My First Big Crash!!!

ScreaminWargasm
ScreaminWargasm Posts: 289
edited September 2012 in Road general
Went out today with the intention of getting a few Strava KOM's which thankfully I managed just prior to having a big 'off' that I could have avoided.

I had a big cross wind which was shielded by a large hedge. I sat up (no hands) to stretch my back, just as the hedge had a gap which created a gust of wind, causing my front wheel to turn and over I went at 20 odd mph!!!

Brand new top that was on its 2nd ride has been shreaded and my Giro Atmos now has a hefty split across the back.
I think I left a fair amount of skin on the road and my hip hurts quite a bit.

I am so glad I was wearing a helmet as the speed in which I hit the deck, I think I'd have been in hospital or worse!!!

A valuable lesson learned me thinks!

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  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,522
    ouch

    tegaderm film is great for roadrash, but you need to get it on there quick, heals fast
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • Thanks for the advice mate. I'll get some for any future spills. I'm sure this won't be my last lol

    It's getting sore now but the worst hit was to my bloody wallet!!!
  • Giro do a crash replacement scheme, a new Atmos will cost you £65 - a bit of a saving
    http://www.madison.co.uk/giro/

    You have to be UK based, I suppose Essex just about qualifies :)
  • Ha ha, judging by some of the characters from Essex, I'd beg to differ!

    Thanks for the info mate, I'll be contacting them tomorrow to arrange an exchange. That's £20 cheaper than any local or online shops.
  • dave35
    dave35 Posts: 1,124
    Where in Essex were you riding?
  • NewTTer
    NewTTer Posts: 463
    Yes where were you riding,wasnt that windy in my part of essex
  • Was out in great wakering at the time. It was a strong gust that caught the bike.
  • Was out in great wakering at the time.
    That sounds more like a mistyped pleasurable activity than a place.
  • Bad news on the crash, pleased that nothing's broken apart from the helmet. . .

    Riding in crosswinds from the left, with hedgerows, requires concentration and a good grip - sometimes we have to learn the hard way. I wish you a swift recovery.
  • Awh pal, glad everything is still together and intact!

    I had a similar sounding crash, easily avoidable. Coming off the bottom of a quite a steep slope, lots of pace I decided to stand up to stretch my legs and turn around to see if a car was coming. My handlebars got their wiggle on, I corrected to stop myself going over but corrected straight into a pothole. First time I've ever been over the handlebars, landed head and shoulder first. £120.00 windstopper destroyed, £80.00 jersey destroyed. Major bummer!

    I did time it quite well though. I laid on the quiet road a bit daised but luckily a district nurse was driving past, this lovely old lady took me in, cuppa tea and a fairycake to steady me....off I went on my 4.5hr ride!

    Little did I realise though, I was concussed :D It was only until I was throwing up and work the next day, and unable to see in a straight line, I realised a Dr trip was necessary.

    Glad everything is cool man!!! KEEP ON RIDING!
  • NewTTer
    NewTTer Posts: 463
    Was out in great wakering at the time. It was a strong gust that caught the bike.
    Was out there around 7:00pm must have just missed you, hope the damage isnt to bad. I was on a White Spesh Tarmac SL4 if you saw me.
    What Segments were you chasing on Strava you must ride some of the same ones as me I will look you up.
  • NewTTer wrote:
    Was out in great wakering at the time. It was a strong gust that caught the bike.
    Was out there around 7:00pm must have just missed you, hope the damage isnt to bad. I was on a White Spesh Tarmac SL4 if you saw me.
    What Segments were you chasing on Strava you must ride some of the same ones as me I will look you up.


    I was out around 12 lunchtime mate. I only wanted one KOM (westerly wind wanted) in Wakering as my mate had it so I thought I'd take it from him!
    The others were out in Stambridge / Canewdon way.

    Feel free to look me up mate
    http://app.strava.com/athletes/266827

    Thanks for all the replies guys
  • im also from that area ish and sometimes have a sunday ride round that way.
    Sorry its not me it's the bike ;o)

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  • im also from that area ish and sometimes have a sunday ride round that way.


    Just had a look at your Strava page mate. You must live on your bike. The amount of hours / miles you put in is impressive :)
  • im also from that area ish and sometimes have a sunday ride round that way.


    Just had a look at your Strava page mate. You must live on your bike. The amount of hours / miles you put in is impressive :)

    yeah commute 5 days a week, I feel I twinge of guilt if I don't go out on it :oops:
    Sorry its not me it's the bike ;o)

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  • Bloody good effort mate. I tend to hibernate when the weather looks c**p :oops:

    Here is my £80 top on it's second outing!!!
  • just makes it a bit more breathable, you can always tell people that you survived a fight with the big cat sighting recently :wink:
    Sorry its not me it's the bike ;o)

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  • dave35
    dave35 Posts: 1,124
    Not as windy my side of Essex-hainault. That looks like a sleepless night crash-hope it heals quick.
  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    im also from that area ish and sometimes have a sunday ride round that way.


    Just had a look at your Strava page mate. You must live on your bike. The amount of hours / miles you put in is impressive :)
    yer - just needs to find some more hills! I've done 1/2 the distance but 30% more hills !

    ;)
  • nothing wrong with Essex's speedbumps!!!, I would like more hills on my routes to be honest, get the legs pumping a bit more
    Sorry its not me it's the bike ;o)

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