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

1st crash

Old 07-11-11, 05:23 AM
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1st crash

I got to close to the curb and my front tire went inside those drain slots under the curb and i flipped over.
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Old 07-11-11, 05:59 AM
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Ouch! Hope you are AOK.
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Ouch! Hope you are AOK.
Bummer ... not too much damage I hope
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no just a couple scratches on my front rim. when i flipped over i put out my hand and landed on my palm and my palm and arm was sore for the next couple days.
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Ouch!. Sorry to hear about this, but happy that you are OK.
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Wow, those drain covers are really dangerous. I'm glad it wasn't more serious. I've heard of folks folding wheels over when they hit one of those slots.
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Back a few years I road a wide tire hybrid before I got my road bike and I used to be able to ride over those without issue. Now I look at them and have a quick discussion in my head... don't touch that!

Glad you're Ok!
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Originally Posted by chibibike View Post
no just a couple scratches on my front rim. when i flipped over i put out my hand and landed on my palm and my palm and arm was sore for the next couple days.
Try not to break the fall with your hands...I did that and broke my wrist a little.
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Try not to break the fall with your hands...I did that and broke my wrist a little.
giving the choice, better the hands than face. asphalt tastes terrible.
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You were lucky. I know a few people who got stuck in those grates and didn't even know it until they came to several minutes later. It's the one thing I'm looking forward to about Carmageddon as I'm hoping the new bridge won't have those grates 1" apart, just perfect for swallowing road wheels.
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yeah and i wasn't even wearing a helmet and my shirt almost ripped open cause I was just riding in normal clothes. It was so embarassing.
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and my shirt almost ripped open cause I was just riding in normal clothes.
As entertaining as that thought may be (are you trying to tease us?), you're not necessarily safe from it in cycling clothes. A teammate of mine went down while we were warming up at the San Diego velodrome and he happened to shred his skinsuit right at the top inner thigh. He had to walk across the infield holding his hand over his junk... to meet the 24 year old, female EMT.
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Originally Posted by chibibike View Post
yeah and i wasn't even wearing a helmet and my shirt almost ripped open cause I was just riding in normal clothes. It was so embarassing.
Sucks it had to happen to you too. My similar experience was due to poor visibility in a really rainy day, and I fell over the bars. All nearby cars just stared at me, and not one person asked if I was okay (blood was running all over my arms and hands).
It took me over half an hour to re-true my front wheel, but it wasn't so bad that it was taco'ed.
Best wishes to a speedy recovery, chibi.
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gosh well i'm going to stay away from curbs i always start to go toward the curb whenever i'm near it.
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One time I fell and rode down hill on my rear. Guess how much of my back end was visible? Way to much.
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You should always wear your helmet, especially given your tendency to gravitate towards curbs.

Lucky you didn't fly into a barbed wire fence!

I've been watching too much of the TDF!
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Funny, that's how my first crash happened. The first; no, the second...no the third...no, the fourth--ah, all crashes are the worst
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Pure lack of experience. I bet you are really careful riding near by a metro station when u are using high heels because u can bust a shoe in a drain or in a metro metal mesh, M'i wrong??

My 1st crash in the track was going in the upper bank testing how slow I was able to ride After that controlled 10 meters long slide to the blue zone i learn how slow i was able to ride in there. Interesting but each accident makes you learn something, in some cases makes you learn that bikes is not your sport
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Haha, this would've been funny to see.

Glad you're ok, cause then it wouldn't be funny...initially.
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There will likely be more, btw those drain covers are a problem in many places. It might be worth it to let what ever agency that is responsible for them to know of the problem you had, with the intention that it could be fixed.
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Well ... it's good you got that out of the way. Now you don't have to worry about it anymore.
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