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Your injuries/bike damage from cycling?

Old 11-23-07, 09:28 PM
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Your injuries/bike damage from cycling?

I went flying over the handlebars which gave me a third degree AC shoulder separation from hitting the road (my ligaments are completely shot in my left shoulder). My front wheel broke into a array of pieces, the carbon frame of my Trek 5000 ripped open in multiple places at the headset, my seat came off the rails, my helmet cracked, and my handlebars were bent... of course.

At first I was concerned about picking up the pieces of my bike, and then I noticed the pain/lump in my shoulder. I thought it was broken until they x-rayed it at the ER:
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Old 11-23-07, 09:59 PM
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Let's see ... from the top ...

-- concussion
-- bruised temples
-- sprained neck
-- Grade 2 shoulder separation
-- gashed elbow
-- sprained wrists, hands, thumbs, fingers
-- paralyzed hands
-- cracked ribs
-- badly bruised hips
-- ITB tendonitis
-- gashed knee
-- ruptured bursa in knee
-- Patello Femoral Syndrome
-- road rash on shins and knees
-- torn Achilles tendons
-- various toe problems common to long distance cycling


There's probably more I can't think of off hand ............... and they say cycling is healthy for you!!

Oh ... my bicycles have been fine.
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Old 11-23-07, 10:03 PM
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I bought a used beater bike a few years ago, and it came with some bar-ends. After a few days of riding, I decided to take them off. Later that day, I decided to ride downtown. Rather than use a busy street, I took a back road, which is very bumpy because a lot of heavy UPS trucks use it. So I rode up on the sidewalk--but the lot by the sidewalk was under construction, so there was a fence on the inside of the sidewalk. I tried to squeeze between a fire hydrant and a sandbag that anchored the fence, but I hit the bag, veered right, stuck my handlebar through a hole in the fence, and flipped over my bars. If I hadn't taken off those bar-ends, though, they would have just grazed the fence, rather than go through them. Some luck.
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Old 11-23-07, 10:05 PM
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Hit a rut in the road then five months later a pot hole. Went down hard on my right side first, then on my left when I hit the pothole. The bikes are fine. I'm still waiting to find out why I'm losing strength in my left hand and have pain in my shoulder and upper arm. The doc thinks I have stenosis of the nerves leaving the spinal column at C-8.
When I crashed on my MTB, I never thought of dirt as a lubricant. Then I crashed my roadie and hit asphalt. Yeah, dirt is relatively soft.
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Old 11-23-07, 10:09 PM
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I havn't had a cycling accident in which both times cars almost hit me and I went over the handlebars but I"m an athletic bugger and landed on my feet. However I have managed to have avulsion fractures to both hips, not by biking but by baseball and soccer.

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Old 11-23-07, 10:20 PM
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- 4 broken ribs (3 displaced)
- torn pectoralis major muscle
- 2 "cracked" ribs
- concussion
- cracked sternum
- lots of scrapes and scratches
- bruised hips and arms

I've broken 2 helmets but have not damaged my bikes in any crash other than scratches. All crashes have been while MTBing.
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Old 11-23-07, 10:30 PM
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No bike damage


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Old 11-23-07, 10:55 PM
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In 1975 at about mile 70 of a 104 mile race I went down hard. Broke my right forearm. I finished the race.

But I did not have an Internet back then to brag about it.

Hope your ego is bigger from starting this thread and sharing your wuss injury.

BTW my steel bike was virtually undamaged.

Back in the day we were men of steel men riding real steel bikes. Now y'all are sissy men riding plastic bikes.
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Old 11-23-07, 11:33 PM
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I started cycling late this summer. Two months in I was at full pace (around 20mph) and got rutted by train tracks. Dropped me into the middle of the street and onto my left arm.I was out of the saddle for almost 6 weeks trying to get sufficient strength back.

Fast foward about a month and a half. About 5-6 weeks ago now I was test riding a used bike for possible purchase. The back wheel torqued out of the drops during a take-off and dropped me like a sack of rocks - this time onto my right arm where I cracked my elbow and lost all use of it.

I'm almost better now - another week I figure - but I tell ya, I've some deep seated trepidation about getting back in the saddle again. Its not doubt. I'm sure I'll get over it in short order. But yeah - instinctual fear.
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Old 11-23-07, 11:56 PM
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Twelve years ago: dog attack resulted in road rashes on arms and legs and bent handlebar. Dog went into ditch, probably as dazed as me...what can I say?

Ten years ago: collided with a BMW which turned left in front of me. Totally her fault and insurance company agreed. My bike and my left leg went through her windshield which resulted in a long deep cut that required tons of stitches. After being carried on the hood for like an eternity, I landed on my back. X-rays revealed a fracture in the spine which eventually healed. Walked like a bent old man for months. The bike was a crumpled mess and the insurance company gave me $1200 for it.
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Old 11-24-07, 11:31 AM
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All my injuries were mountain bike related. No of the times were the bikes damaged but I wasn't so lucky.

First bad crash was during my first race. It was on the first lap in the decent, got bad chain suck flipped over the bars and landed on my back and my homegrown landed on top of me. Finished the race, managed to come in first in my ranking, Sport Junior. I came off the mountain with some really sore ribs, torn jersey and a cut up back.

