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How often do you crash?

Old 11-30-14, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by cydewaze View Post
I save all my crashing for my mountain bike. Gets it out of my system and no road rash.
Ditto
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Old 12-01-14, 05:23 PM
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I've been riding for one and half year now and I had two crashes (8k miles). Both with cars, none of my fault.

About a year ago a pickup suddenly backed out from driveway right in front of me, blocked rear wheel, slid into the pickup and got the hit with my shoulders / hip / thighs. Just bad bruises, no treatment, back to riding next day.

Just 2 months ago a car hit me at an intersection from the side/front (aka the left cross). I flew over the front of the car and hit the car/pavement. I was super lucky not breaking any bones in that fall, but I got bone bruise in my left knee and had to skip riding for a week. Both my top and downtube broke and I had to replace the frame.

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Old 03-12-15, 02:36 PM
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Very rarely, but when I do, it involves drinking beer, riding insane bikes and a carny standing over me with a stick:


(Tour de Fat Minneapolis)

Or ice:

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Old 03-12-15, 02:39 PM
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I did not see this thread the first time around.

Since it was posted, I had one crash on a surprise patch of ice. It was not much fun.

Generally I have been lucky with what I would say is a minor crash every couple of years (eg tip-over/0MPH) and a crash at speed every 3-5 years.
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Old 03-12-15, 03:39 PM
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Last summer I had my first crash since 2006. I flew over the handlebar, landed on my elbow and shoulder. Could've been much worse b/c I was in traffic but unfortunately I had a hairline fracture on shoulder. First 2-3 weeks was bad. No surgery required, did PT sessions. It's now 8 months since the accident but my strength is still not 100%. I didn't stop riding during this time, I was on my bike the first week after the accident but stopped riding on that route. Trying to avoid narrow roads with no shoulders.
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Old 03-12-15, 03:56 PM
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Once in 40 years (40 years ago)

None since I started riding again...luckily.

All of my crashes were when I was younger than 15- and were just very minor. I've always been very safety conscious; even as a child. Was taught about wet leaves and grease slicks at the very time I was being taught how to ride when i was 6.
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Old 03-12-15, 04:09 PM
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more often on my MTB
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Old 03-12-15, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad View Post
Or ice:

I think at that point, I'd just turn around and head back home
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Old 03-12-15, 04:30 PM
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Whew,
Lots of crashes.

Mine are very few and very long between.

lets see...
  • I didn't understand stop signs and got clipped by a car when I was about 6. Nothing serious.
  • At around 10, I missed an unclip while following the school bus and tipped over.
  • Involved in a family pile-up at about 12.
  • Sometime around 17 I was practising no-hands turning, and the front wheel flipped sideways.. mangled a rim.
  • About 10 years ago, hit a crack in the pavement at dusk and had an "abrupt stop". That one hyperextended my arms a bit.. Painful for quite some time, and I think I tweeked the rims enough that I never quite got them true again.
  • Finally in the last year, I've had a couple of instances where I lost traction on my wet driveway, lost forward momentum, and tipped over.
  • Also had a tip-over while playing in the snow. Only a slight downward incline. Did ok going downhill, once I got my gearing right. But, then turned and came back up, lost momentum, and tipped with a smile and a laugh. Snow was only a few inches deep. Skinny tires... see photo.

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Old 03-12-15, 04:32 PM
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Twice in constant 4 yrs of riding. Once while riding at night for the first time and trying to go through a parking lot not seeing a speed bump. The other was the first experience with bonking while on a steep hill.
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Old 03-12-15, 04:37 PM
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Man, some of you guys are dangerous.
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Old 03-12-15, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by cydewaze View Post
I save all my crashing for my mountain bike. Gets it out of my system and no road rash.
Yep. I like to give the cacti hugs.
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Old 03-12-15, 04:52 PM
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I've only been riding my road bike seriously for about a year, no crashes so far on that one besides a few clipless falls.

