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Old 02-27-11, 09:38 AM
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Helmets Work!

I crashed yesterday, 30mph on a downhill S-curve. Knocked me unconscious, broke my collarbone, and got a good case of road-rash. My Bell Furio took the heap of crash energy for my head. I'm not concussed, X-rays and CT scan show all is OK.

Maybe even knocked some sense into me...

Hope this reinforces good safety for you.
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Old 02-27-11, 09:54 AM
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Ouch, hope you're feeling much better now.
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Glad to hear you're okay. Now get a new helmet, climb back on that bike, and go ride.
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Old 02-27-11, 09:59 AM
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You should be wearing full face helmets on the descents. 661 makes some good ones.
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Old 02-27-11, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
You should be wearing full face helmets on the descents. 661 makes some good ones.
Yeah, that would look cool on a road bike!
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Old 02-27-11, 11:50 AM
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glad you are ok. hope you get back on the bike soon!
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Originally Posted by BentLink View Post
I crashed yesterday, 30mph on a downhill S-curve. Knocked me unconscious, broke my collarbone, and got a good case of road-rash. My Bell Furio took the heap of crash energy for my head. I'm not concussed, X-rays and CT scan show all is OK.

Maybe even knocked some sense into me...

Hope this reinforces good safety for you.
You were concussed. You may not have suffered any permanent injury such as a bleed or a fracture. Continue to watch for symptoms, and make sure the people around you keep an eye on you for a few days also. Glad to here you're relatively OK, and hope everything heals up quick. I broke two LAS Squalos last year. I was concussed.
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Old 02-27-11, 04:04 PM
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Just bought a new Giro Atmos because it looked cool. Hope it also protects my nogin in a crash.
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Old 02-27-11, 04:19 PM
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if you were knocked unconscious how could you not get a concussion?

either way, glad to see the helmet did its job
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Never underestimate the usefulness of a good helmet.

How's the bike?
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Old 02-27-11, 05:29 PM
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Thanks for advice. I've got those around me keeping an eye out for me with a blow to the head.

The bike, 1986 Cannondale, had the stem turned about 30 deg left, and some torn handlebar tape, otherwise good-to-go.

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Old 02-27-11, 05:30 PM
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Glad you are ok. And yes you did have a concussion. I would not ride for a couple days just to be safe.

I had a great ride today, and on the way home I saw a road cyclist riding helmetless. I felt like yelling at him "Where's your helmet????" but decided it would not really help matters.
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Old 02-27-11, 05:40 PM
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Having stomped on an old helmet to break it before I threw it away, I just want to postulate that the amount of force it took to crunch your helmet like that would have really hurt badly if it hit your bare skull. Good thing it worked when you needed it. Take it easy for a while.
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Old 02-27-11, 07:15 PM
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Looks to me that helmet would still be good if you limit your next crash to landing on the right side of your head.
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Old 02-27-11, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
Looks to me that helmet would still be good if you limit your next crash to landing on the right side of your head.
Now if only we could plan ahead for our crashes. That would be great. We could make sure to wear the right padding to minimize road rash and broken bones.
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Old 02-27-11, 08:31 PM
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Glad you are ok. And yes you did have a concussion. I would not ride for a couple days just to be safe.

I had a great ride today, and on the way home I saw a road cyclist riding helmetless. I felt like yelling at him "Where's your helmet????" but decided it would not really help matters.
No it would not. Those of us who do not wear helmets generally know the reasons and validity of such actions and the science behind these choices.
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Old 02-27-11, 08:39 PM
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Oh boy, here we go!
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Oh boy, here we go!
I know ....right. I could not resist though, it's part of my illness.
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Old 02-27-11, 09:22 PM
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This helmet is going straight over the fireplace for your kids to see.
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I crashed last week, very slow crash. I was riding over a patch of ice and the bike slid out from under me. I fell so slowly I anticipated my head hitting the ground and could feel the foam between my head and the road. Slid easily on the ice so there was no road rash or damage to my clothes. Left a small crack in my helmet right where my head and the pavement met. Already have a beautiful new helmet.
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Yeah, I did an endo at slow speed. Still cracked the helmet. Slightly swollen jaw joint (underbite for a few days) and a touch of road rash but otherwise okay. The bike didn't fair so well: Bent fork, buckled downtube; stretched top tube.
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Thank goodness you were wearing a helmet and it did it's job. Glad you're not any worse and people around you are keeping an eye on you. I had a slow speed crash a couple of months ago that broke my helmet and I was concussed. Heal quickly. Ride safe.
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Originally Posted by Copperhed51 View Post
Oh boy, here we go!
The helmet/no-helmet folks can argue all day long, but one thing we know for certain is that road-rash on your ear would be an absolute b!tch!

This helmet certainly saved the OP from that!
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Old 02-28-11, 07:31 AM
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WOW!!! Glad you're ok...sort of.
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Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
The helmet/no-helmet folks can argue all day long, but one thing we know for certain is that road-rash on your ear would be an absolute b!tch!

This helmet certainly saved the OP from that!
LOL yeah
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