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    Well finally kissed the pavement.

    ...and the pavement is not a good kisser. 12 stitches on the chin, possible fractured wrist, 2 cracked teeth, lots of cuts and a very swollen jaw.


    This was yesterday, a lady making a left didnt see me and I had to hit the brakes. She stopped half way in the lane next to me so we didn't actually make contact. She was coming pretty fast and I thought, "I hop I dong go over the bars". I didnt think she was going to stop and waiting it out wasnt going to happen with the distance between us.

    Next thing I know I'm on the ground spitting out blood and teeth bits.

    You guys can make fun of my for this, but after I get all unfubared I think some form of a mouth piece is in order. I only need to break teeth once to make that decision

    Also I dont wear gloves (hands go numb) so maybe something to just cover them up as well. (they are pretty beat up)

    That ride started out like cow poop, and ended like tacobell diarrhea. So I am glad the day is over.


    Bike isnt bad at all, seat, bartape and pedals took most of it, fork has some scratches and a shifter is twisted (not sure if broken or twisted,). Assuming the shifter isn't broke I can live with the other stuff on my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Sarcasm View Post
    That ride started out like cow poop, and ended like tacobell diarrhea. So I am glad the day is over.
    What's the difference?

    Hope you heal up quick. I'm sure the teeth will grow back within the week.

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    Glad you're ok. Could have gone much worse. Still sucks.
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    Sorry for the crash, hope you feel better quickly.
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    Sorry to hear. Just got new wheels that doubled the cost of my bike, so I sure hope it doesn't happen to me.

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    Glad to hear it wasn't worse. Happens to most of us sooner or later. Mine was an unrestrained dog that charged me. Fractured/dislocated shoulder was the main result (teeth ok thankfully). Permanent nerve damage. Makes you approach things a bit differently but I still love to ride. Time to get on with the healing, physio etc. And don't worry about anybody's opinion about any steps you take to lessen the risk or degree of re-injury. Those of us who have been there understand!

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    Ouch, hope you feel better soon man.

    Thats why I always give way to other cyclists or leave a little room, whether I am coming up on them or they are near me. I am def more aware of cars though and other cyclists not that big of a concern. It doesn't help when people say it will happen sooner or later Last Christmas, I hit the rear of a car after he ran through a red light. Luckily I braked in time and didn't hit him at full speed. I went over the handlebars/right side and tumbled a couple of times. Luckily only ended up with a sprained ring finger and bruised knees. I love going fast but only on bike lane now. Needless to say I am granny now in urban areas, model cyclists now and follow all the lights.

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    I hate hearing about crashes, especially when cagers are the cause. The fact that you're not laying in a hospital bed is a very good thing so consider yourself lucky. Hope all the damages heal quickly, the new teeth grow fast and you're back on the bike soon.

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    What's a "cager"?

    (keep it nice. This ain't the A&S forum; most of us drive as well as ride)
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    I can tell it's not A&S because nobody yet said to get a lawyer and sue
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Sarcasm View Post
    Also I dont wear gloves (hands go numb) so maybe something to just cover them up as well.
    neither do i, and i used to hear it all the time about the first time i go down i'm going to regret it. i would say to wear gloves for a little while, when you get back in the saddle, just so you feel comfortable on rides. i had several stitches in my elbow from a crash in July of 2006, and i was back on the bike after the stitches were out and it healed, but i wore an elbow pad over that elbow the rest of the season so i didn't feel worried about what would happen if i crashed and fell on that elbow again...

    and sorry to hear about the crash, heal up soon.

    this year's been a tough one for cyclist all over. my friend, who's one of the strongest riders i know, broke his leg on a ride on the 4th and he didn't even crash. he was riding slow next to a 4th of July parade and hit some debris. he uncliped and went to put his foot down, but his leg was twisted when he put his foot down and as a result broke his tibia in a few places. so the end result is now he has 2 metal plates and a bunch of screws holding his leg together, he's out for at least 3 months to heal, all because he put his foot down the wrong way to stop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Sarcasm View Post

    Next thing I know I'm on the ground spitting out blood and teeth bits.

    You guys can make fun of my for this, but after I get all unfubared I think some form of a mouth piece is in order.
    ...I hope you can find a workable one. The breathing thing is always an issue with these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    What's the difference?

    Hope you heal up quick. I'm sure the teeth will grow back within the week.
    you're right, back to the sfw analogy take.

    Quote Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX View Post
    neither do i, and i used to hear it all the time about the first time i go down i'm going to regret it. i would say to wear gloves for a little while, when you get back in the saddle, just so you feel comfortable on rides. i had several stitches in my elbow from a crash in July of 2006, and i was back on the bike after the stitches were out and it healed, but i wore an elbow pad over that elbow the rest of the season so i didn't feel worried about what would happen if i crashed and fell on that elbow again... .
    Yeah I knew I would regret it...right on the palm where you grab everything. I way toying with the idea of making something that only covers the outside of the hand and having the grippy tips that would be pointless cause you tend to always fall palms out

    I'll pm you if I find a nice solution.....

    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    ...I hope you can find a workable one. The breathing thing is always an issue with these.
    You know....the thought of using and how to find a workable one has been going through my mind for a LONG time. When I played rugby and american football I remember newly molded ones would actually click into place and the smaller ones top only ones were not that bad. I think those would work and I would just have to remold it after x amounts of uses. Only one way to find out what works


    And to add....I get paid tomorrow and was going to buy a head light

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Sarcasm View Post
    I way toying with the idea of making something that only covers the outside of the hand and having the grippy tips that would be pointless cause you tend to always fall palms out

    I'll pm you if I find a nice solution...
    what about driving gloves? they don't have gel, and you could cut off as much of the fingers as you want. the one downside i've noticed about them is that they're pretty much always leather, which means your skin won't be able to breathe and your palms will get really sweaty, but isn't there someone that makes them out of something other than leather? or there's always Therapeutic gloves, but they're always sold individually, meaning a pair could go upwards of around $80 or so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX View Post
    what about driving gloves? they don't have gel, and you could cut off as much of the fingers as you want. the one downside i've noticed about them is that they're pretty much always leather, which means your skin won't be able to breathe and your palms will get really sweaty, but isn't there someone that makes them out of something other than leather? or there's always Therapeutic gloves, but they're always sold individually, meaning a pair could go upwards of around $80 or so...
    I have 2 pair of Pearl Izumi gloves that don't have any padding. a very thin layer of "leather". search for Pittards or TT gloves
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