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Falling on your head ...Delia's adventures(13 posts)

Falling on your head ...Delia's adventuresDelia
Jul 13, 2001 9:05 AM
Hey guys,

Funny thing happened to me Sunday. My friend Greg let me try out his mountain bike at Palos. His brakes are much better than mine so the same pressure I use to slow my bike down made this bike stop in it's tracks BUT (unfortunately) I just kept going....over the bars and on my head. I busted up my jaw pretty good (nothing broken only bruised and swollen) and have some pretty decent road rash. Thank God for my helmet !! I've been out of commission for the past week which means no biking and that means no fun!

On the brighter side, I started waitressing as a second job to afford this new biking habit I've formed. I have a pretty bad road bike...I mean it's my first and I bought it cheap because I didn't know if I'd be into biking enough to justify an expensive bike. Then just recently I road a REAL bike and oh my god was it ever different. And now I have to get a new bike.

I guess this post is meant to say 2 things: 1. Helmets are the way to go. and 2. No matter what people may say, the bike you ride can make all the difference.
Helmet = Good ThingGreg Taylor
Jul 13, 2001 9:24 AM
I'm one concussion into the season already, so I'd agree that everyone should WEAR A HELMET. I was lucky -- my fall could have been MUCH worse if I wasn't wearing a helmet. Even with the helmet, I was goofy for a couple of hours and had to endure 4+ hours in the emergency room for a CAT scan...
Jul 13, 2001 9:25 AM
I've destroyed two helmets myself. You really become a believer after seeing your helmet all smashed up, and thinking that it could have been your head.

Shhhh! It's a well kept secret about the bike making a difference. Lance was only trying to mislead his competition.

where are you waitressing?nm
Jul 13, 2001 9:57 AM
no stalking allowed :-) nmDog
Jul 13, 2001 10:51 AM
no really, where?big tipper
Jul 16, 2001 9:31 AM
Glad your OK....Len J
Jul 13, 2001 10:53 AM
Until you see your own smashed helmet after a crash (instead of your smashed head) its hard to appreciate your helmet.

As to the Bike, it's only just begun, once you get a real bike then you will see abetter bike, its an addiction. Welcome to the club!
A fellow in our office bashed his head once.Brian C.
Jul 13, 2001 11:15 AM
He was MTBing, sans helmet, went ass over tea kettle, and was out of commission for weeks. When he got back to work, though, he was a better human being. It's funny how things work.
My sweetie took a header...MrCelloBoy
Jul 13, 2001 12:47 PM
4 feet down into a creekbed on her Merlin a couple of years ago. She thought she was DEAD! Her helmet definitely helped. I've been really fortunate to avoid falling on my noggin for years. Always wear my helmet though.
There's definitely a big jump from the really cheap bikes (heavy steel, huffy, Murray, Etc.) to the decent and lighter MTb's even in the $300 range.
I remember having a heck of a time just adjusting to a decent set of cantilevers after upgrading my Mtb for the first time. I washed out my front end about 3 times before I sorted things out.
re: Falling on your head ...Delia's adventuresJimF
Jul 14, 2001 3:24 AM
My helmets have spared me a couple of concussions for sure, and if I had been helmetless when I did my big faceplant, they would've bagged my forehead separately.
Yep, my helmet's saved me 3x.look271
Jul 14, 2001 6:57 PM
Once sliding along @25mph after hitting a REALLY bad set of RR tracks, once hitting a car windshield and once going down in a paceline.
re: Falling on your head ...Delia's adventuresDINOSAUR
Jul 16, 2001 8:08 AM
Yep, I had the big crash back in Feb of OO. I won't bore you with the details but the impact with the asphalt knocked me unconcious. No doubt my helmet saved me from being the very least a vegetable. I cringe each time I see someone riding without one, usually around TDF time. Glad you are O.K. Guess this can be a lesson to check the brakes if you are doing a test ride on someone else's bike.
re: Falling on your head ...Delia's adventurespeloton
Jul 16, 2001 4:38 PM
Four or five years ago I clipped a tree on a descent in a mountain bike race on a downhill at about 30mph. The impact of the crash broke my helmet, snapped my seatpost, and ended my race a little early. I sulked back to where my shop team was set up, and was a little put out by the damage to my ride and my new headache. One of my teammates pointed out that at least I wasn't a drooling vegatable when he spotted my broken lid. Helmets are a good thing. :)