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Old 09-19-05, 08:43 PM   #1
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Ouch.

I messed myself up right some good on Sunday evening.

No one seems to have actually seen what happened, and this is as much as I can remember: I was coming down a semi-steep hill, hanging a right onto a one-way and then getting my busted ass strapped to a board in the middle of the street. Ouch. I guess I was unconscious for 5-10 minutes.

I heard today that I went head-first into a concrete divider, but no one's really sure. Given the eerie lack of damage to my body or my bike and the total destruction of my helmet, I'm thinking that I went over my bars, carrying my bike over on top of me (go toe straps!), and hit something with the top of my head hard enough to crack my helmet completely in half.

I am the luckiest man alive. Thanks to my helmet, I escaped, death, paralysis or a life in a persistant vegetative state. I walked out of the ER with two stitches, a sore neck and a bad headache.

Please wear your helmets, OK?


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Old 09-19-05, 08:45 PM   #2
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holy shiit.
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Ouch, man. Glad you're otherwise OK, though.
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Old 09-19-05, 08:49 PM   #4
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Glad you're okay m.

There's another brain poster in that photo, I can feel it.
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Ouch, but way to go with the helmet.

Mount it and hang it on your wall!
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Old 09-19-05, 08:52 PM   #6
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Ouch, but way to go with the helmet.

Mount it and hang it on your wall!
holy cr4p dude! glad you're ok, and yeah, that helmet is awesome.
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Old 09-19-05, 09:01 PM   #7
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jeebus!

good to hear you're OK.
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I'm glad you're alive.

I love my helmet.
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Old 09-19-05, 09:05 PM   #9
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what kind of helmet is that?
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wow. no memory of what happened? that's pretty scary.
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Old 09-19-05, 09:13 PM   #11
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Holy cow. Happy to hear that the brain bucket kept you from being a skid mark on the other side of the divider (toe clips carrying the bike over your head?!).

That helmet photo definately speaks volumes.
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Old 09-19-05, 09:21 PM   #12
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what kind of helmet is that?
Looks like it was a Bell Metro.
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Old 09-19-05, 10:01 PM   #14
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damn dude. ouch. that sucks. glad you're more or less ok and that your bike is too.

welcome to not being able to shave part of your face for two weeks. BTDT.

seriously, glad you were wearing that helmet. unbeeleevable.

PLEASE get your bike checked out. pull the fork out and look for bends or cracks in the steerer. check everything very closely. look for small cracks and bulges, irregualrities in the surface of the paint. I and several others I know have wrecked or had near wrecks due to hiddden damage. those of us who play in traffic can't afford to have things break at the wrong time. I was seriously lucky when my fork broke between two stopped cars. could just have well been moving, etc.

like they told me, stitches build character, and chicks dig scars. except maybe certain chicks about whom we would never make any such assumptions.

maybe you can try some of this stuff, I never did get around to ordering any. but I hear it works good.

http://www.bravesoldier.com

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Old 09-19-05, 10:10 PM   #15
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not to say you arent lucky

but i think the luckiest man alive wouldnt have crashed in the first place, divine intervention would have prevented it

maybe you are number 2
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Old 09-19-05, 10:27 PM   #16
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Wow. That is such a perfect example of, "What would have happened if not for my helmet." I'm glad to read you came out of that crash in one piece. Heal up quick.

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Financial District in downtown Toronto: I'm hanging out on a corner waiting for the light to change when I see a messenger heading through the intersection. The light's just changed - it's about to go green his way and it's just gone red for the opposing traffic. A mini van runs the light trying to get through before the other traffic starts and guns it through the intersection. The courier didn't even have time to react - he got hit while he was still turning his head toward the van. The bumper hit his foot, the grill got his hip, his shoulder and face went through the windshield. The top of his head connected with the body of the van just above the windshield. The van didn't even brake until after he'd been hit and tossed.

I was the first person on this guy. I yelled at some dude in a suit to call 911 and had another one run and grab me some napkins from a hotdog vendor. I tried to hold the courier still (he was barely even conscious at that point but still trying to radio in to dispatch to tell them he'd need to take the rest of the day off). This guy was mangled. I was literally kneeling over him trying to keep him alert and stable while I held his scalp on his skull with a wad of napkins - I couldn't even tell if there was a fracture underneath because it was just a total mess. The whole right side of his body was blown up and I doubt he even knew what had really happened. I have no idea what happened to this guy but I hope he pulled through without any lingering problems. I had my camera on me that day and I took a shot of the van's windshield before the police towed it. It's a good reminder everytime I happen to come across it (especially the tuft of hair lodged in the van's safety glass).

But hey, helmets make you look like a geek.

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Edit: got my spell on.
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Old 09-19-05, 10:33 PM   #17
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no no, you are the luckiest man alive. If you would have not crashed there would be nothing to be lucky about. Helmets are officially the new ULTRA JAM and a fashion must.
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Old 09-19-05, 10:38 PM   #18
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now i want a helmet REAL bad. i wish i could find the bell metro in large (in flat balck, of course).
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Old 09-19-05, 10:52 PM   #19
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My girlfriend's got a Metro. They're nice helmets and not too expensive. I'm a fan of the Giro Eclipse - I like a helmet with a bit smaller profile. Hmm, I think I might start a thread on helmet recommendations tomorrow. People might be able to swing a few deals around their respective towns now that "cycling season" is almost over.
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Old 09-19-05, 11:19 PM   #20
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I think a lot of people don't like helmets because they've not worn one that fits. Basically, you have a Bell head or a Giro head. If a Bell doesn't fit right, don't try the rest of the Bells before you try a Giro or two. All the shops have Bell and Giro so try 'em both!

Today I washed my Giro Pneumo, and it was still wet when I wanted to go to a bike club meeting - spare lid to the rescue! A $30 Giro something or other, not a bad lid at all, looks a bit "amateur" since it has rivet holes where the visor used to be held on, but just as safe as any Giro I'm sure.
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Old 09-20-05, 12:27 AM   #22
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did you know bell and giro are the same company? i dont know why i found that info to be so funny.

since this is then "i wear/now i wear (a helmet)" thread.. heres my face to pavement punch... ive been wearing my helmet now.. the lamest part is i get free helmets and i still wasnt wearing them...


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Old 09-20-05, 01:05 AM   #23
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As far as helmets go: I'm a Believer

Glad to see that you're . . . umm . . . err . . . alive compared to that other thing.
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ay yai yai.... I'm glad your mind's intact.

I watched a friend of mine take a dive over his bars without the benifit of a helmet. He got a major concussion, couldn't form new memories, and kept asking the same 5 questions in a loop for a few hours. Had to keep him up all night. No permanent damage thankfully.

Maybe you could donate the hemet's remains to your lbs, to be mounted in a prominent place?
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Damn, man, that's serious. I'm glad you're not dead.

Are you ever coming back to SF?

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I messed myself up right some good on Sunday evening.

No one seems to have actually seen what happened, and this is as much as I can remember: I was coming down a semi-steep hill, hanging a right onto a one-way and then getting my busted ass strapped to a board in the middle of the street. Ouch. I guess I was unconscious for 5-10 minutes.

I heard today that I went head-first into a concrete divider, but no one's really sure. Given the eerie lack of damage to my body or my bike and the total destruction of my helmet, I'm thinking that I went over my bars, carrying my bike over on top of me (go toe straps!), and hit something with the top of my head hard enough to crack my helmet completely in half.

I am the luckiest man alive. Thanks to my helmet, I escaped, death, paralysis or a life in a persistant vegetative state. I walked out of the ER with two stitches, a sore neck and a bad headache.

Please wear your helmets, OK?
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