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Old 07-26-12, 08:28 PM
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Two kinds of riders... (crash photos)

In the world of motorcycles, its said, there are two kinds of riders...those who have gone down, and those who will.

I guess it's the same in biking.

Was making a right turn, same route I always ride. Lots of construction in town. Hit a big patch of sand in mid turn Probably dropped from one of the dump trucks), and it was like sliding on ice. Down hard on the right side. Bars bent, brifters swung in (probably not bent), frame has a little gouge in the Carbon Fiber where the handlebar end went under the upper tube, not sure if it is a problem. Rest of bike was on top of me. Picked myself up, assessed the damage and still rode another 5 miles home. My sock was pretty blood soaked, I may have bruised a rib, but tomorrow, take bike #1 to shop for repairs, and get bike #2 out and go at it again!

The only thing between me and the trauma center was that helmet. Helmet is toast, cracked completely through. It did it's job! Helmet can be replaced, but where would I find another odd-ball head like this? I have a backup helmet, but this means I get to order a new one :-)

I don't think the scratch is all the way through to the CF, but will have the shop assess it. If it's not causing any problems structurally, I'll get some touch up paint or maybe a well placed decal, but again, it's under the tube. I looked the bike over very closely, but want another set of eyes to take a gander.

Even the seat never touched the ground. The rear DR has a VERY small mark on it, and the ride home, it shifted fine and smooth, just a little funky with the brifters tilted in.

Ride safe!

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Get better bud I just shoved a huge bbq stake through my hand last night
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Originally Posted by Scotiascotia View Post
Get better bud I just shoved a huge bbq stake through my hand last night
Except for my damaged bike...I'll take my road rash over that!
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Originally Posted by Scotiascotia View Post
Get better bud I just shoved a huge bbq stake through my hand last night
Man that hurts just thinking about it. Hope it gets well soon.
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Find the construction contractor and have them pay for the repairs. If they spilled sand then they're responsible. Glad you're ok!
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wow thanks for sharing. you might want to drive over with a broom and clean up that sand on your regular route, no?
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Originally Posted by danmc View Post
Find the construction contractor and have them pay for the repairs. If they spilled sand then they're responsible. Glad you're ok!
No way to know who, they are tearing up all over town. My bad for not paying attention. I promise to learn from my mistakes...maybe
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
wow thanks for sharing. you might want to drive over with a broom and clean up that sand on your regular route, no?
Plan to today.
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I got my Madone back today from the LBS after the crash. They put my new bars on, wrapped them (used the old tape only a week old), cleaned my Bottom Bracket and re-greased it. Checked the rear derailleur and it was tweaked slightly, fixed it. Total, $20. R U kidding me? I love my LBS
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Originally Posted by Scotiascotia View Post
Get better bud I just shoved a huge bbq stake through my hand last night
Yeah, sometimes you don't find out that your good ideas are bad ideas until you try them and they turn out to be bad ideas. I guess you can scratch "shove BBQ Skewer through hand" off your "good idea" list now.


To the OP, that sucks. I'm glad your helmet lessened the damage. Good for you for continuing to ride.....assuming that you don't wake up with a huge swolen ankle and a crushed lung or something. You know how sometimes you don't realize the extent of your injuries until a day or 2 has passed.

Heal up, get that bike fixed, and ride on!
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Two kinds of riders... (crash photos)

Did same thing Saturday. Also a right turn. Road rash in the same two spots. Bike is fine though.
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One of the advantages of living in a coastal area is that one always anticipates sand on a corner.
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I like your homemade bike stand, I love working with pvc, can't believe i haven't thought that one up yet, I'll have to make one when i get my bike room finished off.
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Thank you for sharing that, gforeman. It's a lesson to us all- sand is bad, helmets are good, and a fall like that is painful not matter what.
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Originally Posted by gforeman View Post
No way to know who, they are tearing up all over town. My bad for not paying attention. I promise to learn from my mistakes...maybe
possible that the same contractor is hired for all the jobs around town?
or that maybe the city itself is just as liable as the contractor they hired?
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I'm glad you're alright. I hope the bike ends up being safe to ride.
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While making a large jump off a ramp, I lost my footing, and my Schwinn Welgo pedals dug into my left shin. Now it looks like a bear put his claws down my leg because of the scar I got.
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I was thinking about having my brake lever configuration reversed next time I'm getting something done at the LBS, now that I'm learning to use mainly the front brake, as it's impossible to brake and signal at the same time safely. But it was idle consideration, I just wasn't getting around to it. Picked up this today and a matching one on my leg, coincidentally while I was heading to LBS for something else. The brakes are switched now, and the bike is fine.
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Here's my NEW helmet for my OLD head on order

Wounds healing, still got 723 miles in last month. Ribs sore, hard to take a real deep breath, but nothing to keep me off the bike. Glad to get the bike back and put some miles on it. Though I do like my Specialized Crux too.

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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
One of the advantages of living in a coastal area is that one always anticipates sand on a corner.
Yea, but here in California they figured out a way ot make it dangerous even if you are expecting it. Put in a path that winds like a serpant and then finish it as smooth as possible. Right on the beach and with a fine dusting of sand it might as well be ice.
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This is the best stuff for road rash.

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once you start sliding on that sand it's over.

on my way to work. i was riding on the side of the road at a good pace. i wanted to cut through this parking lot like i do every time i ride to work. took the turn too fast, hit the curb and did a header off the left side into some plants and flowers. i knew something was wrong because my shoulder was killing me and my chest hurt to breathe. went to the dr. i had bruised some ribs(no broken bones) doc said if my shoulder isn't better in a week i might have to see an orthopedic dr. (torn cuff or tendon).

i ride with drop bars and mostly ride with my hands in front of me so i couldn't get to the brake in time to slow down enough:/ i'm currently looking into some mtb bars or maybe a helper brake.

CRASHING SUCKS, but i'm not going to let it discourage me from riding.
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Must have been quite a scare. Good thing you were wearing a helmet. Get better.
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Originally Posted by getaklug View Post
I like your homemade bike stand, I love working with pvc, can't believe i haven't thought that one up yet, I'll have to make one when i get my bike room finished off.
Here are all the directions. I made two more today. One to keep at my moms when I stop there, and another for my Specialized.

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