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Road rash curiosity(12 posts)

Road rash curiosityThe Walrus
Dec 8, 2003 12:29 PM
Encountered the classic cycling equation Saturday: narrow bike path + young, oblivious kid all over the place + inattentive parents + failure to unclip in time = highly amusing crash as momentum/balance evaporated. Came away with several patches of freshly ground chuck (see sample)--nothing classic, to judge by earlier posts on this board--but still noticeable. What I can't figure out is, how can I chew up my leg like this, without leaving a single freakin' mark on the tights I was wearing? This is maybe the 5th or 6th time something like this has happened, and it would be nice if--just once, at least--my clothes would suffer as much damage as I do.
Lycra is a wonder fibre. You will heal, shorts usually don't.nmSpunout
Dec 8, 2003 12:33 PM
On a crash 3 weeks agoPaulCL
Dec 8, 2003 1:13 PM
Immediately after the crash, I inspected my Campy bibs. Only a small (1/4" round) hole. But to my amazement: Campy uses some sort of bright red material underneath the black lycra?? Go figure?? NOT. That bright red part was my bloodY hip. Gotta love those endorphins!! Hurt like hell an hour later.

The shorts don't even need a stitch. I have wrecked where the shorts/bibs were all torn up. Kinda embarassing to slowly ride home 20 miles with your bloody a** sticking out of ripped shorts.
Did you call ASPRO? (nm)53T
Dec 8, 2003 1:27 PM
Dec 9, 2003 5:56 AM
shave your legs nmcyclopathic
Dec 8, 2003 1:22 PM
Not a chance...The Walrus
Dec 8, 2003 6:09 PM
...the hair's the only reason my legs have
i any
color (except for the occasional bloody areas).
shave themWoof the dog
Dec 8, 2003 9:56 PM
shave them shave them shave them shave them shave them
re: Road rash curiositytarwheel
Dec 8, 2003 1:26 PM
I had a similar experience last week. I slid out on a corner and bashed my shoulder, knees, elbows, hip and head. A finger was bleeding quite a bit right after the accident, but I seemed to be in pretty good shape, although I had holes in my knee and arm warmers. The big surprise was I removed my bike shorts and discovered a huge road rash the size of a grapefruit on my hip. My shorts had holes in them, but not nearly as large as the rash. I'm just glad I was wearing a helmet, or I wouldn't be around to write this message right now. My head hit the pavement pretty hard and my helmet sacrificed its life for me.
Could have been worse - Check this out...GeoCyclist
Dec 8, 2003 4:46 PM
This was my cycling buddy's wreck last April. Only two crushed vertebra after flying over a guard rail and falling down a 3 metre embankment.
Could have been worse - Check this out...GeoCyclist
Dec 8, 2003 4:52 PM
And this was the culprit. He was doing 30 + into this turn when he hit the patch of loose gravel; just visible by the left side guard rail. He flew over the right guard rail next to the sign post, and landed in a cement drainage ditch at the bottom of the embankment. Really lucky he was wearing a helmet; as his helmet took some serious abuse from the landing. Our new riding slogan is "Look Up"; as he didn't see the gravel.

Ride On!
I'm always amazed that I've avoided injuries like that...The Walrus
Dec 8, 2003 6:14 PM
...which is an especially good thing since I almost always ride solo. If that had been me, no one would have noticed until the buzzards started circling.

Hope your friend recovered quickly...