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Oh yeah, I joined the club and thanks Giro(7 posts)

Oh yeah, I joined the club and thanks GiroNigeyy
Jul 16, 2003 8:11 AM
Just read a post below this concerning someones first wreck. Well I also joined the club yesterday. I'm sitting at my desk typing this with some nasty road rash and a very stiff neck and sore body today.

Funny thing about crashing; you think the strangest thoughts. I was standing on the pedals trying to sprint as fast as possible up a hill, and suddenly......I was in trouble. As I was going down, I saw the road (sideways) come up reeeaaalllly fast. I knew my head was going to hit hard -and when it did with an almighty "thwack" noise -I remember thinking "well, that wasn't too bad was it?". I really thought I was totally unharmed for a few minutes. Took a couple of minutes to see the blood, road rashes and realize the helmet was gonzo.

Damage:
quite a few big cracks on my Giro helmet -one almost completely detaching the (thick)neck part of the helmet where it joins the top shell -definitely the helmet is gone :^(
Dent on the top tube from my handlebars going into them -nothing serious, but it just bums me out too much.
Scraped shifters
Torn handlebar tape
Broken spoke and a couple of bent ones in my front wheel, bent rim.
Road rash on knee, elbow, big ones on pelvis/thigh and shoulder.

I think the wreck was caused by me unclipping from my pedal -but I'm just not sure since it happened so quickly. My chain had fallen off, but I'm not too sure if that happened before or afterwards. Either way, I'm going to tighten the pedals up to help prevent this thing again. Just an fyi, I always go out with full finger gloves (an mtb influence) and I was very grateful for them saving my finger tips.

And yes, thanks Giro. I don't want to get into a "wear-your-helmet-thread" but jeez, I'm not sure I'd be here typing had I not been wearing one. The Giro did its job for which I'm immensely grateful. Stats can say anything, but I'm happy I had my helmet on. I'm just sore and achy now but no broken bones or anything and I think I'm lucky to get away without any concussion.

Ride carefully and happily
This is getting crazy. We need a discussion forum just forAllUpHill
Jul 16, 2003 8:25 AM
car wreck reports and advice! Glad you're OK.
What kind of pedals?LC
Jul 16, 2003 8:32 AM
I had something like that happen too with Look pedals. Ended up it was a hairline crack near the nose of the pedal and my foot pulled out during a sprint.
Just cheapy Shimano 515sNigeyy
Jul 16, 2003 8:37 AM
Excluding my little incident from yesterday, they've been perfect for me and the kind of road riding I do. And even then, I'm still not convinced 100% they were the cause of the crash -it just happened too quickly.
Did You Ride Home?MisJG
Jul 16, 2003 8:35 AM
You wreck, you stand up, your helmet is toast. Did you tempt fate and re-mount for the ride home sans-helmet?
Or did you call for a ride?
I have to admit I did tryNigeyy
Jul 16, 2003 9:12 AM
Well, yes, I did attempt to ride back, but the front wheel was so badly bent, I wasn't able to, even with the front brake set open. Looking back that was a good thing since I wasn't totally rock steady on my feet. I was too proud to admit defeat, besides, I wasn't really hurting at that point. Obviously too much adrenaline..... At that time I admit to not having a great clarity of thought.

Very fortunately I was about 21.5 miles into a 22 mile ride and only had about 1//4-1/2 mile back to my car -which I walked pushing the bike.
Glad you're o.k.dzrider
Jul 16, 2003 9:32 AM
Anybody who's been saved by a helmet knows more than all the statistics can teach!