Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

My wife crashed...

Notices
Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

My wife crashed...

Old 11-07-15, 04:02 PM
  #1  
zeeway
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Low Country, SC, USA
Posts: 99

Bikes: Trek Madone 2.5, single speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 28 Times in 12 Posts
My wife crashed...

...a few days ago on a narrow, metal grate bridge. It was wet, and the bike slid out. Her head hit a metal pole, and her helmet gave a loud crack...we are pretty sure that helmet saved her from a concussion and worse. She wound up with a black eye and a few other wounds, but that expensive helmet from the Trek store paid for itself.

So today we went to the Trek store to replace the helmet, and they gave us FULL credit for the old one. Thank you, Trek.
zeeway is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 04:20 PM
  #2  
NormanF
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,737
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Slick leaves, wet metal grates and loose gravel can lead your bike to slide out from beneath you.

Your wife is lucky she didn't shatter her tibia in that fall.

No matter how careful, sometimes you can't see where the bike will go and you lose control.
NormanF is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 04:36 PM
  #3  
Carbonfiberboy 
just another gosling
 
Carbonfiberboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 18,769

Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004

Mentioned: 113 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3523 Post(s)
Liked 1,520 Times in 1,106 Posts
So sorry! I hope you weren't watching that.
__________________
Results matter
Carbonfiberboy is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 04:37 PM
  #4  
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Posts: 12,303

Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, Catrike Speed

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1444 Post(s)
Liked 652 Times in 406 Posts
Wet steel of any type is bad ju-ju. That means manhole covers, grates, and railroad tracks, too. With metal grating, there's also the wonderful possibility of deep lacerations. Your wife got lucky.
BlazingPedals is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 05:39 PM
  #5  
zeeway
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Low Country, SC, USA
Posts: 99

Bikes: Trek Madone 2.5, single speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 28 Times in 12 Posts
I was about two bike lengths behind her. When I pulled up, she was down and a bit dazed with some blood on her face. After a couple of minutes, she got up and rode her bike for the final mile back to the car.

She did have her doctor check her later that day. By the way, she is 70.

Last edited by zeeway; 11-07-15 at 08:56 PM.
zeeway is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 05:58 PM
  #6  
NormanF
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,737
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Wow. On the plus side, exercise does add years to your life and at 70, your wife can do many things a lot of women her age can't do.
NormanF is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 06:00 PM
  #7  
otg 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: S.E CT.
Posts: 1,508

Bikes: I've lost my mind!

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I'm so glad to hear your wife is doing OK. She sounds pretty awesome.
otg is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 06:08 PM
  #8  
usedbutnotup
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: NJ
Posts: 55

Bikes: Giant Roam 2 Framed Minnesota 2.0

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wow down hard at 70 and up and road a mile. Good for both of you. They don't build em like they used too. Glad you all are ok.
usedbutnotup is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 06:14 PM
  #9  
zeeway
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Low Country, SC, USA
Posts: 99

Bikes: Trek Madone 2.5, single speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 28 Times in 12 Posts
She is awesome. She says it is hard to be an old jock...
zeeway is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 07:58 PM
  #10  
h2oxtc
Senior Member
 
h2oxtc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Okanagan, BC
Posts: 1,285

Bikes: Cannondale Caad 8; Jamis Aurora Elite, Kona Disc road bike, Rocky Mntn Equipe, Apollo Imperial, KHS Aero Comp SS

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Liked 21 Times in 12 Posts
Wow, from the vivid description I could visualize the fall and I shuddered. I'm glad that she wasn't hurt more than she was. The helmet, bike, and everything else is replaceable. The consequence of injuries are sometimes not.
h2oxtc is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 08:52 PM
  #11  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 13,358

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 196 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4461 Post(s)
Liked 2,565 Times in 1,667 Posts
Glad her injuries were no worse. Those head blows can be tricky - concussions aren't always readily detectable and even emergency responders can underestimate the potential damage and overlook the symptoms.

Regarding slick surfaces, since I've only recently begun riding again after a long break, I've deliberately sought out some tricky routes and surfaces to practice riding and recovery techniques. When I replaced my tires last week I started over again, trying out some wet and dry surfaces, paved and unpaved, sharp gravel and smooth stones, loose sandy patches on curves, entering/exiting driveways at oblique angles, veering on and off pavement and grass roadsides, metal road covers, etc. So far the only surface that caused me to slip a bit was fairly extreme - I rode down into a concrete storm drainage channel and through a slimy puddle. I slipped a bit on the ride back up the concrete ramp, but caught myself with one foot down. My fault for underestimating the slimy wet stuff and trying to take the ramp at a weird angle. But I'm getting a better feel for the limits of the tire adhesion, and what it feels like to have the bike slip around a bit without overreacting.
canklecat is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 09:52 PM
  #12  
decosse
Senior Member
 
decosse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 139

Bikes: 2014 Specialized Vita Sport, 2014 Lapierre Sensium

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
So glad she came out of it ok, and the helmet did it's job!
decosse is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 11:10 PM
  #13  
Wheever
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Stamford, CT; Pownal, VT
Posts: 1,141

Bikes: 2015 Trek Domane 6 disk, 2016 Scott Big Jon Fat Bike

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 6 Posts
Ow! What a tough lady! She's A veritable warrior princess!

