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Old 10-30-05, 07:34 PM   #1
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Rider's Hand Chopped Off During Race

Just in time for Halloween.

Urban Legend or truth? Bladed aero wheels have resuted in accidents involving missing limbs. My lbs refuses to stock them ,allegedly for this reason. A roadie i know says it almost happened to him w/ Spinergy Wheels. I want a Spinergy for the front of my track buildup, but don't want negative kharma, or amputees as a result.

What's truth vs. fiction here?
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How many handless track racers do you see out there...
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How many handless track racers do you see out there...
Hey, if you learned to use a computer (without a brain), Anything is possible!






Take it like you give it, slovid, you are one of the witter trolls amongst us....
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Take it like you give it, slovid, you are one of the witter trolls amongst us....
That's how smart I am, I can learn to use a computer w/o a brain and you need yours. Imagine the things I could do if I just had a brain...
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On fixedgearfever one of the posters(who was asking about a wheelset) said that he is not going to get aero spokes because he saw a trackie lose a finger in a crash due to aero spokes..not a limb..but still would suck...
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I can't imagine that normal, round spokes, moving at high speed, would be much friendlier. Fixed geared bikes present enough of a hazard with their rings and cogs as it is. This guy found that out the hard way.
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This story has been going around for years. When I got mine maybe 9 years ago I was told about the rabbit that was decapitated by spinergys in a US road race. I raced in may crits before the UCI banned all one piece carbon wheels in bunch starts and many other riders used them too. I have never seen any proof to the stories so I say "Urban Legend". I had my foot sliced badly when my pedal and foot went into the front wheel of an other rider's bike. His spokes were standard.
I say "Go get em tiger", you and your bike will look fantastic.
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Look at the flat carbon spokes on Lightweight wheels, they're literally sharp carbon blades...
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This story has been going around for years. When I got mine maybe 9 years ago I was told about the rabbit that was decapitated by spinergys in a US road race. I raced in may crits before the UCI banned all one piece carbon wheels in bunch starts and many other riders used them too. I have never seen any proof to the stories so I say "Urban Legend". I had my foot sliced badly when my pedal and foot went into the front wheel of an other rider's bike. His spokes were standard.
I say "Go get em tiger", you and your bike will look fantastic.
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Look at the flat carbon spokes on Lightweight wheels, they're literally sharp carbon blades...
Got a nasty paper cut from one at the LBS.
"...come back....'tis only a flesh wound!"
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from Monty Python's ...oh you know the rest...
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Someone did have their kneecap almost sliced off, but they put him back together.
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Crock....Even if a spinning spinergy wheel is like a block of knives it doesnt have the dynamic weight to cut a limb off. I think the only limbs you may find severd, gashed or hacked up are fingers from chain cleaning accidents. I almost lost the tip of a finger last fall from a rag getting caught in the chain ring and pulling my hand with it..........
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over at another biking forums last year there was a thread about a guy who had the tip of his finger sliced clean off by his disc rotor. Disc rotor on a mtn bike woudl definitely have the potential to slice a limb off...just not big enough.
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Someone did have their kneecap almost sliced off, but they put him back together.

That someone was Michele Bartoli, and he was the uci's number one ranked rider in the world. He fell in a double paceline, and his knee went into the back wheel of the rider next to him - it was a spinergy, and it sliced under his kneecap. Quite a gruesome injury. Because Spinergy was a sponsor of his team, the details of the crash were covered up.

They put his knee back together, and Bartoli did come back to race professionally a few more seasons, but he was never a top rider again.

I remember when Spinergy mountain bike wheels came out, they had six pairs of flat carbon spokes, and people complained that sticks would get stuck in there and cause crashes.
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That's how smart I am, I can learn to use a computer w/o a brain and you need yours. Imagine the things I could do if I just had a brain...
"The brainless computer operator meets the handless track racer"

coming soon to a theater near you ............. HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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Crock....Even if a spinning spinergy wheel is like a block of knives it doesnt have the dynamic weight to cut a limb off. I think the only limbs you may find severd, gashed or hacked up are fingers from chain cleaning accidents. I almost lost the tip of a finger last fall from a rag getting caught in the chain ring and pulling my hand with it..........
This and the earlier accident involving chain are quite preventable... only clean/oil your chain by running it backwards, and do the work on the "low side."

Sure, eventually you will want to check the drivetrain by "pedaling" in the right direction, but at that point, fingers and rags should be well clear.
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"The brainless computer operator meets the handless track racer"

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Apparently.. these track cyclists are a special breed.. their hands turn to stone as soon as they leave the body.
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Apparently.. these track cyclists are a special breed.. their hands turn to stone as soon as they leave the body.


"special"... yeah, that's it!
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Heres one for starters
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flat mavic elite spokes will cut your finger off. i've seen it this season at kissena
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Apparently.. these track cyclists are a special breed.. their hands turn to stone as soon as they leave the body.
Hey, slovid what's under the glove?

I bet 50 quid it's a hand o' stone!

It goes w/ your hard headed tendencies!

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If you google spinnergy the first site to come up will be theres, soon after will be a 'claims' site.
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I bet 50 quid it's a hand o' stone!

It goes w/ your hard headed tendencies!

(I kid the doc, I swear!)
I'm not hard headed, I'm just stubborn!
You're gonna get the glove now...
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If you google spinnergy the first site to come up will be theres, soon after will be a 'claims' site.
Can you please post a link to the claims site? I would be interested in reading it. I'm failing to find one other than MTB stuff. I don't have a claim but I have tried to contact them on several occations with questions and am ignored except for a computer generated message saying "Thank you for contacting Spinergy! Due to high volume of
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Just how would you get a hand into a spinning wheel anyway?

I've a cousin who lost two fingertips in a spoked motorcycle wheel due to clumsy maintenance. While working in a bike shop between terms I saw a Saturday boy flip off two fingernails in a spinning bike wheel (and boy, did he bleed!). Neither could have got their whole hand into the wheel fast enough.

I say urban legend.
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