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Old 05-28-09, 05:41 PM
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Cut through fingernail to the bone on brake disc

I just returned home after a 700km MTB event up in Australia's north. A charity event with 320 competitors in 53 teams along the famous Gibb River Road in the Kimberly area, where the movie "Australia" was filmed.

We went well, we came 3rd infact and it was an amazing event.
Before we separated i said to everybody how important it is to make sure they get home safely.

Well i made it home safely, then while unpacking my Giant Trance1 from the flight bike box. I spun the back wheel to check the rear disc rotor. Somehow i stuck my finger in.

It cut straight through the fingernail half way through my finger fracturing the tip of the bone along the way.

The missus and i spent our first night back together in hospital emergency.

Anybody else cut their finger on a brake disc? Or am I the dumbest in the world?
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Old 05-28-09, 05:46 PM
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How the heck are you typing??
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Old 05-28-09, 06:08 PM
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voice recognition duh!
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Old 05-28-09, 06:16 PM
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OP-

OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That sucks bigtime!

It has not happened to me, I am cautious because when I look at my disc rotors I have an automatic vision of chopped fingers. That's because I have read of this happening to other dummies like yourself. ( just kidding!). The advent of discs has introduced a new danger that we're not necessarily prepared for.

Hope your digit repairs well and fast.
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Old 05-28-09, 06:43 PM
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they keep the wheels tied down in a local shop here so you can't spin them from the display rack for just that reason. also someone posted a pic of a disc accident here before, pretty nasty.
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Old 05-28-09, 06:51 PM
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Hmmm.....It's been an hour and he ain't typin' no more....*dubious thoughts*
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Old 05-28-09, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
How the heck are you typing??
seriously?
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one time i had my bike in the house, i was trying to adjust the rear disc pads. it was winter, it had studded tires, i spun the wheel to check for rotor clearance, then stopped the wheel with my palm on the tire.

ouch
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Old 05-28-09, 08:22 PM
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Old 05-28-09, 08:27 PM
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this is why gangsters have disc brakes.. saves weight from bringing a bone saw or lopping sheers.

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Both the OP's story and Lebowski's sound quite painful. This is quite ironic, as I just picked up my disc wheel, spun it, and put my finger on the edge. Hmm... won't do that anymore.
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THis reminds me of cuuting silage cane in southwest Mo in my teens. A southern baptist farmer I was helping named Ken Abrams had just cut a 35 acre patch of silage cane with a brand new cutter, stopped and greased it and the fired it back up for the grease to work in. After shutting down the PTO on the tractor, he climbs off and walks around the back of the unit. ( It's still free wheeling mind you)
He see's some cane stickong out of a small hole in the back and starts pushing on it with his index finger, Immediately pulling it back. I asked him " What's wrong Ken" He say's I think I just cut my finger.
I quick look tells me he did indeed cut his finger tip, down to the nail. I say " Ken What did you do?"
and He acts the scene out again as he narorates it " I just put my finger right here"
Again He jerks his finger back, ( this time it's cut way into the quick)
Being the true religeous baptist that he was, all he could say was " Oh Oh my..."
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Both the OP's story and Lebowski's sound quite painful. This is quite ironic, as I just picked up my disc wheel, spun it, and put my finger on the edge. Hmm... won't do that anymore.
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yep... was checking disk brake clearance and spun the tire, grabbed the fork to move it so i had a better view of it, got my middle finger smashed between the caliper and a spoke. crushed the nail and ripped it off close to the quick. boy did that piss me off... and the pain required quite a bit of concentration to keep from yelling/screaming and breaking stuff. will not be making that same mistake again..
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Ouch..

Closest I've gotten is just a small nic on the finger from a rotor, luckily
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Well hey I mean the rotor doesn't seem sharp..
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I sliced off a knuckle when my torx wrench slipped while installing a new rotor. Those things are SHARP! I always wear my gloves now when messing with them.
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I have foolishly touched the rotors when they were searing hot, won't do that again.
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I have foolishly touched the rotors when they were searing hot, won't do that again.
same here...
never again either.
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Originally Posted by Glynis27 View Post
I sliced off a knuckle when my torx wrench slipped while installing a new rotor. Those things are SHARP! I always wear my gloves now when messing with them.
had a similar accident..
wasn't cool lol.'
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The other day one of the guys at the shop was working on a stuck BB. the tool slipped out of the BB and smacked him on the face. He came out the front while I was with a customer and said something like.. "Joe, i think you need to finish that bike up for me" "Why?" I asked, "'cause I need to go to the hospital." I wasn't really paying attention to him, but looked up and saw his face covered with blood. After we cleaned him up, he had a 2" gash in his cheek (real deep, looked like ground beef in there,) and broke a few teeth. We later found the teeth on the floor in the back, covered in blood.

I told him to do it the right way, but did he listen.....

Anyways, I hope your finger heals fast. Don't push it, fingers are something that you need to heal properly. Did you go to a Dr yet?
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I think anybody who has disc brakes should be required to touch them at least once after a steep hill just to know the pain of stupidity.
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Old 06-01-09, 07:57 AM
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Cheers for the concern guys. yep saw a doc the night it happened and is healing well.
stitches antibiotics bandages no swimming etc etc.

actually 2 weeks paid sick leave, am starting to enjoy it. best of all ive been able to ride the whole time. and the suns been shining

also good to know im not the first to do it, but hopefully its the last time i do it!
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owowowoowwwwwooww!!

i feel your pain, though not from anything quite That bad.
trackstanding, pedaling hard, going up an asphalt trail, my chain popped sending me crashing down to the left, my handlebar grip pinning two fingertips, scraping them on the ashphalt... two skinned fingertips, ouch!!!

but cut through the fingernail and down to the bone! F***!!!

wear gloves always.
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