First Crash

First Crash

Well, I had my first crash – luckily it wasn’t very bad – I’m pretty much OK – some very pretty bruising, bruised or cracked rib, jammed fingers, but really nothing very bad at all.

The bike is a little more messed up but fixable – she has a broken handlebar and some plastic damage – she’s at Clearbrook motorsports being fixed right now.

Happened last Thursday on a group ride with BCSB folks. Took a corner a little to fast, and I think I may not have looked through it – until then the other riders said I’d been doing well. All I recall is knowing I was down and sliding and then I was in the brambles and my bike was also in the brambles about 10-20 feet from me. I was really lucky with my landing spot – managed to avoid all poles and other hard things.

Thankfully I was wearing full gear (Joe Rocket Ballistic pants and jacket, Joe Rocket gloves, Frank Thomas Aquaforce boots and an HJC helmet) – if I hadn’t been I would likely STILL be picking brambles out of my ass. I had come really close to wearing jeans instead of the pants, but I’m sooooo glad I didn’t. Most of the gear won’t need to be replaced (except for the helmet of course – I wanted a new one anyway)

However, I’m retiring the shorts I was wearing under the pants – they used to be the pants that I was wearing when I had my bicycle accident, and that the ambulance guys cut up to the knee. I think they’re bad luck!

And the guys (and girl) that I was riding with were sooo great. The guys picked the bike out of the brambles and once it was determined that it couldn’t be ridden any more, everyone waited with me in the hot sun for two hours as I first tried to get ahold of my brother-in-law (who has a truck) and then waited for the folks from Clearbrook motorsports. And there was NO bitching and moaning about it. I’d only just met them that day too.

Photos taken by various BCSB members.

Setting out on the ride
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The fateful corner
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The damage to the bike
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More bike damage
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Waiting for transport
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Bikes lined up and waiting for me to get transported
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Damage to me and my gear
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