I've had numerous Mountain Bike crashes, though. My most serious mtn bike crash happened about 3 months ago, was riding a very technical single track and on a sharp downhill turn I hit the front brake too much and went over the handlebars and my leg landed nearly landed in a cactus and I rolled down a steep hill off of the single track. Incredibly I was able to get back up and finish the ride, it could've been a lot worse.
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Old 03-12-15, 04:59 PM
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I used to count the time between crashes in months. Then I started racing cross, and I had to count the time in minutes.
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Old 03-12-15, 05:05 PM
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I don't crash, which is why I rarely wear a helmet. Core strength is the key. Also paying attention helps, as well as avoiding weekend warrior triathetes.
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Once or twice a year when I used to race.

Since then only when parts break or another rider goes down.
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Old 03-12-15, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Jiggle View Post
I don't crash, which is why I rarely wear a helmet.
Yeah, nobody crashes... until they do.

I've crashed once without a helmet. And once with.

I'll give you one guess as to which one didn't involve a trip to the ER.
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1986- triathlon (road rash) 1992- race (broken left collarbone, herniated disk, road rash) 1995- race ( broken elbow, road rash) 2002- race ( broken nose, road rash) 2008- group ride pace line mishap (broken right leg, road rash, concussion) 2014- scarified pavement (broken right collarbone, road rash concussion). Looks like about every six or seven years.
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Old 03-12-15, 07:19 PM
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I don't crash..... Core strength is the key.
Have you met Ice?
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Yep. I like to give the cacti hugs.
Prove it!
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Old 03-12-15, 07:42 PM
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This January, I hit a rut in the road and took a spill. Four years ago, when my bike had a suspension seat post, it was too tall when I was not on it and just right once I sat. I was stopping at a light and got off the seat. The light turned green as I was doing this and I could not get on the saddle and spin at the same time; so I fell over. That's about it since I was a kid. When I was a kid, I had a front wheel to front wheel encounter with another kid as we both came around a bend from different directions. Nothing happened to me or my Schwinn Wasp. His medium size bike broke four spokes.
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Originally Posted by velociraptor View Post
Yeah, nobody crashes... until they do.

I've crashed once without a helmet. And once with.

I'll give you one guess as to which one didn't involve a trip to the ER.
I crashed back when I was racing but never hit my head. This helmet requirement pandemonium is a recent thing. Sean Kelly went full ratard day before yesterday doing commentary when he suggested that every country should have a law that bicyclists wear helmets. It's that sort of nanny-ism that I thumb my nose to.
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Originally Posted by Jiggle View Post
I crashed back when I was racing but never hit my head. This helmet requirement pandemonium is a recent thing. Sean Kelly went full ratard day before yesterday doing commentary when he suggested that every country should have a law that bicyclists wear helmets. It's that sort of nanny-ism that I thumb my nose to.
I look at it as Darwinism at work.
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Originally Posted by nkfrench View Post
More than I care to admit, but nothing serious. Since I started riding again 2008:
1-Novice riding side-by-side with me lost control of her bike, her front wheel hit mine, then she fell and I fell on top of her. Ugly.
2-Pedal strike making a sharp corner too fast. Lost control, tried to regain, ran out of road, fell on nice soft lawn and was covered with dead leaves. Lesson: keep the inside pedal UP on turns.
3-Back wheel washed out taking a corner too fast. Road was glass-smooth, clean and dry, but slightly dusty. Cracked helmet, bloody raspberries on face, black eye, sore and bruised but finished ride.
4-Lost control of bike in parade unit 2-3 mph. Had the "wrong" foot unclipped and went down in front of 100,000 spectators or so. Walked the rest of the route. Too bruised and sore to ride for a week.
5-Seems like there was another episode or two needing to unclip at walking speed. Either it's unclipping on the right falling left; or right pedal is UP and can't backpedal it down in time to unclip.
I need to quit doing the parade/community rides with very slow speeds and other riders who don't understand the idea of holding their line.
I had campus pedals on the bike I use for these types of rides, but my knee couldn't tolerate the lack of float. Solved by going back to clipless and recessed cleats for commuter/mountain bike shoes.
hahahaha, this one is really great. I've had similar crashes, always screwing around at extremely slow speeds. I haven't wiped out at high speed since I was a kid (knock on wood).
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
Prove it!
Haha, next time I'll snap some photos. It's been awhile since I took the mtb out, I'm sure I'm about due for some pain.
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