Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Spontaneous wreck

Old 09-14-08, 07:33 PM
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Spontaneous wreck

First crash today, but can't figure out how the hell I did it. I was climbing up a mild hill around 15 mph, when all of the sudden I realize I am flying over the bars. From saddle to pavement, I was not wondering how bad this was going to hurt, but why it happened. There were no random mudballs in the road, no potholes, manholes, oily spots, or anything. My body just decided that it wanted to be in front of my bike. As for damage, I kicked the valve stem off the front wheel, knocked the front wheel fairly out of true, the back wheel is slightly out of true, a mildly shredded left hood, paint scuff on the right brifter, a tiny hole on my saddle, and a little chain slap on the bottom side of the chainstay (chain fell off). I twisted my right ankle, hit my left shoulder, elbow, and hip on the pavement, but only have 2 dime-sized road rash marks due to my faithful hoodie.

Any advice on nutrition to help bone soreness on my landing points?
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Old 09-14-08, 07:35 PM
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Flimsy wheel touches brake pad.
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Old 09-14-08, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
Flimsy wheel touches brake pad.
They are Neuvation wheels, and I haven't noticed any flimsiness; At least not with my leg power.
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Old 09-14-08, 07:52 PM
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A buddy of mine did that on about a 16% gradient on his Parlee. Something in his back wheel locked up. Topolinos.
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Old 09-14-08, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Terex View Post
A buddy of mine did that on about a 16% gradient on his Parlee. Something in his back wheel locked up. Topolinos.
Both my wheels were spinning freely when I got up and took the bike off the road, so I don't think anything locked. Maybe I just hit a mime's curb.
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Old 09-14-08, 08:05 PM
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I saw a woman do that on a mountain bike once- her seat bag was swinging pretty freely, and got jammed into the rear wheel. When she fell, it popped loose again.

I highly recommend Vitamin I as an aid in crash recovery.
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Originally Posted by DScott View Post
I saw a woman do that on a mountain bike once- her seat bag was swinging pretty freely, and got jammed into the rear wheel. When she fell, it popped loose again.

I highly recommend Vitamin I as an aid in crash recovery.
I don't know about you but generic OTC ibuprofen/tynenol seem to do nothing.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
I don't know about you but generic OTC ibuprofen/tynenol seem to do nothing.
They work for me. There is a surprisingly large segment of the population for whom most non-opiate painkillers are fairly ineffective. My girlfriend is one of them; you might be, too. Naproxen-sodium might be worth a shot if ibuprofen and acetaminophen won't do the trick. I think it's another NSAID, like ibuprofen, but works through a different pathway.
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If it was a steep hill, you may have been significantly turning the bars out of the saddle. Is it possible that your toe overlaps the front wheel in some positions? If you kicked the wheel further into the turn unexpectedly, that could lock you up, and it could hit your valve stem. I know that many shorter frames have some toe overlap...
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
If it was a steep hill, you may have been significantly turning the bars out of the saddle. Is it possible that your toe overlaps the front wheel in some positions? If you kicked the wheel further into the turn unexpectedly, that could lock you up, and it could hit your valve stem. I know that many shorter frames have some toe overlap...
The wheel kicking happened as I fell to the ground, but I think pulling on the bars in some way might have made my front wheel lose it, sending me up and over it. However it happened, it's pretty embarrassing crashing up a hill. My hip and elbow are still pretty sore, as you can expect when you go thud on concrete, but I might get my ankle checked out Monday or Tuesday if it still hurts as bad tonight.
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Happened to me before when I first started, exact same thing. I'm pretty sure though I looked back (something, maybe a bird, hit the back of my helmet) too quickly I turned enough to turn the front wheel and flip right over.
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cat 4/5?
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It sounds like the chain came off sending you flying.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:26 AM
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I dunno. It's pretty weird. Haven't witnessed anything like that. Who knows?
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Originally Posted by EatMyA** View Post
It sounds like the chain came off sending you flying.
+1

Happened to me, just as you described. Mine skipped off, jammed the crank, and over I went. I wasn't climbing, but was accelerating from dead stop as hard as possible. I may have twisted the bars one way when it stuck, as I was pulling heavily on them.
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