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Old 04-17-11, 12:00 PM
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OWWWWW I crashed :(

I just put full clips and straps on for the first time today. Started out fine, then I turned down a street with some historical cobblestone crap and streetcar tracks and it was super bumpity. So I decided not to ride on it. I had forgotten all about the clips by this point.

My mistake was trying to ride toward the sidewalk. I turned a little and the front wheel got grabbed between some brick road and streetcar track. I went down, but not OTB. I landed right on my left thumb. I looked at it and the knuckle at the base was inverted
then i popped it back the right way whew. Started walking home feeling like I was going to pass out.

But it hurt like hell and is swollen like a mug. scrapes on my right arm too. Could have been much worse.
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Old 04-17-11, 12:12 PM
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Ouch, dude. Glad you lived to ride another day.
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There are few things, in my experience, that are more embarrassing than falling off my bike for no good reason, but it happens. Sounds like you dislocated your thumb. I've dislocated a few fingers and my shoulder a bunch of times. Watch out, because there is a good chance that your thumb might be prone to dislocation in the future.
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Old 04-17-11, 12:29 PM
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Ow ow ow ow ow .

Sorry about your mishap. It hurts to think about it.
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Old 04-17-11, 12:45 PM
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Augh jeeze! Welcome to the "I got in an accident for trying something new" club. I got taken out by my tires catching a gap in the sidewalk my first time on a road bike & drop bars. You may have faired better than I, there's a scar on my forehead now. :b
Nurse that hand! Take good care of it! Your health is important!
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Old 04-17-11, 01:22 PM
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I was riding about ~25 today and we hit a turn on a hill. I started sprinting on a sharp turn and hit some loose rocks. I was probably mid-air for a little bit.

It's ok though, my body broke the fall. Hardly a scratch (on my bike, that is).

Hurt my hand pretty badly and got some deep gashes in my leg. Glad you're ok and that we can share the pain today.
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Old 04-17-11, 01:32 PM
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It'll buff out. Hands are overrated also and that's why the big man blessed you with two! As long as you have enough to wipe yourself then that's all you need. lol. JK, get better soon. I have to say out of all the C&V related things...dt shifter, toe cips, center pull brakes, non aero brake levers, tubulars, etc... I just can't do toe clips. Maybe it's an acquired thing or taste. I can't never get the clips to flip back around once I get going from stand still and then end up dragging the things on the ground. It's always clipless pedals or normal pedals without the clips. Even when I rode fixed gear I always rode with clipless pedals on them.
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Having broken my right hand (I am right handed) in a bicycle fall (OTB) several months ago, which required surgery; I have to say that hands are not overrated. Life is much more difficult than you think it might be when you only have one to work with and it is not the one you favor.

I am glad the OP did not have worse consequences. I can sympathize with the walking in great pain. I tried to walk home, but ended up riding one handed and very cautiously and then walked to the hospital - about two miles. Have a good beer or two and relax for a few days. I hope your thumb heals up fine and that there are no long-term issues.

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Old 04-17-11, 02:30 PM
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I'd rather have a broken leg than a broken thumb.
Probably one of the most nagging and irritating injuries you can have.
You don't realize what thumbs do until thumbs don't.

Get well soon. Don't give up on clips/straps, but I would understand if you did.
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Ice that thing...I hope you're right-handed. :-)
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It'll buff out. Hands are overrated also and that's why the big man blessed you with two! As long as you have enough to wipe yourself then that's all you need. lol. JK, get better soon. I have to say out of all the C&V related things...dt shifter, toe cips, center pull brakes, non aero brake levers, tubulars, etc... I just can't do toe clips. Maybe it's an acquired thing or taste. I can't never get the clips to flip back around once I get going from stand still and then end up dragging the things on the ground. It's always clipless pedals or normal pedals without the clips. Even when I rode fixed gear I always rode with clipless pedals on them.
On my campus bike/grocery getter I use clips, but clipless for everything else. I've been more prone to falling on clips rather than clipless. It's nice to be able to pull your foot out from the side on clipless. I'm trying to convince my girlfriend to see it that way though. They intimidate her.
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I'm right handed. I usually use the half-clips which I love. The pedals on these cranks use a 3-bolt pattern instead of the normal 2. And they are stuck on so I just accepted it and got the clips.

Stoopid bikes. Feeling much better. Thanks for the support
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you'll heal.. is the bike ok?





hope you feel better man
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Originally Posted by frantik;
you'll heal.. is the bike ok?





hope you feel better man

haha
Yeah the bike is fine
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Hope you feel better soon. When I use clips and straps I make sure I'm wearing shoes that can pull out of the clips easily if I want to.
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The thumb does look bad. Do you think it needs an X-ray?

Clips and straps aren't that bad really. I think the situation was unusual. The trick is never to have the strap done up tight and wear flat soled shoes. Always leave the strap a little loose so you can get your foot out with a pull of your foot backwards and out.

Hope recovery is swift,

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Has anyone else used the RX100 pedals? I hate the design. What's the trick to getting pedals off that are stuck on?

A friend recommended anti-seize. I've never used it.
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You don't realize what thumbs do until thumbs don't.
That borders on being profound and applies to so many things.

As for the crash victim, sorry to hear of your mishap.
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ouch, thinking about getting that thing looked at

<<< seconding that hands are underated until you lose the use of one
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If you have not seen a doctor yet, you should get an Xray on that, and make sure it's not broken, if it is they will splint it to keep it immobile. If it's dislocated they will probably tell you to RICE it until it feels better.
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Has anyone else used the RX100 pedals? I hate the design. What's the trick to getting pedals off that are stuck on?

A friend recommended anti-seize. I've never used it.
What I did the last time, put the bike carefully on it's side, squirt some penetrating oil into the back of the bottom pedal, let it sit for a couple of days, then do the other side, let it sit for a couple of days, then take them off. The only reason I had this problem is that somebody didn't grease it when the bike was built. Remember if there is a thread between two metals if they are both steel or both aluminum or one of each, grease is sufficient, if one of the metals is Titanium use anti-seize. If one of the items is Carbon Fibre, then you want to use a CF friendly anti-seize. The only time you don't use anything is if the manufacturer recommends it go together dry. Many cotterless cranks are recommended to go together dry. The problem is that the materials will corrode together, and it gets impossible to take them apart.
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I fell off at the weekend, I just reached the top of montagne de lure alone and was very tired. As I turned around in the road my front wheel went into what I though was 1cm of gravel, but it turned out to be about 15cm of gravel. I fell over at roughly 1mph

First fall in many years, felt really stupid but thankfully no one was around to see!
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C&V roads and streets suck!
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