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Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?(46 posts)

Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?moneyman
Jun 28, 2002 7:08 AM
Related to helmet poll below.

I mean RIGHT before you crashed. As you were in the air, immediately following the halt in your ride.

As I was flying through the air, clear as a bell I thought "This is really going to hurt." Sure did.


I can't remember nmDougSloan
Jun 28, 2002 7:12 AM
re: Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?BrokenSpoke
Jun 28, 2002 7:12 AM
Vaires. Sometimes it's 'This is going to hurt,' other times it's 'It's so quiet, I'm floating.' Right after the carsh is usually anger followed by a lot of explitives.
re: Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?shoalin
Jun 28, 2002 10:57 AM
A lot of explitives and hope I did not trash my bike. Skins can heal but the bike can't.
I that trucks front bumper is close to me (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 28, 2002 7:14 AM
If I have time to think I usually do not crash..jose_Tex_mex
Jun 28, 2002 7:17 AM
In my experience whenever there is time to think I am able to avoid a crash. Normally, I find myself on the ground saying, Oh - I crashed - past tense.

Although, I do see what you are saying - sometimes there's that moment of inevitability. However, I have seen more crashes that were totally avoidable where the rider appeared to panic and give in to the idea that they were going down.
Exactly, and sometimes you will noticeelviento
Jun 28, 2002 8:20 AM
some riders start to panic WAY before hitting something/someone, and ride right into the crash. Most of the examples I saw are middle aged women...
deer in the headlightswonderdog
Jun 28, 2002 8:58 AM

I had a schweet crash at about 50mph in a race in TN last year. I was with a teammate on a fast descent. We were both going way to fast for the 90 degree right hand bend at the bottom. He went down about 30 ft in front of me and i just froze. I probably had plenty of time to brake and make the corner, but instead, i panicked and did a jan ullrich into a ditch. game over for both of us. we got picked up by jeanson's Rona follow car shortly thereafter and rode behind her as she crushed the cat 3 men's field. in subsequent post-race flashbacks and analysis, i should have made the corner.

actually, in my one crash I had time to thinkET
Jun 28, 2002 9:48 AM
Due to hitting the brakes way too hard to avoid slamming into the truck in front of me, my bike began to fishtail. I had several seconds (which seemed an eternity) to attempt to compensate and did, but despite my weight shifts, nothing prevented the rear tire from sweeping out successively wider and wider back-and-forth curves until down I went. Before the crash, all I could think of is "what the f#$@?" After, it was the same as grz' post title.
If I have time to think I usually do not crash - agreedlonefrontranger
Jun 28, 2002 9:57 AM
With the disclaimer that it totally depends on the crash. If you're talking about crashing on ice, then ice crashes simply violate the laws of physics. I call it "teleportation", since it seems like you hit the ground BEFORE you actually fell. Some mountain bike crashes (washing a wheel in sand, endoing at high speed) are like this too. At that point, all I think is "WTF, I'm on the ground??!!" then look around in a dazed kinda way to audit that everything's still attached and functional.

I have been told by others that I'm an amazing crash-avoider in race situations. I attribute this to a couple of things: unusually fast reflexes (I was the kid you didn't play "flinch" with in grade school) and a weird phenomenon I call the Fourth Dimension, which is a radical time-expansion I experience when things go pear-shaped. When I enter the Fourth Dimension, I go all calm and analytical and it seems like I have decades to figure out where to go to avoid the combatants. At these times I recall entire conversations I've held with myself as I figure out: "OK, curb left, hole right, good line to the inside... BUNNY HOP that rear wheel coming toward you... water bottle on the ground not an issue... gee that person's sliding a long way, sucks to be you... still holding the handlebars, not on the ground, clear sailing ahead... ATTACK!!...

