Bike wreck

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by 4doora, Jun 9, 2008.

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  1. 4doora

    4doora Guest

    So today I decided to take by bike to work.
    Everything is going great, until I try to proceed through the intersection of rt 111 and 3A (same place I broke down a few weeks ago).
    My chain breaks and my engine stalls. I hear the rattling, wondering what it is while i'm turning through the intersection i look over my shoulder. Stupid mistake. When I look back in front of me I find myself way too close to the curb, and have no choice but to brace for impact.
    I hit the curb, and fall off my bike sideways.
    Not surprising, no one in the busy intersection was concerned with my accident, a cop even cruised right by as i was brushing off.
    Took a mean chunk of skin off my arm, and now I have a limp.
    My bike suffered some damage also, the right of the crank is totally bent in (see pics).

    So with a bent crank, I couldn't even pedal to work (not that i would anyways in this heat)
    I call up work and my manager is able to pick me and my bike up in his truck.
    And I work at a nursing home, so there were plenty of nurses that could help me out.

    I fixed my chain, turns out my master link either broker or just fell off. I got the bike started with a push start, but I still need to bend my crank back.

    Crashing sucks

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  2. eljefino

    eljefino Member


    It's hard not to look with a horrific noise down below; that chain might lock your wheel up or conversely hot motor parts might be dangling by your legs.

    Mechanical failures are already not that much fun and when in traffic, less so.
  3. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Glad you got off with a little road rash - from the looks of that bent crank, it was a pretty stiff impact.
  4. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    I know the exact intersection you're talking about. It's a pretty bad chokepoint so good thing you didn't get run over or anything. I've consistently heard bad things about happytime master links so I'm pretty glad I broke the retaining pin on mine when I was first installing. I only had a chain fail once and I knew it was going to since I broke and spliced it so many times, I had the upgrade chain ready at hand anyhow.
    Hope you're able to take that crank off and bend it back into shape easily. I'm still glad the cops in your area haven't given you any problems about the bike. Ride on!
  5. Marktur

    Marktur Member

    Glad you're not hurt too bad. Sounds like pride took the worse hit...good to hear that nobody stopped to make sure you're not dying...I am filled with pride for our people these days, especially the police. Maybe next time, you should spill "crack" all over the place when you fall, or leave your semi-automatic gun on the sidewalk -- then they might at least stop to assist you. (he-he!)
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2008
  6. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Mark, I understand the humor in what you said. But please remember this is a family forum. I can hear it now. Mom, why do guys have bent cranks.
  7. Marktur

    Marktur Member

    I have no idea what you're talking about, Zev! :)

    Removed. :)
  8. KiDD

    KiDD Member

    I always miss the good jokes before they get moderated away...

    hehe bent crank?
  9. Marktur

    Marktur Member

    OH, if I were a stand up comedian...
  10. jared3377

    jared3377 Member

    OUCH!!! It's good to hear that you and your bike are not too hurt, though. (Nice lookin' bike by the way!) :cool:
  11. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Take that pedal off the bent crank and see if a 1 inch pipe might convince it to straighten out.
  12. sjackson

    sjackson Member

    ouch! that sucks man! this is why I don't use master links on my pedal-powered bikes... is there a need to take the chain off more often on a MB? Just wondering why a master link is better than carrying a small chain tool...
  13. 4doora

    4doora Guest

    Dude, great trick!!!
    I just tried it out, now my crank is back to normal

    Thanks! :grin:

    I'm going to have to invest in a chain tool real soon... and I'm looking into getting a helmet. I still have my brains after that incident, I might as well use 'em :lol:
  14. KiDD

    KiDD Member

    Large metal objects usually wield a great persuasive power.
  15. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    first of all -- thank God you are still walking and talking !!!

    Your crank was put to more than a test there
    believe it or not
    an experienced person with a PRESS can do amazing things with bent parts
    but - I would buy a new one..

    nice looking MB you got there ---------------------

    I hear too many stories in regards to chain lenks
    might be best to eliminate lenk -- chain tool - add one lenk - solid chain

    Ride That Thing - Mountainman
  16. sorry to hear that man but you are ok and if ur bike isnt than money can fix that but if you were too hurt money cant fix that