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Well I guess it was going to happen eventually and today was the day. Got caught in a random storm and though I approached a sharp bend with much caution, the front wheel went out and I went down. Expected significant damage but the only marks are on my shifters and rear skewer. Was very surprised that forks and frame were unscathed but I guess the bike mostly landed on top of me, handlebars must have turned as shifters on both sides are cosmetically damaged... but not the bar tape... go figure. Also, I was wearing my fantastic new Ground Effect merino knicks and given the massive graze on my hip and knee, I expected to find some rips... not a mark So I guess I got off pretty light really.
Yea that is what I am alluding too... "real accidents". So grateful that my report is so insignificant compared to the experiences of others here...
Glad to see you threw your body between the bike and the road. Gotta get your priorities right.
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That's what I hoped would happen. Unfortunately several crashes later I'm still hoping it will be the last.
Yeh but bones, tendons and ligaments charge you like Loan Sharks in the long run.
I've had one crash and one "accident". The accident is well documented elsewhere.
My one and only crash.
My regular ride partner and I were riding with a young rider from the area for the first time. Were we riding in line, drafting and I was at the back with the young kid on the front. A traffic light up ahead turned yellow, normally my regular ride partner and I would race it to beat the red, but the young kid hit the brakes without calling anything out. All I heard was "no, no, f**k no..." from my regular ride partner and next thing I remember was waking up on the ground in front of the other two. I have a natural black out response, no idea how it happens, I've been in two car accidents (as a passenger) where i've blacked out right before the smash, and come to without a scratch or seat belt burn after the accident. I've walked away while everyone else had concussions, seat belt burns and various bruises and torn muscles.
Any way I must have body surfed over the other two and ended up laying on my back on the road at the front of the crash. I was still clipped in to both pedals, and the only damage were my handle bars were out of alignment by about 15 to 20 degrees. Not even any damage to my clothes. I carry a multi tool in my saddle bag, so the handle bars were easily straightened.
I also blacked out during my "accident". I remember the first hit from the side of the semi-trailer, trying to keep the bike upright and thinking I was in a world of trouble, all in a split second. The next thing I remember was opening my eyes, laying on my side and in a world or hurt.
I have a few small scars from my "accident", the largest being above my right hip on the fleshy part where I had deep tissue bruising. In hospital I had silver dressing placed over all my scratches, burns and road rashes. Apparently it's the best stuff for healing surface wounded.
This is my back 5 days after the "accident". The gravel rash was really healing well. The nurses did a good job of cleaning all the road grit out of the surface wounds while I was still out of it while I was in ICU the first evening. The only dressing the nurses couldn't change daily was the one above my hip where the deep tissue bruising was. That one stuck fast and had to be soaked off the day I was released. If you are ever in hospital, ask for the silver based dressing. It's real silver.
The worst surface injury was a tyre burn down the back of my lower leg. It hurt like all hell every time I had a dressing change.
Glad to hear you weren't seriously hurt.
I had my first crash earlier this year. Totally self-inflicted caused by not paying full attention. The longest-lasting of the injuries was some minor tendon damage in my right shoulder. Nine months on and it still isn't healed fully.
Having a crash seems to dent one's confidence for a while. I know I'm very wary going down that same hill now.
At least you're okay and the bike's only suffered some cosmetic damage. A couple of battle scars are a part of being a cyclist. Don't let yourself lose confidence though, these things can happen, no reason to stop you from going faster. The only way to find the limits is to continuously test them.
Much better reason than my first crash: smugness got the better of me as I looked behind me to see how far I'd dropped another roadie and I clipped a stone wall on the side of the road and down I went.
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I do the same - has happened for both my accidents. Good to hear I'm not some sort of freak...
Have often wondered though if its 'retrospective' - so that I am actually aware of what happens, but that a head knock (or similar) during the accidents has erased what's happened, starting from just before the accident... Hmmm...
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So you're saying because you tried to go around a corner when it was wet that it was your fault? So, you're only allowed to go in straight lines until it dries out?
I'm not familiar with that particular tyre, but I love my Conti GP4000s Black Chillis - I've found them to be very trustworthy in the wet, although I am more cautious with cornering and steer around anything that looks remotely like roadmarking paint when it's damp.
On the assumption that they're as good as the 4000s, jacks1071's question is the next one I'd ask too.
At 78kgs I run mine at 85/95psi (F/R) tops, and for my rough pavement find that is the best combinaiton of grip, comfort, rolling resistance and kindness to wheels. Certainly not over 100psi under any circumstances.
Get well soon mate - ouch. Hopefully the BMC is okay too.
I've had a few slips and slides in the wet this year and luckily, they've only been minor with no going down. Those painted white lines on the road surface are very tricky! In wet conditions I am VERY cautious and choose wider lines / slower speeds to avoid problems. Whether I am being too cautious with regard to what my tyres can accomplish doesn't really concern me if I get to where I'm going in one piece.
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