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My first endo!(10 posts)

My first endo!vindicator
Apr 9, 2003 8:23 PM
I'm so proud, yet I'm such an idiot...

So I'm turning left into my street/subdivision, a corner I've taken over and over again before. As usual, having verified no traffic and no kids playing in the street, I'm taking it fast and practicing my wonderful cornering technique (the turn is a slight downhill coming off of a slight downhill, so I'm moving). For some reason, my brain stopped working or my concentration wandered or whatever and I took a bad line going in and sort of came up out of the turn before the turn was over.

There I am in one of life's "Oh Sh!t" moments now heading straight for the "island" in the little cul-de-sac off to the right as the street I'm supposed to be following to get to my house bends left without me. It's surrounded by a 4" or so curb. No way to "re-correct" and get back on track, and no way to "anti-correct" and turn it into a right turn and avoid the island by going around the other way. Also no way to stop in time.

So I think "maybe I'll bunny hop the curb" (fat chance) but there's a big electrical box hidden behind some shrubs on the far side of the island and if I manage to pull off the bunny hop, there's nothing to stop me but it.

So I brake hard (from probably 22-23 mph) and hit the curb straight on. It was like a (really fast) movie at that point. Ground, then sky, then ground. I did a perfect endo, landing on my head, and then completing the 360. Luckily, my head hit on soft topsoil covered in mulch, coming to rest a couple of feet short of the electrical box.

After a quick check to verify no (known) witnesses, I got up, climbed on the bike, and rode a few hundred feet home.

Front wheel - still in round, and only very slightly out of true. Open Pros are indeed bulletproof!

Seat slightly twisted to one side, bars (stem really) very slightly twisted to one side, and bars slightly rotated downward. Otherwise, bike appears fine after visual inspection and quick spin around the block running through all the gear combos. We'll give it a full blown test ride in the am.

My neck is sore and stiff, but otherwise nary a scratch. Just had to pick some mulch out of my helmet...

Now that I've got that out of the way and proven how great I am in tight fast corners, I can move on to my new career as a crit racer!

At least I have a story now...

Dave the idiot
Congratulations, and welcome to the club!The Walrus
Apr 9, 2003 9:05 PM
It's actually kinda liberating to get that outta the way, isn't it?
Absolutely, andvindicator
Apr 10, 2003 7:10 AM
on the one hand I'm glad none of the neighbors were outside to see the whole thing unfold, but on the other hand I kind of wish there was a videotape so I could watch it...

re: My first endo!katie1
Apr 10, 2003 4:27 AM
Glad to hear you weren't injured. My last experience toppling over my bars, left me with a grade 2 AC separation in my shoulder. It could have been worse.

Your bike isn't carbon is it?
Apr 10, 2003 7:04 AM
and thanks. Neck's still a little sore, but not as bad as I thought it would be.

not sure it counts without shoulder injury or concussion :-) nmDougSloan
Apr 10, 2003 7:10 AM
Was there any blood?? Gotta have some blood...PaulCL
Apr 10, 2003 7:27 AM
...or at very least broken equipment! Helmet, wheels, torn gloves...c'mon !

Seriously, glad your OK. I've had a couple of those myself. I remember that surreal feeling of seeing ground,sky, ground, CRUNCH. One of mine ended up as just a headache and a new helmet, the other was an ambulance ride and $400 damage plus the big medical bill. Now, that was an endo!
good point nmDougSloan
Apr 10, 2003 7:37 AM
not sure it counts without shoulder injury or concussion :-)katie1
Apr 10, 2003 10:32 AM
Yep, as well as road rash on your back, shoulder, knees, elbows, and derriere. All from one crash, impressive huh? Won't I look pretty in a bikni this year! Maybe my collarbone that now sticks up will distract the men from the scars. Of course, who am I kidding. I always have such bad cycling tan lines it gives away the fact I do something outside.
Did you click out of your pedals before impact?Bacco
Apr 10, 2003 2:52 PM
Or did the impact cause your pedals to release?