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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:31 pm    Post subject: Anyone suffer from any nasty falls?  Reply with quote

I just had my 2nd nasty fall ...damn street car tracks did me in as i didnt cross over at a severe enough angle....was riding paralell with them and had to cross. When I tried to cross my front tire sunk inside and I went tumbling. Was going about 30km when it happened and ended up catching myself with my hands..only minor scrapes to my legs and forearm but my hands are hurting bad. The gloves I wore saved my skin but I have pretty significant pain in both palms and around my left thumb and right pinky...I'm tired and not going to the hospital at this hour but will go tomorrow if the pain is any worse...If I were riding the tour, I might have to abandon...not sure how I can grip the handle bars....hands are really sore.  Guess I know what Levi went thru...perhaps karma for calling him a wimp for not continuing...lol
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a few. Most have been with the MTB. I broke my clavicle (only hospital trip) and had a nasty fall on another trip. My few falls on the road have had minimal damage. Mostly scrapes on the legs and fingers not covered by the gloves.

I hope you recover soon.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nearly killed myself 4 years ago in the Lake District, those dry stone walls are un forgiving, and a car almost ran over me as I was lying in the road on a blind bend........the irony was I had borrowed my ex-wifes Giant...hehe

Had a major crash on the Manchester Velodrome, not my fault..could sense it was going to happen

Today am suffering like hell with my left shoulder as a consequence of the incident in the Lakes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last two falls I had, and they were the first in about twenty years, were at the slowest speeds you can imagine.  One just as I was turning a corner up in the hills, I realised that there was a massively thick layer of gravel, part of a cheap road surfacing job.  I slowed to take it easy, but the tyre just did not get to a hard spot, and as I turned ever so slilghtly, the wheel slowly slid out from under me.  No big damage, rode home, bleeding a bit.  

Just about six weeks ago, I stopped on a slope, just to fix the magnet that makes the computer register.  As I was getting back on, I decided it was easier to be going downhill to clip in than uphill.  Stopped, turned the bike around, still on the bike (that was the stupid thing), and just at the moment when the slope tilted, my foot was still clipped in the downhill pedal and my weight distribution was slightly wrong, I fell.  Zero KPH.  Although it sounds unlikely, I know most of you will know exactly what I mean.  Friend of mine fell while stationary and spent a year rehabilitating his shoulder, which is apparently held together by a dozen ligaments, of which he had one left hat had not snapped. or maybe two.  Anyway the pedal dug into my right ankle, and it is still not fully healed, although apparently this slow healing can be explained by my diabetes and steroids I take for other conditions.  I rode the bike home with blood dripping out of the ankle, and thence to emergency.

I have had two other dramatic falls at speed.  One where I touched a guy's wheel in Brittany and ended up on the other side of an Armco barrier.  Witnesses claim I apparently flipped the bike over me and then back down on the ground.  That is, at one point the bike was above me instead of below me.  I also had a instant flash that if I kept going, my forearm would smash into the jagged cut bit of the Armco that holds up the longer bits.  I must have avoided it.  I was able to ride 25k more to get back, but it was not much fun.

Nearly everyone I have met who cycles has crashed.  What amazes me is how often there is no serious damage, when you would think there should be, with all the bits sticking out on the bike, metal and all, and the lack of protection we have, just Lycra.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had a nasty one today

the damage: cuts, brusiers on my right side, buckled rear wheel and cracked helmet

lost control going downhill at about 45km/h, hit a rough patch on the road where the tarmac becomes gravel and wasn't pretty
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about that Nolte. Hopefully you'll recover quickly. I just about went down on Wednesday. I was fortunate, my friend wasn't. We were about the same speed going into a turn when the guest lead rider went down because of a flat front tire.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

more shakne then anything else. though my ankle is sore and it got progressively sorer last night

i could walk fine on it afterwards
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got caught in the streetcar rails in downtown San Francisco a few years back and sprained my left wrist when I went down.  Did exactly the same thing you did, smarauder68.  Two summers ago I tried threading the needle between two saw-horses, caught my right shifter and slammed down onto my right arm, breaking five ribs in 7 places.  What really sucked was that I had bronchitis and a nasty cough at the time.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I didn't crash I did have a CMP moment this weekend.  I was speeding down a hill north of town on Sunday when BANG! my back tire blew.  Blasted a 2 inch tear in my tire right through the polyester casing.  I was lucky enough to not have any turns or traffic for the next 1/2 mile and slowly brought my bike to a stop at the bottom of the hill.  All I had was 5 dollar bill but someone soon came along with change.  I was able to use one dollar to wrap the new tube at the point of tire tear and insert another above it.  Filled my tire up to about 65 psi and limped the 18 miles home.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was barreling downhill a few weeks back going about 40 mph and at the bottom starting cranking as things levelled out then my chain came apart as I was turning at at least 35 mph. fortinately i had a controlled stop but literally no clue what had happened.

for those in need: new chain every season. if you ride a lot (and you all know who you are!)...2.

