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4/13/10 6:22 P

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My boyfriend and I were out on a lazy weekend morning bike ride and checking out garage sales. I was giving him a lot of grief for not wearing a helmet - I am a huge stickler for helmets!!!

Anyway, my frustration with him for not wearing one was bordering on anger, when I biked over to the curb so I could stop, put my foot down on the elevated curb so I could grab something out of my backpack. But, not paying attention, my foot rolled off the edge of the curb and I fell over in slow motion with my bike on top of me. I wasn't hurt, but my boyfriend, after helping me up, couldn't stop from laughing that at least I had my helmet on!

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Oh, wow, Sarah! Glad you were ok, and finished the ride. And now you get to encourage others to finish before you do! Hope your day goes well.

And just an addendum: I rode that trail again last week. As I have a few times every year for the last ten years. And I *still* panic going through the gates...

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4/10/10 6:33 A

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I'm trying hard not to laugh at the gate-fall, but completely understand. Here's another one for you, for the sake of humor. We were getting ready for a big ride, much like our club is putting on today, and I had hung my bike up on the rack, stuck inbetween rafters in our shop. As I was getting it down at 4a.m. down comes bike, on top of that the yakama rack on my head, cutting it! I was most upset because my new bike had a dent. I told my friend, that I was doing the 65 miler and she would just have to pick me up if I fell over, because of my the cut on my head. Needless to say, we made it, but were within sight of the 'sweep'; which became a joke for us to today...I'm the sweep for our 100 milers today!

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4/9/10 10:25 P

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Sarah, thanks for the recent fall--all in the name of keeping this thread alive!

Here's another one for you. My first fall as an adult. I was riding a rails-to-trail, where they have gates as you approach the road. The gap is wide enough for people, bikes or horses, but not cars. So I slowed down to go through the gate, and had an anxiety attack. I got the handlebars through the gate and just locked up--couldn't pedal, couldn't turn, nothing. Over I went. I scratched up the bike (new at the time) on the gate, but the only thing truly injured was my pride...

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4/8/10 9:32 P

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Sounds good to me!

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4/8/10 9:28 P

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Bev, I just layed there, looking up, thinking, what have I done? I'll just drive by for my snack at your rest-stop, Saturday and keep checking out for tired riders! Next day, maybe we can bike and we'll continue to help each other. I just hurt when getting up from a sitting position. My knees stopped hurting emoticon

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Sara, I am sorry you took a fall. At least you did not slide down a hill.

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4/8/10 12:43 P

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To keep this thread going: I landed on my bottom, yesterday. My husband and I were doing a local rails-to-trail. We switched bikes, his is a 7 speed Raliegh, mine a Trek 21 speed hybrid. I did great riding, went far ahead probably due to biking more than he does. I stopped and promptly fell landing on my rear,while trying to get my leg over. I'm short, with a very short-stride, down, I go with the bike. There wasn't anything he could do, as I had tried to get off quickly, not getting my leg over the bar. I just lay there for awhile, glad it happened on the ground, rather than pavement, but sore...tailbone. Just for the record. I'm not trading bikes anymore. He needs his own speedier version of a bike!

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4/8/10 10:38 A

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I'll mention my worst crash as it may help someone here to avoid a similiar one. (or not)

On my my old bike, the cable for the rear derailer ran under the bottom bracket, and where it went up towards the handlebars, was exposed.

One day while cruising along a busy street, I went to shift, and something kept the derailer from moving, so the cable just went slack and bowed out.
My pedal caught it on the next downstroke, and promptly pulled on the cable hard, yanking my handlebars hard to one side, bad end-over resulting.

I can just imagine how strange that must have looked.

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4/7/10 9:47 P

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4/7/10 3:52 P

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Here's an honorable mention from this morning. Strong wind from the south. I'm riding west. Come to a stoplight. Un clip and put left foot down. Strong guat hits and I start goingg over to the right. Right foot unclipped in knick of time. Car load of teen agers behind me were disappointed greatly.

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4/5/10 11:05 A

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I love dogs, but I hate unleashed ones that venture into the path of cyclists (or cars).

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Sigled - I hope you sent the dog owners a bill for your broken seat!

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4/4/10 10:39 P

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I understand now why you said it is funny now. Wow! Glad you was able to stop for the child.

