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Old 07-09-12, 09:56 AM   #1
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Learned a lesson yesterday :(

I actually knew this (of course), but it wasn't ingrained in my mind enough to always be aware. I think I'll remember now Out for what I was hoping would be a 60 miler on the Nashville greenway, 3.5 miles in I'm going around a 120 degree left hander and BAM! down to the pavement I go at about 10 MPH. Stuff flies everywhere, gel, Clif bars, batteries. Get up and blood is pouring out of both legs, left one at the kneecap and right one on the calf muscle. Road rash on the left elbow. What happened? You know it, I stupidly was either pedaling around the corner or went around the left hander with my left pedal down and it grabbed the pavement and dropped me. I had fairly recently changed to bear trap style pedals and let me tell you, they also grab the pavement well! I'd been around that left hander at least 50 times in the last year with no problem. So, now hopefully it's ingrained in my mind to keep the pedal up in the direction you're turning.

My right calf caught the front sprocket and I have a nice row of sprocket teeth marks up the calf. Most are superficial, but right in the middle I have a couple that dug deep and ripped into the muscle pretty good. I didn't get that bleeding to stop for a couple hours after a bandage was applied. And that one hurts pretty bad. I can't flex the calf at all so hobbling around. Right knee got a 1.5" deep abrasion with some moderate scraping below it. It was bleeding profusely, too, but was easier to get stopped. I had a couple of bandannas with me and wrapped each major wound along with a handful of band-aids. By the time I got back to the car blood was running all down both legs, socks and shoes were red with blood and both bandannas were blood soaked. Looked pretty gnarly.

So, watch your pedals if you aren't already! Falling can hurt!
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Old 07-09-12, 10:07 AM   #2
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If the cuts in your calf are that deep, you might want to think about trip to the local clinic for a proper irrigation of the wound and tetnus shot.

I'm always fairly timid with corners because I ride fixed gear and pedal strike is a definite threat.

Feel better, heal fast.
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Old 07-09-12, 10:09 AM   #3
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Ouch. I hope you heal up fast.

Keep an eye out for infection from the sprocket puncture.

I can highly recommend Tegaderm for the road rash. I crashed on July 4th and got road rash on my arm. I've had a Tegaderm patch on it since then and it's almost completely healed.
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Old 07-09-12, 10:38 AM   #4
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If the cuts in your calf are that deep, you might want to think about trip to the local clinic for a proper irrigation of the wound and tetnus shot.

I'm always fairly timid with corners because I ride fixed gear and pedal strike is a definite threat.

Feel better, heal fast.
Thanks. Went to the doc today for tetanus shot and to let them check the wounds. She said the nurse (wife) did a good job cleaning and dressing it Going to keep an eye out for infection and they gave me some Rx antibiotic cream to put on it. With luck, all I need now is a bit of time to heal.
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Old 07-09-12, 11:55 AM   #5
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Ritual scars are cooler than tattoos.

My Rocky Mountain has the crank high enough that the pedals don't touch the ground anyway, but on my Fargo I better watch out.
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Left leg looks the worst. Right leg hurts the worst. The sprocket dug deep there in the middle and pulled up a chunk of flesh. It's back in place, so it doesn't look too bad.
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That left leg looks especially painful. At least you'll have cool scars.

I was in the shower truck on an organized tour recently. Somebody noticed that all three of us in there had stitch scars over our collarbones.
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That left leg looks especially painful. At least you'll have cool scars.

I was in the shower truck on an organized tour recently. Somebody noticed that all three of us in there had stitch scars over our collarbones.
Yeah, one of my buds broke his clavicle a month ago cause of a dog under the wheels. I've only been riding for a year and a half. I guess that'll be another rite of initiation down the road

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Ouch! Keep them clean!

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I stupidly was either pedaling around the corner or went around the left hander with my left pedal down and it grabbed the pavement and dropped me. I had fairly recently changed to bear trap style pedals and let me tell you, they also grab the pavement well!
Two pairs of my look keo pedals are sanded down on the back corners from contacting concrete. One of these days it will probably bite me.
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eesh! You learn really quick what leaning in a turn can do riding a fixed gear with pedal overlap too! I have not crashed due to it yet but have had plenty of pedal strikes which keep me paying attention!
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Left leg looks the worst. Right leg hurts the worst. The sprocket dug deep there in the middle and pulled up a chunk of flesh. It's back in place, so it doesn't look too bad.
Thanks for sharing!

Doesn't look like anything that won't heal. Do whatever your nurse says...................
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Sorry to hear about your tumble. No broken bones with 8 week time to heal is a bonus. I tumbled going 2 mph going around a sharp turn on a bridge made of wooden planks. I wasn't going fast enough, tire caught between two plank, I reached out for the railing, missed and hit the deck. Broken shoulder (lesser humerus) and it as 9 months to heal.

Thanks for the reminder to BE CAREFUL out there. May you heal quickly.
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That's why you should always ride in your big chainring, it cuts down (pardon the pun) on calf injuries like this and makes you look like a bada** to boot. All kidding aside, the calf injury looks the worse of the two. You have any fresh injury photos? The gnarlier the better.
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... I guess that'll be another rite if initiation down the road
Not necessarily. I've been riding since 1955 and have had a few pretty bad spills. Broke some ribs once and got hit by a car and broke my pelvis, but no broken collar-bone. The other injuries never kept me off the bike very long.
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