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First Wreck(11 posts)

First Wreckneverspeakingup
Jul 15, 2003 10:59 AM
Well, as we all know there are two types of riders: those who've wrecked and those who havent wrecked yet. I am somewhat proud, somewhat sheepish to say that I, last night, joined the former.
On a routine ride on a course Im on about 4 times a week, I was riding the white line when my friend points out something to the left. I look, and lo and behold once i look back to the road there is a massive gap where there once was the side of the road. I hit said gap, front tire sliding off the side of the road, tearing the sidewall and causing a flat, after that the next thing I remember is sliding on my head for a good 5 feet and thinking "Jesus, if that were my scalp." As soon as my body was in order, I discovered my wounds to be confined to mainly scrapes and bruises, thank god. I then turned to worrying about my bike. My handlebars were quite mangled but my riding partner/co-worker at REI was able to bend them back to perfect shape in the shop this morning. I'd been on this Cannondale R600 for about a month by now, and I really was scared I had trashed her hardcore. I'm only 17, so money isnt really flowing--especially considering I move into the University of Georgia in less than a month. Both tires were shot and I could use a new wheelset, though its not a neccessity. The rear wheel is only about a millimeter out of true after some amazing work on my shop tech's part, and the front is fine. The real wallet-killer was a new helmet. Mine was not visibly damaged, but I wasnt about to risk another fall on it.
I'll be back on the bike tomorrow, with my shiny new Pneumo and scraped to all hell shift levers. Stay safe, hope everyone has a better ride than me :-)

---Marcus
Sorry to hear about yourNo_sprint
Jul 15, 2003 11:09 AM
meeting with the pavement. Bein' a racer myself I simply expect it unfortunately. Glad to hear your mostly ok. My rebuilt carbon wheels are right now on their way back. Talk about a wallet buster!

You might consider changing those bars, especially if they're lightweight aluminum. That's just me though. I'm pretty picky about the critical stuff.
Trashed helmetSpecialTater
Jul 15, 2003 12:26 PM
Specialized sent me a new one for $20 bucks last week. Check with the maker. They probably have a crash replacement discount. Worth a shot.
Trashed helmetcoifmo
Jul 15, 2003 12:51 PM
Replace the helmet; replace the bars.

Use cheapo alternatives if you have to (name-brand helments are all certified to minimum standards).
replace those bars!!!!Struggle
Jul 15, 2003 1:07 PM
I have seen a bar break once and it was ugly for the rider. If they were bent then it should not even be an issue. Replace them! They are a lot cheaper to replace than body parts since if they break on you it will more than likely be when you are hammering. Sorry about the crash. I am sure you will be even more aware on future spins.
Struggle
P.S. I live with scratched levers as well )~;
well, you seeneverspeakingup
Jul 15, 2003 1:13 PM
I might have misphrased. The bars themselves never lost shape, it was just the STI's. Their mount to the bars was bent, but the bars are still as straight (curved) as the day they came out of the box. Giro does have a 20% discount on helmet replacements, but my employee discount is better :-)

--Marcus
Sorry but be glad...t0adman
Jul 15, 2003 4:32 PM
I'm sure I'm not the only one with a worse first crash story, but I had mine about a year and a half ago. I was riding pretty fast on the Burke Gilman Trail (mistake one), feeling pretty beat and trying to eat a Power Gel with one hand on the bars (mistake two) when I hit a tree root bump in the asphalt and bounced off the stem before going over the handlebars. I managed to keep my head off the ground but shattered my left colarbone. Wow, that hurt. The x-ray was amazing - the two main pieces and two chunks free floating. The worst was having to wait a month or more until I could ski. Grrrr! Stay safe and keep those eyeballs on the road.
re: First Wreckafrican
Jul 15, 2003 5:51 PM
Gald you are ok, other than a minor stuff. But surely your friend (if I take it correctly who was pulling) should have pointed the danger out way way better than he did?

Good luck at University of Georgia.
re: First Wreckneverspeakingup
Jul 15, 2003 7:28 PM
no, he was actually to my left, so he wouldnt have seen the problem
re: First Wreckafrican
Jul 16, 2003 8:35 AM
Ok, then if it was a problem in the road, surely you can get the road works or city to pay for damages? I have heard of others on this board that have done that. Maybe not even worth it. Anyway be carful out there, cheers.
Good to know you're okNigeyy
Jul 16, 2003 8:16 AM
For the first time on road, I had a bad wreck yesterday (I posted above) and I'm so grateful I'm ok. Reading your story and another post about hitting a car makes me appreciate helmets so much more than I used to.

Hope you have a good ride!