This was my 3rd season on same chain...S T U P I D.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

headwind wrote:
I was barreling downhill a few weeks back going about 40 mph and at the bottom starting cranking as things levelled out then my chain came apart as I was turning at at least 35 mph. fortinately i had a controlled stop but literally no clue what had happened.

for those in need: new chain every season. if you ride a lot (and you all know who you are!)...2.

This was my 3rd season on same chain...S T U P I D.


Did Alberto attack when that happened????
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

headwind wrote:
I was barreling downhill a few weeks back going about 40 mph and at the bottom starting cranking as things levelled out then my chain came apart as I was turning at at least 35 mph. fortinately i had a controlled stop but literally no clue what had happened.

for those in need: new chain every season. if you ride a lot (and you all know who you are!)...2.

This was my 3rd season on same chain...S T U P I D.


I would blame your ConneX quick link Wink

I had one pop on me while riding. I gave up on them. I also had a SRAM quick link pop on me on my MTB last year.

I replace my road 10 sp chains around 1,500 to 2,000 miles. 9 sp between 2,500 to 3,000.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MerlinGuy wrote:
headwind wrote:
I was barreling downhill a few weeks back going about 40 mph and at the bottom starting cranking as things levelled out then my chain came apart as I was turning at at least 35 mph. fortinately i had a controlled stop but literally no clue what had happened.

for those in need: new chain every season. if you ride a lot (and you all know who you are!)...2.

This was my 3rd season on same chain...S T U P I D.


Did Alberto attack when that happened????


now that you mentioned, i saw some little shit blur past me pointing a finger like a gun...

bastard......CONTADOR, I WILL GET YOU, IVE GOT A BELLY FULL OF RAGE NOW.

Actually, that last part may or may not have occurred and is in fact more likely to be a gall stone.

hw
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

berck wrote:

I would blame your ConneX quick link Wink

I had one pop on me while riding. I gave up on them. I also had a SRAM quick link pop on me on my MTB last year.

I replace my road 10 sp chains around 1,500 to 2,000 miles. 9 sp between 2,500 to 3,000.


It was my connex link berck...prob 7500+ miles. I keep my chain quite clean, and so I tend to just forget, as obvious as that seems.

turnign through a blind corner under a train trestle...that could have been very bad as I went across the oncoming traffic lane.

and it left a very interesting "chain tattoo" on my tire!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

headwind wrote:
MerlinGuy wrote:
headwind wrote:
I was barreling downhill a few weeks back going about 40 mph and at the bottom starting cranking as things levelled out then my chain came apart as I was turning at at least 35 mph. fortinately i had a controlled stop but literally no clue what had happened.

for those in need: new chain every season. if you ride a lot (and you all know who you are!)...2.

This was my 3rd season on same chain...S T U P I D.


Did Alberto attack when that happened????


now that you mentioned, i saw some little shit blur past me pointing a finger like a gun...

bastard......CONTADOR, I WILL GET YOU, IVE GOT A BELLY FULL OF RAGE NOW.

Actually, that last part may or may not have occurred and is in fact more likely to be a gall stone.

hw


"Belly full of rage"

...in eastern Tennessee?!?

You sure it's not  too much Ale-8 and pork rinds?

or perhaps moonshine

Who's your daddy?  Popcorn Sutton, that's who!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MerlinGuy wrote:


Who's your daddy?  Popcorn Sutton, that's who!



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

berck wrote:


I would blame your ConneX quick link Wink

I had one pop on me while riding. I gave up on them. I also had a SRAM quick link pop on me on my MTB last year.

I replace my road 10 sp chains around 1,500 to 2,000 miles. 9 sp between 2,500 to 3,000.


I've decided to replace chains more frequently, 3000 kms for 9 speed, or at least check that it doesn't pull away from the chain wheel.
It's much more expensive to replace the block and chain wheel.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a nasty fall few months pre wedding when my wheel got stuck in a pothole. Bruising went down, but still have a bit of swelling (of sorts) on the top of the thigh. It doesn't want to shft. Any ideas what to get rid of it? A friend of mine suggesting going for a massage. He said it might be thigh hematoma  Confused I think he said it will help get the blood circulating. I was simply going to go back to my doc and ask for some more anti-inflammatories.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there ... re your thigh swelling, the best source of advice other than your doc would be Cape Roadie.  I suggest you pm him ... he's an ace at this sort of thing.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Tim.

Doc has sent me to physio for some deep tissue massage.  I think the Doc thinks I'm a (middle aged) nutter in lycra. He doesn't quite undestand it all.

And no I don't shave my legs. Poor physio will have to put up with hair and all! Mrs G  is rubbing liquid Vitamin E into my last remaining scars (no jokes, Gents) and she's alright with this hairy beast  Wink

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