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Served myself a huge slice of humble pie...(11 posts)

Served myself a huge slice of humble pie...biknben
Oct 27, 2003 6:33 PM
I made a couple of bad decisions and got bit in the A$$.

I rode to work knowing that a big rain event was on its way. It was fine in the morning but was going to get much worse. I brought my rain jacket and extra reflective gear. I didn't remember my gloves and was too lazy to go back in for them.

The storm moved in during the day and it was nasty. A small tornado was reported in a neighboring town in the early afternoon. The wind brought tons of leaves down on the roads.

Due to the rain and darkness I stayed at work longer than usual to let the traffic diminish. I left the office and rode into moderate to light rain. About half-way home I approached a red light in a busy intersection. I knew there were a couple potholes ahead of me as I slowed down. I avoided one but apparently found a bigger one. They were full of water and I saw nothing but lights reflecting off the water. I hit it so hard that my hands slipped off the brake hoods. I fell forward onto my bars and eventually came down in the gutter. I slid on my hands a bit, pinch my rear tire and got some bruises on my legs. It was a total yardsale!

I picked myself up and gathered my bike. I walked 50 feet to an overhang to fix my flat and look over myself and bike. I repaired the flat and continued on with my hands in the drops and thought about how bad a situation I had gotten myself into.

My hands sustained the worst damage, taking some skin off each palm. Ironicaly, I was too lazy to go back for my gloves in the morning. My ego also took a big hit. I've been thriving on comments made by some who thought my commuting would be reduced by darkness and cold. Today, I should have heeded their advice. It was not a good day to be commuting by bike.
but you showed you are a dedicated cyclist........abicirider
Oct 27, 2003 6:44 PM
sure it would have been easier more comfortable not to commute today but take a look at what you did commute in that in my book is a dedicated cyclist, hope your hands heal fast and you wake in the morning with no other injuries.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!
Ray Still
my thoughts exactly ...IDH2
Oct 27, 2003 7:02 PM
Don't be too hard on yourself - o.k., so you wish that in hindsight you would have gone back for your gloves, but don't be so sure that they would have prevented your fall...there were a few variables in play (as you suggested). In my book you get points for dedication - we all love to ride and as they say, love is blind. Sometimes it's tough to turn down a good ride and remember that your personal safety has to be priority one. I would just chalk this one up as a relatively cheap lesson and remember it when the next tornado comes to town ;)

Great story btw -
re: Served myself a huge slice of humble pie...maddog
Oct 27, 2003 7:41 PM
i actually thought of you today as I was fighting traffic and the weather on the drive home, wondering if you had ridden - glad to hear there were no serious injuries
re: Served myself a huge slice of humble pie...irregardless
Oct 27, 2003 7:56 PM
Go home and hug your cute little boy and the pain in your hands will seem like nothing.
your story reminds me of...wspokes
Oct 28, 2003 4:31 AM
Does anyone remember the pictures out there ages ago on the net of Rudy Daehaens (sp?) when he was wearing the rainbow jersey and he hit a pothole, slipped off the bars and smacked the stem and handlebars...all at about 65kph! World of hurt!! Bob Roll wrote about it in the Velonews years ago...

I can just see your incident now! Ouch. Be careful out there...
The morning after...biknben
Oct 28, 2003 5:02 AM
I rode in again this morning. I'm a sucker for punishment. :-).

My palms are still numb but cleaned up nicely. Mostly just abrasions with a couple deeper cuts. Gloves wouldn't have prevented the crash but they would have protected my hands. Funny, I didn't forget my gloves
i this
moring. I also have a welt on my thigh from hitting the curb (I think) an a couple bruises from the bike.

Wspokes' description fits perfectly. My hands came off the brake hoods and I fell forward with my chest hitting my stem and bars. Thankfully, I had been slowing down for the red light and was only doing 10-15 mpgh or so. I wobbled a bit before hitting the deck.

I rode a bit more gingerly this morning. I flipped my wheel to an easier freewheel gear and just chilled. There's rain in the forecast for tomorrow. We'll see how bad it looks.

Thanks for the well wishes.
Glad you're OK.KG 361
Oct 28, 2003 6:23 AM
I've been a wuss as far as commuting has been concerned. I don't see much of my older daughter (she leaves for school @ 7am). If I don't commute I get to see her for a few minutes when she gets home from school. It's a tough choice deciding which is more important. Bad weather makes it a little easier ;-)
Sorry about your crash and glad you're ok.dzrider
Oct 28, 2003 5:29 AM
Lots of us have fallen on bright, sunshiny days, too. I'm sad because my boys' football schedule makes it more difficult to commute for the next few weeks as I have to pick them up earlier at practice. Keep riding, be careful, and quietly delight, with as little smugness as possible, in the response from people who see you riding after the crash.
For what its worth...funknuggets
Oct 28, 2003 8:57 AM
I feel for you, it is often more embarassing than anything, and that is often difficult for people, but alas it IS a part of cycling that you have to accept. If I were you, I would be glad it was raining, because if it had not been raining... Im thinking your hands would be quite a bit more chewed as the slippery surface probably minimized your injury somewhat. I truly hope you heal up soon.

Chris
Dang.JFR
Oct 28, 2003 1:47 PM
That sucks. Glad it wasn't worse.

Reminds me of the one and only time I forgot my helmet when commuting, and rode anyway... then later that night visited Urgent Care to get gravel removed from my shoulder and scalp.

Heal fast.