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first crash?(12 posts)

first crash?weiwentg
Nov 10, 2001 9:47 PM
I just had my first crash today, after 900+ kilometers (around 550 miles) of riding. I hit something and lost control. Shortly after, the road and my face made acquaintance. ;)
i've got around 12 square centimeters of road rash on the left side of my face, small abrasions on my left shoulder, hip and shin, and a bruised left finger. my derailleur hangar is bent, both my shifters (somehow) got bent in - thankfully they're cheap Tiagaras, and my wheels are out of true. Funny, I managed to crash on the non-drivetrain side...
the rider just behind me crashed into me :( fortunately, she was unhurt, and her bike wasn't damaged much. In comparison to my face. :(
so, when was YOUR first crash?
uhmWoof the dog
Nov 11, 2001 1:23 AM
what do you count as a crash? Does falling on your side because you are a dumbass having tightened cage straps before the stop light count? How about rubbing a curb while looking back and falling? I mean there are all kinds of crashes that you could have without getting hurt at all. I've had my share of small ones...all on my old bikes that don't seem to mind getting damaged. Ok, this sounds like fun....

1.I am 7 learning to ride my new bike. Lost control and fell on the grass. My dad was laughing. Ha.

2. Same era: Riding back from the store with a bread loaf. Of course I am not holding my bars. Bam, I am on the ground. People at the bus stop are like "What a dumb kid." I pick myself up and ride off. Funny thing, I couldn't find that bread loaf I was carrying. No clue where it went.

3. Carried a diving mask in a plastic bag (went swimming). Hung it off the left handle bar. Bag and mask inside get caught in front wheel. I don't crash but the glass plate of the mask is in pieces. D'oh!

4. Straps and stoplights don't mix!

5. Situation: runner left, rollerbladers right, bump in between. I go for the gap. To sqweeze through I have to go at an angle through the bump. Crash into asphalt. Lesson learned: don't lean on big bumps.

6. Look back, forget the curb, crash on the grass by the sidewalk.

7. 6pm. Dark, freezing 15 miles away from home, no gloves, hands can't move, nose runny, middle of nowhere. Raise my stiff arm to wipe my nose, loose control because its so freezing. Crash on the right side, hit a mailbox with my head slightly. No helmet either! Another inch or two, it would be quite an impact, but I am sure I would have had nothing more than a concussion (was going pretty slow).

8. Screaming down a hill, pass ALL cars, go through all stop lights (green for me), pass cars on right and left, go on yellow line between traffic....Messenger style baby!. Parked cars on the right, slow traffic on the left, car ahead pulls out of parking spot. I decide to break ahead of time, start breaking pretty hard, just to make sure you know. I guess I was at a slight angle and giving it lots of front break with my ass way off the saddle. As I came to a stop, I hit the tarmack w/ my right knee, right handlebar and right palm. Road rash on my knee. Picked myself up, put the chain back on and kept going. Guess what - speedplays do unclip in crashes.

9. Going from the store with food in a plastic bag. Already forgot my experience with the diving mask. Bam, not even time to put my hands out. I hit a really grainy asphalt with my elbows, left one takes all the impact, bike on top of me, chips are all over the ground hehe. Hurts like a bitch, I am in shock and disbelief. NEVER Again though!

10. I've slid out in a corner twice: first mtn. bike and sand. Slight abrasions. Second is fast crit corner.

11. Front endo tricks in front of friends are cool, unless you overdo and really endo. What can I say, it was a mtn. bike.

12. Never ride with only a front break in the winter. Its like riding no breaks at all. Same goes for sand.

13. There are too many crashes to remember, especially for winter.

14. Why do I even bother typing? I guess I will have to keep a copy of this for my files.

Woof the honey producing bee.
too many to recalllonefrontranger
Nov 12, 2001 11:53 AM
Agree with #13, and just have to add from my personal experience: Never, ever, EVER ride a fixed-gear on ice. This goes in the "stupid bike tricks" category, under the "what the h*ll was I thinking" subheader.
Um ... so long ago ...Humma Hah
Nov 11, 2001 8:14 AM
I probably fell down the first time on the day I first learned to ride. Being about 5 years old, I wasn't going fast and did not have far to fall.

I've been doored a few times, most recently about a year ago. The cruisers I was riding dished out as good as they got.

