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Old 10-24-11, 01:55 PM   #1
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First Crash on Road Bike. Worried about CAAD9

So I am a little worried about my 2009 CAAD9 7. I was riding down my street into a round a bout and I was going a little faster than I usually do and I knew I was heading straight for the curb (rounded) trying to make the full left round about turn. I braked to slow down to about 7mph and I think I hit the curb at an acute angle which popped my bike up and sent me flying sideways towards the grass, at which point I lifted the entire bike above my head with my right arm to protect it from touching the ground and getting damaged and brought most of the damage onto the left side of my body. I tried as best as I could while I was in the air with the bike to lay it down on it's side gently as we landed on the grass. I came out fine with two tiny scratches on my left knee. I went to inspect the bike and everything looks fine. It rides the same. I am just worried about the Ultra Slice fork having sustained damage even though it looks fine. It looks fine but I am worried it may fail on me. I feel as if the impact wasn't that great but this would be my first crash so what do I know. If everything looks good on the outside would you guys say I am good to ride again? Thanks
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Old 10-24-11, 02:36 PM   #2
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Doesn't sound very bad. Not fast enough to do much damage. I crashed my CAAD8 in a race at 25 mph and it's fine.
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Old 10-24-11, 03:27 PM   #3
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Hi Foblander!

My advice would be to have it checked out by professionals. We didn't witness anything...

I'd hate to boost your confidence level, only to have your bike malfunction, when you can least afford it to do so.

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Old 10-24-11, 03:50 PM   #4
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Does the bike have a carbon steerer? Might want to check into that, maybe have it inspected if it does.
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I believe it should have an alloy steerer. I'll try and swing by the LBS this weekend. :/
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bodies heal, bikes don't
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So I am a little worried about my 2009 CAAD9 7. I was riding down my street into a round a bout and I was going a little faster than I usually do and I knew I was heading straight for the curb (rounded) trying to make the full left round about turn. I braked to slow down to about 7mph and I think I hit the curb at an acute angle which popped my bike up and sent me flying sideways towards the grass, at which point I lifted the entire bike above my head with my right arm to protect it from touching the ground and getting damaged and brought most of the damage onto the left side of my body. I tried as best as I could while I was in the air with the bike to lay it down on it's side gently as we landed on the grass.
Totally awesome example of clear thinking in time of crisis. My own thoughts would have been on the order of "Oh, Fudge."
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Bring it to the shop, tell them what happened, give the mechanic a $5/10 bill after he inspects it and say thank you for giving me piece of mind.
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So I am a little worried about my 2009 CAAD9 7. I was riding down my street into a round a bout and I was going a little faster than I usually do and I knew I was heading straight for the curb (rounded) trying to make the full left round about turn. I braked to slow down to about 7mph and I think I hit the curb at an acute angle which popped my bike up and sent me flying sideways towards the grass, at which point I lifted the entire bike above my head with my right arm to protect it from touching the ground and getting damaged and brought most of the damage onto the left side of my body. I tried as best as I could while I was in the air with the bike to lay it down on it's side gently as we landed on the grass. I came out fine with two tiny scratches on my left knee. I went to inspect the bike and everything looks fine. It rides the same. I am just worried about the Ultra Slice fork having sustained damage even though it looks fine. It looks fine but I am worried it may fail on me. I feel as if the impact wasn't that great but this would be my first crash so what do I know. If everything looks good on the outside would you guys say I am good to ride again? Thanks
YES! Bike before body! Love it!
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Old 10-25-11, 12:01 PM   #10
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So I am a little worried about my 2009 CAAD9 7. I was riding down my street into a round a bout and I was going a little faster than I usually do and I knew I was heading straight for the curb (rounded) trying to make the full left round about turn. I braked to slow down to about 7mph and I think I hit the curb at an acute angle which popped my bike up and sent me flying sideways towards the grass, at which point I lifted the entire bike above my head with my right arm to protect it from touching the ground and getting damaged and brought most of the damage onto the left side of my body. I tried as best as I could while I was in the air with the bike to lay it down on it's side gently as we landed on the grass. I came out fine with two tiny scratches on my left knee. I went to inspect the bike and everything looks fine. It rides the same. I am just worried about the Ultra Slice fork having sustained damage even though it looks fine. It looks fine but I am worried it may fail on me. I feel as if the impact wasn't that great but this would be my first crash so what do I know. If everything looks good on the outside would you guys say I am good to ride again? Thanks
At the speed you posted it is unlikely you damaged the fork. Not if you didn't damage the front wheel. If you could ride away and not notice any problems it should be fine. People with mountain bikes take hits like that every time they are out and still come back for more. If you need peace of mind have a LBS check it out but it doesn't sound like you damamged anything by your report. You sound like you did what many of us do, sacrifice your body for the bike. WTG.
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Old 10-25-11, 06:13 PM   #11
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Go to your nearest bike shop and let them have a look at it. Judging by what you're saying though it doesnt sound fatal.
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