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My First real Fall!

RonnieG 01 Nov 14:39  

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I was out in the rain yesterday doing about a 40+ mile ride. I ride a straight bar road bike with real narrow rims and tyres.

Part of the route i took put me on grass and an old previous muddy terrain. (about 2 miles of it) my back wheel slid into a rut and the bike, about to leave the ground, spun causing me to break. Bike stopped, went one way...i went the other. In fact i was launched up and out of the saddle. (honest...i know it sounds dramatic!). I went up and then came down like a sack of spuds onto quite hard terrain. My arm was under me, across my chest whem i it the deck and although arm was of it was like my chest hit a log. Man! it took the wind right out of me and i lay there thinking....Hmmm am I in serrious trouble here or am I going to be ok. after abiout 2-3 minutesd i got myself together and got up and got back on the bike (that was ok).

Fortunatly No one was around!!

So..ther it is....It was always going to happen and after 2 years of cycling I had my first real dangerous fall/crash.

After that i really appreciated how slippy my tyres are even on the tarmac.
Might need to make some changes.

baxter 01 Nov 17:08  

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sounds like you had a tough time !... i fell off and broke my collar bone < slipper round a bout........... man that hurt


mattk 01 Nov 17:40  

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Hey Ronnie,

Sorry to hear about your accident - sounds painful but at least you could get back on the bike without broken bones etc. It just shows that it is important to have the correct equipment in these conditions. I always consider brakes and tyres to be the most important aspects of any moving form of transport you ride or drive - they're the things you definately need to stop other than something hard (floor/barrier/tree etc).

Hope you're recovering well!

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dudley 02 Nov 10:56  

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collar bone aged 8

over the handle bars when a 'stout twig' flicked off the front wheel of a passing car straight through my front wheel spokes.

Instant stop - over the handle bars into the road - bike over on top of me

long walk home

off to casualty and then home for ice cream

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RonnieG 02 Nov 22:56  

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Lol Dudley. Actually brought it all back...when i was about 8/9 i lost the front bolt securing handle bars to stem/frame on my 20" .So i ....... Cringe.... put a small stick/lolly stick in its place. Riding fast ......hit a kerb, stick snapped...... and i did the same.... No broken bones tho.... but... No ice cream either!

Rg


darking 05 Nov 14:30  

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I once was happily pedaling up the towpath, swerving to avoid a puddle, when the front wheel of my inky dinky folding bike fell into a sinkhole. I went base over apex into the canal and came up hawking out the filth that breeds in there,and being a relatively high bank it became a desperate struggle to climb out.

Although no one actually saw my humiliating exit and re entry, an awful lot saw me riding home soaking wet, with weed adorning my cycle helmet (which went unnoticed by me until I got home and took it off).

While still traveling home I was annoyed to find my phone and sunglasses were obviously drowned as my top pocket was now empty, as was my back pocket where my keys had been, so I had to climb in a window and drip my way to the bathroom. I had a long shower, ranting at the tiles until eventually drying off and going to bed.

if there are any other other Brommy riders let me know how you are coping.



bikebritain 16 Nov 23:26  

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Hey Ronnie,

At least your fall was worthy of description! I've been lucky enough to come off my bike only once recently...and it was humiliating. I stopped at a junction close to home, got distracted by a couple of friends who were across the road - and that fateful combination of a loss of concentration and being unable to get my foot uncleated meant.....well you get the picture. Lots of laughs (from them) later, I managed to pick myself up out of the road and cycle shamefully off. Nothing hurt, other than pride.
Hope you're feeling ok - I agree - the best approach is always to get right back on the bike after a fall. Take care and happy riding.



