@Travelbugblues, so sorry to hear about your accident! Get on well!
These damn dogs... I was lucky enough to not to ride over two of them (unleashed) recently. Yet I had an ugly accident (not that bad as yours though) in my first e-biking days, about a year ago. I tried to overtake a quite fast cyclist on a bike path. To do that, I had to ride onto the "sidewalk" part of the multi-use-path. There was a little curb (onto which I should ride more perpendicularly as you should). It was a bad fall at some 19 mph. The bike fell together with me and was sliding down the sidewalk to the standstill. When I opened my eyes, I could see a concrete post just few inches in front of my forehead. It was the single situation I wore no helmet! A wound in the forearm was quickly bandaged at local health centre, and taken better care of at a hospital on the next day.
More and more I ride, the more I'm concerned with the ride safety. However stupid I may look like, I now wear a full face, MIPS helmet on my rides (Bell Air-R):
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The helmet is pretty lightweight as for a full-face one. The long visor is for controlling the ventilation but also protects your eyebrows. (In the wintertime, I wear a snowboarding helmet).
I started using the full-face helmet after I learned about my brother's accident. He was riding e-bike and made a mistake on cornering. The worst hit he got was the one in the chin (it could end up far worse). After I heard about it, I re-attached the chin protector to the helmet...
Hang in there bugblues! Stay tough.Yes, I should have been more perpendicular. The Como has bigger tires but still wasn't enough to handle the change. I have to say it has sort of scared me some. I know when my helmet comes I'll get back out again, but my mood is a little dampened about the whole thing.
You guys are not making me want to get back on that horse again anytime soon! lolol I'm so sorry! I feel your pain. Although sounds like you took it worse than me. Your bike is totalled too? So glad you had your helmet on. I finally was able to take my bandage off my arm and let it be open to air. Still got a big ole lump above my eye. Thigh is all bruised. I don't feel like doing alot. Slowing inching back to life though. I'm thinking of getting full finger gloves too. I had half ones on which I was grateful for. I only cut one finger. Making me rethink my gear that's for sure. Hang in there. I think pillows come in value packs!
Wow... what a coincidence.
Riding down a paved trail yesterday and totaled myself and the bike. My friend said it was a rabbit that darted out and I tried to avoid it but I have no recollection of what happened just sitting up in a cement ditch with a bunch of injuries.
Helmet saved my life... or my brain. It has a big crease in it just above the temple which I assume was the edge of the cement ditch. Paramedics took me to the hospital, got a CAT scan and results were normal (well... normal as can be ) and they even took x-rays of my chest/ribs because I think I bruised my ribs.
Left arm is scraped down to the under flesh so wearing one of those silicon bandages... tons of scrapes and cuts everywhere else and have a real achy back along with the ribs. I have no idea if I flipped over the handlebars or what, just my friend saying he saw my bike fly in the air (which for a heavy ebike is bad) and then I was lying face down in the ditch.
Gloves really helped, I have a few abrasions on my hands but the gloves look way worse. I'm surprised I didn't break any bones although the top of left foot/toes are really bruised and by the looks of my left shoe (which also flew off) it looks like I dragged it on the ground as the top of the shoe has a giant hole in it.
Although everything hurts, I think I'm lucky considering... just wish I remembered what went on.
My sons raced MTBs in high school and college. They were coached for years to 'stay in the cockpit' and let the bike take the hit. There were crashes every race. Those that followed the advice raced on. Some of the others went to the EMTs for care.I am no expert on falling, but I did read advice on this forum from a mountain biker who said try to tuck into the bike so the bike more than your body absorbs the impact. Keep hands on handle bars. I have not had to use that advice yet. Hope you all heal quickly.
My sons raced MTBs in high school and college. They were coached for years to 'stay in the cockpit' and let the bike take the hit. There were crashes every race. Those that followed the advice raced on. Some of the others went to the EMTs for care.
I was just a dad at the practices, but I got the message. When you go down, and you will, don't let go of the handle bars. Use clipless pedals and under no circumstances should you unclip in a fall. Keep your knees in tight and roll your shoulders. It worked for my sons, and when I remember, it works for me. I've cracked 3 helmets in the last 5 years, but rode away from each one. YRMV.
Omg Big N!
Were you on your Sport? How fast? Bike path, offroad?
The last thing I need to do is endo on my Ebike.
Well, haven't had my Como long and experienced my first bad accident. Bike is okay. A guy on the path with dog on a leash was coming towards me. Dog was wild. Moved over to give some extra room. Got onto the grass a little and when coming back to the sidewalk my tire got caught between grass and sidewalk. I needed to come at it more perpendicularly. Had to take an ambulance ride for a head injury. Had a helmet on but ended up wacking head in some way above the eye. My vision is still impaired. Concussion. Bloody arm with road rash, huge bruise from him through the thigh. I'm okay. No more sense than before the accident I'm sure. The bike has some scrapes, but I took the brunt of the impact.
Not at all. Bear in mind the Bell Super Air R Mips Spherical (that's the full name of it) is a lightweight helmet. Interestingly, you can remove the chain-protector with just two clicks (but then what's the point of having that helmet in the first place?) Ridden without the chin-protector, the helmet makes the wind howl in your ears! With the chin-protector, your ears and temples are protected, too, and no noise. Visor down: Use on colder days, your head not cooled; visor up, you get a lot of cooling on hot days. Interesting helmet.Stephan does your neck get tired on long rides wearing a full face helmet?
Yeah. Downhill paved path, Sport was off (as I tend to try to ride it no power)... just lost control after I hit the wascally wabbit. Went flying into a cement drainage ditch from what my friend told me... lucky to be in one piece although I have numerous injuries.
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MIPS Giro helmet saved my brain.