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I had my first crash yesterday(20 posts)

I had my first crash yesterdayDave Hickey
Nov 19, 2001 6:05 AM
After three years and 16,000 miles, I had my first crash yesterday. There were four of us out riding at a pretty good pace(22mph), when a large dog started to chase us. I was the the last rider of the group. The dog cut right in front of me and I hit him. I went down hard on my right side. The dog shook himself off and ran away. A couple of observations.

1. Road rash hurts...bad! I have road rash from my shoulder down to my knee. I continued the ride for another 20 miles and didn't really feel the pain until I stopped. I'm a little sore today but I plan on riding tonight.
2. Bike- My LOOK KG241 came through in perfect shape. The only visible damage is my right pedal and my bar tape. My body must have absorbed the fall.
3. Helmet- After the ride, I inspected my helmet. There is a large scrape on the right side and the helmet is CRACKED in two places. I have no doubt the helmet saved me from serious injury. I didn't even have a headache afterwards.

Lessons I learned are:
1. watch out for large dogs
2. ALWAYS wear a helmet. As soon as I got home, I ordered another Giro Boreas helmet.
Glad you're OK......Len J
Nov 19, 2001 6:35 AM
and I agree with you, Road Rash Hurts. My wife is a nurse, & I know that when I get Road Rash, I have her & her scrub brush to look forward to. The bad news is that her cleaning out the wound hurts like hell, the good news is that it heals quickly when its properly cleaned & dressed.

All in all not a bad outcome for a 22mph fall.

Glad you're OK......Dave Hickey
Nov 19, 2001 7:14 AM
What does she dress the wounds with?
Antibacterial oinment & Regular bandages......Len J
Nov 19, 2001 8:26 AM
keeps it moist while it heals.

good to hear you are relatively ok - ride on nmdupe
Nov 19, 2001 6:36 AM
Lesson 1, sub. b: watch out for small dogsmickey-mac
Nov 19, 2001 6:49 AM
Glad you're all right. Road rash does suck.
For what it's worth....DINOSAUR
Nov 19, 2001 8:19 AM
I didn't have my first big crash until after I had been riding for 27 years. And it was a winner, laid up in the hospital for 7 days. Maybe it's good that you had your crash and got it out of the way.

My big problem now is grey squirrels scampering all over the roads. You have no idea which way they are going to go. I thought I was going to hit one the other day for sure, but he zipped out of the way at the last second.

Deer are another problem in my neck of the woods. It's rutting season and the deer are all over the place. Sometimes I think about getting a deer whistle for my bike.

I'm glad that you were wearing your helmet. There was a big debate about helmet usage over on the VeloNews forum. I got the impression that some cyclist believe that they are so proficient with their bike riding skills that they are immune from being involved in a crash. The definition of a traffic accident is "an unplanned event". No one ever plans on being involved in a crash and it comes as a big surprise when it happens, as I'm sure you found out. Glad that you are O.K...
Nov 19, 2001 8:24 AM
The squirrels in my neighborhood seem to have a death wish. They'll sit up on their hind legs watching me approach, giving no indication of their intentions. When I'm about 10 feet from them, they dart for my front wheel. I haven't run over one yet, but I did have to come to a dead stop on a climb when one of the critters stopped straight in front of me.
For what it's worth....Dave Hickey
Nov 19, 2001 8:32 AM
Thanks for the words. I know exactly what you're saying abut accidents. I've read the posts here about crashes and always said "I'm too careful to crash". I've re-thought this crash over and over again in my head. I usually ride by myself and when I encounter a dog, I just out sprint him.
This dog was casing the riders in front of me and by the time he got back me, he just cut in front of my wheel. The only thing I could have done was to stop but with a 90lb dog barking, I'm not sure that would have been a good idea.
Been there, done thatPaulCL
Nov 19, 2001 8:55 AM
I've had the same experience. A dog running between another rider and myself - and me going down. Hard. I ended up in the hospital. I, too, was wearing a helmet and credit the helmet with keeping my IQ out of the single digits.

By the way, have you ever read the posts on helmets regarding replacing them every two or three years?? Do they effectively 'wear out' after two years of regular,non-crash use? Now you have seen the light grasshopper: The strength of the helmet is worth more than the $100 cost. Replace it every two or three years - crash or no crash.

