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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-23-07, 01:26 AM   #1
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Fixie Related Injuries - Your first fixie off

Searched - no threads, so out to the 1 1/8 chain gods.

I crashed hard this morning at the much vaunted Brunswick Velo (Melba Aust) doing some 'hip sprinting'.
Dumbass that I am, I didnt give up when the bloke I was racing with beat me to the racing line and I clipped his stays, got a little airtime and ended up with a broken RH collarbone, lots of asphalt love bites and the need for a new lid.
I blame this on my lack of racing composure/maturity and/or my continental sized ego. And you know, I may not have flipped with a freewheel.
Leading me to my question, what was your first substantial crash you had on your fixie?

Im trying not to start 'a how big is your willie' thread, but Im keen to see what can throw a noob off his brand new fixie.

(Edit - try posting dialled out on painkillers and Gin with only your left hand, I mean, F*ck)

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Old 03-23-07, 02:24 AM   #2
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Here's my fixie related injury:



Fractured skull (two places), fractured lumbar vertebra (three of 'em).

Wear a helmet, kids.
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Old 03-23-07, 02:30 AM   #3
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HOLY *F* Schnee !!!
I must have missed the thread about how this happened..
What happened ? Are you OK, now ?
Wow....gruesome !
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Lapse of concentration threw me. Trying to trackstand and
forgot about toeverlap Very easy get-off. Im lucky.
Forgetting to pedal is the one that almost did, though...
That first nano-second you forget to keep pedaling
trying to jump a pothole or curb can be very painful
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Old 03-23-07, 04:00 AM   #5
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cabbie. didn't make the curb hop.

got off easy, cracked rib and :

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Old 03-23-07, 04:03 AM   #6
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last summer i got 'hit' by a car. i was going downhill towards the major intersection in town, intending on making a left at the light. a van is behind me, but i'm spinning pretty hard to keep ahead of him. he pulls up even with me right before the light, and then gets just to my left for the turn. take the left turn, but this guy is on me and pushing me into an eight inch curb. so yeah, i hit the curb, flew over the bars, saw my bike fly over me... ended up with a few spots gouged out of my right hand and wrist, but other than that everything was alright.

and the driver didn't even stop to see how i was when he definitly was the culprit for me hitting the curb.
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Old 03-23-07, 04:20 AM   #7
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my hand looks alien in that pic!
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Old 03-23-07, 06:30 AM   #8
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Here's my fixie related injury:
That is scary as hell.

I have that same t-shirt.
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Old 03-23-07, 08:11 AM   #9
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last summer i got 'hit' by a car. i was going downhill towards the major intersection in town, intending on making a left at the light. a van is behind me, but i'm spinning pretty hard to keep ahead of him. he pulls up even with me right before the light, and then gets just to my left for the turn. take the left turn, but this guy is on me and pushing me into an eight inch curb. so yeah, i hit the curb, flew over the bars, saw my bike fly over me... ended up with a few spots gouged out of my right hand and wrist, but other than that everything was alright.

and the driver didn't even stop to see how i was when he definitly was the culprit for me hitting the curb.
Almost the same thing happened to me Feb 15th! Some bastard in an SUV did a right turn in front of me. I had about six feet to stop. I nailed the front brake and somehow managed to lockup the rear too (frozen in fear?) but there wasn't enough space to slow down much. SMACK! A brain bleed to an emergency med flight to a 3 day weekend in ICU has left me with a 3" skull fracture, a vague feeling of a hangover, and the last month off the bike. And oh yeah, the little ****er didn't stop.(insert exploding SUV icon here)
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Old 03-23-07, 09:32 AM   #10
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That is scary as hell.
God, I hope so. Learn from my stupidity.

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I have that same t-shirt.
I don't anymore, they cut it off me in the ambulance.*

The story... casual group ride... I wasn't going very fast. I stood up, stomped on the pedals to get some speed, my right foot unclipped, then ... I woke up on my back with a crowd of people and bright lights all around me.

If all goes well, my skull fractures will heal OK, I'll get my hearing back in my right ear, the tinnitus will go away, and I won't have to get several vertebra fused together. I get my back brace off in three weeks... cross your fingers.

I think my crash was a combination of things... eggbeater C's + worn cleats + unclipping + fixed gear + big guy + twitchy track bike = going down. I always wear a helmet, that ride I forgot it and went anyway. I'll never make that mistake again. I'm also having second thoughts about fixed; I wouldn't have gone down if my cranks would have been able to reverse. Fixed is *so* fun, but I'm thinking about it hard.


