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After Crash Check Points?

Old 06-18-11, 09:08 AM
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After Crash Check Points?

I had a bad crash on my bike, knocked out and taken to ER. I was approaching the rail road tracks, and then... no idea what hit me, don't remember. The tracks were crossing the road at sharp angle, I believe my front wheel stuck in the gap and I went over the bars. But I don't remember falling down either.

My knee is stitched, my helmet is cracked, my body has bruises and scratches all over it, only half of my face looks like one, my gloves and jersey are torn badly, my sunglasses are deeply scratched.

Look at your own risk:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbaturi...in/photostream



But I feel better than I look.
I have no intent to stop riding. I will be back in the saddle as soon as my knee is recovered. And I don't worry about the ugly face. It does not effect pedaling, isn't it?

My bike looks ok, only the handle bars are all covered in blood. Visually the rear wheel is wobbly, and one shifter is moved inwards.
I am going to take both wheels to lbs to true them, also will check the derailleur hanger.

I have CAAD 8 frame, it does not look damaged or bent.
What frame points I should check after crash? Can discover it myself, if it is not obvious or only LBS can do it?

What else I need to check?

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Take some pics of the tracks where you crashed.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Take some pics of the tracks where you crashed.
Its coming as soon as I am back on the same road
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Heal Quickly Gege.
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I like to check all the welds, theorizing that any major stresses or bending forces will cause the paint to crack at these sites. But, I'm not an expert. I think I would just take the whole bike into the LBS while you're taking the wheels. If they charge you anything, it will be a small price to pay for peace of mind.
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Carbon handle bars or forks? If so, I would LBS it for piece of mind also.
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Originally Posted by Gege-Bubu View Post
Its coming as soon as I am back on the same road
google maps will do
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Originally Posted by Gege-Bubu View Post
I have no intent to stop riding. I will be back in the saddle as soon as my knee is recovered.
You can't pedal with stitches in your knee?
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Gnarly! Take care and heal quickly - and you're not allowed to hit your head again for a few weeks, 2 concussions in a row = bad.

I'd have the whole bike checked by the bike shop.
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I'm sure you will heal quickly! Don't worry.

I had an incident similar to yours last year. I was commuting back to my apartment after my night class. By then, daylight savings time was over, so it was dark around 9pm. I was riding on a major street, but there was no bike lane, so I tried to keep to the right as I could. I was also riding as fast as I could to make it home quickly so I could eat some dinner. In the city I was living in, residents would leave their yard debris on the street just outside of the sidewalk for the sanitation trucks to come collect it. Since it was dark and I was riding fast, I wasn't paying enough attention and hit a 3 foot mound of yard debris (large branches, leaves, etc.) and went over my bars. That's the last thing I had remembered before I blacked out. I woke up with 3 strangers surrounding me asking if I was ok. Quite a scary experience but luckily I didn't get a concussion. Just a few abrasions to my arm and face.
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Seriously that sounds exactly like a front wheel caught in the tracks and you got slapped down hard. You'll probably never remember the actual crash. I speak from experience.

Places on the bike to check have already been covered with the acception of:

1. The saddle. Check that the rails aren't bent and that it is aligned properly.

2. Also check the pedal spindles aren't bent.

For the bars make sure to unwrap the bars and loosen the clamp on the stem. Either pop the cap off or slide it out of the clamp and check the area along where the sidecap usually ends. Do the same thing for the shifters.; Loosen the clamps, slide the shifters out of the way and look in the area adjacent to where the clamp normally rests.

Once you've done this take it to an LBS for a second set of eyes.

Heal up and good luck.
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Originally Posted by scoobydrew View Post
... and went over my bars. That's the last thing I had remembered before I blacked out. I woke up with 3 strangers surrounding me asking if I was ok. Quite a scary experience but luckily I didn't get a concussion. Just a few abrasions to my arm and face.
On what basis do you say you didn't get a concussion? A hit on the head hard enough to cause temporary loss of consciousness sounds like a concussion to me even if it had no lasting effects.
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