Heal fast. Paul
nearly crashed yesterday, too!Rusty McNasty
Nov 19, 2001 8:48 AM
It was a beautiful day (uncommon here in November), and I found the local paved 'multi-use path' only sparsely used. a few people near the parks/villages along the way, but otherwise fairly empty. I came down the only really serious hill (which happens to go through some forest), was going along at a good clip (close to 30 mph), and around the corner were 2 twits on hybrids, STANDING WITH THEIR BIKES SIDEWAYS ACROSS THE PATH!!! I yelled 'MOVE!!!' as loud as I could, but they just stood there like dumbfounded deer-in-the-headlights. I just barely squeezed by the woman with the fat @$$, only to find my rear wheel sliding on the leaf litter there. I managed to catch myself just short of losing it. And the d@mn b!tch had the nerve to yell an obscenity at me!! Of course, I gave here one of my favorite 2-handed Italian gestures (the same one the Cinzano team rider gave on 'Breaking Away') once I got stopped. I checked my tires for flat spots, but these Tufos are really tough tires!
I wish somebody had taken a video of my manouver. I felt like a downhill mountain biker!
Nov 20, 2001 8:43 AM
Going 30mph on a bikepath?! I'd say there were 3 twits on the path.

If anyone "deserves" to crash, you are right up there near the top.
re: I had my first crash yesterdayLLSmith
Nov 19, 2001 9:06 AM
We are some lucky people.When I got my latest helmet the man at the store said something to me that really got my attention. I have a big head so I am limited on what helmets I can wear and I do look a little silly. When I found one that fit I remarked that it looked kind of stupid. He told me I would really only look stupid without a helmet.
re: Road Rashcioccman
Nov 19, 2001 10:35 AM
Take care of that road rash well. If you've got it bad, you can still make it heal relatively fast and without scarring. If I can make a suggestion, you can take it or leave it. I've dealt with a lot of RR. This comes from personal experience. Make sure the area is moist and covered all the time. Clean and dress it everyday. Neosporin and Silvadene cream combo works best. Use Non-stick telfa pads with some kind of wrap to cover. RR has more in common with a burn than a cut.

Good luck.
Thanks for the tips(nm)Dave Hickey
Nov 19, 2001 10:54 AM
Visit bravesoldier.comcioccman
Nov 19, 2001 11:07 AM
Use their site for the how to. I also have and recommend their products but for my last crash I used Silvadene and neosporin mainly. Worked incredibly well.

Good luck.
Whew! Ditto on being glad you're OK. Plus, helmet adviceElefantino
Nov 19, 2001 3:47 PM
Dave, count your blessings. Right now, of course, your blessings hurt like hell. But you'll be OK. Welcome to the club.

About your helmet: I know you ordered a Boreas right away, but you might want to check with Giro customer service, tell them your tale, and see if they'll send you a new one. You can always return the one you've ordered or sell it on eBay.

I destroyed my helmet in my crash. After I got home, I called Specialized and told their customer service guy in Utah that I'd broken my neck but their helmet had probably saved me from a serious brain injury, or worse. I had a two-year-old Sub Zero that I was getting ready to replace ... and they sent me a new King Cobra, free.

FYI, one of my club buddies had a similar accident (dog) and he also was OK but for a few scrapes. His Paramount, though, was toast.

Not that it's all that important compared to your health, but glad your Look is OK. My OCLV cracked its head tube; Trek rebuilt it.
Whew! Ditto on being glad you're OK. Plus, helmet adviceDave Hickey
Nov 19, 2001 6:34 PM
Thanks for the advise. I heard after the fact that Giro will replace your helmet for 50% of retail. I'm still going to call them. I won't mind having two.

How are you recovery going?
Glad to hear you're ok.look271
Nov 19, 2001 7:44 PM
2nd the calling for a helmet replacement. I got 2 Sub-zeros from Specialized as crash replacements. Paid only $15 each, I think. You're right; roadrash hurts like hell. All of the advice has been good. Contrary to old school thinking, you DON'T want it to form a scab. It'll take longer to heal and it'll form a nasty scar, unless you want it as a "Badge of courage".:-)
re: I had my first crash yesterdayweiwentg
Nov 20, 2001 5:40 PM
my first crash was two Saturdays ago and my damn finger is STILL bruised. thank heavens I didn't crash at 22mph ... was more like 25kph.