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My first crash - weird....

Old 02-04-09, 07:45 PM
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My first crash - weird....

After 4+ years of riding, I had my first bike crash if you can call it that. I guess it was bound to happen one of these days.

Anyways, I was riding on a dry 38-39 degree morning last Saturday. I came across an area of road that was a bit wet (from where, I don't know as the roads were all dry everywhere else) for maybe a mile and had no problems riding through it at all. I turned around and started heading back on the same road but of course on the other side and going around 15mph. The next thing I knew I was sideways and parallel to the road about to hit. Besides the shock of it, the thought that rolled through my mind was not bracing myself for impact but rather "no, please don't let my bike be damaged". I should preface that to say I was riding my new Klein Q Elite carbon bike.

Black ice was the culprit.

Anyways, I did hit the road and slid for maybe 15 feet while clipped in of course. After I was able to get myself up and look over everything the frame didn't get a scratch (whew!) but there was some scuffing on the top of the hoods where the brake levers are. And that was it on the bike. The brake hoods were both turned inwards which was probably from me holding on as I hit the ground.

I was wearing a long sleeve jersey, thermal jacket, and thermal tights. No rips to any but I have these huges black & blue marks on my hip and probably a 2 inch non-bleeding road burn on my arm. I find it weird that none of my clothes ripped. But the especially weird thing was I thought more about potential damage to my bike than me during the crash. I guess bones heal but carbon fiber doesn't....
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Old 02-04-09, 07:46 PM
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Back in my day we used to crash 3 miles in the snow....EACH WAY.

Kids these days.
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Trust me, it's much better to damage the bike than break your bones.
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I'll second that umd
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Old 02-04-09, 08:48 PM
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The only time I crashed, the first thought that ran through my head was having my legs shattered by the car behind me. That thought caused me to scramble and pull my bike as far to the right shoulder as I could. There was no car behind me; only a motorcycle that was able to stop and ask if I was ok.
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Originally Posted by ponchato View Post
My first crash?

I just put on some brand new... uh, some kind of SPD peddles (I'd never ridden clipless before), started to pull out of my driveway, and before I even got to the curb, I just kinda fell over.
Same thing happened to me... i felt very Fredish!
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Ouch. Glad to hear you're okay. Regarding the clothes not ripping: you'll that clothes are generally much less likely to rip when you're wearing layers. The layers slide instead of the spandex just ripping.
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Originally Posted by judkins1970 View Post
Same thing happened to me... i felt very Fredish!
lol, okay im a newb, so someones gotta fill me in on this whole "fred" thing lol.

I've seen it mentioned at least two to three times tonight
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My only crash was a lot like yours, except I was riding over wet, diagonal railroad tracks. My hip and elbow were F'ed for a while. People break hips all the time with crashes like that (if they are older than sin like pcad amirite?)
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Hope you feel better soon.

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lol, okay im a newb, so someones gotta fill me in on this whole "fred" thing lol.

I've seen it mentioned at least two to three times tonight
Here's your answer to "Fred":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_(bicycling)
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Originally Posted by ponchato View Post
My first crash?

I just put on some brand new... uh, some kind of SPD peddles (I'd never ridden clipless before), started to pull out of my driveway, and before I even got to the curb, I just kinda fell over.
That made me laugh, no offence

My first crash was after a 3.5 hour ride, was about to turn into my drive way, hit the curb, went over the curb and ended up with some stitches in my chin. I found it funny that it was right outside my house.

Second crash was only a week ago, in my first ever tri, at the main spectator spot in front of about 200 people including my mum. Doh!
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Old 02-05-09, 05:28 AM
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I crashed on black ice. Once. That won't happen again.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Trust me, it's much better to damage the bike than break your bones.
Yeah. No kidding. Months off the bike vs a trip to the bike shop.
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Old 02-05-09, 10:50 AM
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That and both are expensive but one has the added benefit of extra amounts of pain.
I can purchase a new bike or pay for a repair. My elbow healing took forever.
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Definitely agree with UMD. I was cycling in Asheville yesterday and we had just gotten a lot ofsnow so the roads weren't exactly ideal. I was on my old aluminium workhorse so it was okay if I went down (which I did a few times because of all the ice on the climbs) But each time all I could think was "I am about to shatter my collarbone, I am about to shatter my collarbone and my season will be over before it begins. A bike can be reaplaced easier than mending bones.

I am surprised you sustained such little damage to your colthing. Although , I guess it is kind of hard for ice to shred clothing.
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Old 02-05-09, 11:37 AM
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Trust me, it's much better to damage the bike than break your bones.
Usually cheaper as well, regardless of what you're riding.
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I can't even fathom how something could think it would be better to break some bones than damage their bike. It's just ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Trust me, it's much better to damage the bike than break your bones.
I'll take the break and save the bike, thats how I roll
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I crashed on black ice. Once. That won't happen again.
Famous last words. The vultures are circling.
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Originally Posted by Pi}{ie View Post
I'll take the break and save the bike, thats how I roll
Have you broken anything?
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Obviously not. I had a relatively small break to a radial head last year that took 3 months of painful PT to get over. The heck with the bike. Buy another.
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One thing many of you may not be considering is that many people never fully recover from their injuries; there is always something "not quite right". You need your body for the rest of your life. A bike is a thing that will likely eventually be replaced.
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Have you broken anything?
Running Yes, Cycling not yet. I have a good set of guardian angels .
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
One thing many of you may not be considering is that many people never fully recover from their injuries; there is always something "not quite right". You need your body for the rest of your life. A bike is a thing that will likely eventually be replaced.
Hehehe I'm not quite right anyway
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