Sorry she crashed, and so so glad she wasn't badly hurt. You give her a hug from all of us! (Not too hard, cuz, you know, she just crashed her bike.)
Wheever is offline  
Old 11-07-15, 11:19 PM
  #14  
rms13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,517
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 276 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 3 Posts
Glad she's ok. I sunderstand understand why some people choose not to where a helmet.
rms13 is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 12:10 AM
  #15  
volosong
Senior Member
 
volosong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: North Idaho
Posts: 2,809

Bikes: n + 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Liked 27 Times in 15 Posts
Great thing Trek did. Next time I need a helmet, I'll look at them first.

And, glad your wife is okay. What a tough cookie. Does she have a younger sister? Maybe four or five years younger?

Last edited by volosong; 11-10-15 at 09:47 AM. Reason: misspelled word
volosong is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 10:37 AM
  #16  
BobbyG
Senior Member
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 5,746

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 2007 Dahon Boardwalk, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International, 2006 Felt F65

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1303 Post(s)
Liked 1,437 Times in 717 Posts
Your story made me smile for many reasons! Thanks for sharing it!
BobbyG is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 11:47 AM
  #17  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,343 Times in 850 Posts
So today we went to the Trek store to replace the helmet, and they gave us FULL credit for the old one. Thank you, Trek.
Thank the retail dealer , Your LBS, that was not a Trek corporate HQ decision..

[unless you have a document saying that policy decreed is down from on high]

Last edited by fietsbob; 11-08-15 at 11:53 AM.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 11:54 AM
  #18  
gregf83 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 9,201
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1186 Post(s)
Liked 289 Times in 177 Posts
Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Thank the retail dealer , Your LBS, that was not a Trek corporate HQ decision..
Yes, it's a Trek crash replacement policy for helmets under 1 yr old. Retailer is the one who reports age of the helmet so they would have some flexibility in what they report to Trek.
gregf83 is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 12:18 PM
  #19  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,343 Times in 850 Posts
local gets helmets from other sources than Trek (though a Trek dealer) , the locals appreciate the low prices..
fietsbob is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 04:42 PM
  #20  
qcpmsame 
Semper Fi
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,911
Mentioned: 88 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1160 Post(s)
Liked 319 Times in 214 Posts
Sorry for her crash, and the minor bangs, but you are spot on, its great that she had on a good helmet, and kudos to the shop for full credit. I crashed heavily January 2, 2015, pretty bruised up and tore up the jersey and tights, and the helmet was cracked like an egg. It took the force that would have been put on my skull, right frontal area. I was knocked cold for a few minutes and managed to stand up and walk off of the road. It was well worth the expense for the helmet (Specialized Prospero) and a new one is now on my noggin.

My best to your wife, hope she is back riding when she feels like it.

Bill
__________________
Semper Fi, USMC, 1975-1977

I Can Do All Things Through Him, Who Gives Me Strength. Philippians 4:13


qcpmsame is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 05:07 PM
  #21  
Jim from Boston
Senior Member
 
Jim from Boston's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 7,384
Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 800 Post(s)
Liked 216 Times in 169 Posts
Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
Slick leaves, wet metal grates and loose gravel can lead your bike to slide out from beneath you.

Your wife is lucky she didn't shatter her tibia in that fall.

No matter how careful, sometimes you can't see where the bike will go and you lose control.
Dittoes to the above comments and well-wishes. I would add watch out for enameled painted lines when wet; and leaves can also obscure holes in the road.
Jim from Boston is offline  
Old 11-08-15, 09:21 PM
  #22  
zeeway
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Low Country, SC, USA
Posts: 99

Bikes: Trek Madone 2.5, single speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 28 Times in 12 Posts
My wife and I thank you for all the kind words of support. The crash happened last Tuesday at the end of a 22 mile ride. Then on Thursday, she joined me (carefully) for an 18 mile ride. She said it was something like getting back on the horse that threw her...
zeeway is offline  
Old 11-09-15, 06:20 AM
  #23  
Tony Marley
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Houston area
Posts: 540

Bikes: Bike Friday Llama single; Bike Friday Tandem Tuesday; Easy Racers Ti-Rush recumbent; Catrike Expedition; Rans Seavo recumbent tandem

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Liked 35 Times in 27 Posts
I am sorry to read about your wife's accident, but glad that she was not more seriously injured. I am highly impressed that she went to the bike store to get a new helmet, demonstrating a firm resolve to continue riding.
Tony Marley is offline  
Old 11-09-15, 11:40 AM
  #24  
icyclist 
Spin Meister
 
icyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: California, USA
Posts: 2,651

Bikes: Trek Émonda, 1961 Follis (French) road bike (I'm the original owner), a fixie, a mountain bike, etc.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 54 Post(s)
Liked 41 Times in 16 Posts
Glad your wife's OK.

I've gone down twice on concrete street gutters in Los Angeles while turning right at a less than 90 degree angle. Both times I discovered slippery algae beneath the thin layer of water.
__________________
This post is a natural product. Slight variations in spelling and grammar enhance its individual character and beauty and are in no way to be considered flaws or defects.
icyclist is offline  
Old 11-09-15, 12:04 PM
  #25  
Gnosis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: southeastern PA - a mile west of Philadelphia
Posts: 430
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by otg View Post
I'm so glad to hear your wife is doing OK. She sounds pretty awesome.
Ditto.
Gnosis is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.