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Strava made me crash

Old 07-08-12, 07:51 AM
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Strava made me crash

So yesterday I went out to get some KOMs and 10 miles from my house as I just went over the top where the KOM ended I went down. I was going maybe 20mph with my had down, not looking up trying to fight the head wind, next thing I know my front wheel is in a 4" deep road crack. Down I went sliding under the guardrail but my bike bounce around another 15 feet. Cracked my helmet in half but my all carbon bike didn't get damaged. Just had to make some adjustments to make it back home. Can't really remember the 10 mile ride home. As soon as my wife saw me, she said let's sue Strava (joking). Well I got my KOM.

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If I had a wreck that cracked my helmet in half and I couldn't remember the ride home, I'd get to an emergency room immediately.
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Good luck and speedy recovery. I've given up trying to bother with KOMs on Strava. If I get them, great. If not who cares. Not to burst the e-cred bubble, but there are tons of fast guys who are also not on Stava who would crush these KOMs if they ever signed up, so don't get too excited.
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Old 07-08-12, 08:08 AM
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I'm good. Had much worse crashes. 15 years of MTN bike crashing left me brainless. Nothing to damage anymore.
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Originally Posted by beav700
So yesterday I went out to get some KOMs and 10 miles from my house as I just went over the top where the KOM ended I went down. I was going maybe 20mph with my head up my a$$, not watching where I was going, trying to fight the head wind, next thing I know my front wheel is in a 4" deep road crack. Down I went sliding under the guardrail but my bike bounce around another 15 feet. Cracked my helmet in half but my all carbon bike didn't get damaged. Just had to make some adjustments to make it back home. Can't really remember the 10 mile ride home. As soon as my wife saw me, she said let's sue Strava (joking). Well I got my KOM.

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What's with the hair on the legs? But seriously, if you cracked your helmet you may want to get checked out.
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Thats a bad case of road rash.
Hope you heal up quick.

Originally Posted by Silvercivic27
Good luck and speedy recovery. I've given up trying to bother with KOMs on Strava. If I get them, great. If not who cares. Not to burst the e-cred bubble, but there are tons of fast guys who are also not on Stava who would crush these KOMs if they ever signed up, so don't get too excited.
So True!
Theres KOM's in my area that are ridiculously out of reach, 70+kms, or 15 secs up a huge climb?!?
It's obvious that these guys are using their cars to do these KOM's.
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No offense, but as you get older you're supposed to get wiser. Walking around with a concussion can have serious, long-term (aka permanent) repercussions down the road. A word to the wise.
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All the best for a speedy recovery
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Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder
Theres KOM's in my area that are ridiculously out of reach, 70+kms, or 15 secs up a huge climb?!?
It's obvious that these guys are using their cars to do these KOM's.
I am 4th / 435 on a descent near here. I broke 55mph on that descent.
Funny thing is I never even pedaled, it was pure coasting...with the most hellacious tail wind I ever had.
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Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder
So True!
Theres KOM's in my area that are ridiculously out of reach, 70+kms, or 15 secs up a huge climb?!?
It's obvious that these guys are using their cars to do these KOM's.

You can flag their rides if the speeds are abnormally fast.
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take some time to pressure wash that deck while you recover. Some might suggest using a soapy solution and a brush, as it is better for the wood. I prefer big machinery.
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Originally Posted by Silvercivic27
Good luck and speedy recovery. I've given up trying to bother with KOMs on Strava. If I get them, great. If not who cares. Not to burst the e-cred bubble, but there are tons of fast guys who are also not on Stava who would crush these KOMs if they ever signed up, so don't get too excited.

I guess I'm going to be the only one to say it... But... What's your point?

The same holds true for car racing (which I also partook in)... If the "faster" guys aren't on the track, by their choice or ignorance, or whatever. That doesn't change the fact that of the people who are partaking in the racing cannot celebrate the fact that they've defeated other people willing to partake in it.

Your statement was akin to... "don't ever celebrate a personal victory or a victory, cause there are 23409283409823 other people out there who would dominate your victory, so don't bother.". Quite counterproductive, and lame.
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What is this strava kom. He hurt you, no?
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Strava made me crash

Umm, no it didn't.

If you're going to ride around with your head that far up your ass, at least open your mouth so you can see where you're going.
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I think Strava is the greatest thing that ever happened to cycling. I never rode so hard in my life before. I started diet today first time ever to loose 15lbs just so i can be even faster up the climbs. Never been so motovated.
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Originally Posted by fishymamba
You can flag their rides if the speeds are abnormally fast.
It can't be that hard to figure that if a mammoth effort on a bike would see a rider holding 18-20mph up the hill, to drive it at 22mph with the GPS active and post it. Anyone driving at 40-50mph up the hill and posting it can't be surprised if nobody believes them.
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Originally Posted by beav700
I think Strava is the greatest thing that ever happened to cycling. I never rode so hard in my life before. I started diet today first time ever to loose 15lbs just so i can be even faster up the climbs. Never been so motovated.
You do realize that this is just about the last way Strava is going to want it's product advertised, right? To paraphrase your post

"I didn't used to ride hard, but then I discovered Strava, pushed myself beyond my limits trying to get one of their KOM's, got injured as a result of that (here's some photographic evidence) and possibly a concussion. Thanks Strava!"
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Originally Posted by Beaker
You do realize that this is just about the last way Strava is going to want it's product advertised, right? To paraphrase your post

"I didn't used to ride hard, but then I discovered Strava, pushed myself beyond my limits trying to get one of their KOM's, got injured as a result of that (here's some photographic evidence) and possibly a concussion. Thanks Strava!"
I didn't used to ride hard, then I found the tour de xxx... I was so inspired by all those guys that I pushed myself harder and harder... until I crashed and injured myself.

Thank you tour de xxx for absolving me of any personal responsibility for my actions that I might have had!
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Originally Posted by st3venb
I didn't used to ride hard, then I found the tour de xxx... I was so inspired by all those guys that I pushed myself harder and harder... until I crashed and injured myself.

Thank you tour de xxx for absolving me of any personal responsibility for my actions that I might have had!
Yeah, not really.

The point is that unless you've been living in a cave, this is the exact argument this being used against Strava in the current lawsuit. Other users popping up online doing the same thing isn't going to help. I like and use Strava, but they have a a bit of a PR issue outside of the cycling community IMO.
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Originally Posted by Beaker
Yeah, not really.

The point is that unless you've been living in a cave, this is the exact argument this being used against Strava in the current lawsuit. Other users popping up online doing the same thing isn't going to help. I like and use Strava, but they have a a bit of a PR issue outside of the cycling community IMO.

If you actually read his post, you'd see that it was a jab at those people.

And, it's about time the United States court's stood up and started making people be responsible for their actions. The lawsuits against Strava are frivolous at best. How you can hold anyone but yourself responsible for your actions is beside me... Especially grown ass people. This country makes me sad sometimes, so very sad.
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Originally Posted by achoo
If you're going to ride around with your head that far up your ass, at least open your mouth so you can see where you're going.
Take it easy, no need for that.
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I was going maybe 20mph with my head down, not looking up trying to fight the head wind, next thing I know my front wheel is in a 4" deep road crack.
Sounds like the recipe for road rash and has nothing to do with Strava.

Glad it wasn't worse and hope you have a speedy recovery.
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