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contemplating the crash...(7 posts)

contemplating the crash...curtybirdychopper
May 12, 2003 1:39 PM
just had a few thought and questions about crashing on the bike at speeds that make thoughts of crashing kind of scary....

what type of situation causes the worst type of crash?

Also I'm thinking that if you are cruising along in the mid 20s, and you for some reason suddenly get launched forward say over the bars, i wonder if the sum result would be as if you simply fell off your saddle to ground plus sliding along at your currents speed. this makes the ordeal seem not so bad. or does the vertical fall and sliding sort of compound and make things worse?

Also, i imagine crashing and sliding at high speed in the rain is a lot more manageable than the same on a dry, hot asphalt day. whether or not true, i often use this as motivation to go for that ride during the chance of rain.

I've only had minor low speed crashes but i know the day will come.
Change your dietKerry
May 12, 2003 4:29 PM
At least change what you eat for dinner. Then you won't be having these nightmares that you want to discuss with us. :)
And take dietary supplementsmickey-mac
May 12, 2003 4:34 PM
Try a Xanax or Valium before beddy-time. ;-)
Recent experience...Lone Gunman
May 12, 2003 4:46 PM
It happens sooo fast. I was cruising along @ 17mph or so had just crested a hill and removed my rain jacket and placed it in rear pocket. A slight bobble to the right followed by a loud pop and I was sent to the wet pavement, one bounce on my left hip resulting in no broken skin or bones, just a bruise, and then a quick roll to the right side where I completed the slide to a stop. A slight cut on my knee and elbow and a stubbed rt pinkie. I did not reach out to break my fall and did not break a collar bone or wrist as a result. I don't think I whacked my head but the force of the impact with the road sent a shock wave through me that had me dizzy and disoriented for a few seconds.

The accident was the result of the bobble to the right that caused the tire to roll the sidewall a bit and the tube was weak as a result of the LBS putting a patched tube on my front wheel during a warranty exchange of a wheelset last fall that I did not know about. The shop goon patched the tube when switching over my tires and rather than give me a new tube, he put a small glueless patch on the slice. I know this was where the failure was because the exploded slit in the tube started at the patch and was about 4 inches long.

The moral of the story is don't reach to break the fall, wear a helmet and NEVER use a patched tube on a front wheel or any wheel for that matter. Dispatch the patchez to trainer duty. Using a patched tube just to see how many times it can be patched and still hold air is not some foolish badge of honor. More like russian roulette.
I ride on patched tubes all the time and have never had oneMikeBiker
May 13, 2003 6:07 PM
blow out. If I don't do it right, the air slowly leaks out. I cannot understand how a failed patch would cause a 4 inch slit. The air would leak out through the original hole.
common non-road-rash injurieskenyee
May 13, 2003 10:04 AM
If you think the stories posted here are typical: broken collar bone (most common because you land on your shoulder), broken wrist/arm (if you stick your arm out), broken leg (if you unclip and stick your leg out). If you go headfirst into the ground (some guy had that problem when his handlebars snapped), you'll get spinal injuries.

If you want to not have injuries, it seems that tucking and rolling gives you the best odds.

To put speed in perspective, crashing in a car at 30mph into a wall used to cause a lot of broken bones and even death before airbags. Cars have crumple zones, bikes don't. I'd surmise most folks here enjoy the sport enough not to worry about this though. You'll have to decide your own fun/risk ratio...
Done both nowDCP
May 13, 2003 12:34 PM
That is low speed and high speed. Broke my collar bone in the high speed crash (about 28 mph) in March. Low speeds ones left only a bit of road rash, slight knee pain, and embarassment. High speed one is very depressing.

Only good news was that when the rider who "passed" me dived into my front wheel he ruined the wheel. "Really, sweetheart, the wheel is ruined. Of course, I need a new (lighter) rear wheel too. They don't make those Rolf wheels anymore. Of course, the wheels have to match."

Be careful, and carry your medical insurance info.

Nonetheless, I can't wait to get back to riding.