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Had my first road crash on Monday.(4 posts)

Had my first road crash on Monday.jw25
May 29, 2003 8:01 AM
Going around a tight corner, doing maybe 10 mph, and the tires just slid sideways. It had rained that morning, and I figure the road was just greasy.
So now I've got a huge bruise on my left cheek, some assorted scrapes to my leg, and a tiny scratch on my shift lever. It was maybe 5 minutes into my ride, so I picked myself up, checked the shorts for tears (2 tiny holes, but no skin showing) and kept going.
Of course, it rained about halfway in, as I was finishing the second climb. Wet roads + rain in your eyes + long descent = less fun than you'd think.
So now my butt's sore, my bike's a mess, and my shorts have a huge pavement stain. I couldn't be happier. See, I've been a lowly Cat 5, and an Expert mtber, for a couple years. I always expected to hit the pavement, since everyone warned me about squirrely riders, and lord knows I'm no expert bike handler myself. I've had many, many encounters with the dirt, but not the road, until Memorial Day.
Anywho, enough bike psychology. And no, there's no pictures to be posted, it's far less impressive than it should be.
chalk it to experience... par for the course...funknuggets
May 29, 2003 9:52 AM
you have a scratch on your lever... your bike is not a mess. You have a stain on your shorts... whoop ti do. Sounds like it more of a psycological issue than anything and will happen to the best of us from time to time. But, wrecks are what you make of them... just look at Petacchi in the Giro...

Hop back on and ride again.

Best of luck.
Chicks like scars!!!Fender
May 29, 2003 10:16 AM
After the first scratch,DCP
May 29, 2003 2:34 PM
you are freed from having to worry about "ruining" your bike. Congrats.