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CRASH!!! (Stupid, stupid, stupid...)(9 posts)

CRASH!!! (Stupid, stupid, stupid...)MikeC
May 3, 2001 11:27 AM
Beautiful ride this morning. 57 degrees, sunshine, and my best average speed so far this year.
It's 6:50 am, and I'm finishing up with a sprint up our nice suburban street, trying to reach my driveway before the clock ticks over to the next minute.
I make it, sit up too quickly, take my hands off the bars, and at the same time start to unweight my right foot from the pedal to prepare to unclip. I've done it a thousand times.
Within two seconds I'm lying on the ground, and I can't move. My left hip feels like someone took a sledgehammer to it, my left knee is twisted, and I can feel that unmistakable first glow of road rash on my shoulder, left buttock, and left elbow.
Bottom line: I've done a fair amount of soft tissue and muscle damage (I'm on crutches now), and I won't be riding again for at least a week. I've ruined one of my favorite jerseys. I've cracked my helmet (but not my head). And I have been cured of thinking that 20 years of riding and tens of thousands of miles makes me able to do things automatically.
Sometimes ya just gotta get back to the fundamentals.
800 Mg Ibuprofen, qid...nm:)gimmeaminute
May 3, 2001 11:31 AM
The only thing worse could have been...Steve Davis
May 3, 2001 12:16 PM
finding yourself lying on the ground in front of a long line of the neighbors' kids waiting for the school bus. In my neighborhood, the middle school and high school kids get picked up at 7:00 am.

Hope you feel better soon.

That is whyThioderek
May 3, 2001 12:43 PM
That is why I finally quit the bike messenger business. I got too complacent about riding. I could ride down a street and suddenly find myself swerving out into traffic, when I would look back there would be a car door opening in the exact place where my bike would have been had I not swerved. My mind was reacting to things before I had a chance to decide what to do. Sounds great, right?


I started to get complacent about this ability and started slacking off and depending more and more on this little quirk of mine. Then one day on the way to work at 7am, I was only a block away from my apartment and I got run off the rode and nearly killed by a driver that wasnt using his signals. An elementary hurdle in any messengers life. They are the first things we learn about. Me 8 years into the game had almost lost it to the easiest thing to identify and avoid.

I ended up in the emergency room at a pay phone calling my boss to quit. I had become too careless. The everyday thing that I had done thousands of times had failed me-or did I fail it? I commute to work now to get my "city riding" fix now, but I will never ride as a messenger again.

I know just how you feel. Careful out there.
re: CRASH!!! (Stupid, stupid, stupid...)NEIL
May 3, 2001 1:50 PM
These things happen. You want to kick yourself because they are so stupid looking back on them. hey, look on the bright side, you didn't hurt your fingers, so you can still type.

No Broken Bones?PsyDoc
May 3, 2001 3:41 PM
I'd say your pretty lucky...even if you do not feel that way now. My orthopedist said that in the majority of bicycling accidents the collar bone typically breaks. I, and others here, can attest to the often extreme pain that accompanies a broken collar bone, fractured pelvis, etc. I feel your pain about losing your favorite jersey. I begged the EMT's not to cut off my favorite jersey, but they simply looked at me and began cutting away. I hope your injuries completely heal with no adverse effects.
May 3, 2001 8:19 PM
Ascending a hill and virtually almost home, I am passed my another roadie coming out of nowhere. O.K. no problem, I'm tired, it's cold, and the guy looks like he is old enough to be my son. He starts to descend, I follow, he is really cranking, then he looks back at me. Now I feel competetive and I really turn it on and I start cranking also trying to overtake him. I make a left turn at an intersection and it appears like I am gaining on him, my front wheel feels funny as I am turning. The next thing I recall is my wife standing over me saying "honey you have been involved in an accident while riding your bike". Unknown to me, as I was so busy trying to do my Fauso Coppi impersonation, I had flattened my front tire when I was descending and as I was turning I lost all the air and the tire rolled off it's rim and I went down onto the roadway knocking me unconcious and fracturing 4 ribs. Motorist stopped and obtained my phone number and called my wife using a cel-phone. Two months off my bike sitting on my ass on my recliner sitting in front of the T.V. popping pain killers. Yep, I know the feeling......thanks to good med coverage it cost me zip....did I mention that the paramedics cut off all my cold weather cycling gear in the ambulance on the way to the hospital?
Oh by the way, the clincher tires that cost around $50.00? Don't downgrade to a less expensive model, it was an expensive experiment for me physically...
What about the other rider???biknben
May 4, 2001 9:15 AM
You said a motorist called for help? Just wondering if the guy you were chasing even knew you had gone down.
I don't think he knew NMDinosaur
May 4, 2001 9:47 AM