I thought my dog attack was bad a couple of seasons ago. A neighbor's bulldog came charging out at me. Hit me so hard he knocked me off my bike. My bike crashed with a broken seat. As I was trying to get up off the pavement, the dog ran and tried to attack again. I kept the bike between the dog and me. The dog tried two more times. Wow! My seat was broke, my leg was bleeding from a bite and hitting the sprockets. I managed to get out of there. I dunno I am barely laughing. haha

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4/3/10 3:13 P

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My funniest crash happened, and I can laugh now, when I was riding down our paved bike path and a child chasing a ball ran and stopped right in front of my bike. I jammed on the brakes and stopped barely bumping him. I flew off the bike, landed on a chain link fence in an uptight position, bounced back and landed standing up on the ground without a scratch. I had "uncleated" out of my shoes, which were still clipped into my pedals.
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Okay, I'm going to add a crash story from this morning. I was walking my horrible dog Boomer (the not-so-great Dane), when he saw another dog and cut in front of me. I took a good spill and scraped both knees, one elbow, one cheek and a bit of my lip. I finished my walk (total walk 4.85 miles). After a rest, I went with my DH on a 19.3 mile bike ride. Before the ride he made me put on antibiotic cream. I didn't want to because it stings, but was a good sport and put on the cream. Well, that cream was a bug catcher. Now that I'm home, my knees are full of dirt and bugs and I know it's going to hurt like crazy to clean off the old cream and re-apply.

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Kitty - hopefully your friend wasn't Bridezilla (or your dress covered up the war wounds). A friend was in the wedding party of someone I didn't know, and the bride kicked her out of the wedding party after she had a self-induced road rash incident. The bride apparently said she was sorry, but this was HER day, and she didn't want the pictures ruined. Yikes!!

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The worst crash I've had was when I was a matron of honor for one of my best friends. I was trying to cross a busy street. I was ready to cross the street & wasn't being patient @ all. So, I had to get going really fast. I cross the street & crashed b/c there was a curb. I went over the hand bars & literally flew over the handle bars & crashed right into a car. I know ouch & I skinned my knees. It was very painful wedding.

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4/1/10 10:15 P

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emoticon Some good stories in here. Can't say I've ever had road rash. Cellulitis from trail rash, on the other hand, that, I've had.

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I'm ready when you are! We rode to the water authority this morning (had to get permission for the rest stop) and it was great!

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4/1/10 5:03 P

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This is a wonderful site to come to 'just for a giggle' at ourselves. When I started using clipless pedals, the only places I would fall would be at intersections, where people were sure to see me, bike club members would laugh out loud. I got use to it, and knew after about the 3rd time, I'd passed whatever test it is, we are suppose to pass for this. I had spd's, switched over to keo pedals ...just fell once in them, using them in a parking lot before a big ride. The keo's are easier for me. Considering all this,I never really hurt myself other than a scrape and at my age/weight...that is a good thing. Oh Beverly, when do you want to ride together?

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My first time out with clipless pedals, I did a century with about 8 other people. About 30 miles in I had gotten a little ahead of the group and made a tight turn to go back to them. I turned too tightly, started to go over, tried to put my foot down without unclipping, and went down on my left side. Skinned my knee pretty good, but figured I had gotten my "boneheaded, forgot to unclip" crash out of the way. I was wrong. 68 miles later, I came to a stop sign, unclipped my left foot and leaned the bike to the right. At least my knees matched.

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You really can't call yourself a good cyclist until you've had a good case or two of road rash. By Road Rash I mean the result of losing skin from various parts of your body after it makes contact with the road pavement or gravel. The result of losing skin is a scuffed up bloody wound which looks like a rash.

I remember one crash I had a couple of years ago. I was 12.5 miles from home, out alone in the country. Went to turn around on gravel and down and BANG! I hit hard on my left side. I got up it was painful to breathe, blood was running down my leg and arm.

I frantically checked my bike to see if it were injured. We cyclists seem to do that: check the bike first then ourselves. haha Bike was OKAY. WHEW!

I rode back home, hurting and bleeding. But I made it. My wife looked at me wondering what the heck happened? She was like in a panic, I was honored to have my road rash to show off. hahaha

Edited by: SIGLED at: 4/1/2010 (23:02)
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4/1/10 12:28 P

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Another clipless pedal story...

