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Were all doomed ! (and I've accepted it).(20 posts)

Were all doomed ! (and I've accepted it).MichaelM
Aug 21, 2003 8:23 AM
I read somewhere that the more you ride a bike, the greater the chance that you'll eventually fall off, it even specified it as being once every 4000 miles. I origionally thought not me, I'm too carefull, I don't go fast enough.

As I put in the miles, become fitter and faster, and become a bit of a slave to my cyclecomputer's average speed (not always though), I find myself pushing my current limits.

In the past week I've had two close calls (almost hit a wall on a walled bend, and couldn't hold the bend on a decsent and drifted out to find a car coming towards me-it was a single lane road though), due funnily enough to me pushing my speed. I could I suppose slow down and take things in a more controlled manner, or just carry on as I'm going.

I haven't clocked up 4000 miles yet, but I hope it doesn't hurt too bad when it happens !

Michael
re: Were all doomed ! (and I've accepted it).Crankist
Aug 21, 2003 8:46 AM
When the time comes, savvy cyclists have learned to avoid the danger region by leap-frogging the odometer from 3900 to 4100 mi. Feel free to avail yourself of this survival technique as well.
re: Were all doomed ! (and I've accepted it).Alpedhuez55
Aug 21, 2003 9:04 AM
I think if you take Tyler Hamilton out of the mix, the average jumps to about 6000 miles, so I would not worry about it yet ;)

I have had one reall bad one. I was hit by a car and spent a week in the hospital with a broken collarbone, jaw, teeth, a dislocated shoulder and many cuts. It is not fun. You just cannot worry about falling. It will most likely eventually happen.

If you are trying to increase your average speed, I would try to increase speed going up the hills instead of pushing the speed and taking risks into traffic going down the hills.

Mike Y.
I'm due, and pushing it!t0adman
Aug 21, 2003 9:06 AM
My first and only fall I shattered my colar bone. That was about 1,400 miles into my road career. I'm nearing 3,500 now and I've had a few close calls too. Just last night I was heading around Mercer Isand on a windy, banked two lane road. I absolutely love hammering around it and taking the turns as fast as possible - it's like a racetrack. As I was rounding a turn doing about 27 there was a BMW coming straight at me in my lane passing cyclists on the other side of the road. Instantly my mind thought about the group in Florida. Luckily the car moved back over before we "interfaced". Just a few minutes later I was taking another sharp turn, bombing, and hit my pedal on the ground, almost sending me into a Beloki slide. I think I need to chill a little, especially since ski season is around the corner.
re: Were all doomed ! (and I've accepted it).Sao
Aug 21, 2003 9:21 AM
I crashed after about 400 miles on my new bike last year (got a flat on a downhill, back tire slipped and slid and I spanked a curb in order to avoid falling into traffic) so I got it over with fairly early.

'Course now you've got me worried about the next 4000. Eeesh!
On a long enough timeline everyones chances = 0firstrax
Aug 21, 2003 9:41 AM
Dont stand on the top rung of a ladder. Bath tubs are slippery. Accept lifes risks without risking those around you. No one ever rests on their death bed thinking they lived life too much.
OMG !! I'll never make out of my driveway!!PaulCL
Aug 21, 2003 9:44 AM
I haven't crashed for 15,000 miles!!! Unless you count slipping on wet grass in my backyard as I rode around to my basement entrance.

Seriously, take racers out of the equation and the interval of miles between wrecks skyrockets. Don't worry about it. Most likely your first wreck will be some minor pavement surfing. Road rash, bruises, torn clothing...but nothing serious.

That being said...my last wreck put me in an ambulance on my way to the hospital. Seperated shoulder, bruised kidney, road rash, bruising, sciatic nerve damage, freaked out wife, damaged bike, and painful to walk for about two weeks, off the bike for 8 weeks. I wear the bump on my shoulder, the scares, and the memories as a badge of honor.

