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Old 09-16-21, 10:07 PM
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Crash, splash!...the bike is ok.

Greetings,
Have you ever done a header, landed face first onto a dock, and then plummeted in the water with your bike?....I have. I was on a nice leisurely ride on my Paramount last Sunday and decided to take a few pics of the ship canal. I was cruising down to the water slowly, took a a pic, and the next the thing I knew I was slammed into the dock (right one on pic) and fell off with my bike into the water. I'm still not sure what happened but I know my helmet made contact with the ground and then my face met the dock. I think I might have flipped a couple times? It was a shock when it happened and luckily I wasn't knocked unconscious. Kind of weird how when you crash the whole thing happens so quickly you really don't know what happened. There was a guy and a dog on the other dock and he was laughing like mad as I climbed out of the water. I was a bloody mess and was in a swearing mantra mode so I wasn't in the mood to talk to him...I think he asked if I was all right but I got out and kept walking until I got my head together. I rode side streets home to hide my blood face and jersey. The bike is ok but the handlebars are bent pretty badly so they'll have to be replaced. I feel pretty good actually and think it could have been much worse...I have a cut inside my lip from my teeth but fortunately didn't loose them. The scrapes have developed into some nice dark scabs so I look hideous but at least I have to wear a mask at work so I don't look too scary. Lesson learned...put the phone away and hang on to the bars...also don't land nose first!

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Greetings,
Have you ever done a header, landed face first onto a dock, and then plummeted in the water with your bike?....I have. I was on a nice leisurely ride on my Paramount last Sunday and decided to take a few pics of the ship canal. I was cruising down to the water slowly, took a a pic, and the next the thing I knew I was slammed into the dock (right one on pic) and fell off with my bike into the water. I'm still not sure what happened but I know my helmet made contact with the ground and then my face met the dock. I think I might have flipped a couple times? It was a shock when it happened and luckily I wasn't knocked unconscious. Kind of weird how when you crash the whole thing happens so quickly you really don't know what happened. There was a guy and a dog on the other dock and he was laughing like mad as I climbed out of the water. I was a bloody mess and was in a swearing mantra mode so I wasn't in the mood to talk to him...I think he asked if I was all right but I got out and kept walking until I got my head together. I rode side streets home to hide my blood face and jersey. The bike is ok but the handlebars are bent pretty badly so they'll have to be replaced. I feel pretty good actually and think it could have been much worse...I have a cut inside my lip from my teeth but fortunately didn't loose them. The scrapes have developed into some nice dark scabs so I look hideous but at least I have to wear a mask at work so I don't look too scary. Lesson learned...put the phone away and hang on to the bars...also don't land nose first!

Yikes! Glad you're ok (more or less) and yep, gotta pay more attention as we "move forward" in life.
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Old 09-16-21, 11:55 PM
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Itís hard not to get angry reading about somebody seeing this happen and laughing. Iím glad your gonna be okay.
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OP is brave to admit he took out his phone while riding to snap pictures and ended up in crashing in a lake.
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I don't blame you for not wanting to talk to the laughing fool who wanted to help as an afterthought.

May you recover quickly and let us know what kind of bars you'd like for the Paramount. Possibly we can assuage your wounds with a gift for the bike!
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Old 09-17-21, 06:38 AM
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Haven't pulled that move yet, but I did walk into a fire hydrant once and that's probably when I tore my PCL in my knee.
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Old 09-17-21, 06:50 AM
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Distracted drivers kill; distracted riders can get killed. I saw a cyclist craning his neck to oogle a woman, ride into the Capital reflecting pool in DC (its only inches deep). I felt no remorse for him nor probably did the lady.
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Get well!
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This is gonna sound nuts but that almost happened to me because of a tiny little pocket dog, its retractable leash and its inattentive owner. Managed to keep from running said dog over and avoided the drink but my buddy wiped out and took a dunk. I was glad he was okay, as was the dog, but holy cow! that could have been bad.

Glad you’re mostly okay, too!
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Old 09-17-21, 08:47 AM
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So, like, where were you planning on riding (stopping) headed directly into the dock area like that? I'm having a hard time understanding what your plan was.
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Old 09-17-21, 09:09 AM
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Thanks for sharing your story. It helps remind me that the unexpected can happen. I need booster shots like this to overcome my natural tendency to take short cuts, multitask and not wear protective equipment.
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Old 09-17-21, 09:13 AM
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Oh My, I hope you don't have any other pains arise.

I once road my bike into, endo a temporary knee wall, landed on my back holding the Masi up trying to prevent carnage. It was dark, I was in a familiar spot that had a parking lot revision.

