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Discussion: Crash

in: iansmith; iansmith > 2018-08-28

Aug 28, 2018 4:39 PM # 

But it does sound spectacular! Thank goodness for your helmet. Look out for those grates oriented the wrong way...
Aug 28, 2018 5:08 PM # 
Yeah, it was annoying; I'm usually better at avoiding those sorts of obstacles.
Aug 28, 2018 5:12 PM # 
Glad you were wearing a helmet! Hope there are no concussion symptoms and your bike isn't too damaged.
Aug 28, 2018 6:18 PM # 
Ouch! Glad to hear you are feeling ok. Go helmet!

Keep an eye on your head. Concussions aren't something you want to mess around with!
Aug 28, 2018 6:41 PM # 
Whoa. Good job wearing a helmet!
Aug 28, 2018 6:49 PM # 
Classic trip over the handlebars, though I've never personally made the same trip from the same starting point - one advantage of riding fat tires on pavement, there are fewer clefts just the right size to do that.

Good that the helmet did its job, apparently without even letting your neck sustain any noticeable damage. And that the rest of your spine and your collarbones made it through unbroken, though my understanding is it's not usually the going over the handlebars type event that gets the collarbone.
Aug 28, 2018 7:36 PM # 
Good thing you were going slowly when you hit the grating! I have a friend who had a higher speed stoppage of a front wheel in a bike race (handlebar from another crash off to his side went through his front spokes at more like 30 mph), and he woke up a day and a half later in a hospital bed with a sore neck, headache, and a broken collarbone. Again, though, thanks to a helmet, no long-term damage. It is a shame that there are still so many drainage grates oriented the wrong way, and with the wrong width grooves. To some extent it is a little hard to blame the folks who put them in initially, since bike tires used on city streets a few decades ago weren't usually as narrow as those on a modern road bike. It would be nice if more places did make replacements of those that remain!

You will quite likely forget one or two more times about the clipped-in shoes when coming to a stop, but after a month or two unclipping while slowing down for a stop will be completely automatic, and they really do add a lot to pedaling efficiency.
Aug 28, 2018 9:14 PM # 
Collarbone is the classic cycling injury. Nice job on not putting out your arm in a futile attempt to protect your head.
Aug 28, 2018 9:33 PM # 
My hands also clip into my handlebars.
Aug 29, 2018 12:35 AM # 
I worked with a guy that had a similar accident. The grate was uni-directional parallel to direction of travel with no cross bars. He hit it, buried the front wheel and over the bars. Damaged the wheel but not him as I recall. Glad you survived ok.

You will get used to the pedals. But I always set mine as loose as possible so I almost just pop out if I sneeze. Never caused a problem on either road or mtb.
Aug 29, 2018 3:32 AM # 
Glad you're okay, I hear it is usually the street car tracks that do cyclists in.

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