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what'd you do if they crash in front of you?(10 posts)

what'd you do if they crash in front of you?Woof the dog
Mar 10, 2002 11:02 PM
if people like completely crash in front of you and there are people behind you? There is certainly no time to get ready to b-hop anything or anyone.

I can jam on my front and rear brake, probably tumble, crash too, and have riders on top of me.

Or maybe with lots of luck... I could take an aggressive lean into the riders on the right (or left), provided that they are there of course, and hope that my 130 pounds will help me bounce off and keep me upright but also around the crash in a funky sort of way >:-)

also, if you hear mangling metal and people are about to fall, better be in the drops or the hoods, whats the best way to come out without injury in a bunch crash? Its clear that my thin wrists won't take a lot of abuse normal people's wrists would.

peace yo!

Woof, the dog that believes in cheeseburgers, lettuce and mayo.
Crashing 101TJeanloz
Mar 11, 2002 6:17 AM
If you have people on either side of you, and the guy in front of you crashes, odds are 95% that you too will crash. Don't try the bunny-hop. I've seen it done, but it fails 99 times out of 100, and can result in REALLY serious injury to the person you're trying to hop.

Your best bet is to try to go to the side- as people to your left and right will naturally move to avoid the spill. Keep in mind that when people hit the turf they aren't static- they will continue to slide, usually feet first, so steer to the head side and hope for the best.

If you know you're going to crash, HOLD ON to the drops. You'd be surprised, but the way things are set up, your hip is going to hit first, followed by your shoulder. If you don't let go of the handlebar, you will probably not break anything. If you reach out to break your fall, you will probably just break your arm. Hips, thighs and shoulders can take a lot of bruising, but it's always better than breaking. So hold on. Remember too that you have a helmet, so feel free to lean the top of your head into the pavement- scraping the top of your helmet looks better than scraping the bottom of your chin...
how bout some teflon shortsishmael
Mar 11, 2002 7:14 AM
ive heard they were made years ago, they sound like a good idea..havent ever seen them though..
Kevlar shortstuffnick
Mar 11, 2002 7:54 AM
In a bike magazine (like mountain bike action or something) at the very back where all the ads are they have a pair of Kevlar bottomed shorts with a picture of a guy being towed on his butt. They even have some stylish jeans with kevlar inserts for motorbiking. Woo hoo... the end of road rash as we know it!? O ya... I think some keiren riders used and may still do wear kevlar shorts.
No more...Peter Krogh
Mar 11, 2002 1:13 PM
I looked long and hard last year and couldn't find any. And I believe they were Kevlar, not Teflon.

/shirt
Save your race numbers!rollo tommassi
Mar 12, 2002 7:34 AM
Usually they're made of Tyvek - and if you crumple them up (or, even a run through the wash) they get all soft and cloth-like. Slip one into your shorts on your hips, and they make perfect crash/slide protection.

If you want to cover more surface area, get some Fedex Paks - they're made of tyvek too!
Do some tumbling drills!brider
Mar 11, 2002 8:12 AM
The pro's do these, and that's why, when they have those huge pack crashes, so few people get hurt. Learn how to roll, do some bumping drills so you know how to take a hit. When the flesh is flying, get ready to roll off the bike, and look for another body to land on.
just had some practice this weekend...YoungRcR
Mar 11, 2002 3:30 PM
We were rollin along at the group ride and a dog darts from the right and we start to slow and the dog cuts directly in front of the rider in front of me, sending him right over the handlebars and on the pavement hard. Lucky for me, when the dog ran at us from the right everyone shifted towards the left a tad and when he went down i got around him by a couple centimeters at most.

You shoulda seen his fork, he has a Trek 5900 and there was pieces of his fork hanging off his wheels where the fork broke in half with carbon threads hangin everywhere. And a little plastic bag inside? His rolf vector pro front wheel however was perfectly fine. Go figure.
just had some practice this weekend...weiwentg
Mar 11, 2002 7:12 PM
deep section wheels are tough.
in the crit a couple of weekends ago, two riders crashed in front of me. they had the courtesy to go onto the pavement, which saved me from crashing twice in two days. the first one was bad enough (see my thread somewhere on this board).
What I did:speedisgood
Mar 17, 2002 9:39 PM
In a race last year, I was behind a dude on the last corner of the last lap, 2nd position in the field. He loses his front wheel exiting the turn and literally SPRAWLS across the ground in front of me. Oh yeah, the straight before the final turn is a fast downhill so we were prolly going 33-35 mph into the turn.

So I'm too close to maneuver left or right since he's spawled and his bike is on the far side of him so I can't bunnyhop him. What can I do but aim for the softest thing around? I jammed on the brakes, threw my weight back, my wheel hit him, I somersaulted over the bars and the dude, and my low back/ass was the first thing to hit the ground. Got a nice bruise on my butt and a gash on my shin, that was it.