I did years of gymnastics followed by years of hunter-jumpers and 3-day eventing (horses), followed by skateboarding, then took up cycling. Therefore, if I'm caught in the Doom of Inevitability (someone wipes out right under my front wheel), the Fourth Dimension and gymnastic reflexes mean I can usually aim to minimize the damage (land on the prone body of whoever took me out).
Different for different crashes...PdxMark
Jun 28, 2002 7:19 AM
Endos - "wow, I'm floating... oh look, here comes the ground..." then it fast forwards to the grunt and calm pause of crash afterglow

Dopey handlebar twist that quickly slapped me to the ground - no thoughts, it was too fast...
"what is that @-hole doing!!!!!?" nmtexfan
Jun 28, 2002 7:26 AM
" It had to happen sometime, I guess this is it" (nm)Dave Hickey
Jun 28, 2002 7:27 AM
re: Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?Berm
Jun 28, 2002 7:31 AM
I was in a large group sprint and there were two guys in front of me and the guy on the right looses control and turns into the guy on his left. They both go down and I think, "Crap, I can't believe that they crashed." I then ride right into them and as I fly in the air in think, "This sucks." Boy was a right.
re: Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?McAndrus
Jun 28, 2002 7:31 AM
Different crashes:
- Getting doored by a parked car - absolutely no thoughts but time stood still.
- Getting run off the road by a car that edged up to me and forced me right with his fender - "there's some grass, take good aim, flip over head, land on back" very clear thought line.
- Riding at night and hitting an unseen bump in pavement "what the?"
- Touching wheels with a guy in front of me "There's some grass. Throw yourself into it."
How about right after the crash?DrD
Jun 28, 2002 7:38 AM
Don't recall what I thought just prior to impact... I saw the truck in the corner of my eye, saw it start to turn across my path, grabbed the brakes, then everything was sort of a blur...

Another good question - what do you check first after your crash - yourself, or the bike? I remember getting up, one foot wouldn't support any weight (sprained ankle), one arm didn't work so well (cracked collar bone, badly bruised AC joint and shoulder), I was bleeding from road rash on my arm, knees and side, and what did I think when I looked at my bike? "taco'ed front wheel, badly bent der hanger, trashed shifters... Sh$t - I can't ride this home..."
After watching a buddy crashMcAndrus
Jun 28, 2002 7:49 AM
Was riding with a friend once and he slid out in a left-hand turn when he hit some gravel. He fell on his left hip and let go of the bike, which skidded into the grass on the side of the road. I stopped between him and the bike and he was cussing a blue streak. Following my first instinct, I got off my bike and went over and picked up his bike to see if the bike was hurt.
Is my bike OK?????Slowclimber
Jun 28, 2002 2:45 PM
That's the first thing that always comes across my mind after I crash.

I've gone so far as checking the bike out, seeing that everything is OK, then start riding only to find out that I've been injured fairly badly after I've started riding again.

I guess my bike is more important than my body. Priorities, they can suck some times.
Endo: Reflexive action; not thinkingAllisonHayes
Jun 28, 2002 7:53 AM
Years of gymnastics and the reflexive muscles just take over; went into a tuck and did a natural roll. Everything worked out fine.
Yeah.. I tuck too, but whenpa rider
Jun 28, 2002 9:28 AM
you land on your head there's nothing to stop you. Murchy's law takes over as you fall down hill.

Once in motion stay's in motion (refer to me not the bike).

Just kidding with you Allison.

I forgot, 'ya gotta' throw in a wee bit of luck too :) nmAllisonHayes
Jun 28, 2002 9:36 AM
I forgot, 'ya gotta' throw in a wee bit of luck too :) nmAllisonHayes
Jun 28, 2002 9:47 AM
Why is the ground getting so much closer? (nm)HBPat
Jun 28, 2002 8:16 AM
in all crashes....opencl
Jun 28, 2002 8:25 AM
time stay still for a moment..... if in the air long, a feeling of helplessness takes over and the mind braces for the fall... all instincts.... all brain power gears toward minimizing pain.... the civilized language is out the window...
re: Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?KurtVF
Jun 28, 2002 8:38 AM
Why did I do somthing this stupid?? That's exactly what I thought.
Jun 28, 2002 8:51 AM
One minute I'm breezing down Mt. Evans, the next minute I'm headed towards the pavement.

Long strings of profanity flew as I slid down the pavement. Or so say the bystanders.
During my crash I actually...EJC
Jun 28, 2002 9:03 AM
...composed a sequel to "War & Peace", drafted a new United Nations Mission Plan, re-did my C.V. and formulated a new theory for Marginal Utility.

