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Me, storm drain and stitches...(8 posts)

Me, storm drain and stitches...BikeViking
Dec 22, 2003 8:24 AM
We had stopped for a pee break at Back River Park on the way to Dandy. I was stretching for a bit as everyone rode off. I started rolling and was looking around and saw the storm drain (wide enough to let bike wheels in!) a nanosecond before I stopped rather quickly and vaulted over my handlebars. My right foot clipped out as my face planted into the asphalt. Did a quick check.all teeth present (chipped one) and jaw works without pain!! Score!!! Anything else was minor in comparison. I am bleeding all over the parking lot and everyone had ridden off!! Luckily some people playing tennis heard a "muffled gunshot and a lot of cursing" and saw me in my poor state. A wonderful lady gave my buddy and I a ride to the hospital where they gave me five stitches in my upper lip and two in my chin.

My bike is fine.the chain came off and that was the extent of "damage". Not too shabby!!!!

Chin looks like a gnawed-on hunk of beef.shaving was an exercise in PRECISION this morning!!

I was looking at my helmet this morning and I have a nice scrape mark on the left side of it.time for a new helmet!!

Other than the soreness on my left side where the rest of me hit the pavement, I am good to go.I even rode the 5 miles home from the hospital once they finished putting me back together! Is that the mark of a REAL man or what?!?!?! :o)

re: Me, storm drain and stitches...kokaku
Dec 22, 2003 8:48 AM
Glad to hear you're all right. That's one of my big fears riding around NYC (that and getting doored, walked into by a sleeping pedestrian, or flattened by a bus).
re: Me, storm drain and stitches...MJ
Dec 22, 2003 9:11 AM
sucks - glad you're well - remember chicks dig scars
re: Me, storm drain and stitches...BikeViking
Dec 22, 2003 1:17 PM
Not so with Mrs. BikeViking...she doesn't like the tree-scrape MTB scars that I invariably "acquire". She doesn't like seeing me "hurt" might be an estro-based thing! :o)

She doesn't know about this accident yet (visiting family in CO), so I'll see her reaction tomorrow night.

Any cute nurses???biknben
Dec 22, 2003 9:17 AM
Glad to see you're in good spirits.
Negative Ghost patched up by the fellas. :o( nmBikeViking
Dec 22, 2003 1:19 PM
re: Me, storm drain and stitches...BikeViking
Dec 22, 2003 1:13 PM
Considering the MANY medical problems I could have had (broken teeth/nose/facial structures) I am VERY lucky...I thought I'd post this to re-alert everyone to the dangers of SOME storm drains. Most of the ones I see now have the cross-bracing (tic-tac-toe) pattern to prevent acciddents like mine. Unfortunately, this was not a new one. Complaceny on my part was certainly a contributing factor.

THis is SOOO weird, I am usually such a "rain cloud" about these things, but, again, considering the other alternatives, I was VERY lucky!

ouch, bummer. you are indeed a real man or what! ;-) nmrwbadley
Dec 22, 2003 9:06 PM