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Old 02-20-06, 04:06 AM
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Gross/sickening cycling-related experiences?

Hope this isn't too much.....thought it might be a bit fun to share what the most unpleasant/nausea-inducing /etc event you've had to go through as a result of riding your bike.

Though I'm positive I'll quickly be outdone, I've been inspired by having a large-ish cyst right below my left sit-bone open up tonight.....after I squatted for a couple of hours in a bucket of hot water. That thing is by far the worst skin sore I've ever had, and has only started to open up despite the nastiness that's already come out. I'm just happy to have it draining - it hurt like heck for the last couple of days.....especially when making a three-hour drive.

Through this, however, I've mostly been thinking about what kind of saddle I can get to avoid this in the future, how long I might have to abstain from riding, and what all restoration I can get done in that time.

So, go ahead and make me feel like a ninny for complaining about a walnut-sized cyst, and how ugly it was when it opened up. What's the worst you've gone through for your riding?
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Old 02-20-06, 06:59 AM
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Old 02-20-06, 08:50 AM
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/puts breakfest back on the table

I knew I shouldn't have came into this thread
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Old 02-20-06, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by MajikMan
Hope this isn't too much.....thought it might be a bit fun to share what the most unpleasant/nausea-inducing /etc event you've had to go through as a result of riding your bike.

Though I'm positive I'll quickly be outdone, I've been inspired by having a large-ish cyst right below my left sit-bone open up tonight.....after I squatted for a couple of hours in a bucket of hot water. That thing is by far the worst skin sore I've ever had, and has only started to open up despite the nastiness that's already come out. I'm just happy to have it draining - it hurt like heck for the last couple of days.....especially when making a three-hour drive.

Through this, however, I've mostly been thinking about what kind of saddle I can get to avoid this in the future, how long I might have to abstain from riding, and what all restoration I can get done in that time.

So, go ahead and make me feel like a ninny for complaining about a walnut-sized cyst, and how ugly it was when it opened up. What's the worst you've gone through for your riding?
The saddle may have contributed to your problem but you should also look at hygiene i.e. washing your shorts after every ride. Sores are usually caused by friction, which in turn is caused by heat so look at means of stopping this such as well-fitting racing shorts; use of a cream which stops any movement between skin and shorts as well as your position on the bike. If your saddle is uncomfortable then look to Brooks as their range should have something to suit you especially if you're into long-distance stuff.

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Old 02-20-06, 06:37 PM
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Old 02-20-06, 07:09 PM
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Coming across a bridge in NYC, I saw a cyclist go over his handlebars and smash his face into a steel girder. Doctors call it 'degloving', this guy's face liteally peeled off from the chin up to his eyebows. Horrendous.
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Originally Posted by MajikMan
Though I'm positive I'll quickly be outdone, I've been inspired by having a large-ish cyst right below my left sit-bone open up tonight.....after I squatted for a couple of hours in a bucket of hot water. That thing is by far the worst skin sore I've ever had, and has only started to open up despite the nastiness that's already come out. I'm just happy to have it draining - it hurt like heck for the last couple of days.....especially when making a three-hour drive.
I've got a video of this if anyone wants to check out the cyst draining...
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Old 02-20-06, 07:17 PM
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You know in the future, just keep that kind of sh*t to yourself. ok?
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Old 02-20-06, 07:51 PM
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riding to work 6 miles at -5 degrees F and unknown wind-chill. I did not get feelin back into my hands until noon and my feet somewhat later. To this day my fingers and toes are very cold sensitive. Near frostbite damage. I knew a woman in RAAM who kept riding thru Arizona with a sore the size of yours. She did not stop until the one woman behind her (my rider) had to abandon.
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Old 02-20-06, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by DieselDan
Check this out:
It looks really nasty. Um . . . what the heck is it ?!
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Old 02-20-06, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
I've got a video of this if anyone wants to check out the cyst draining...
Yes please.
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Old 02-20-06, 09:46 PM
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haha, ya, dont just tell us about your horrendous wounds and battle scars...i wanna see them...and lets rate them, and set up a slide show and go on the road showing it...sorry if that sounds sarcastic...im actually serious. lol
id say the worst cycling injury ive sustained would be wiping out on a gravel road while racing my brother and getting rocks stuck in my knee...thats about it...