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Old 09-17-21, 09:50 AM
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Oh no, glad to hear you (and the bike) are OK. I think the combination of the crash and the water would have scared the poop right out of me. I often ride down to the lake and around the marina and have this terrifying thought about me and the bike going in and not being able to rescue the bike!
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So glad you are here to tell about it. I clipped a curb and went hands first to the pavement at 15 mph. Over a year ago and I still feel it a bit. We aren't getting any younger and in my case I'm not much smarter.
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Your Schwinn takes a schwimm
My Torpado made like torpedo
Cannondales cannonball
Miyata goes splish splash
Mi Tatas goes splat
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I completely empathize!

I had a much less serious, but equally dumb, incident about 10 years ago.
I was just toodling through Jubilee College park, going down a small hill. Somehow, I managed to drift off the right edge of the road and into the grass. The grass banked down steeply, and ended up in some trees. My best option was to hit the brakes in order to not end up in the trees.
Well, to stop, I had to apply the front brake hard enough to lift the rear wheel, causing me to slooowly go over the handlebars.
It was so slow that it didn't hurt at all, and I held onto the bars and just did a roll. I ended up on my back with the bike above me (feet still in the pedals and hands on the brake hoods).

At the same time, an older couple was walking up the hill and presumably watching this. They were polite enough to not stare or laugh. Bless them.

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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
gotta pay more attention as we "move forward" in life.
I was paying attention! I didn't need you to quote the whole thing to me again right below it!
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my plan was to stop at the base of the dock. I wasnít going fast but fast enough to flip over. I really donít remember what caused the crash or the seconds leading up to it. Kind of like my brain erased it. Iím going to go back and check out the scene. I think there might have been a speed bump at the bottom of the hill or I could have hit the curb. Taking full responsibility for my stupidityÖlesson learned.


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So, like, where were you planning on riding (stopping) headed directly into the dock area like that? I'm having a hard time understanding what your plan was.
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Ugh, @Bogester so sorry to hear this happened! So frustrating when we get caught off guard and injured in a seemingly innocuous moment. If I am understanding the chain of events correctly, maybe a pedal strike on that curb? This sounds a little crazy, but any chance you were hit by a car and didn't realize it? Bending the handlebars takes a lot of force.

If you are missing time from immediately before or during the accident you were probably concussed. Keep an eye out for signs of concussion and quickly get medical care if you have any of these: Concussion Signs and Symptoms | HEADS UP | CDC Injury Center Be careful even if you don't need immediate medical intervention and consider talking to your GP. The affects of repeated concussions can add up.

Btw, I know exactly where that is and I understand the desire to take a pic there! Here's my old Sirrus posed on the end of that dock. Excuse the crank position.


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You're not alone in bad things on a bike. I went over the bars on my track bike and spent two days in the hospital with a broken nose and had to wear a nose guard for three weeks. I was working retail in a liquor store and it got a lot of sideways looks from customers. Welcome to the over the bars club! Smiles, MH
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Nice bike...keep it dry! I definitely wasn't hit by a car. I might have been concussed but it's been 5 days and I'm as dumb as I used to be...no headaches, didn't lose consciousness after impact, really felt ok this week. I took off my bars tonight and they were bent a good two inches from one side to the other. I think it flipped up in the air pretty high and came down directly on the bars. I did the same but came down on my head and face. I don't remember the 2-3 seconds before the crash...very weird...I do remember being at the spot where I took the picture. Again was not going fast...it should have been a slow coast to the dock. Wondering if my hand slipped off the bars and brake and I hit the curb, I guess my panicked brain chose to erase the memory. I do remember the impact and falling into the water. Enough of my misery...thanks for the well wishes. I ordered new bars tonight and will be back in the saddle again.


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Ugh, @Bogester so sorry to hear this happened! So frustrating when we get caught off guard and injured in a seemingly innocuous moment. If I am understanding the chain of events correctly, maybe a pedal strike on that curb? This sounds a little crazy, but any chance you were hit by a car and didn't realize it? Bending the handlebars takes a lot of force.

If you are missing time from immediately before or during the accident you were probably concussed. Keep an eye out for signs of concussion and quickly get medical care if you have any of these: Concussion Signs and Symptoms | HEADS UP | CDC Injury Center Be careful even if you don't need immediate medical intervention and consider talking to your GP. The affects of repeated concussions can add up.

Btw, I know exactly where that is and I understand the desire to take a pic there! Here's my old Sirrus posed on the end of that dock. Excuse the crank position.

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Old 09-18-21, 10:39 AM
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I did one endo. 25mph paceline when two riders in front of me went down. Unlike you, I remember everything before I hit the pavement. It was like slow motion. I avoided the first downed rider and bike. I was able to avoid the second rider, but I slammed into his bike right at the crank/BB area. After that, all I remember was hearing someone moaning and realizing it was me. The other guys claim I never lost consciousness. Anyhow, besides doing a number on myself (5 days in ICU) I destroyed my Pinarello. Which brings me to a bastardized quote from my High School chemistry teacher: "Skin heals, metal can't". BTW his quote was: "Skin heals, fabric can't" Always telling us to roll up our sleeves when working with acids.

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