My DH did not want me to get clipless pedals. He insisted that I would "f--- up" my knees and hurt myself. Being a stubborn son of a gun, I bought them on my own and brought them to work and had some of the guys at work install them for me (we have a huge cycle commute population here). The guys at work insisted that if they were going to install them I had to ride around the parking lot stopping and starting until I could clip and and out without looking down. And they all stared at me, calling instructions as I did it. Well, I didn't fall in the parking lot, and I used them for about 4 weeks riding to and from work without ever falling once. I gloated to DH and told him he was wrong, wrong, wrong. Bought a second pair and installed them (myself this time) on my expensive carbon road bike.

Out riding with my DH on the carbon road bike about a week later. Almost finished the ride, came to a stop sign about 1 block from home and, well, have no idea what happened except that I clearly leaned left when I should have leaned right and for the first time fell. Ended up in a heap on the road in front of numerous pedestrians as well as cars who had stopped to let us cross. DH snarls: "What the heck are you doing?? Did you damage the bike??" I glared at him, picked up my pride, got back on the bike, clipped in and snapped at him: "Next time, the first question is "Are you OK?" Then, and only then, can you ask about the bike!"

Bike was OK, and he was suitably sorry. :-)

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4/1/10 10:01 A

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These stories are great!
Keep 'em comin'...

Another great thread started by KA_JUN.

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DH and I were taking another couple to introduce them mountain biking. We broke into groups and I took the other wife on the easy trails. I came to an area that had a lot of new limbs down, and picked a twig that I was sure would snap in two under my weight. Wrong. It jumped up, grabbed my bike and flipped me off head first. I didn't get hurt, just my pride. The worst part was the guys that rode up behind us and wouldnt leave until I got up to show them I was ok when all I really wanted to do was lay there for a while :)

Then there was the time on the road bike before clipless pedals. I had was still using the straps that came with original pedals. We had just stopped for a break and had a whole group convo about me going clipless and I tried to explain my apprehension. Not to far up the hill, not paying enough attention, I rode into a big area of heavy gravel. I slowed and fell over in slow motion.

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I've got one too. (Doesn't everybody?)

I was looking at new bikes and the Trek Madone came up as a possibility. I was considering the 5.2 (lowest price of the Madone series) but the only Madone they had close to my size was the 5.9 (most expensive of the series at about twice the price). So they told me to take it for a spin. Put on my pedals and off I went, through the neighborhood. Well, I come around the corner and am faced with an unexpected hill, and I can feel myself start to go. So I basically throw myself under the bike to protect this *very* expensive piece of machinery that I had no intention of purchasing. I came back to the shop, blood dripping from my knee and elbow, but the only damage to the bike was a small scrape on the brake lever. I offered to pay for the damages, but they declined.

Turns out, I needed the bike one size smaller...

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Bob, one of DH's attempts to get me to ride was a recumbent. This was an attempt to ease the pain in my shoulder from arthritis. It is still hanging in the garage. They are so very twitchy, and no fun going up hill (although downhills are fantastic). Sure wish I had a video of us trying to learn to ride it.

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You guys are awesome. These are great stories! I have only been using my clipless pedals on my Cannondale for the last year or so. I caught on pretty quick as I was using tight cages before so you can still fall if you aren't paying attention. So, I have one to share...

We have finished a fairly lengthy ride and my legs were a bit wobbly. There were only 2 of us that had to return to the gym parking lot to our vehicles. I braked and coasted up beside my van and simply could not unclip... the lean started and luckily, I was right beside my van so I smashed my right side into it... still locked in a death grip on my handlebars. Eventually, I levered myself up a bit and unhooked. I am grateful that I did not fall to the left of my bike would have had some serious damage from the light post and not to mention what would happen to me.

One more story...I was riding behind (yes, very last) our Tuesday night group. They promised me that "no one rides alone... we wait at every stop sign etc"... ya, well that was a lie. This night they were riding in a group of about 16 - 20 riders and speeds of 40 + km/hr...I could not keep up and eventually I was riding by myself down the country road. I started to cry. The wind was strong, my legs were weak and a dog was barking up ahead. I knew a friend on the road and had decided that once I got to her house I would call for a pick up from my DH or have her DH drive me home. Then just over the rise in the road, I see the whole group of riders stopped. They are at a t-intersection. They should still be riding but I think they are waiting for me so I suck back the tears and keep pedalling...they weren't waiting for me. A good buddy ride into a crevice in the middle of a lane and flew a good 12 feet. His new Ironman shirt was ripped up and his helmet smashed. I joked with Jim later that I appreciated him "waiting for me".

