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Painful way to get a new bike

Old 04-28-09, 10:21 AM
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Painful way to get a new bike

Crashed this weekend. Don't remember anything - I guess it was a collision with a car.

Got lucky with just a few stitches above my right ear, a concussion (wasn't wearing my helmet) and a small fracture on a rib bone (which doesn't hurt at all).

On the bright side, a new bike will come out of all of this

Had loved my BMC so much - decided to upgrade to the Pro Machine. Ordered a demo bike from Competitive Cyclist to arrive on Friday...

EDIT: just noticed that my Team Machine frame reads "tear machine" in the first pic. Heh.
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Old 04-28-09, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by FixdGearHead View Post
Crashed this weekend. Don't remember anything - I guess it was a collision with a car.

Got lucky with just a few stitches above my right ear, a concussion (wasn't wearing my helmet) and a small fracture on a rib bone (which doesn't hurt at all).

On the bright side, a new bike will come out of all of this

Had loved my BMC so much - decided to upgrade to the Pro Machine. Ordered a demo bike from Competitive Cyclist to arrive on Friday...

EDIT: just noticed that my Team Machine frame reads "tear machine" in the first pic. Heh.
Learn your lesson?

glad you're relatively ok. I'll shed a tear for your tear machine.
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Old 04-28-09, 10:31 AM
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Duuuuuuude. Glad you came out of that situation, but ouch!
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Old 04-28-09, 10:45 AM
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Yeah - have gotten into a bad habit of not wearing my helmet occasionally, outside of racing. First crash earlier this year involved a little kid on a trike that bolted out onto the road, I flipped over him (successfully avoiding hurting the little one) and landed on my side. Err...wasn't wearing a helmet THAT time either. Hopefully this has taught me.

Suggestions on what to do with this frame? Don't want it back, but I imagine a company like Calfee could fix it up? Not sure to what extent they do carbon fibre repair.
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i understand not recalling all the facts of the accident due to the trama, but did you hit a car or not? it reads like you were just riding along fine then woke up later in the middle of the road with a broken bike? just curious. later.
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That frame is ok. Buy a roll of duct tape and you'll back on the road in no time.

Seriously, though....did the driver stop, or did you just come to in the ditch? Getting a new bike is cool and all, but if it wasn't your fault, it's not a cheap expediture.
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you could have a really nice toilet paper holder.
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yeah needless to say helmets are a good idea, as everyone who has hit the deck knows...
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Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
i understand not recalling all the facts of the accident due to the trama, but did you hit a car or not? it reads like you were just riding along fine then woke up later in the middle of the road with a broken bike? just curious. later.

It was a collision with a car. I just don't know how (head on, sideways, car turning in front of me, etc)

Someone else who was on the scene had called my wife as i was reciting her number to him. She didn't stay on the line with him as she quickly jumped into a cab and headed to meet me at the hospital.

She called him later and found out that the driver of the car was on the scene as were the police. Waiting to hear back from the NYPD...i have no clue who was at fault. I very well could have bolted into the intersection.

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yeah needless to say helmets are a good idea, as everyone who has hit the deck knows...
Yeah. My thick, stubborn skull survived this time...going to choose not to risk it ever again. I used to be such a huge advocate of helmets...refusing to ride with anyone who didn't wear one. Over the past couple years I've chosen to ride sans helmet...cant give any logical explanation why.

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Old 04-28-09, 11:59 AM
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You should move:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=535758
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ehhh

ow, dude... I'm glad you came out of it okay. Sounds like you made the best out of a horrible situation.
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Glad your relatively ok. However, the fact that you unconcious and had a concussion means you suffered a brain injury. This is not a good thing. One reason to ride wearing a helmet is decrease the risk of non lethal injuries such as the one you suffered.

As for the frame, I would bet that is beyond cost effective repair.

And as for what happened, I'd bet you hit directly into the car given how the frame broke. Now who pulled in front of whom, etc. is another story. but it definitely looks like you hit something head on.
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Originally Posted by FixdGearHead View Post
Crashed this weekend. Don't remember anything - I guess it was a collision with a car.

a concussion (wasn't wearing my helmet) .
I guess you'll be wearing your helmet a little more now. Good to hear it wasn't too horrible though.
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Glad your relatively ok. However, the fact that you unconscious and had a concussion means you suffered a brain injury. This is not a good thing. One reason to ride wearing a helmet is decrease the risk of non lethal injuries such as the one you suffered.
I had a similar incident and result, but I was wearing a helmet.
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I'm still in the camp of "do whatever you want, wear one or don't"....but as for myself, I do believe this was my wake-up call to wear one to simply increase my survival rate the next time this happens.


EDIT: do NOT mean to restart this thread as a "Helmet Debate". So in effort to negate: I left a message with Calfee to see what could be done with that bike frame...though I would agree that I doubt anything can be done with it.
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Dude 1 month ago i crashed hard as well, except mine was on a pine cone and my HEAD was the primary impact point, my concussion lasted for 5 days! If i didn't have a helmet it would have been much worse, if i survived at all. I will NEVER ride without one again

Ok with all that being said! Dude i cried when i saw pics of the bike broken! I wanted a Pro machine but didn't have the funds, ended up with a PF RS2 that i am very happy with.
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BMC Pro Machine Demo bike has arrived! Not a fan of the saddle and still need to lower the stem...forgot my allen wrenches so it'll have to wait until i get home.

Excited to try out the SRAM Red shifters.
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