/ Earnt my roadie stripes: Big crash today!
Got hit head on by another cyclist, he was coming downhill at speed on the wrong side of the road on a blind bend on a lane, no warning except him shouting "oh f**k!" We clipped handlebars then, came off and hit full on helmet to helmet before both being dumped on the road, he was a big bloke too! His helmet was completely cracked, mine looks okay but will be replaced. For months I've been riding with it all loose and not properly adjusted, it was only last night that I sorted it out and adjusted it properly so it sat snug on my head. Very opportune! Would have been nasty without one. Thank god I was wearing it.
Can't believe we both came out of it with just cuts and bruises and a bit of concussion, nothing broken, bike fine too (although his was a bit worse for wear). It was quite high speed so it could have been much worse. Feel bit battered now but I think I've now earnt my roadie stripes, especially as I got back on and completed the rest of my ride ;-).
Glad you are ok. As for the prat who hit you on wrong side of the road, the very least he should do is offer to replace your helmet and buy you a pint!
I hope you're ok
(any damage to the bike? Carbon forks etc may need throwing if they took the impact)
So no whiplash and it is mostly superficial I think. I feel pretty lucky (apart from it happening in the first place!), and I don't feel shocked or worried about riding as I still rode 40 miles afterwards normally with Cross of Greet and Trough of Bowland on the way home. So I think all I ended up with is a couple of sore bits and a story!
It could be worth checking your stem and handle bars whatever material they're made from, ie peeling off the handlebar tape and having a look, there could be some damage to the bar perhaps, where the shifter took the impact. Probably worth it for the cost of some new tape. (:-))
Jeez, glad you're both okay. This is what really scares me about the amount of road biking I'm doing at the moment - I've not come off it properly yet (touch wood!). Were you riding with clipless pedals? And if so what happened to them - did they come out or did you end up in a pile with the bike still attached? The sliding along with the bike and me tangled up is what I am really most worried about with road bike spills! :)
> The sliding along with the bike and me tangled up is what I am really most worried about with road bike spills! :)
Don't worry about it, falling off at speed with the bike attached or not still hurts roughly the same!
> Were you riding with clipless pedals? And if so what happened to them - did they come out or did you end up in a pile with the bike still attached? The sliding along with the bike and me tangled up is what I am really most worried about with road bike spills! :)
They come off when you crash.
I have tested this several times!
I guess crashes are inevitable if you do lots of miles, hopefully that's my quota at least for a little bit just don't be cutting any corners on country lanes!
Glad you are ok.
Where was this at as this is my neck of the woods, I may need to take care around there!!
There was some sort of cycling event going on as I passed 50-60 people on mountain bikes and hybrids along that section. No signs but there must have been something going on. There were also more roadies than I've seen before, perhaps 20-30 along there, and that section isn't long, lots were out to enjoy the weather. Trouble is I was being careful and hugging my side of the road after encountering all those on MTB's, shame the person I crashed into wasn't being as careful!
Must be a weekend for cycle events. I went past a gorilla, a stormtrooper, a barbie, a roman centurion and many other cyclists in assorted fancy dress earlier, all in one group. Was very funny! Especially the stormtrooper, can't be easy to pedal in articulated imperial armour...
They're probably not, but could be worth seeing if the bars are bent too. My bro's drop bars got bent after he got knocked off in London by a BT van while being a cycle courier. His steel frame did too, the headtube went from vertical to slightly diagonal. He was okay though.
> They're probably not, but could be worth seeing if the bars are bent too.
Removing them and putting them on something flat I mean...
Believe it or not, you sometimes come off better if your hands and feet stay firmly attached. Road rash and a broken collarbone is better than road rash and a broken collar bone and a broken thigh bone!
But most road pedals/cleats are designed to pull out in crashes.
Very much sympathy. Maybe man up in public and cry like a little girl in private? =P
Apparently during a big crash the adrenaline causes all of your muscles to tense up super tight, and then the impact itself causes those super tight muscles extra strain, so that you can actually get pulled muscles. If that is a problem, you might want to think about getting a massage or something.
Otherwise ice maybe? If its still hurting after a couple of weeks, might be worth talking to a doctor. I had a nasty crash and dislocated my shoulder and didn't see a doctor, it was still hurting 6 months later so I finally did, and they said I have damage to the joint that might have been fixed if they'd seen it earlier. And now sometimes my shoulder just starts to hurt and I can't climb for a couple days. =[
Thanks for that post, you just put a smile on my face and made my day!
Glad it wasn't the car behind as not sure they would have been quite so forgiving!
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