I hope I don't ever have a story of my own road rash to share! Stay safe out there.

Anyone else riding in the "Ride of Silence" on May 19th?

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Aw, Jeez. I have a couple for you.

1. I was on my old Bianchi Squadra and tooling along at about 25 mph as I rounded a corner. I didn’t lean into the turn deeply enough and I went off the road (no biggie). So there I was, teeth rattling, bones jarring with each off-road bump, when the brilliant idea to just get back on the road came to mind. That being said, I went to get back on the road, without noticing that the black top, once flush with the ground, now had about a 2” rise to it. I leaned and was promptly toppled at about 22 mph onto the asphalt. My entire left side was eaten up.

2. This one is funny: I had just gotten my new Trek (at the time a 5.9 Madone SL) and was out for its maiden voyage with a friend of mine who’d driven all the way from SC to ride with me. At 1.09 miles, I picked up a piece of glass and had to have the tube changed (my friend did this for me in less than 60 seconds – literally). Was this an omen? At any rate, we were scooting along and, for whatever reason, he wanted to stop. So as we slow to a stop, with this being the first time I’d EVER ridden clips, I forgot to clip out. At a complete standstill, my friend watched as I merely started leaning, then falling. All I could get out was, “Andy! S**t!” There I was, still clipped in, bike in the air and me on my back. To add insult to injury, this amazingly attractive woman was less than 20’ away when it happened and she saw everything. She tried to hide her smile and chuckle but it was too obvious. I couldn’t blame her.

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This was about 4 years ago. I was riding with the DH on a very hot Labor Day weekend, when I saw a sprinkler. Steered toward the sprinkler to cool off and fell hard (a slight lip from construction, hit at the wrong angle). The DH stopped to see me covered in mud. I made him get the car. He took me to the emergency room.
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The doctor asked me how I felt, my reply, "embarrassed, I'm 49 years old and fell off my bike running through a sprinkler!"
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After x-rays they discovered I had broken my upper arm.
All healed now and biking more than ever.
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I was learning how to use clipless pedals on the mountain bike. I came to a place where I was coming to a stop and needed to unclip. I couldn't, and I just tipped over on my side, both feet still clipped in and hands on the handlebars. Thankfully I fell mostly on soft leaves, but a branch dented my shin (no cut, no blood). The dent is still there.

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Recently bought a recumbent low-racer.
Rode around neighboring streets to get used to it as they are a LOT different to ride than a regular bike. Very twitchy.
Getting the hang of it when I hit a small bump in front of the neighbors house. Down I went.

Got a lot of road rash. A lot. Scraped the seat on the bike.

The worst part is that the neighbor saw me fall and yelled "Do you need some help? Are you OK?" I was a lot more embarrassed than anything else.

Leg and arm are healing very well. Have to figure out how to repair the bike seat. Trying to figure out how to avoid the neighbor for a few years.

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We had some friends come to the house for a morning ride last fall. We were on the singles and I had my foot resting on the pedal, not clipped (or so I thought) waiting on DH. When he got there I tried to move my foot and the whole bake went over. Down I went and wasn't even moving. Went ahead and did the ride with my knee banged up and still have a bit of a scar. It is sad when your worst bike crash was standing still in your own drive.

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August 2014 goals:
1) Get my nutrition back under control and record daily
2) Finish the forest service quilt and wall hanging
3) Ride my bike 25 miles a week
4) Clean and de-clutter one room each week


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Anyone have any? I toppled over today while noodling around on the hardtail. Slowly turning in an area at the end of the street next to our house that I ride all the time with my kids, unexpectedly hit a small square gas grate that was hidden under a pile of leaves. Wife turned around to see me with my feet in the air saying out loud, "I can't believe I just ate it riding around in circles with the boys."

I have epic ones, too, but I find these piddling ones truly irritating.

Pain is weakness leaving the body.

How do you eat an elephant?

I will not fail.


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