Just returned from a Europe trip that included a scheduled 9 day tandem tour of the Dordogne/Quercy region of France. On day 7, however, the stoker (long-suffering girlfriend) got her foot caught in the link chain, cutting her toe badly enough to require 14 stitches. Wondering if anyone has ever heard of this happening before? In retrospect it seems like an injury waiting to happen...
Here's what we think happened: We got to the top of the hill at the site of the famous Pech-Merle cave, and were anxious to go and buy tickets as quickly as possible. We slowed down at the approach to a car park, where there was a chain link fence blocking the entrance. While I was trying to work out how to get around it, she thought we were stopping, and said something to that effect. We were both hot and flustered though, and I didn't really hear or pay much attention. We think she then put her right foot down, just as I turned the bike left, getting her foot inside the chain. It then got dragged along as I pedalled, and crushed under the chain ring. When she yelled out, I stopped pedalling pretty quickly, but the damage was done.
Looking at the bike later, two thoughts occur:
- this can only really happen on a tandem. On a solo bike, you'd stop pedalling the instant your foot was caught - or probably earlier.
- it could easily be prevented with some sort of very simple guard behind the chainring, mounted directly from the frame.
Thoughts? Anyone ever heard of this happening?