Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

suggestion on avoiding a crash (again)

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

suggestion on avoiding a crash (again)

Old 08-07-12, 06:37 PM
  #1  
jeffberk
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
suggestion on avoiding a crash (again)

I'm trying to get serious about riding again. Back in High school/college, I was riding a PX10e that I still have. I recently replaced the wheels with new rims, original hubs to accept 700 c. I've been building up my stamina and mean speed and noticed that under a torque, my rear tire would sometimes slip. The last time it slipped, according to my phone's gps I was traveling at about 17 mph up a 4% incline. Unfortunately, I fell that time. Contributing factors were that I might of been on the painted white edge line of the asphalt pavement and I was out of my seat and leaning forward. Also unfortunately, I'm likely done riding until spring now because I snapped my femur at the ball and it's going to take a couple months before I can walk let alone ride.

I'm trying to analyze what I did wrong to avoid a reoccurrence. I'm thinking that my frame might be a little small causing my center of gravity to shift too far foreward and my tires are a narrow 25mm width.
jeffberk is offline  
Old 08-08-12, 10:29 AM
  #2  
dramiscram
ouate de phoque
 
dramiscram's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: La Prairie, Qc, Canada
Posts: 1,781

Bikes: Bianchi, Nakamura,Opus

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The only way to make sure you don't crash is not to ride a bike, or a car, or whatever. But being cautious will greatly reduce the risks.
Is that of any help?
dramiscram is offline  
Old 08-08-12, 11:01 AM
  #3  
DieselDan
Senior Member
 
DieselDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA and surrounding islands.
Posts: 8,522

Bikes: Cannondale R500, Motobecane Messenger

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you ride a bike, you will crash. We can't pinpoint the exact cause as none of us were there. Get better, follow your physician's advice, take your meds, do rehab, and get back on it when you can.
DieselDan is offline  
Old 08-08-12, 12:31 PM
  #4  
AlmostTrick
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
 
AlmostTrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 6,458

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '68 Schwinn Orange Krate, and More!!

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1033 Post(s)
Liked 87 Times in 50 Posts
Originally Posted by jeffberk View Post
Contributing factors were that I might of been on the painted white edge line of the asphalt pavement and I was out of my seat and leaning forward.

I'm trying to analyze what I did wrong to avoid a reoccurrence. I'm thinking that my frame might be a little small causing my center of gravity to shift too far foreward and my tires are a narrow 25mm width.
I like to stay away from the edge of the road. It keeps you out of the debris that can cause a crash and leaves you more room to maneuver. You may also find a wider tire a little more secure if your bike will accept it. Heal up quickly and get back out there!
AlmostTrick is offline  
Old 08-08-12, 12:48 PM
  #5  
iheartbacon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 456
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
In my own personal experience the first 200 or so miles are the hardest after a long absence on a bike. The first week on my bike after a 10 year absence I was the victim of a hit and run and came close to crashing more times than I can count. It was very hard for me to get the bike going from a stop in a straight line and the tiniest defect in the road made me panic stop. Now that I've ridden a while my confidence is returning. There are still close calls, I made a left turn the other day and misjudged the speed of a large white van. I cut in front of him and only had about 4 feet of clearance when I completed my turn. You're going to do stupid things and make mistakes. It's part of life and part of riding. Get back on your bike after your leg heals and try again.
iheartbacon is offline  
Old 08-08-12, 12:49 PM
  #6  
Aeolis
Senior Member
 
Aeolis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southington, CT
Posts: 429
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sorry to hear about your bad luck. That's all it was IMO, falls Happen. Good falling habbits help such as not putting your arm out to break the fall
Aeolis is offline  
Old 08-08-12, 05:14 PM
  #7  
jeffberk
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the replies. I may of tried to overanalyze the accident since I have nothing else to do right now. I'll likely be on an exercise cycle this winter and finally a bicycle next Spring. I enjoyed myself too much to quit.
Jeff
jeffberk is offline  
Old 08-09-12, 06:34 AM
  #8  
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Posts: 10,917

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

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 898 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 13 Posts
The fog line is definitely more slippery than the pavement, especially if it's wet at all. Also, get the fit checked. Quite often that first road bike doesn't get fitted properly. Having your weight distribution off could make incidents more likely.
BlazingPedals is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Trail_runner
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
4
06-03-14 03:48 AM
ModeratedUser150120149
Fifty Plus (50+)
26
12-03-10 01:13 PM
* jack *
Southeast
1
10-17-06 11:08 AM
Jacobian
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
9
05-16-06 09:15 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.