My only real crash came when I was going straight across a busy urban intersection, a 1940's-something car (back then, just an old car rather than a classic) turned left into me. The woman driving was distracted by her toddler, sitting in the front seat beside her. The collision was slow, I got two bruises on one leg, the bike got a dented fender, and there was an ambulance waiting for the light at the intersection.

I've led a charmed 43 years of riding.
A charmed 43 years and four months and then ...Elefantino
Nov 11, 2001 8:58 AM
well, you know. The big crash. The whole enchilada. Broken neck, face, spinal cord surgery, fusion, blah blah blah. You all know the story by now.

But! Did two hours on the trainer this morning ("Meet the Press," "The Sports Reporters," the first half hour of "Sam and Cokie") and was just wishing that I could get out on the road. It's beautiful here in Northeast Florida. (Is there any better place to be a cyclist now than here? Yes, that's a little dig at my Bay Area friends) But I'm marking the days until I can ride again. It's now 58 and counting until Liberation Day.

And oh, most importantly, I'm glad that you're OK. Shifters and the rest can be replaced. You can't.

Life is in recognizing the little miracles. And the big ones.
Well i had a few...YoungRcR
Nov 11, 2001 9:55 AM
First ever was at the beach. On the way back from the pool (i was 14) i had my towel on the handlebars. I guess you can figure out what happened, the towel got sucked in the wheel, locked up, and threw me over the handlebars. I was ok though, surprisingly especially considering i wasnt wearing a helmet.

Most recent crash was during a race. Last corner going about 35+ mph, the guy in front of me put a pedal down, i hit him while he was bouncing off the ground and went over the handlebars at an angle and bounced around a bit. You couldnt ever tell my bike was in a crash, i actually think my front wheel trued itself in the crash (it was slightly out before)
re: first crash?NewRoadBiker
Nov 11, 2001 10:05 AM
Well...I've had too many to remember! Most of them were from when I was a senseless teenager many years ago. :o) I'd never be able to remember the countless times I crashed when I was younger and raced BMX or when we would sneak our bikes into the closed down skate parks in Virginia Beach, where I grew up, and ride the park catching huge air in the half pipes...there were plenty of times when I crashed there...probably don't want to remember them either!
As an adult, there are only three times I can remember. Once when I went mountain biking with some friends from JMU who were staying at a cabin near West Virginia. We got to the trailhead to unload and I realized I had forgotten my helmet. I figured what the heck, I came all this way, I'm going to ride...and I've ridden this trail many times before. Well, everything was going fine until I decided to take a trail I hadn't ridden was actually a rock strewn fire road (big rocks). I took off down this hill hitting around 25 mph and then the next thing I know I'm flying through the air...without bike. I don't remember much of the fall but Thankfully I only ended up with a lot of road (rock!) rash, a broken bone in my elbow, and a concussion. It could have been much worse. That was the last time I ever went mountain biking without my helmet! The next crash I remember was again another mountain biking accident. We were crossing a ridge on a trail in Virginia following the power lines and I was catching air off of these small jumps that followed the power lines. Well, I did an endo and crashed hard breaking several bones in my hand. That was a horrible ride out trying to get back to the car before it got dark, riding with a broken hand! Both of those happened when I was in my mid twenties. Now that I'm over thirty, and I realize that things break more easily these days, I'm much more conservative on the bike than I used to be.
The third one was more of an embarrassment than anything. I was riding my road bike...just got finished doing 60 miles up to a point in the Smokies where the tourist traffic is pretty bad, stop and go kind of traffic. Well, we stopped and I decided to do a track stand instead of unclipping...I had only had my road bike a short time at this point. Well, didn't work. I fell directly over on my left side still clipped in. All the tourists in cars around me were rolling their windows down to ask if I were ok...I had to stop laughing at myself long enough to give them an answer. So far I've been lucky otherwise on the road bike. I've only had a close call once where I was doing 35 mph and a car missed me by about 2 feet, but other than the fall-over, no major wrecks on the road bike so far!

treat that road rash wellcioccman
Nov 12, 2001 11:03 AM
Regardless of what people might suggest, my recommendation is you keep that road rash moist and wet and covered ALL the time. Get some silvadene cream from your doc immediately. If it is truly road rash, it has more in common with a burn than with a scrape. Clean, reapply Silvadene, neopsporin and re-dress with new bandages DAILY!

I have had plenty of it, a great deal of it has left no scars. This is a testimonial to this type of treatment to the area.

