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Old 03-26-08, 12:11 AM   #1
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Baptism of gravel rash

Hi all, I am a newbie to bike riding after an absence of 35 years I started riding again about 5 months ago I am 54 yrs young and after spending a lifetime playing basketball and running the odd fun run my knees gave out and in Feb 07 I had double knee surgery. I struggled with the recovery and in Nov 07 I purchased a flat bar road bike and have been riding 3 - 4 times per week at approx 30kms per ride (approx 100-120kms/week). I just love it, my knees are back to their best and my fitness is back where it should be, is't life just perfect....Then 11 days ago while on my regular ride decending a very steep hill with a 90* corner at the bottom I locked up a rear wheel about halfway down the hill and hit the road at approx 50kph. After sliding 30 metres on bitumen and another 20 metres through gravel, I managed to leave a very large amount of my skin and flesh on the road and collect a large amount of gravel in my wounds along the way. Many bruises, extreme pain but no broken bones. Today the pain is starting to subside and I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Any suggestions regarding my return to the saddle, it seems my braking technique could use a bit of work and if anyone is wondering, the bike came out of it a lot better than I did and Lycra offers absolutely no protection in a fall.....Der
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Old 03-26-08, 06:38 AM   #2
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Hello Der, there's never a pleasant way to experience road rash, but you took your baptism to the extreme! Usual suggestion for braking technique is to use the front brake only, until your speed of descent requires the rear brake. You want to modulate the use of both brakes so that wheels don't lock up. If you are going down a long descent you may have to alternate between brakes so that they don't overheat.

A lot of people use their front brakes almost exclusively, and rarely use the rear brake.

Glad to know that the bike was all right, and that you are not off the bike for a longer period of time .

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