Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Herndon, VA
Bikes: Giant OCR C2, Kona Jake the Snake, Scattante 650-R
My first crash.....
One of the things that my wife has been very worried about since I started biking is my safety. (I had an accident 2 1/2 years ago that fractured my spine and came darn close to paralyzing my legs). Over the past 2 years, I've gotten myself into better shape than before the accident, and have come to love cycling. I do between 75-100 miles a week between a 43M RT commute and a weekend ride. With the weather this week, I've done 120 miles, so I'm really loving it.
Today, I was on the return leg of a 30 miler on the W&OD trail in Northern Virginia. I felt pretty good, and was able to catch a cyclist that I'd been pursuing for about 8 miles (that was tough!) I was pushing on the way home, and saw a couple cyclists in front of me. Because we were approaching a busy intersection, I stayed back, and let them know I was behind, giving a bike length's distance as we were slowing down. The rider on the RH side (they were riding 2 abreast) turned his head to say something back to me, and his wheel dipped off the right side of the MUP. I saw him try to correct, and I quickly braked and turned left, but he essentially stopped in place as he went down. A million things went through my head in about 1/2 a second, but the two things I remember were BRAKES! and GET OUT OF THE PEDALS! (in my head of course). I got out of the right pedal, but couldn't get out of the left, and I went down as soon as I ran into him (actually ran over the top and fell).
This could have been much worse. We had already slowed down to about 12 MPH or so, and I braked hard enough to scrub off a lot of speed. Turning left had me miss a direct hit, and I was able to slow my fall before contact.
Nobody was seriously hurt, thankfully. He had a cut on his leg (probably from his pedal), but not a big one. Somehow, he hit hard on his butt, and I think his shoulder banged into something. I got an abrasion on my elbow and a slight scuff on my hip. Fortunately, everyone was OK.
For the bikes and gear, it could have been worse, too. I had a small tear on my glove, and a small rip at the back of my saddle. Not a scratch elsewhere on the bike. (with a new CF bike, I was worried that something might have cracked). His bike was a bit worse, but still rideable. Broken dork disk which we discarded, and his rear wheel was a bit out of true. His handlebars took the worst of it. While his brifter got a good scuff, it wasn't bent or otherwise damaged. His bars were definitely bent, though, so I think he'll be getting a new set.
Neither of the riders in front of me were wearing helmets, so they were lucky. I won't get on a bike without one.
....and I'll be putting more distance between myself and the riders in front of me. This could have been MUCH worse.
Giant OCR C2
Fuji Cross Pro
'06 Kona Jake the Snake - back to stock, and up for sale.