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need a new helmet

2004-07-29 21:56:50.64541+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

Coming down Eldridge Grade, through some of the rocky sections, all of a sudden the bike does something completely unexpected. Reflexes click me out of the SPDs, I go over the handlebars, land on my hands, tuck, kinda roll, the Camelbak keeps me from going completely over, and then there's a loud smack as my helmet impacts.

Stand up gingerly, still got full range of motion in the legs, cycling shorts are sticking on the right side, don't wanna know, right shoulder's a little stiff, feels like I pulled something in my hand, neck is strangely loose (brushes with death always seem to do wonders for my neck and back...), glasses still have their lenses, still have all of my peripheral vision, but... yep: the helmet has a big chunk missing.

Pick up the bike, and it won't roll. Hmmm... The front V-brake had pulled weirdly and was stuck under the rim, whence the "completely unexpected". Work that out, and I need to go to the bike shop and decide if I want to replace the pads and recalibrate the brake or just spend the bucks and go for disk brakes, so this can't happen again. I've been lusting after some of the features on Charlene's new ride anyway, but...

And I do need to get another helmet. And the shower I'm about to take is gonna huuuuurrrrt.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-29 23:50:31.021618+00 by: Shawn

Yikes. Glad you're (mostly) ok.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-30 02:27:09.556858+00 by: crasch

Ouch. Glad you survived relatively intact.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-30 03:53:32.941989+00 by: John Anderson

cycling shorts are sticking on the right side, don't wanna know,

I'm accident-at-the-side-of-the-road curious about this.

Glad you were a positive helmet-wearing lesson instead of a negative one.

This post reminds me, we haven't had any tandem stories for a while -- you guys still riding together?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-30 04:20:12.602176+00 by: Diane Reese

Hoping for not too much damage and a speedy recovery....

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-30 06:49:07.297288+00 by: topspin

Ouchie.... how 'bout a pic of the helmet?

And, like John, I could wince and see a pic of your strawberry patch, if it doesn't qualify for alt.binaries.pictures.gnarly.genitalia or somesuch.

I'm certain you're fine, since you logged this pre-shower, but careful with the hand injury. I fell in October, hyper-extended my wrist, and I'm STILL not 100% and cannot support/pull up my full weight with it. I keep re-injuring it by trying to do what I used to do.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-30 15:09:58.127991+00 by: Dan Lyke

Helmet got left at the bike shop when I bought the new one. If y'all really wanna see 'em, I guess I'll take some pictures of the scabs (knee, hip & shoulder).

Yeah, wrist hurts a bit today, but since I'm a skater I've got plenty in the way of braces lying around...

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-30 18:33:57.495146+00 by: Dan Lyke

Okay, you sickos:

The hip wasn't as bad as I'd feared, I've got some scratches down my leg which are actually more annoying. Do have to keep it clean, 'cause those smooth abrasions are a bitch for infection.

The knee and shin are "yeah, whatever" territory. They've been worse. Not recently, though.

And the shoulder still aches.

Now wear your helmets and don't bike like maniacs. And check to make sure that your wheel's seated right and your brake pads contact right up snug next to the tire.