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Hi Ronnie
I cam off my moutain bike on the road early on this year, stupid really just wasnt watching where I was going, clipped the curb and ended up with cuts and scratches and 2 broken ribs! ouch!
But it didn put me off, since then I have bought a Giant frc 2.5 road bike and covered a couple of thousand miles with only a couple of hairy moments.
I have now taken to road riding full time and am loving it!
Cheers all and keep cycling....... All the best
Addy

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MMMBop 07 Dec 23:24  

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Had a lot of close calls... steering wheel failages whilst on a busy parisian street, break failages whilst on a steep hill with a main road and traffic lights at the bottom, even seat failages whilst going up the same hill (it's an old bike!) but always managed to remain upright... until I was driven off the road by a grumpy bus driver who didn't want to share! Broke my wrist and haven't been able to cycle since... can't wait for Jan til I can get back on again! Already planning an epic trip to celebrate!


Rossyboy10 06 Apr 14:09  

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Have managed to navigate to and from central London for 6-7 months without incident and then 2 in a month. Got hit by a car in Peckham and the car seemed to come off worse even after taking off over his bonnet. Got away with just a couple of grazes. And then after completing a 40 miler on Friday, I went out for 20 minutes yesterday morning and managed to throw the bike out from underneath me on a roundabout after my chain slipped. Again just a few grazes and damaged ego. Have been lucky to not seriously damage my knees or shoulders both times.

Worried I'm starting to feel a little too invincible?! New chain needed I think. Oh, and tights!

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stevow 07 Apr 22:12  

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Have had many falls over the years. Mostly forest incidents. Down dips and bike stops at bottom but I don't. Straight over and lie there laughing with my brother ragging on at me about it not being funny. It was me who fell!!

Road cycling one time on new bike and stopped at a give way. I lent down to adjust something and overbalanced. I couldn't get my foot off my SPD and the classic "fall while stopped" There was even someone in the telephone box who must have wet themselves laughing and wishing they had a video camera. It would've been £250 for them. I couldn't do anything but laugh at myself. It must have been so funny.

Worst one was Christmas forest cycling. Hit a patch of sheet ice and a fellow cyclist shouted "be careful, theres ice!" Silly me hit the brakes. bike went sideways and I went down hard on my knees. The look of horror on a small child's face as you slide towards them unable to stop!
After several minutes I got up and finished the 2 hour ride. Following day, A & E, damaged medial ligaments, crutches for a week, physio for 10 weeks only just getting back on a bike as I'm doing a charity 50 mile ride mid May. Ouch!!


bloomp 15 Jun 12:29  

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Re darking's post 5th Nov 09,
I have just done the same thing! over the bars, 5ft dive into stinky canal with 1ft of water and assorted sharp objects, gashed elbow, torn ligaments in shoulder, bruised thigh, totally soaked, drowned phone and paper cash & car remote fob and 4 mile walk home with buckled front wheel looking like the monster from the black lagoon !
Happy times rofl.

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darking 15 Jun 14:40  

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hi bloompt

which canal, mine was grand union? anyway i hope you have recovered, may the bluebird of happyness fly over your head


bloomp 15 Jun 14:50  

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Hi darking,
mine wasn't grand at all - it was a no-name disused portion of the Wigan-Bolton-Bury system hence the smelly low water level :-)

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Provene 17 Jun 08:44  

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After riding horses all my life all I can say is be thankful it's not half a ton of muscle and bone disagreeing with you! Dis-located my shoulder three times (had an op to stop it) broke my pelvis, several concussions and a very nasty swollen ankle when the pony I was on bit the horse in front. It kicked out, the pony turned and I got the kick!

Come off the bike once or twice, but after the horse experience I hardly notice it. They're an awful lot closer to the ground, that's all I'm saying!

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London_Rick 18 Jun 23:20  

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The most embarrassing fall for me was the old, "coming to a halt and forgetting to take my clips out of the pedals" trick. Coming to a stop and realising that you haven't got a foot available to put down on the ground followed by the slow fall sideways, gathering pace as you brace yourself and hit the ground, shoulder first - hard! Ouch! Luckily no serious damage done but it was at a set of traffic lights in front of a queue of cars...

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