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Weird Crash
Last Post 10/31/2019 06:25 PM by Cosmic Kid. 40 Replies.
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10/24/2019 08:31 PM
CK Not a bad ass but definitely a very old ass..


10/25/2019 01:59 AM
Bummer, I hope you heal well and quickly.


10/25/2019 08:42 AM
Sounds like it was really the result of poor handling skills in extreme conditions combined with a headset with just a wee little bit of play. I'd purposely left it like that because i couldn't find a happy medium between it being overly loose and creaking/ticking when fully tightened. Still a freak accident but in looking back could have been so much worse. That's a busy highway.

Thanks for all the help fellas!! I'll try to keep the rubber side down more often next season.


10/25/2019 09:20 AM
Don't feel bad, I fractured my hip back in 2005 trying to climb my own driveway in the wet. Not the brightest thing to do....


10/25/2019 11:56 AM
zoot, I remember that. Back in the VeloNews days. I broke my thumb riding out the driveway to my parents' house the winter after I had hung up my racing numbers for good. Dirt driveway. Well below freezing but dry. At night. I didn't ride with a headlight in those days because I was very aware that there were so poor that 1) cars didn't notice them and 2) at speed I overran the beam so they were useless. Here, it would have served well!

My tire found a 4" deep frozen rut. No problem (and in fact I didn't even know) until I needed to make a minor balance correction. Fell to my left. Broke racing rule #1 (as I was no longer racing ). Don't let go of the handlebars until after you hit the road; a rule that had served me very well. Put my right hand down. Jammed my thumb. Didn't really notice; my knee hurt a lot more! Pulled my mitten off to mess with the quick release and saw at first glance that my thumb was wrong. The break was well back, in my palm.

That ride was to go in-town to donate blood platelets. The only other time I had missed an appointment there was 14 months before when I was in a coma. (No driveways involved there.)

Orange Crush


10/25/2019 01:00 PM
6ix - I've had that very issue of a creaking headset on my commuter. Messed around with it for a bit but like you could never quite get it right between removing the creaking and having it sufficiently tight. I can't for the life of me remember how I finally solved it but trust I must have replaced it ultimately. It's been a few years ago. Best not to cheap out on this kind of stuff.

Had a few crashes this year myself but all of them were "fun".
1. Trying to squeeze too fast through a gate on a gravel trail spinning out. This was a beer sprint to local brew pup. My entire left leg was a very deep purple for many weeks.
2. Several spills in loose sand in Oregon that Ben witnessed. On the last one the top tube of my bike sheered off. It remained surprisingly compliant though on a 20k downhill but was making death sounds all the way.
3. Being unable to lift my front wheel up beyond a reasonable doubt to get over a bridge curb. Clearly getting old (timing) and not enough upper body strength. Crashed on both hands and knees. This was a few week ago on the maiden voyage of the replacement frame I got from Specialized.That replacement frame is sweet (stiff).

That's enough for 2019 I'd say.


10/25/2019 10:31 PM
FWIW, I've been reading these notes and still am confused. Left Right shimmy is well know to all of us, loose headset, out of balance front wheel, side wind, pavement issues, coming from a cold rider, or whatever. As a medical person who rides, I am certain that certain of us are more prone to the left right shimmy due to genes (blame your parents).
But up and down as described by the OP, I just don't get that.


10/27/2019 02:37 PM
Was inspecting my frame today and found an impact fracture that was hidden underneath the chainstay protector.  It passes the coin test and I don't see a crack forming.  Think the chain just smacked it really hard and chipped away the top gel coat layer.  Even so, thankfully there is a carbon repair shop here in Boulder I'm taking it too.  More money down the drain. This sport is quickly becoming far too rich for my blood.