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First crash worse because it was at 2 am

Old 10-23-07, 01:48 AM
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First crash worse because it was at 2 am

I was riding my bike back to my room from the library when a gust of wind started to take my hat off my head and my impulse was to reach and grab for it instead of letting it fall and turning around to get it.

I felt my front end start to shake and even though I grabbed the bar with my left hand, it was too late. I fell over onto the right and took a pretty nice spill. I got up with road rash to my arm, scraped my pinky up pretty bad and probably bruised my hip.

I got back on the bike and started to ride away when I noticed that I really wasn't going anywhere. I stop and look at the rear wheel only to learn that I snapped my RD. There were some parts in the spokes and the chain was caught between the freewheel and the spokes. I picked the bike up and limped home.

I was on my beater bike, but it was still scary. I was really lucky that the crash happened at a very very low speed. I wasn't even wearing a helmet because I was riding around campus. I'm going to start doing that now just because I got lucky. I could have been hurt a lot worse if I had hit my head.

One of my friends was nice enough to help me with bandaging myself a little. But now I'm left with the conundrum of what to do with my beater bike. I might just shorten the chain and use it for a single speed until I find an RD or just ebay a cheap 80's rd to throw on their.

Egad, be careful!
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Old 10-23-07, 02:27 AM
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Yikes! It's good you're okay. I've often thought about what a crash would mean in the middle of the night.

I have a slightly bent SunTour derailleur from my 10-speed (2x5) Raleigh if it would be any help.
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I absolutely love my fixed gear and that is probably the best option for a beater bike. You can beat the hell out of it and there are no cables, brakes or derailleur's to worry about messing up.
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Old 10-23-07, 07:22 AM
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Glad that you are okay and didn't HIT YOUR UNHELMETED HEAD!!!(okay, lecture over...)

Is there some sort of bike co-op near your school? Perhaps they have some used parts that you can get away cheaply with.

Over here, Berkeley has something like that. It's pretty cool and it really helps a lot.
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Yikes. That nearly happened to me in my first year, and then I realized that if something is blowing off the bike because of the wind, I probably shouldn't be letting go of the bars

Glad you're not too badly damaged.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
Glad that you are okay and didn't HIT YOUR UNHELMETED HEAD!!!(okay, lecture over...)

Is there some sort of bike co-op near your school? Perhaps they have some used parts that you can get away cheaply with.

Over here, Berkeley has something like that. It's pretty cool and it really helps a lot.
Yeah, I totally agree. Lecture needed. I don't wear one around campus because I go maybe half a mile to class. If I'm going to town, I always wear one.

I have a bike co-op at my school which I'm actually helping to run so hopefully I can pick something up from an old bike we have somewhere. If not, I'll buy something used at the LBS or on ebay.

I'd love to make it a fixie, but I spent 40 bucks to buy this amazing wheel from a 7-11 B team racer which is a mavic rim laced to a campy hub from the 80's. I actually don't shift that much, but I use the bike to haul groceries and I bought a 12-32 freewheel to replace the 11-23 on it. Fixie would be sweet, but I don't want to buy new wheels unless I get a sale for the wheel I have now.

Now the only problem is that my hip really hurts.

I'm going to have to stay off the bike for a while. Mtbing has beaten me up and this crash didn't help at all.
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Old 10-23-07, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
Yikes. That nearly happened to me in my first year, and then I realized that if something is blowing off the bike because of the wind, I probably shouldn't be letting go of the bars

Glad you're not too badly damaged.
I think I grabbed with my right hand, but it was too jerky a motion. Only thing is that this hat is my favorite hat (traveling hat) and I just couldn't help the response. It was a really stupid impulse response from me and rest assured, I've learnt my lesson. Now I need an RD
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Old 10-23-07, 11:47 PM
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I called the LBS and I think they have a few old RD's around the shop that they have no use for, so hopefully they'll give me something or sell it to me for cheap.

Walking around with a bruised hip is not fun. It took me like 4x as long to get anywhere walking.
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