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Old 10-30-09, 11:09 AM
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my first crash today

After 3 years of commuting, I had my first wipe out today. Hit a patch of wet leaves on the road while turning. It was slick as ice. There was no time to react. It only seemed like a millisecond from the time I was upright until I was sliding on the ground. Luckily, only minor scrapes and bruises. No serious damage to me or my bike. My knee is killing me from the road rash, though. My hand is scraped and bruised as well. I was holding onto the brake hoods until my hand hit the ground because the bike was horizontal.

Lesson learned: be extra cautious riding over leaves in the fall season!
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Old 10-30-09, 11:16 AM
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Glad you're ok. I think about it every morning in the dark where there are a couple sections of trail where you can't see it at all for the leaf covering..
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Old 10-30-09, 11:24 AM
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I learned the same lesson on a mountain bike trail. Luckily, I came down on damp dirt instead of asphalt, so I was ok. Sorry to hear about the crash. Luckily, you didn't break any bones. I was riding a few months ago with a novice buddy who got his fork sideways on some gravel and went down. Fracture in his wrist was misdiagnosed, so he was out for nearly 6 months.
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Old 10-30-09, 11:26 AM
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Sorry to hear that man. I know what it feels like. I was flying down a hill in Arkansas a few years back and laid it over around a turn....needed 5 stiches in the left leg...saved my drive train though .
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Old 10-30-09, 11:38 AM
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^ I see you have one of those European bikes with the drivetrain on the left.
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Old 10-30-09, 11:44 AM
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Just a couple of days ago, my rear wheel spun as I was trying to accelerate. The culprit was wet rotting leaves. Luckily, I wasn't turning and it was only my rear wheel.
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Old 10-30-09, 11:46 AM
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Did the same thing once... Leaf slime at a neighborhood intersection was buried below water-level in the concrete gutter crossing the roadway. Started my right turn - then BAM - I was down. So fast my hands didn't leave the bars.

Decomposing leaves on smooth, wet concrete are slicker than...

Sorry for your injuries... I feel your pain!
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Old 10-30-09, 12:17 PM
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m yates: Same exact thing for me.

First crash yesterday after 3 years commuting. Wet leaves. Only minor scrapes, bruised hand...

Strange...
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Old 10-30-09, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by helmut View Post
^ I see you have one of those European bikes with the drivetrain on the left.
I think he meant he deliberately went left instead of right to save the drivetrain. At least, that's how I read it.
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Old 10-30-09, 01:54 PM
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Yeah but the joke is funnier the other way!
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Old 10-30-09, 02:11 PM
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Yeah, wet leaves are one of those "you'll do it once" sorts of mistakes.

I'm sort of lucky in that I made many of those "crappy terrain" mistakes as a runner, where you're going a lot slower and are a lot less prone. Hasn't stopped me from discovering bike-specific ways to screw up though.
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Old 11-02-09, 05:22 PM
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That sucks. I usually go towards wet patches of leaves since they're fun to skid over on my fixed gear - not right now though, since I broke my wrist.
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Old 11-02-09, 05:31 PM
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Glad you (and the bike) are alright, sir.

The real killer out here is sand on road paint.
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Old 11-02-09, 05:39 PM
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I was eyeballing that quarter inch of leaf slime above the pave for my whole route this morning. It's actually only going to get worse, today wasn't really rainy, so at least the slime wasn't under water.

Heal up, glad it wasn't worse.
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Old 11-02-09, 05:41 PM
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Yeah, wipeouts suck. I had one on ice last year, and I've gone down one other time in the wet when another cyclist turned and cut me off. Both resulted in some good bruising and brake hoods that needed to be knocked back into place.

Wet leaves are dangerous, you really have to treat them like wet paint, gravel, or even ice. I slow way the hell down whenever I'm approaching wet leaves: turns, descents, places where hard braking seems likely.

Hope your roadrash heals quickly.

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Old 11-02-09, 10:04 PM
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Hmm, now this is reminding me of the time I hit black ice in France. Middle of the night, riding along a back street, I turn left...then suddenly I'm sitting on the ground, confused as all hell.

(I had 17 crashes that year. Didn't have a helmet. Or lights. How did I not break anything? The worst thing that ever happened was my FD would get out of alignment. My solution? Kick it back into place. Oh to be young and nave again...)
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Exact same thing happened to me two days ago. Coming out of a path onto the road and boom I'm horizontal and sliding across the road! I crabbed my way back to the curb before I got squished wondering what happened when I saw it, pile of WET LEAVES next to the curb... No damage just really sore with some road rash..Guess I got learned..
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Old 11-02-09, 11:03 PM
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Crap. I was going to post a warning about wet leaves last week and I didn't do it. They can be nasty.
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Old 11-02-09, 11:16 PM
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I don't mean to hijack, but look out for pine cones too. One caused me to crash, get a concussion and a trip to the ER last Wednesday.

OP, glad to hear you came out with only some minor scrapes and scratches.
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Old 11-02-09, 11:51 PM
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Lots of leaf litter on the streets here, been making me nervous for a few weeks eeek.
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Old 11-03-09, 08:00 AM
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Sorry about your fall - wet leaves brought me down on a MUP 15 years ago.

In leafy NC I stick to the right tire track on most roads now, where most of the fall debris has been blown clear. In a couple of months the right side of the roads will be mostly clear again.
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Old 11-03-09, 11:31 AM
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Last Friday was my first crash in traffic. That was scary. I was looking behind me, trying to merge left, when I hit rough pavement and went down.

It was strange watching the car behind me come to a stop as I was sliding across the pavement. I've got a little road rash on my arm, and I broke a bar-end on my handlebars, but both the bike and I survived.
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Old 11-03-09, 11:55 AM
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similar thing happened to me last week after years of commuting- i hit a patch of wet, dark leaves going around a corner and my bike went out from underneath me. i landed right on my tailbone which is still sore but hasn't kept me off the bike. funny thing is that my foot was still clipped in after i crashed.
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