* Funny story - I was strapped to a board with a full neck brace. Paramedics were putting needles into me, and getting ready to cut off my clothing when someone in the group shouted "Wait!" The paramedics stopped what they were doing, and looked at him. He said, "Don't cut that shirt, he just got it for his birthday!". I think they paused for a half second before cutting.
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Old 03-23-07, 10:01 AM   #11
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jesus, dude. what ride was that?
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If all goes well, my skull fractures will heal OK, I'll get my hearing back in my right ear, the tinnitus will go away, and I won't have to get several vertebra fused together. I get my back brace off in three weeks... cross your fingers.



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My hearing finally came back close to normal this week and the tinnitus is fading (that's weird it was my right ear too), it feels like it takes forever, but it will happen.
Good luck on the vertebrae.
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Old 03-23-07, 10:23 AM   #13
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this happend yesterday i was realy drunk and going from a freinds work to a freinds house closed my eyes for a second or two hit the curb and fly off ...the bike is alright... other injures i got that night was a bruised knee and spraind wrist...

how do ya like the tan?
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Old 03-23-07, 10:28 AM   #14
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is that a heart shaped scab, or a bad tattoo?
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Old 03-23-07, 10:33 AM   #15
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I was doing some laps in the park. Then I was sitting on the ground staring at a puddle of blood and holding a napkin under my nose. There were a bunch of people around me and an EMT came over and put me in a neck brace.

I was told later that a kid ran into the street and I hit him.
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Old 03-23-07, 10:34 AM   #16
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Holy ****, Refry, it's not like we live in the Valley of the Sun or anything.
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Oh yeah, and I ate **** a couple weeks ago when I was riding all alone late at night. Ran into some construction, went over something in the dark (asphalt chunk? rut in the road? crackhead?) hard enough to bounce the front wheel halfway out of the fork ends, then while I was braking and thinking "crap crap crap", I hit something else (parking block? sawhorse? toddler?) and the front wheel came the rest of the way out. I only figured out what must have happened when I picked myself up off the ground and walked across the street to retrieve my front wheel. But I look at the bright side: if the wheel hadn't come out, it might have come out of true worse than it did.

My whole right side still aches from that one, though.
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is that a heart shaped scab, or a bad tattoo?
scab...
damn thats sweet i wouldnt of noticed..
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Old 03-23-07, 10:59 AM   #19
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I got t-boned by a motorcycle last summer. His fault. Didn't break anything but had the tendons in my thumb snap. In the hospital, my thumb just popped off its joint and my thumb went up into my hand. It was so nasty looking i almost puked. but then i didn't.



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Old 03-23-07, 11:02 AM   #20
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I don't like this thread.
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Yeah it's kind of a nasty thread. but if you learn something about how to prevent your own mess, then maybe its good to read. I was dumb enough to bring my peddle down on top of a curb while running out of the city full speed. I picked the whole back of the bike up, and when I slammed back down i bounced out of the saddle, and over the handle bars.

My bike was mint, but I hit the pavement hard. Fractured two fingers, and gouged my knuckles deep enough to generate some pretty good scar tissue. Skinned my face, and ended up with an elbow just like refrys. The best part was i hit the ground so hard I puked. I was a bloody vomitus mess.....and then I went to work.
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Oldy but goody:


Most recent semi-major injury:

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First few weeks using clips and straps, came to a stop, forgot to slide my feet out and tried to just lift them up off the pedals, and fell flat over on my side in front of a bunch of people. I bruised my leg. hahah.. barely even an injury. In fact, let's just call it a funny blunder.

But I did wipe out wicked hard on my BMX a few times, trying to do some crazy stunt here and there. I got into a weird "tankslapper" situation while pedalling full speed one day. The front wheel started hopping left-right-left-right while the handlebars whipped left and right too, completely beyond my control. A couple seconds of that and I was catapulted over the front of the bike onto my side on the concrete. I left like 10 feet of skin skid marks as I skidded to a stop. I didn't notice until my friend pointed them out to me. Still scarred up from that one.
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Me and my gf were riding home from a party, i was slightly drunk (not a factor in the injury) I came to a stop in front of her apartment gate, started to track stand. My gf pulls up, and drunkingly says "dont show off" and gives me a push, i fall over. Somehow, acording to the doctor i later described this too, as i stood up with all my of weight on my right leg, which was slightly twisted, i dislocated my knee. As i stood up, i heard a pop, and my nee started to hurt like a ***** and i couldnt walk or fully straiten it. Then, i kind of pushed on me knee, and stood up strait, and it popped again. Acording to the doctor, i popped it back into place. I was able to walk normaly again instantly, but it was slighly sore, and for about a week i needed to stretch my knee.

It was a total WTF moment.
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