Winter road rash

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Simonator, Dec 6, 2008.

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  1. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Well I dumped my bike today going probably 20 mph. I started picking up some speed down a hill and tried to keep the front wheel straight but it didnt work. The road had most of the snow cleared off. i must have hit a patch of solid ice or maybe that tar they put down to seal up cracks or whatever its for. That stuff gets real slippery.
    It's hard to walk. Tomorrow my leg is probably going to be black and blue. I'm slowing down from now on. 20 mph on a bike in the winter is too fast! Even if the road appears to be clear, you never know when you will hit a patch of ice. At least there is no damage to the bike. I'd say it's time to swap my 40T sprocket with my 50T sprocket for the winter. I need to have more low end power so I don't have to ride too fast for conditions to keep the engine in the power band.

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  2. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    :ack2: OUCH!!!

    sorry to hear you "biffed". at least ya didn't break anything....or worse.

    hang in there.
  3. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Good thing there wasn't a car following me close. I could have easily got run over! I'm just laughing about it and being thankful it wasn't worse. I think that crash is what I needed to wise up and stop being over confident about my riding skills! Now I will be paranoid of falling every time i ride in slippery conditions. I am taking it as a valuable lesson learned.
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Yup, a "valuable lesson learned". I'm glad you weren't hurt too badly.

    Probably the worst thing about winter riding is that you must slow down a great deal.

    Still, you're out there living life and not allowing winter to defeat you. You've got it over on the folks who think you're (we're) nuts and then shuffle out to their car, thinking "Jeez, it's cold out here".

    But that won't be so great, of course, if you break a leg or worse. So definitely slow down. Then it'll all be worth it.
  5. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Careful with gearing down too much, you may encounter the opposite problem where instead of having the front tire slip out from underneath you the rear will spin out and you'll be on your arse or doing the superman real fast.
    20 is definitely too fast in extreme weather. You should have known better. But whatever, at least you're okay and your ride doesn't need any repairs.
  6. Yesterday on my trike there was this sharp right turn on the trails and it kept going straight. I almost went past the trail and into the Platte River.
    It was exciting.
    It gave me a scare.
    Then it was fun when I finally stopped.
    I laughed right there.
  7. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    It's snowing here right now. The bike is staying in the garage.
    Glad to hear that you suffered nothing more than road rash, it could have been worse. Just imagine if they had laid down some salt before you took your spill. :ack2: Talk about stinging pain!
  8. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Amatures, ya know Kilroy.

    They get lake effect once a year out there.

    Good thing he didn't land on his but. Imagine that bruise on his sphincter! oooOOHHCH!

    I could hear him howlin after eatin the taco from here!

    Get well soon Simon! Neosporan and ice Brother!
    P.S. read my advice below this post!
  9. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Then again if it was on his sphincter??? Imagine how hard it would be to send a pic!
  10. Pablo

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    Biffed an Augie
  11. Simonator

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  13. MyPC8MyBrain

    MyPC8MyBrain New Member

    Or the Ice breakers at walmart are actually repackaged Kenda Klon****s.. for 39.00 in the 26 x 2.10 size

    Hardened studs and 250 of them per tire

    Got some... putting them on today
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  14. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Actually, machiasmort, though Buffalo might well be America's lake-effect-snow champion, Grand Rapids is not very far behind.

    In any case, they get enough snow that anyone who manages to ride a bike is real hard core.
  15. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Only doing some razzin goat!!!

    I've had my share of wipe outs and they are only funny when you don't get put into an ambulance.

    Some friends and I were thinking about trying to stud our own by using small set screws.

    Just food for thought. If anybody puts them things on their bike, let me know how you make out with them???
  16. bikebum1975

    bikebum1975 Member

    Glad to hear you weren't hurt to bad I was walking in my driveway a few years ago slipped on some black ice and broke my wrist also fractured my elbow.
  17. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Yes we do get alot of snow. Here is a picture of my apartment last year in February. People think I am insane..... Maybe I am.....

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  18. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    yup, You guys have been gettin it pretty good this year also. Buffalo has gotten off pretty easy so far. The only thing we have going for us is that lake Erie freezes once in awhile!
  19. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Well it is a week later and my knee is still in bad shape. It is full of liquid. If i push on one side of my knee i can feel it moving on the other side. I'll keep icing it and taking ibuprofen. hopefully it will get well soon. I really don't want to see the doctor without insurance. I can get insurance through my new job but I haven't signed up yet. I am going to sign up real soon. Maybe I can a doctors visit covered.