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when u crash while biking......(13 posts)

when u crash while biking......airbrushbikes
Jun 3, 2002 4:58 AM
what is the first thing you inspect? Your bike or yourself? I crashed on Sunday during my usual road ride and for some reason, the first thing I was worried about was not myself but my bike. I was just wondering if this is normal?
re: when u crash while biking......merckx56
Jun 3, 2002 5:40 AM
I ate it a few years ago during a race and as they loaded me into the ambulance, my only question was where my eddy merckx was going. fortunately, my (now) wife was there and took it with her. i had to convince her NOT to ride in the ambulance, but to get my bike! don't worry, it's completely normal!
exactlylonefrontranger
Jun 3, 2002 8:59 AM
As a race promoter, I'd have to say that this reaction is actually a sort of informal litmus test we've used as a snap judgement for how seriously the combatants are hurt. Crashes happen so fast, and often in a pack there are multiple crashees. 90% of the time you're dealing with road rash, twisted wheels and obscenities, the victims take a free lap or join a chase group and life goes on. But that other 10% of the time is what makes a good promoter lose sleep at night; the collarbones, the broken hips and worse that can and sometimes does happen. Good quick medical response is key in these cases. We always had an ambulance present at all our events, but they can't be everywhere all at once, which is where good marshals and good radio support comes into play. We all basically learned the following judgement call:

If they bounce up cussing and grab their bike to inspect it / cry over it / drag it out of the road, then nothing life-threatening has occurred, they're (usually) fine and a visit to the first aid kit and a checkup by on-site medical support is all that's required. If they lie there huddled in a ball ignoring their prized steed, we immediately page / radio the ambulance to that section of the course and tell the officials to neutralize that section of the course.

The only time this distinction caused us to somewhat overreact was when a guy rode off the road and crashed as a result of a good-sized rock that was shot into his naughty bits at the ballistic velocities only a high-pressure roadie tire can precipitate. I was driving support/chase at the time, and saw the incident occur. It happened to be a very hot and humid day, and the only explanation I could think of for a rider to just randomly bolt off the road and collapse like that was some kind of heatstroke / major cardiac arrest. I'd seen a high-school runner collapse and die at a cross-country race when I was a kid, and I was desperately afraid this guy was going to die too (maybe he was wishing he could at the time, but anyhow). The poor guy eventually got up and walked / staggered away with a few minor scrapes and bruises, and fortunately the only serious injury done was to his dignity.
exactlyweiwentg
Jun 3, 2002 9:18 AM
> If they bounce up cussing and grab their bike to inspect it / cry over it / drag it out of the road, then nothing life-threatening has occurred, they're (usually) fine and a visit to the first aid kit and a checkup by on-site medical support is all that's required. If they lie there huddled in a ball ignoring their prized steed, we immediately page / radio the ambulance to that section of the course and tell the officials to neutralize that section of the course.

I quite agree. I myself have been in both situations. first crash o' the season: jump up cursing and get back on the bike. second crash o' the season: lie down on the ground (unable to rise).
exactlyLLSmith
Jun 3, 2002 9:47 AM
Agree, a good crash and you worry about the bike. A bad crash and you probably won't even know you were on a bike.
re: when u crash while biking......PegLeg
Jun 3, 2002 5:53 AM
I got into a crash with a car a long time ago. First thing I looked for was to see what condition my new 6 week old bike was. Only when I tried to get up to go inspect the bike did I realize that I had a broken leg and dislocated shoulder.
Perfectly normal. (nm)simstress
Jun 3, 2002 6:48 AM
re: when u crash while biking......netso
Jun 3, 2002 7:07 AM
The bike always comes first! Why? I do not know. However, of all the years of riding and the wrecks I have had, this is the case!
ALWAYS the bikePaulCL
Jun 3, 2002 7:25 AM
I wrecked badly a few years ago. Put me into the hospital. Just after I went down, I looked up for my bike. It was lying in the middle of the road. I dragged my broken body over to it and dragged it off the road. Even after four years, I remember how painful that was.

The bike. Always the bike.
So long as I'm breathing, the bike (nm).dsc
Jun 3, 2002 7:39 AM
this reaction makes feel like a freakslow-ron
Jun 3, 2002 10:00 AM
Crashed badly two months ago and I should have been happy just to be alive. I could barely move and I managed to go over and check on my bike before I worried about anything else.

Not sure of the exact feeling I have from this reaction but it's got disgust, guilt and shame all mixed in.
re: Nope..jrm
Jun 3, 2002 1:57 PM
because if you can walk you can ride, But you cant ride if your bikes f'd up.
re: when u crash while biking......Carbon fiber fanatik
Jun 3, 2002 5:40 PM
bike definately...neosporin and bandages are cheap. Bike parts are not so cheap. Last year I remember a nasty crash on my mountain bike. Got a chainring tattoo and 3 bruised ribs, my kestrel (*whew...bigtime) got dusty...