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Old 02-20-06, 10:39 PM
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Needs more pus.
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Old 02-21-06, 12:34 AM
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I decided to take a short-cut across a parking lot at night. I had a light, but I didn't see the thin single steel cable at hanlebar level going from post to post to delineate the parking lot. I hit it with the upper side of both forearms, and went flying over the handlebar. I'm lucky it didn't cut me in two. I only suffered scratches and scrapes, and two deep bruises on the forearms.
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Originally Posted by MajikMan
What's the worst you've gone through for your riding?
Friend of mine ... over heated, nauseous on ride home, told him "not in the car!", poked his head out the window ... BLAHHHHH !! ... I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the car behind me put his windshield wipers on.

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Originally Posted by pmseattle
It looks really nasty. Um . . . what the heck is it ?!
A road rash scar on my right shin, overlapping an old jellyfish scar from 1987. Flat tires can be painful. You should have seen the road rash in its full gory the day after. My doctor has a pic of it somewhere he added to his collection of road rash patients. My doc is a road cyclist too.
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I have one but it's not for polite company. Not that it counts in this thread. yuck!
I'm going to keep my horrid experience to myself.
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I still have scars from wiping out on a gravel ridden stretch of the e-470 trail that resembles Lombard Street in San Fran. I was still picking gravel outta my leg for a couple days after it, Massive road rash.
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I saw a rider tbone a car at nearly 40 MPH and almost (very near) dying.
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Originally Posted by TheAnalogKid
I still have scars from wiping out on a gravel ridden stretch of the e-470 trail that resembles Lombard Street in San Fran. I was still picking gravel outta my leg for a couple days after it, Massive road rash.
I passed out, partly due to 20mg of Nubain, when the doc grabbed a plastic Brillo pad to clean the gravel out of the road rash.
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Old 02-21-06, 12:29 PM
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That last one reminds me of a trip on my mountain bike. I was on the way back to town when a rather peculiar odor came to my nostrils, not wanting to turn around as I was 75% through a loop I kept going forward into the stench and was about ready to pass out when I passed a dead Elk on the side of the road that looked like a bloated leather balloon. Glad I wasn't there when that thing blew. Luckily the stench stopped as soon as I got upwind.
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haha, not a cycling thing, but related to dead bloated animals...
2 summers ago i was at a cadet summer camp in whitehorse and we were on our 5 day canoe trip down the yukon river. On this river, our giude puuled off to the side of the river and told everyone to come look ata dead moose floating in the water, so well all took pictures and got ready to leave. well, when i went to leave, the front hoof got caught on the rope on the front of the canoe and snagged the moose and the guy up in the front wouldnt touch it to get it off...so i tried pushing it away with my paddle..which didnt work...so i hit it...and it split open...it was the worst smell ive ever smelled, and my frined up in the front threw up. During that trip we also had a run in with a dead samlon that was sitting in the bottom of our boat waiting to be thrown into someone elses boat, but when i picked it up to throw it, red eggs started falling out, which also stunk...there was also an incident with some blood loss and urinating in a bailer bucket with no bottom...we had a nasty canoe by the end lol.

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Reading through these reminded me of a couple of things. First one wasn't riding a bike, but an ATV. Friend got impaled by a tree branch right through the gut. He's fine now.

Second, and more gruesome one happened when I was going for a ride last summer on a Sunday afternoon. As I neared the railroad tracks, I saw the train stopped. I got off and walked my bike across the tracks. On the other side of the train, there were several cops with plastic garbage bags picking up body parts. As I recall, I found out later that 2 people were actually hit by the train.
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The company I work for runs about 50 convenience stores. One of the stores is a truck stop. A guy died in the sleeper and was there for more than 9 days (August in Southern Georgia, USA). Police estimated that the temp inside the truck reached 140 degrees or better. He had already liquified and when they went to pick him up, using the mattress he was laying on, he leaked through the mattress. The odor was unbelievable; I continued to smell it for days afterwords.
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