Be careful out there. And yes, you are doomed. Only two types of cyclists: those who have wrecked and those who will.
OMG !! I'll never make out of my driveway!!CarbonJoe
Aug 21, 2003 9:58 AM
OMG!! You damaged your bike?! Is that what freaked out your wife? ;-)

So far, my only biffs have been zero MPH tip overs when forgetting to clip out (knock on wood).
Yup...she freaked over the bent forkPaulCL
Aug 21, 2003 10:22 AM
cracked crank, torn saddle, tacoed wheels. ;)

Or...that phone call she got from the ER nurse that 'your husband is being treated in the ER, please come right away' I think that's what did it. Actually, I asked the nurse (who knew my wife, an MD on staff) to please start the call by saying he's allright, not too serious, just come get him and bring the insurance card. My wife really didn't want me to start riding again. She lost that arguement. I'm an addict. Really.
It hurts...it hurts alot!LC
Aug 21, 2003 9:57 AM
The actual incident while your skin is getting ripped off is not even the worst of it. You won't feel the real pain till about 20-30 minutes later when your natural pain killers wear off. Your first venture in the shower will have you screaming all over again. Every time you roll over in bed on that side wakes you up with a jolt or worse your skin gets stuck to the sheets!
Aside from slipping on ice 2 winters ago....Alexx
Aug 21, 2003 10:02 AM
...I have yet to crash, and that's in 25+ years of riding. OK, I did crash once when I was 13, and that ice episode was kinda stupid (windy day, testing out my new studded tires on a very icy road), but I must just be more careful than youse guys.
Oh, BTW, I've never had an at-fault motor vehicle accident, either, even during my 1.5 million miles driving tractor trailers.
Now you've done it... you're jinxed. (nm)emckee
Aug 21, 2003 1:54 PM
Wait, do crashes on the mtb count?cmgauch
Aug 21, 2003 10:09 AM
If so I'm covered for a lifetime of road riding.
When does the clock start?CRM
Aug 21, 2003 10:28 AM
Do the crashes I had on my metallic green 3-speed with the banana seat and the chopper handlebars when I was a kid count? I'm not sure what my mileage was in those days, but the two or three prolific wrecks I had should buy some time as an adult!
crashes happen....Chicago_Steve
Aug 21, 2003 10:41 AM
2000 - Hit by a car commuting in Chicago - Broken ribs, sprained wrist
2001 - Crashed on a log jump riding the MTB - Broken ribs
2002 - Bailed while trying to ride up stairs on the MTB - broken thumb
2002 - Washed out on a sandy section of trail - Broken ribs and lost the cycling computer
2002 - Slipped on black ice on the commute home - Broken ribs (other side of body)

Total mileage on and offroad in the past 3 years - 11k

How much do I still enjoy riding my bike on a scale of 1 to 10 - 11!

total crashes in 2003 - Zero ;-)

It'll eventually happen and when it does think about all the great times you had riding your bike prior to the crash. At least your out there pushing your limits (instead of pushing the buttons on the remote).
crashes happen....Spyky
Aug 21, 2003 11:15 AM
I think you need to start drinking your milk so your ribs don't break so much!

I've taken many many nasty MTB falls, but no broken bones, lots of broken skin. Only one road fall, wet road and crossing one of those thick painted white lines at 22-23mph. The lines are *not* our friends.

-Spyky
Ride a MTB and learn to fallSpecialTater
Aug 21, 2003 10:45 AM
I think I average about one nice yard sale every 10 miles on my MTB. Yesterday it was a nice endo. I landed like a wet sack of concrete and really feel it today.
We should ride togetherkjr39
Aug 21, 2003 11:50 AM
Last time I rode mtb (last weekend) I smacked right into a tree at about 15mph. My shoulder took the full brunt of the hit as at the last minute I saw I was, ya know, running into a tree and put my shoulder into it. Bike stopped, I stopped....tree was already stopped.

Needless to say, my shoulder still hurts.
Yard sale every ten miles???biknben
Aug 21, 2003 12:10 PM
Time to invest in some body armor!!!
But but but I'm at 3839.64 miles since tracking!aliensporebomb
Aug 21, 2003 8:35 PM
GEEZ!

Actually, I did two clipless falls this year, and three falls
last year on clipless when I first started using them.

And some MTB falls. But no injuries, thank God!