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Helmets are wonderful things. Alleve is a wonderful drug.(16 posts)

Helmets are wonderful things. Alleve is a wonderful drug.bill
Sep 22, 2003 8:11 AM
These two things have conspired to make my Monday more bearable than it might have been.
Crashed yesterday. Pack moving at about 28 in the fifth or sixth lap of a 15 lap, non-technical circuit race. Probably after touching a wheel, I see just ahead of me a guy slide into another guy, taking both down. I'm in the middle of the pack (I was going to move up, honest I was), with nowhere to go but straight into them. If I were a real man, I suppose that I could have tried to bunny-hop them, but this did not in the instant I had appear to me to be doable.
I don't really know what happened then, except that I recall this incredible feeling of altitude as my bike started to flip. Then, the going up feeling stopped, and the going down feeling started. With the road coming up to meet my face very, very fast.
I suppose I should have tucked. I just smashed into the pavement. Stuck my right arm out, tumbling over to the right. Bikes smashing behind me.
I have a bruise in my forehead where the helmet dug into me, saving my cranium, and a cut where my glasses were forced into my face. I lost skin from my elbow and my knee, and I'm popping Alleve.
Oh, and the bike is toast. Absolutely toast. Quite impressive.
ditto Alleve but I prefer crystal meth nmcyclopathic
Sep 22, 2003 8:19 AM
I hope it was the alu, not the PegET
Sep 22, 2003 8:28 AM
Glad you're not worse off. Hope you have a quick recovery (those boo-boos take a long time to heal).

I noticed something: this is the first time in history you posted a complete thought in the post title rather than continue the sentence in the message area as is your style. :-) Was it the headknock or the Aleve? :-)
It was indeed the Pegoretti. Which bums me up to no end.bill
Sep 22, 2003 9:17 AM
I liked that bike. I raced it once, liked it, nothing bad happened. Raced it again. Ditto. And again. And I've been racing it in crits all summer.
The importer encouraged me to race the bike, promising that he'd give me a break on a new one if I ever wrecked the old one. We'll see.
I'm surprisingly philosophical about it. I'm just glad that it wasn't worse for me.
darn!ET
Sep 22, 2003 9:28 AM
Do you like the Peg enough to get it again if not given a break? (BTW, your custom geometry didn't differ much if at all from the standard off-the-shelf Peg geometry (53 c-c st, 54.3 tt, 73.5 sta); you could probably get an off-the-shelf much faster.
Oops, wrong size. You have a 52.ET
Sep 22, 2003 9:34 AM
The off-the-shelf 52 has a 53.5 tt and a 74 sta, close to what you posted earlier on.
yeah, I noticed that, too. I am not sure what was custom aboutbill
Sep 22, 2003 9:40 AM
my bike. Maybe nothing. I tell you what, though, it was a great bike.
Yes, I do like it enough to get another one, although I would like to get some kind of a break on the second one, not so much because the guy promised me but because I helped him with his website terms and conditions. And because I'm a good guy, of course.
A moment of silence to remember our fallen friend, Peg...Gregory Taylor
Sep 22, 2003 10:13 AM
Please remove your helmets.

We are gathered here this afternoon to remember our dear departed friend, Peg Oretti. Born in Italy, Peg crossed the Atlantic two years ago to join fortunes with "Bill", a noted local racer and bon vivant.

This commonlaw pairing of Bill and Peg, while not sanctioned by the Church or blessed with the normal formalities usually reserved for such intimate and loving relationships, was nevertheless extraordinarily joyous and fruitful. To some, Peg did have a rather racy reputation, which preceded her to this country. Her reputation, however, did not seem to bother Bill at all. He looked at Peg through the eyes of love and, to him, Peg was the epitome of perfection. Lithe, beautiful, endowed with a steely character, her racy-ness was just part of what made Peg the perfect companion for Bill.

And they had some wonderful times together! The road of life could throw them no detours. And sure, Peg was racy -- she simply reveled in it, without shame. Together she and Bill would race the wind, a perfect blending of form and function.

There are those that will say that, in the end, it was Peg's racy character and penchant for fast living that eventually caused her downfall. Those that really knew Peg, however, know that she left us doing what she was truly made to do, which was making her man happy.

We'll miss you, Peg.

(A funeral Mass and dumpster-side interment ceremony will be held at Our Lady Of Campagnolo this Tuesday. Lunch will follow)
that is just sooo beautiful (sniff). thank you, Greg. nmbill
Sep 22, 2003 10:46 AM
Geeze, bummer Bill.djg
Sep 22, 2003 10:48 AM
I liked that bike. And it's not as if your wife needed another anti-racing argument.

But, as nice as the bike was, the important thing is: are you ok? If you're queasy or at all disoriented you might want to have somebody take some pics.
The wife? oh, you have no idea. well, actually, Dan, I supposebill
Sep 22, 2003 1:08 PM
you do have an idea.
She has been organizing her thoughts for the past 24 hours, and I've had several earfuls today already.
I'm actually surprisingly okay. Some soreness, some lost skin, but it's really not bad. Kind of liberating not bad -- as in, hey, that just wasn't that bad, no reason to be petrified of crashing not bad. I realize that I am lucky, but probably eight guys went down, and we all walked away.
She who must be obeyed made me go to the ER. They oiled me up with some antibacterial ointment, gave me a tetanus shot, and, a couple of hours and how many dollars later, sent me on my way.
The wife? oh, you have no idea. well, actually, Dan, I supposedjg
Sep 22, 2003 2:11 PM
Glad you're doing ok man.

And yeah, I have some idea.
Sorry to hear that. 100% wrecked bikes are surprisingly rareNo_sprint
Sep 22, 2003 11:08 AM
In my racing observation, that is unless it's an ultralight large frame and at cat 2+ speeds and pack tightness. I've destroyed wheelsets, etc. in races, however my frames have always survived flipping and more. Could just be some bad luck in the way it went down for you.

Good thing some double or triple butted 7005 T6 Energy frames can be had for pennies. Having two + bikes is almost necessary racin' crits in SoCal. Multiple wheelsets are critical too. Good luck.
Pics? Mine's a 54 cm Marcelo. Hope I neverToothpick
Sep 22, 2003 12:02 PM
wreck it. I've had it about 2 mos. Sorry for your loss.
re: Helmets are wonderful thingslyleseven
Sep 22, 2003 12:08 PM
Thanks for helmets. Mine saved my life last month and kept me out of a wheelchair, although I will be laid up a total of 3 months. Bike was fine; if I had been built as well as my bike" I'd have walked away from the crash!"
re: Helmets are wonderful thingsMShaw
Sep 22, 2003 2:16 PM
I'm following a thread on rec.bicyles.tech where some guys are saying that helmets are ineffective.

Since I've hit my head several times, only once hard enough to actually crack a helmet, I disagree with them. Good to hear you were wearing one, and that you're more or less OK, and hope you get back on the horse that threw you real quick.

Mike