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  • Less than 24 hours ago.

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  • Within the last week.

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  • Within the last month.

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  • Within the last year.

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  • I have never crashed.

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    When was your last crash?

    I was thinking earlier that it had been awhile since my last crash. When was your last one? A crash is any event where you leave the bicycle suddenly without meaning to and harshly engage the ground or any other object.

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    Probably the last time I rode outside. I was playing in a skate park, and dove in the kidney to shallow and lost my wheels. I tend to crash weekly, so when I am riding, its an ongoing thing

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    New Year's eve, morning, patch of invisible black ice rounding a corner, slid out, helmet hit the ground as I skidded along. Glad to be wearing one, because you just never know.

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    My last crash was 2 years ago, no selection for that on your poll
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    I have only crashed once since I bought my bike in June. I was trying trail riding for the first time and I hit some deep sand on a downhill turn. Flipped over the bars and landed on my head. Sure glad I had my helmet that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngateguy
    My last crash was 2 years ago, no selection for that on your poll
    Mine was over 5, maybe even 6-7 years ago.
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    Some people are afraid of crashing when wearing clipless, and indeed they do crash sometimes if they don't unclip. But the last 3 times I crashed, I could've avoided it by wearing clipless. Go figure.

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    I've had a LOT of close calls, but I honestly can't recall a real crash since I was a little kid. A few months ago I took a tight turn on an MUT the ground was moist and a bit slick. I come around this tight little corner pretty quick and not thinking and my back tire just slides, I think for sure that I'm going straight down, helmet bouncing off pavement, the whole deal, but somehow I straighten out and pull right through.

    Yesterday the roads here were dry, but there was sand and road salt everywhere. A couple of times I'm cranking on an interval and the tire just spun and slid toward a side. That was scary b/c there was traffic and it's just a total, sudden loss of control.

    I've been really lucky so far, I'm probably way overdue though. Knock on wood, I guess.
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    My last crash was about 10 years ago.I have taken off about 9 years since then and now.Some punks in a car reached out of thier car and pushed me into a ditch filled with old dead tree limbs and branches.I actually had a twig-like branch go through part of my leg.Oh,and I crashed into the dumpster in my apartment complex 3 months ago(first time on a bike in almost 10 years).I was so embarrased.Got the hang of it again,though.

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    June 27th, 2004...One of the guys I ride with gave me a"push" and then asked me to give him a "push". Unfortunately, he outweighed me by about 200%.
    I went flying and broke my collarbone

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    Man, you guys don't push it do ya'.I crash a lot. Mostly trying new things when riding urban,not so much on trails.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    For some strange reason, I seem to crash a lot ... or at least, a lot more than I'd like to. Let's see here:

    August 1991 - hit the wheel in front of me and slid through a massive mud puddle ... on my face. Some road rash.

    June 1997 - hit the wheel in front of me and landed on my left ribs, cracking them.

    Summer 1999 - three clipless pedal crashes. Funny thing though, the first time I landed on my left knee and a little lump came up. The second time I landed on the same left knee ... and the little lump vanished!! The third time I landed on my right hip - brusing.

    Sept 2003 - crashed at the top of a hill in England, still have the scar on my right elbow, lots of bruising - my loaded touring bicycle landed on top of me.

    January 1, 2004 - slid on ice, landed on left knee, broke the bursa, bruising and swelling right into my foot.

    December 2004 - crashed going downhill, down a gravel road, still have the scarring all down my left leg. Sprained my left hand.

    I'm thinking I've overdue for an accident free year!!

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    Back on December 29th, I was crusing at 20 mph, leaned into a right turn, then heard a loud pop. I found myself using my right shin as a brake. Somehow, my rear tire blew at the wrong time. I didn't really fall off the bike, just rode it to the ground. The only damage to the bike was a broken rear shift cable, missing cable tension bolt, and some shredded bar tape. Thankfully I didn't hit my head, as that was my first ride out with my new helmet.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngateguy
    My last crash was 2 years ago, no selection for that on your poll
    Oops I lied I forgot had a head on with a fellow cyclist who was not paying attention about a month ago. I kept thinking he sees me he moving over by the time I realized he wasn't paying attention it was too late. He was sure humble, all I kept saying was "pay attention will ya" no damage to me minor damage to the bike. I tend to go down once every two years, the last time was major. Broken nose, fractured wrist, slight concussion, sprained ankle, and a bruised ego. I have managed to ride away from all my spills.
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    all i have to say is ally oop 360 gone wrong

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    If you call falling over sideways after forgetting to unclip at a very busy intersection a "crash" then I did it within the past year after buying a pair of Shimano PD-R600 pedals. Must have been a good show for the motorists waiting for the light. You only make that mistake once or twice...

