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post #1 of 18 Old 09-30-2012, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I had my first road bike crash last Saturday. No broken bones or messed-up joints, and the bike will be OK with some TLC (I rode it home, no mechanical damage noticed or found on inspection other than the torn-off clutch lever).

I had these things going for me:

1. Good safety gear. I am very bruised but hardly scratched.

2. Riding with a buddy. He called 911 for me, but by the time they got to the scene, I was up and about, and they excused themselves (after I signed the pad of course).

3. Riding at a sane speed - the crash happened at about 30-40 mph.


And these things going against me:

1. It is a very twisty, tight, mountain road near my house, with no guard rails, 100 ft. drop-offs, and iffy pavement.

2. Trucks tend to give each other extra room around curves. In this case, a car or truck had pulled a strong line of gravel and sand across the road from just off of the pavement.

3. While sliding off the mountain would have been really, really bad, sliding into the hill was still an abrupt stop that really got me good.


The bruising and swelling covers a decent portion of my left side, and I'm still a bit gimpy. One tough thing is that, when the bike hit the hill and stopped (sliding on the left Motovation slider), I was still on the seat. Basically, my, uh, crotch took a huge hit. The swelling was EPIC, and really ugly. Does anyone ride with a cup?

So what happened? In short, I was following my buddy, who was behind another bike. We were all taking it easy on this early part of the ride on a known dangerous road. Unfortunately, the lead bike turned the corner, saw the gravel, and slowed down. My buddy turned the corner, saw the gravel and the slow bike, and slowed harder. I turned the corner, saw the whole scene, turned to miss my buddy, locked then modulated the brakes across the gravel and sand, then ran out of pavement.

In conclusion, I should have allowed more space to the riders in front.

I was told several times that "you are lucky."

1. I was "lucky" to have a buddy along. No sir, that was planned, and for good reason.

2. I was "lucky" to be wearing a good, full-face helmet. Oh yeah, good thing I randomly picked a real helmet to wear. Duh.

3. I was "lucky" to be wearing all of my riding gear. Hey, it's called ATGATT.

4. I was "lucky" I didn't fly off of the mountain. Hmm, there's some truth to that.

So anyway, I've got new parts here, and in the mail, and I'll have the 919 back on the road in a couple of weeks - after I heal up, of course.

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-30-2012, 10:58 AM
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Glad to hear you made it through relatively OK! You'll have the 919 fixed back up in no time, hope your recovery is short!

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post #3 of 18 Old 09-30-2012, 11:27 AM
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Damn man sorry to hear about the crash. Under the circumstances, not much more you could have done other than like you said leave a little more distance. Kudos for taking it easy on an iffy road or it could have been much worse.

Hope you and your boys heal up quick

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+1. Important thing is you walked away. Let us know if you need anything.

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post #5 of 18 Old 09-30-2012, 12:35 PM
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Glad You are Ok. Good to hear you had your gear on.

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post #6 of 18 Old 09-30-2012, 12:48 PM
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Welcome to the club! I joined in June, myself.

Glad you are OK and that you are in good spirits about it. Fix it up and get back on!

ATTGAT FTW.

Anyone get pics? I'm still pissed my buddies didn't get a pic of me starfished on the ground beside my bike.

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post #7 of 18 Old 09-30-2012, 01:12 PM
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Awesome to hear you got no major damage. The slamming your gentleman's area took made me cringe, that shit hadda hurt. Gravel is my biggest fear when running around on a curvy back road.

You are right about ATGATT, nothing lucky about that, just being smart.

Now go get a nice big cushion to sit on till the jewels heal up, and get the 9er back on the road as soon as possible!

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You are LUCKY, that Pvster or MM didn't ask for pics of the damage.


And I'm not talking about the bike...

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post #9 of 18 Old 10-01-2012, 04:55 AM
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Yeah, this isn't a good club to be in, but it's got lots of members. :P

Also, I have heard that there are some cups available for riding now, though I have never looked into it.

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Yeah, this isn't a good club to be in, but it's got lots of members. :P

Also, I have heard that there are some cups available for riding now, though I have never looked into it.
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post #11 of 18 Old 10-01-2012, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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I clicked through - I see it's called the "Nuttybuddy" which is a cute name.

Continuing to heal, and feeling a bit better. At least it's not a three minute battle to roll out of bed now.

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I clicked through - I see it's called the "Nuttybuddy" which is a cute name.

Continuing to heal, and feeling a bit better. At least it's not a three minute battle to roll out of bed now.
As a multiple time re-entrant to the club, I can tell you you are going to be very sore in some very odd places for a surprisingly long time. Averages about four to six weeks for me, plus/minus a bit, depending on how bad it was. The worst of it should be gone in a week or two - I suggest buying the economy size package of Tylenol or Motrin/other Ibuprofin in the meantime.

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post #13 of 18 Old 10-01-2012, 09:40 AM
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Agree with the above. I had new bruises blooming 4 days later, and my hand hurt for nearly two months.

Tylenol PM is good stuff.

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Sorry to hear m5 but good on you for proper gear. Heal up fast and get her fixed. You might also try an Epsom salt bath for the bruising

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I survived my first crash with only a scrape to the elbow because of AGATT, but I had a really sore back and neck. A trip to a chiropractor and using e-stim to work the muscles helped tremendously. Soreness was gone after the first session. I'm not suggesting you use that on your junk, but for anywhere else that's sore. YMMV. Hope you heal up soon.

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I think you claim "Lucky" too much, it sounds like you ride smart. And certainly you were knowledgeable enough to ATGATT. That says a lot.

Very glad you made it out alright. Dumped a few myself, as time goes on I'm learning how much slower the body heals itself as I age. The aches will pass, but more importantly you're still around to ride more.

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post #17 of 18 Old 10-01-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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I think you claim "Lucky" too much, it sounds like you ride smart. And certainly you were knowledgeable enough to ATGATT. That says a lot.
Yeah that's my point - it's not luck, it's preparation - and I want people to know that, so they can ride as smart as they are able.

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