But then again, I am hyper-active.

Oh SH!T!!grzy
Jun 28, 2002 9:11 AM
Honestly - that's what comes to mind everytime. No matter how bad the crashes are they don't seem to hurt that much right away - it's afterwards when things really become noticable.
yeah, right on about the "afterwards" thingET
Jun 28, 2002 9:52 AM
Day 1 and 2, I went to work (day 1 was lunchtime ride AT work), day 3 I could barely move and had to take off. Spent much of that day in the bathtub. Getting into and out of bed was murder.
First you say it, then you do it! -nmTig
Jun 28, 2002 2:36 PM
my skin or my bike, my skin or my bike.....airbrushbikes
Jun 28, 2002 9:13 AM
looking back at all my crashes, I ended up more hurt and donated a fair bit of skin to the tar road and no scratches on my bike. I guess, sub-consciously I would end up protecting what is most important to me bike.
OH SH#T. This is going to hurt. Hope I can recover(nm).pa rider
Jun 28, 2002 9:21 AM
Whrn I've had time to think,, I thought hold your head up - nmdzrider
Jun 28, 2002 9:22 AM
re: Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?gbk
Jun 28, 2002 9:24 AM
Yes I made it, (1 second before)
OH NO not again !!! ( 1 second after)

re: Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?mmquest
Jun 28, 2002 9:35 AM
Same here, but my thought was more along the lines of, "This is going to suck when we hit the ground." I also have a vivid memory of my fingernails scraping along the street.
Look for biggest, softest guy in the pileup to land on. nmStraightblock
Jun 28, 2002 9:39 AM
Heels out to unclick NMLowend
Jun 28, 2002 9:57 AM
d'oh! nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 28, 2002 10:03 AM
'that tree is too big'DASS
Jun 28, 2002 10:06 AM
Mountain biking. Lost control of the bars (riding one handed for one critical moment). Rolled off the singletrack and hit a big redwood head on. Right before I bounced off it I thought "that tree is too big. I'm not going to knock it over, it's going to feel like a wall."

and it did.
My most memorable crash, I had time for a few:Leisure
Jun 28, 2002 10:13 AM
It was my first time ever on a full suspension, my friend was just letting me try it out.

"Wow, this is smooth."

"Wow, even at this speed!"

"Hmm, the trail rises up a bit down there."

"How the hell do you use these V-brakes?"

"Uh, that's a jump!"

"Oh shit!"

"Hmm...this isn't so bad."

"I must be twelve feet in the air."

"Uh, I'm still rotating forward."

Always the same: Oh Shit. (nm)vitusdude
Jun 28, 2002 11:04 AM
Always the same: Oh Shit. (nm)Pygme
Jun 28, 2002 11:12 AM
I literally had this thought in my last crash in a race...and my last race.

"I'm still rolling (around in the pavement)? I thought I stopped rolling already."

After I had time to think about it, it was obvious that I was knocked out cold momentarily when I hit the deck.

By the way, my helmet was busted in 5 pieces...but my head was not.
re: Related poll - what did you think before you crashed?capnjim01
Jun 28, 2002 11:17 AM
funny i thought the same thing and wondered why everything was happening in slow motion
Oh f@#k! She isn't going to stop!look271
Jun 28, 2002 12:09 PM
Then I hit the car and miliseconds later, was sitting on the hood of a Lincoln continental (80's ish) yelling profanities and pounding the hood.
what you think/say afterwardsDuane Gran
Jun 28, 2002 12:17 PM
I've had my fair share of crashes in races (still getting out of the 4/5 zone) and I often think of keeping calm and loose once it is innevitable, but I fight it until it is clear that I'm going down.

Personally, I think it is more important considering what you think or say afterwards. I've seen people screaming at each other and acting like total jerks. Crashes happen quickly and it is somewhat hard to deconstruct the wheels and elbows all over the road into an assignment of fault. When (not if) you do crash while riding with others, please don't make the situation worse by pointing fingers unless you are absolutely sure that some clown took you out.
Jun 28, 2002 1:22 PM
Its great. I can't remember anything from 2 hours before to 2 weeks after. Probably better that way!!!

Nick Corcoran