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    I think it was 1992. Was riding my 'police auction special, boat anchor' Columbia ten-speed, and working hard to keep up with my friend's moped. Unfortunately I was also carrying my gym-bag from the bars at the time, and my tennis racket handle was sticking out of the bag. To make a long story short, when the tennis racket went into the spokes I flew over the bars, hit the ground hard, and slid a bit before the bike landed squarely on my back. I severly bent the fork, bent or broke about 1/2 of the front spokes, and otherwise warped the frame, but walked away with only minor road rash. The bike was totaled. Couldn't really feel sensation in my body for about 5 minutes, but was able to stand up etc. My friend, as well as a bunch of passing motorists, stopped to see if I was ok. It was embarassing at the time, and kind of a shock, so I tried to act as if it was no big deal. Oddly, that was the second (and hopefully last) time I went over the bars and had the bike land on top of me. Haven't had a real crash since then, but I could take a spill tomorrow, so I always ride with a helmet, keep objects away from the spokes, etc.
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    I went down yesterday while turning on fresh loose snow. My speed was at least
    15 mph. No road rash or other injury at least.

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    Mine was last August or so. I thought it would be cool to jump my bike on this part of a sidewalk where the sidewalk was severely uprooted, enough that you could jump it without trying too hard. That part was easy. Landing on the other hand......

    My head (no helmet) hit the ground first, after I went over the handlebars. Then, my bike landed on me. Me: probable concussion, a severe headache (bought a helmet shortly after this incident) and skinned up arm.. The bike: two tacoed wheels.

    The impact nearly knocked me out (I saw stars) but when I came to I heard somebody in a car going by "are you ok!?" and I stood up, and threw my hands in the air, like I'd just won the special olympics or something.

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    I have an aversion for these topics and try to avoid them. Not productive.

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    I suppose it was two nights ago. I was practicing track-standing on my dirt road around midnight on a cloudy night, so it was really dark, and I just sort of toppled over directly into the drainage ditch on the side of the road, forgetting to unclip. It was hilarious.

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    15 years ago in a BMX, running away from dogs I turn to check if they were gone, and when i looked again in front of me, a car was comming, so plan A was jump a fence, but I miscalculated. I think that I can stiil see the marks in my back.
    If I did it with a bad heart... now with a new one I should do it better!

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    20 years of road riding and zero crashes. mtb is a different story. crashes in my group are worth a pat on the shoulder and a beer, depending on their severity. when i was a kid, i was flying through a parking lot on my bmx'er with some friends. i lifted the rear a little too late when trying to bunny hop one of those parking blocks -- the back end popped up and i landed doing a full-speed front manual. so of course, i stabbed the front brake and ended-up wedged under the back of a parked car. my parents had just bought me a full face bmx helmet, so i was lucky to get out of that with a few minor scrapes.
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    I crashed last summer. Sadly, I don't think for a moment that it will be my "last crash".

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    On 12/16/04 a city contractor filled a 48" wide trench across a city street that is a major bike route with 14" of wet concrete with the consistency of runny oatmeal. The wet concrete was perfectly smoothed to the surrounding concrete road. The crew put a narrow metal plate across the far left side of the trench and set orange cones at 12 foot intervals in front of the rest of the trench. A car was coming the other way. We did not see the metal plate or the wet concrete. We did see the car. My spouse was slightly ahead of me and rode straight ahead between the cones. I followed. My spouse suddenly catapulted over the bars and slammed to the payment. I had the "Oh No" second in which I realized something bad had happened to my spouse, that I had no idea what had happened and that whatever it was might happen to me -- before my bike was ripped out from under me and I also slammed into the hard concrete beyond the wet stuff. The front wheel of each bike was grabbed by the wet stuff and dropped to the hub. The bikes were covered in wet concrete and received a few scratches but were fine. I speared the concrete and broke my right collarbone and my left wrist. My spouse rolled and tumbled, wrenched her back and cut her check but broke nothing.

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