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Sep 16, 2003 9:15 AM
On my morning ride, I use a clip on headlight until the sun comes up. Today I went to take it off while riding, a task I have accomplished before, and things went to hell in a hurry. I reached to the left side of my handlebar with my right hand, which started things in motion. The unnatural action pushed the left handlebar sharply to the right, the bike started to swerve violently, and the front wheel came to stop at the curb. The problem was, while the bike stopped, the rider continued OTB at 20 mph, landing squarely on my right buttocks. I laid there in pain for a few minutes, trying to get my composure back and making sure everything worked. Two people stopped and asked if I was OK, and I told them I was. I got up and checked the bike. Looked good until I spun the front wheel. It got stuck in between the brake pads, and I thought I wrecked my wheel. Turns out my clincher unclinched, allowing the tube to eek out and swell unnaturally, thereby stopping the wheel from revolving. I let the air out and it rolled again.

Damages - on the bike, none. My Rolf Vector Pros that have about 16,000 miles on them, took a direct curb hit at 20 mph and are still as round and true as they were on the first ever ride. No scratches, no dings or cracks in the carbon frame. On me, I have a bruise on the heel of my hand from trying to break my landing, as well as a big fat hematoma on my a$$. It's a little uncomfortable sitting today.

This was my first real crash on a road bike. Looking forward to many more.

$$ (healing. Riding Thursday.)
Advil...and lots of itPaulCL
Sep 16, 2003 9:20 AM
Glad you're OK. Welcome to the PIA crash club. Thursday is gonna hurt.

Don't forget the ice. (nm)PseuZQ
Sep 16, 2003 9:22 AM
does it look like this?..._rt_
Sep 16, 2003 10:09 AM


glad to hear the damage was minimal. heal quick!

What did you do to make Zorro so mad?...nmbicyclerepairman
Sep 16, 2003 2:53 PM
Sep 16, 2003 11:30 AM
Glad you're basically alright, otb at that speed coulda been much much worse.... I wouldn't "look forward" to many more :)
Pay attention to your back..........Len J
Sep 16, 2003 11:37 AM
Last Sept, I hit a car at 20MPH, flew over the bars, smashed into the car, bounced off & Landed flat on my butt from about 4 ft in the air. In addition to a broken collarbone & ribs from hitting the car, and a large hematoma on my rear end, the hard straight fall on my butt resulted in a compression fracture of one of my vertabrae in my back.
This kept me off any kind of bike (as well as any kind of sleep) for 3 months.

You will continue to feel worse into tomorrow morning, but I would recommend that if you have any back pain at all, make sure it's looked at. You don't want to mess with this one.

Glad the bike (& you) appear to be OK. Listen to your body over the next few days.

Whatever you do, don't stick your hand out !!!!!MR_GRUMPY
Sep 16, 2003 12:03 PM
That's a great way to break your wrist, or your collarbone. You must learn that, if you are going down, hold on the the bars, and let your body, take the impact.
You were lucky that you didn't break something.
it could have been worsemk_42
Sep 17, 2003 3:49 PM
I had a similar crash as a teenager. Came up to a curb too close because I was doing something and hit it which turned my wheel a little. I over-corrected, swerved and hit the curb more head on and went OTB. Flew across the sidewalk (3ft in the air) hit the wall on the other side with my face. Then fell to the ground and skidded along. Lots of scrapes and blood on my body and the impact with the wall messed up my teeth and broke my jaw...had it wired shut for months. I got up right away to try and "walk it off" but there was no mistaking that I was NOT okay. In the end everything healed, I have some cool scars and a good story. But I would definitely not want to do it again.
Glad to hear you're okay.