Second bad crash was 1/2 way through a ride. I was trying to catch my friend on a decent. Took a turn too fast and washed out. Pinning my ankle under the bike and my weight, cut it open along with my leg. Felt like I sprained it. Had to finish the ride with one leg.

My latest gnarly crash happened 1/2 way through a night ride. The borrowed bike I was on had a blown fork, hit a root, rebounded up way too quickly and sent me over the bars and my knee into the rocks. Had a 3" long cut down my knee. Managed to limp out on the bike still. But boy was I sore the next day.
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Old 11-24-07, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by markwebb View Post
In 1975 at about mile 70 of a 104 mile race I went down hard. Broke my right forearm. I finished the race.

But I did not have an Internet back then to brag about it.

Hope your ego is bigger from starting this thread and sharing your wuss injury.

BTW my steel bike was virtually undamaged.

Back in the day we were men of steel men riding real steel bikes. Now y'all are sissy men riding plastic bikes.
Nice story grandpa. While mountain biking last month I decided not to duck when approaching a tree that went across the trail. I gashed my head right above my left eyebrow (eventually needed 15 stitches to close it). I could not ride out because I had to hold pressure on the wound and I was alone and 6 miles from the trailhead. About half way back I was attacked by a grizzly bear and fought it off one handed. I was pretty pissed at that point when a mountain lion jumped me. I hit it with my CF mountain bike 19 times before it got away and sustained no damage to my bike. The worst part was when my wife met me in the parking lot and proceeded to make fun of me from that point all the way through getting stitches and x-rays....
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Old 11-24-07, 12:40 PM
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Never busted anything in myself, just the usual road rash and bruises.

As for bikes, so far I taco'd a front rim in a wreck, in the same tweaked the fork I guess cause the bike never tracked straight after that.
And while commuting last summer as a result of getting hit by a car; snapped bottom bracket spindle, broken pedal (bent axle) and a bent steel frame. I replaced the spindle and the pedal and still commute on the same bike, despite the bent frame (hardly noticable, but its bent) it still tracks straight for some odd reason.
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Old 11-24-07, 01:46 PM
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(wreck 1) cracked elbow (funny bone) - hurt enough to puke,
(wreck 2) collar bone broken into three pieces, lots of internal bleeding, gruesome lividity - hurt some
(wreck 3) shattered bony ridge at top of nose, concussion w brief loc (my helmet fits just above my eyebrows and was crushed in the front) - no pain
bikes were fine
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Old 11-25-07, 02:07 PM
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i woke up with a concusion in the hospital and kept asking my girlfriend if my bike was alright.... hahaha
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Old 11-25-07, 03:55 PM
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Still recovering from sublluxed shoulder, possibly chipped cheekbone and "don't give me a firm handshake" hand. All because some impatient twerp wanted to squeeze between two lanes of moving traffic to get to a parking lot. And that was six weeks ago.

Bike was fine.
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Old 11-25-07, 06:50 PM
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only 4 major accidents in 30 yr of riding.

just major road rash hip, arms and backside and legs

this last june my 4th accident I hit a pot-hole which caused me to drop my hand from the drops, which caused by shoulder to come down and hit the drop bar. I lost control ofthe bike, we were hammering abut 28 mph went to the left the front tire was up in the air then landed on my back.
fractured a vertebra, started riding again a week later easy spinning for about 6 weeks
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Old 11-25-07, 08:15 PM
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My worst injury was a sprained ankle which had me favoring my good foot for about a week and a half. In retrospect that doesn't seem like much. Guess I'm not having as much fun out there as I should be.
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Old 11-25-07, 08:26 PM
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You don't wanna know. It's too involved.

At least I don't have brain damage. But many here would take issue with that assertion.
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Old 11-25-07, 08:28 PM
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No broken bits/bent bike parts (as of yet), but plenty of lost skin, bruises and bleeding.

The worst case was a month ago, when a bus ran me off the road on a inner-city level crossing. Went over the bars (at around 35kph), managed to roll over, walked away with bruises to one hip, one butt cheek, and an elbow, plus both knees bleeding. Clothes intact, helmet slightly scraped (real pity). The bike - well, the chain came off. Couldn't find any serious damage.
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Old 11-25-07, 08:44 PM
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In late September I hit the pavement at around 25 mph. Lots of road rash of course and a SLAP tear of the Labrum. After xrays and an MRI it was explained to me that this is the most feared injury for a baseball pitcher, quarterback or tennis player. So if I were a horse they would shoot me and if I were a baseball pitcher I would probably never recover to pitch again but since it is just me I get to spend 8 weeks in PT only to have a painful shoulder the rest of my life. However all of this is way better than heart disease, diabetis, obesity and cancer. So I am still winning.

Oh BTW - Helmet was broken in three pieces and bike had 0 damage.
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Old 11-28-07, 06:03 PM
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I think I was lucky so far. Never fell off of my bike. Only 2 falls becouse of the clipless, just a lil bruise in my elbow and hip.
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