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Tue Oct 16, 2012, 02:09 AM

Didn't kill myself, but had a serious wipeout on my bike Saturday

First one since I got back on a bike in 2008. Last time something like this happened, I was a teenager. My brother and I hit wet leaves and both of us on bikes wiped out. Splat! Splat! Flat on the pavement.

There's a lot of difference between 16 and 45.

I was approaching a roundabout Saturday, and it was clear in all directions. A car came out of the tunnel on the left side, but I ride this every day and the distances were fine. I'd be in the roundabout and around. Then everything went slow motion for a moment as I realized the driver was coming really fast into the roundabout and towards me. I dove on the brakes, wasn't stopping, so I cranked down and they locked up. I started skidding, the bike turned a little to the right, then the bike and I dropped flat on the ground sliding.

I remember my left hand going palm down, and the voice of a guy from the bike club ran in my head saying, "Don't do that." Not sure exactly how, but I must have rolled on my left hand, arm, and shoulder.

It's a really wonderful thing to hear your body sliding across the pavement. Probably only went a few feet, but just a scraping, ripping, shredding sound.

Couple of small road rash scrapes and bruises on my wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Bashed my knees pretty good. Left one on the ground and the right one I think against the bike. Nothing broken, no sutures, very little blood. Didn't see scrapes or dings in my helmet to indicate I hit my head.

Driver stopped and asked if I was OK. Gritted my teeth and told her I was fine.

Bike was fine. Minor scrape and the lights got tilted. Didn't see any blood pouring into my socks, everything moved, so I adjusted the lights and kept going.

Had a plan to ride the bike trails out to Yelm and back. Probably 40 or more miles. Hadn't ridden this part of these trails before, and I got a little lost and wandered around a bit until I found the interchange between the trails. Saw a number of walkers, people with dogs, one with a kid in a stroller, and several other cyclists along the trail.

It had been raining, but it really started to pick up. The nylon camp pants I was wearing were not working. The cold rain was slicing through me. The fall and the rain felt like warning signs. Didn't want to wait for the third thing, so I cut my ride very short and probably only did 12-15 miles.

Probably need to invest in spandex or something for fall/winter riding.

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Response to Kennah (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:05 AM

1. Ouch, that sucks.

I haven't had a wipeout yet this go around, but I have skidded a couple of times on wet leaves. I know I'm going to wipeout eventually, it happens.

Glad you're ok!

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Response to Kennah (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 10:29 AM

2. My worst ever was on a 27" 3-speed (too big for me at the time - it was my dad's).

 

I was on one of the bike trails near dark and cut into the grass to give right of way to two people who were walking. I forgot about the lamp post with the burned out bulb. Head on collision at a good speed (and before I knew about bike helmets). I racked myself on the handlebars pretty good and my head had a goose egg on it for weeks, but I lived and apparently the jewels were okay since I had three daughters later in life. I just remember waking up with people staring down at me. There have been other wipeouts, but nothing that compared to that one.

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Response to Kennah (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 04:36 PM

3. Glad you're okay.

I love bike riding, but I can't do the roads. Just too dangerous for me...

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Response to Kennah (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:26 PM

4. Road rash sux

Keep it clean, covered, and debrided. Heals from the out most portions toward the center. Might be a while before it is skin again. Heal fast with no infection!!!

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