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Old 09-07-07, 01:23 PM
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busted rib, bike ok.........

i now join the proud legion of those who have crashed and survived. 22mph (i had just looked at the speed)downhill when my front tire blew, i was on the edge 'cause a truck was passing,went into the dirt and back out on the road - thankfully after the truck passed -, darned thing started swerving, i almost thought i had it under control when i went down. took the left handlebar in the ribs right at the nipple line. right knee and elbow scraped raw. i couldn't move. couldn't breathe, finally decided to exhale forcefully and get off the road before i got run over by a watermelon truck (harvest time hereabouts). i knew i had something wrong in my chest but didn't want to look. my handlebars were both bent inwards so much they almost met. the ult was worn off the ultegra on the left shifter, and that was about it. i worried for a minute because it is a carbon frame. no traffic yet. called the wife on the cell, woke her up and asked her to come and get me. i was about 12 miles out from the house, maybe 10 from the bike shop. no one there yet tho. first things first, right? when she showed up, she stopped the bleeding with the kit in the truck (she is a retired RN, a lot tougher than I am - retired lawenforcement), and we went to the bike shop, where i dropped it off. no doctor. what are they going to do, xray me, tell me i have a cracked/broke/bruised rib and charge me a couple hundred then say to wait it out? no thanks. in any case, i knew it was coming, the law of averages. i made it thru the STP and had to crash on a solo ride.

some of you veterans out there may have some tips on how to control a blow out and running off the pavement into soft terrain, then back on the pavement. i probably should have stayed or gone into the ditch.
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Old 09-07-07, 01:47 PM
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Ouch! Well, at least you aren't hurt as bad as you could have been. Look, you blow a front tire at speed, you're likely going down, generally no 2 ways about it.
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Sorry to hear about your crash. When I was younger and more daring I was always wrecking and getting the wind knocked out of me. It is a scary deal but it would naturally come back after some short time. It seemed like an eternity though. I never had thought about exhaling forcefully to "kick start" my heart, so to speak. Is it from the blaunt trauma that the chest takes in a situation such as what you describe? All I know it was a scary deal each and every time.
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nahh, i am 64 yrs old, two years away from the age my dad died at, and i plan on beating him if possible (he smoked too much), anyway, i couldn't get my breath, so i gave a 'primal grunt' and besides, i was p.o.'d at myself for crashing and scratching/bending my relatively new expensive ride. you get humbled real quick in a situation like that. thank you for your well wishes, and hopefully i learned something.
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