Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Munich Germany (formerly Portland OR, Texas)
Bikes: '02 Specialized FSR, '03 RM Slayer, '99 Raleigh R700, '97 Norco hartail, '89 Stumpjumper
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stupid crash on Friday
ok, so i was REALLY stupid and crashed on my "city bike" last Friday.
the worst park is that of all the hours/kilometers i ride, this was one of the few times i did not have a helmet or gloves on... the helmet wasn't a big deal, but the gloves!!!
Friday was a holiday here and i rode my city bike ('89 Stumpjumper steel-rigid) to help a friend move. i rode that bike so i could wear regular shoes and didn't change as it was like 5 minutes away. i didn't wear my bike gloves as i had leather work gloves and _thought_ i could wear those.
so after the move, riding home on a hill on the bike path that i ride virtually every day in my commute, i somehow misjudged the bike: i had the tires pumped up really high and have this "commuter" tread that is not like the MTB tires (semisslicks) i usually ride on my commuter and it was a little wet as it had rained in the morning and the path is in the shade and basically i applied the brakes as i was approaching the corner at the bottom of the hill just before the bridge as pedestrains were crossing (normal and expected)...
and then the front wheel locked up and skidded out in front of my and i went flying forward. i guess i was going about 20km/h (15mph) and threw my hands out and skidded on my palms - without GLOVES (i have 4 pair, plus downhill gloves sitting at home). anyway, on both hands i have 3-4 holes on the lower palm from roadrash that started bleeding immediately. i got back on the bike and rode the few minutes home and cleaned out the gravel...
i also scraped my left elbow and shoulder, but not badly. my palms cleaned up pretty well and now 3 days later they are improving (no signs of infection)...
so i skipped my planned MTB ride on Saturday. Sunday i got out on the road bike and i have to hold the bars funny, but not so bad.
but man i feel like an idiot for wiping out on a corner i ride almost every day! and especially since the last few weeks i rode all kinds of extreme wicked downhill trails and had no real wrecks and now in the city i crash like a dork!