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Old 11-05-04, 01:37 PM   #1
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greetings from Wilmington Re-hab

Hello Friends;

This past Sunday was a beautiful fall day, and Ihought I'd take an early morning ride through my favorite park on my BikeE. Disaster! I hit a patch of wet leaves on a downhill, the rear wheel spun out; I and the bike went down hard on my right side. Result: Smashed Femur. I'm now recovering in Wilmington Rehab Hospital, I expect to be here about another week, the usual 6-8 weeks for actural bone healing, and about six months before I'm back to where I was before the accident. I guess I'm writing this to warn everyone to be extra careful about leaves in general and wet leaves in particular. I'd been toying with the idea of three wheels for my next bike. With this experience behind me, I'm almost certain my next bike will be a trike. This is the first serious accicent I've had in 15 years of riding
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Old 11-05-04, 01:51 PM   #2
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Many thanks for the warning! One of my favourite areas of town to cycle in is covered in leaves (usually wet). I will take more care as I ride on them.

Wishing you a quick & full recovery. Hopefully you will back riding soon. I know I would go insane if I couldn't riide in one form or another.

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Old 11-05-04, 04:28 PM   #3
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WOW!!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery
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Here's to a speedy and full recovery, izgod!

Take care, and thanks for the warning about wet leaves on our roads and pathways.

Before long, you'll be back out there, feeling the cool breeze on your face, watching the road disappear underneath you, and feeling that overwhelming sense of peace and calm...on your new trike!

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Wet (water wet) heavy paint stripes, metal grates or bridges, RR tracks and a smidgen of sand or gravel are equally hazardous to the unwary. LWB and bents with the steering axis ahead of the feet are more prone to this than SWB bents or DF bikes. Two months ago I wiped out on a bit of clay washed onto to
the newly paved and hence very smooth asphalt, clay was slicker than snot and I went down less than
5 seconds after rolling into it. Clay was perhaps 1/32- 1/16th inch thick on the road in a band 3ft wide from the road edge for about 200yds where the shoulder had been built up after the road was repaved.
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Old 11-07-04, 09:37 AM   #6
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Thanks for your good wishes. I just wanted to say that I would have been a goner if not for my cell phone and the wonderful response from Wilmington Paramedics. This happened early on a Sunday morning, on a remote bike path here in the city. No one was around, so if not for the cell phone, I would have laid there for a very long time.As it was, I went into shock.
Also, if this same injury happened just 20 or 30 years ago, I'd probably be left with a cripling deformity. As it is, we expect full recovery, though it will take about 6 months.
I was wearing my helmut, but my head never touched the pavement. Does anyone know if hip pads coulda/wouda made any difference? The bottom line is: I was thrown against an immovable object, the pavement, at 20mph.
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Old 11-07-04, 03:23 PM   #7
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I have slipped several times myself. I am sure not used to that riding a weggie. even on smooth concrete I can slip going real slow about 3mph or so and turning and using the brakes the front wheel slips sideways.
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Hi Izgod,

Sorry, no idea about the pads. I am pleased that you were wearing your helmet. I won’t cycle without mine. I am amazed at the number of people here that don’t wear them; in fact, I would say about 80% don’t (& it is a legal requirement here in BC).

Life is funny, the day after I replied to you, I had my first crash. I was out for a ride on my DF road bike. It is the start of winter up here & I was riding in the same area I mentioned (called Cottonwood Island Park - some very nice paths (gravel & paved) near a major river). The ground was somewhat frosty & I was thinking of your warning when I was riding on leaves. Unfortunately, you didn't warn me about frost covered wooden bridges (like, I couldn’t have figured this out for myself?). As I was crossing over, my front wheel (700x23c) caught a groove & when I went to compensate, the whole thing slipped out from under me. Next mistake… I had just installed new Shimano clipless (mountain bike) pedals (1st ride with them). I am experienced with clipless, & so I cranked these up almost to the stops. While I was able to easily unclip from them at red lights, I found out (literally the hard way) that they were too tight for emergency release. I crashed over onto my left knee with visions of ripping my $85 tights running through my head (as a true cyclist, I would rather bleed than rip! ).

I am happy to say that other than my pride (I am relieved to report that I don’t think anyone saw me) I scraped my knee a touch. It was a wake up call for me.

I agree with the cell phone. I just bought one (I had it with me) & having it with me when I am cycling was a primary reason for its purchase.

I read your “Public Profile”. You could be describing me other than I am 45 & a PC nut. I have a personal goal of never owning a car again.

As well, I am looking at adding a recumbent to my bike “fleet”.

Take care & let us know how you are doing.

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My thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery. Thanks for the reminder about the leaves. I had completely forgotten about that piece of advice I received a few years ago. Good reminder from another rider about all the other hazards that lurk out there. Things we forget about in the dry summer weather.
I took a spill 8 years ago because I failed to heed a warning given by the railroad that cyclists should dismount and walk their bikes acroos the double set of track running diagonallly to the road. Cost was a broken collarbone and loss of one year of cyclying.
Izgod, Look after yourself in your recovery.
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It sounds like the wet leaves are a real danger to cyclists.
Perhaps that's why you Yanks call Autumn Fall
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It sounds like the wet leaves are a real danger to cyclists.
Perhaps that's why you Yanks call Autumn Fall
"Yanks"?! Hey NuTz4BiKeZ! bikerbob1 & I are Canadian... Couldn't you tell by our accents...Eh?
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Izgod,
I feel your pain. In mid August of this year I also crashed. My six-year old cut me off and I went down on my knee and face. With the clipless pedals, it really did a number on my knee. I broke the top of my tibia - they call it the "tibial spine"-, tore my ACL, and tore my MCL. I underwent a pretty intense surgery to tie/screw things all back together. I am proud to say that just this past weekend, I was back on the bike for an easy 5 mile ride around the neighborhood. This, at 12 weeks post-op. Yes, twelve weeks sure seems like a long time, and it is, but I hope you will keep your spirits up and realize that you, too, will be back on the bike before you know it.

The most important advice I will share with you is to get a good physical therapist and do whatever they say to do. I credit my recovery to their instructions and all of my hard work and carryover at home. P.T. is great, but they won't cure you. YOU will need to work hard everyday to regain your function.

Look at your forced time off as an opportunity to catch up on reading and all those other pastimes you can enjoy from home and on crutches. You will look back on this time with a new appreciation for simple things.

I will be thinking of you, and hope to hear good things about your recovery!

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Old 11-09-04, 09:00 AM   #13
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Thanks AMD!

I need encouragement!(Don't we all?) I use my bike for work as well as pleasure. I haven't had a car in years, and this is my first serious mishap. The doctors told me that if I had the same injury 20 years ago, I'd be left with a deformity and possibly a dissability. As it is, we expect a full recovery. To my advandage, I'm in excellent physical condition, which enables me in Physical Therapy. I expect to be out of the hospital in a few days, with out patient PT. In a couple weeks, I'll be back to work, with the help of friends to give me rides in a car, till I can get on my bike again. This forum is one of the best facets of my whole bike riding experience. I've learned so much here, but I think it's important for everybody to take a moment and realize that bike riding is inherently dangerous and outrageously fun. It only takes a moment for your world to be turned upside down.
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