Check out Brave Soldier on the web.

Good luck!
Agreed! ...and some tips!Kristin
Nov 13, 2001 8:11 AM
I agree about keeping it lease for a few days. I had road rash last April I treated it with neosporin and kept it covered with NON-STICK gauze. I kept it covered for 5 days...until the pain had subsided. Then I began to let it air out a little at a time (watching the tube and such).

* Do use non-stick gauze - for a fuzz-free wound
* Use an ACE bandage. Place the non-stick gauze over the rash and wrap the whole thing with an ace bandage instead of using tape.

..... * Keeps the gauze from rubbing against the wound. Tape will rub.
..... * Its easier to change the dressing
..... * Keeps the muscle from giggling as much - less pain.
re: first crash?BikingViking
Nov 12, 2001 7:21 PM
Clipless pedals are the source of many crashes! My first MTB clipless ride with a pair of Look SL2 pedals. We had just crested a ridgeline for a water break and I clipped out my right foot and leaned LEFT!!! I fell about 7 feet down the hill where I was stopped by briars and bushes. As they pulled me and my bike up the hill, my buddies were laughing their a$$es of, but later admitted they all had their "moments" when they first went MTB clipless.
re: first crash?Daniel
Nov 13, 2001 2:22 AM
Well, like most of you, I must say that I've had too many little crashes to mention on the mountain bike, nothing to rough though, only one real crash, and that was on my road bike in a local crit last year in the 4/5's and in the last five laps. I was doing well and resting near the back of the pack when some kid decided that he would take the short way across in front of me. Well he went across and I went over the handlebars at about 28 mph. Landed on my back, luckily had forgot my wallet on me and it saved the rest of my back. I did get one entire side of my butt red with road rash and got a mild concusion. I couldn't even remember who had cut me off, the crash Split my helmet like an egg. It did it's job though, I was Pretty much o.k.I just felt like I had a head packed full of wool for a couple of days.
I'm still trying to forget the last one.grzy
Nov 13, 2001 9:07 AM
Crashes happen - you just hope that it's your own damn fault and that it's not nasty. Getting hit by a deer has to take the cake. Riding a MTB helps with road bike handling skills - lots. Being situationaly aware is the key to defensive riding and keeping the shiney side up and the rubber side down. Trees tend to remove large chunks that require stitches - more than telephone poles - body armor helps a lot. Cars aren't so bad if you hit them and launch over them at low speeds. They're really bad when they hit you and send you into a concrete wall (plate glass windows are to be avoided). Riding on the sidewalk invites people to open store doors on you which is slightly better than a car door. Using a helmet mounted mirror can be pretty helpful around busy urban areas or if you have a pick-up paceline going. If someone rubs wheels from behind it's nice if only they go down. It's also nice to be able to monitor the riders and cars behind you as well as in front. Getting blown off the road by a logging truck is a very scary experience. Learning to roll when you crash can really minimize broken bones (and joints) and more serious damage. Going down hard and akwardly is rough on the hips, shoulder, wrists and head. Recognize that close calls on the bike are the warning signs that you're riding too agresively for the environment. Learn to back off before you are forced to take a big time out. Riding without a helmet is a "no percentage gain".

One of the keys to road rash is using some of the new treatments that minimize scaring and the formation of scabs. I managed to grind down a hip into the muscle once in a high speed crash (sucking rolled up tights from under your seat at 50 mph is to be avoided - at all costs.) Using powdered polysproin and some strange creame stuff really helped - you can hardley tell that I lost a patch of skin bigger than my hand. Getting hit with the lydocaine (burns like a mutha) and the wire brush for debridement can be very painfu -l ask for Vicodyn or even better Demerol through an IV to take the edge off. No point in being John Wayne - he's dead. Found that the Nova Care folks are really up on their wound treatment - it helps to be in a place where lots of people bike - including your care givers. Commit to doing the therapy and icing if you want a good recovery. Shaving an area of road rash can always be done after the fact - not much point in doing it before hand - unless you plan on crashing and getting road rash all over. New bandage technology makes it so you don't even need to shave any more to avoid the pain of removing bandages. Keep a nice supply at home or in you bike bag - you get to avoid going to the pharmacy with blood dripping from both elbows and little kids pointing and staring while their mothers are trying to hustle them away from you. Also, the clerks don't have to follow you around with a mop.