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crash test dummy advice needed(8 posts)

crash test dummy advice neededbianchi boy
Dec 1, 2003 3:07 PM
I had my first crash today in over 30 years of cycling. Went for a quick ride after work through the neighborhood, just trying to get in some recovery miles. Was heading down a hill about 20 mph, took a 90-degree right turn on a side street, and my bike slid out from under me. No major damage, other than my ego. My head whacked the pavement pretty hard, but my helmet did its job.

I'm not sure how it happened because I wasn't going that fast and there didn't appear to be any gravel, sand or oil spots on the pavement. I had just put some "new" tires on my bike last night and this was the first ride. The tires were some green Michelin Axial Pros that I had used for a while but removed because I got tired of the color. They have plenty of wear left on them, but felt kind of slick -- perhaps from oxidation -- and I had only ridden about 2-3 miles on them when I crashed. You can see a spot on the rear tire where it obviously slid out and scraped some of the sidewall. I've taken similar corners at much faster speeds in the past.

Anyway, here's where I need some advice. I've got some nasty road rash on my hip about the size of a grapefruit. What's the best way to treat that? I'm going out of town on business for 3 days tomorrow and need to cover the wound with something, and need to wear business clothes.

Also, if I broke my collar bone would I know it? I broke my left collar bone when I was about 16 in a motorcycle crash, but I can't remember much about that. My shoulder is a little sore, but otherwise feels fine. There doesn't seem to be any unusual pain or anything out of place.

The good news is my bike appears to be fine, other than a some scrapes on the rear derailleur, brake levers and saddles.

-- Tarwheel (bianchi boy)
re: crash test dummy advice neededDougSloan
Dec 1, 2003 3:19 PM
Could be a glazed tire. I'd bet there was some sand or something there, though.

When I've done this, I use Neosporin with guaze bandage over it. Change often.

When I broke my collarbone, I was in a lot of pain and had a huge lump on my shoulder. It was pretty obvious.

Agree w/Mr.Sloan on the collarbone...seyboro
Dec 1, 2003 4:13 PM
BB, you would certainly feel the pain and notice the above-mentioed lump - mine still sticks out half an inch. As for the road rash: KEEP IT COVERED!!! I did a self-test with the left side road rash covered and the right side air-dried. No contest, left side won.
glazed tiresbianchi boy
Dec 1, 2003 5:43 PM
How does a tire get glazed? The tread does seem smoother than it ought to be. Should I lightly sand the tires before riding again? I tempted to just toss the tires because I've had relatively poor performance from them. I rarely ever get flats, but seem to get them whenever I use the green Michelins. I've also had rocks pierce the sidewalls twice on the green Michis, but never on any other tire. I've had outstanding wear and performance from the black Axial Pros.
Agree with Doug as well...PsyDoc
Dec 2, 2003 10:03 AM
...if you broke your collarbone, then you will definitely know it. The docs that treated me indicated that a broken collarbone is one of the most painful injuries, because you cannot immobilize the break. If you just fractured your collarbone, then you may not realize you have done so; your shoulder may just be a bit sore and you may not be able to lift your arm above your shoulder without some pain.
hmm; could have separation, though? nmDougSloan
Dec 2, 2003 10:04 AM
re: crash test dummy advice neededms
Dec 1, 2003 3:53 PM
Here is a recent post of mine regarding duoderm bandages: ms "Road Rash" 11/7/03 9:31am

I recommend them highly.

Another piece of advice -- if the wound still is seeping, wear an extra pair of undershorts. My colleagues at work were grossed out when I had a wet spot on my pants where my road rash had seeped on the first day I returned to work after my crash (I was embarassed, too). For a few days afterwards, I wore two pairs of undershorts under my pants, which helped to prevent any more spots.

Good luck.
Yep, Duoderm or Tegaderm helps healing like no otherTig
Dec 1, 2003 5:39 PM
Good advice from your earlier post.

Remember, the key to road rash is to treat it like the burn that it is: keep it moist and covered. Dry dressing, even non-stick telfa, combined with neosporin is no match for these moist membrane burn dressings. If it dries, it heals slower and scars more. A dry scab may be nature's natural healing method, but modern technology works even better.