would be.

Oh, and "no", there will be no photos!!! (I really dislike those kind of photos.)
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Old 04-12-13, 07:45 AM   #2
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Photos or it didn't happen.

OK, so how about a photo of the scene of the accident?

Good luck with the cleaning and recovery from the road rash. I'm impressed with people who ride in the rain--I almost never do, and this is only one of a number of reasons why.
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Old 04-12-13, 07:58 AM   #3
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Sorry you went down because of that traffic stripe, the new paints and thermoplastic coatings used are too slippery, IMHO. We have to use them when we construct a roadway or parking lot and I see how slick they can be when they are new. The materials are longer lasting now and the smooth/slick surface takes longer to wear down. I hope that USDOT or NHSTA will look at requiring some type of abrasive "sanding" to be applied to the stripes, maybe a reflective as some states require would work. I wonder if the ADA accessibility regulations address this, we have to use non-slip coatings on ramps and walks, where handicapped access is required, on DOD contracts.

Glad that you aren't banged up too badly, but that is easy, for the guy not siting there picking gravel and sand out of the scrapes, to say. No pictures are necessary for my taste either, I have has those road tatoos too often and do not need to examine someone else's. Hope you heal up fast and don't miss any of the decent riding weather lately.

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Old 04-12-13, 07:59 AM   #4
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Glad it's just road rash and not a broken hip! The DOT here painted a crosswalk right in the middle of a steep 180ļ switchback on a local descent. The crosswalk is where a mtb trail crosses the road. I'm pretty sure the mtb'ers didn't request it and I know the road bikers sure didn't. The DOT just doesn't understand cyclists.
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Ouch, hope you heal up. I think most have paid the price of painted pavement markings at some point...
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Be glad it wasn't bad enough to require a visit to the ER, they use scrub brushes to remove the gravel. I've participated on both sides of the brush, the nice nurse gives you pain control before they start scrubbing. So if you do need to go in the future don't pi$$ the nurses off before they start.
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Old 04-12-13, 10:08 AM   #7
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Be glad it wasn't bad enough to require a visit to the ER, they use scrub brushes to remove the gravel. I've participated on both sides of the brush, the nice nurse gives you pain control before they start scrubbing. So if you do need to go in the future don't pi$$ the nurses off before they start.
I keep a syringe with an irrigation tip, Saline solution (doesn't sting as much as regular water), betadine, antibiotic ointment, bandages, and some brushes (obtained the last time in the emergency room for a similar thing) in the first-aid kit. The folks in the ER, however, haven't been willing to give me Lydocane or any other analgesic. So, I toughed it out this morning and kept the cursing to a minimum. It wasn't all that bad. Although I can think of several dozen things I'd rather do. I get the feeling the hip may be a bit stiff the first few miles on the ride home. So, I'll have to keep moving as much as possible until then.
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Old 04-12-13, 03:22 PM   #8
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Painful remedy but Surgical spirit. Once you have stopped hopping about then the area will be painfree and you can rub the area with with steel wool if necessary to clean the wound.

Edit--And it is the sadist in me that is recommending this course of action but it does work to alleviate the pain--- after the stinging stops. Takes a couple of minutes for that to happen though.
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Those reflective stripes are treacherous when wet. A co-worker broke his wrist when he went down after sliding on one.

I hope it all ends well.
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Update... just got out of the shower after the commute home. This is not going to be fun tomorrow morning. The discoloration of a major bruise has started to show, and the ache is setting in. Next time I take the corner I'm going to give that cross walk line a stern look and a piece of my mind.
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Old 04-12-13, 06:14 PM   #11
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Ooooooouuuuuuuuccccccccchhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
There's almost nothing worse than wet, rubberized paint strips. They could make the stripes out of banana peels, and it would be only marginally more slippery.
And put that hamburger back on the grill - it's raw.
ps glad you're relatively OK!
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Update... just got out of the shower after the commute home. This is not going to be fun tomorrow morning. The discoloration of a major bruise has started to show, and the ache is setting in. Next time I take the corner I'm going to give that cross walk line a stern look and a piece of my mind.
It kinda looks like you gave it a pretty good piece of something already!!
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We don't realize how much time we spend on autopilot until something changes and catches us by surprise. One fine morning, thirty miles into a forty mile commute, I came upon the two mile stretch of gravel road that allowed me to bypass the heavily-trafficked highway into town. As usual, I had my light on its lowest setting since there wasn't any traffic and I was on a first name basis with the potholes. Unbeknownst to me, the county road crew had shown up the previous afternoon and put down about a foot of fresh gravel on what had been perfect, for me, hard pack.

My wheels were immediately buried halfway to the axles as my speed dropped from about 20 mph to zero. At least they used nice, rounded pea gravel. It was like landing on styrofoam.
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that looks like it will be pretty sore!
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Ouch! Sorry to see that! Hope your feeling better than that looks!
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Ouch! I hope you heal fast w/o much pain.
You got my little incident on Thursday beat. I came out unscathed, with only a hit to the wallet for bike repairs.
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Update... just got out of the shower after the commute home. This is not going to be fun tomorrow morning. The discoloration of a major bruise has started to show, and the ache is setting in. Next time I take the corner I'm going to give that cross walk line a stern look and a piece of my mind.
But it's already gotten a piece of your anatomy. Why feed its hunger?
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[QUOTE=NOS88;15501777]and down I go, hard on the right hip. /QUOTE]

Please get well soon, and take some comfort that nothing was broken. My own little slippy road incident caused breaks . Very glad you avoided that, and hope you're all fine very soon.
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