It’s been a year...

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Doobiesis, 7 Jan 2019.

  1. Doobiesis

    Doobiesis Über Member

    Poole Dorset
    I was out cycling yesterday and realised it was a year a go to the day I had my nasty bike accident.

    Arms pretty much healed got around 90% movement back. Have still managed 34 rides over the year. But have been off it (bar two rides) since September, in order for my arm injury to heal.

    Now I have some new winter gear, am looking at going out as regular as I did before my crash. With a bit more awareness I might add.

    Reason for my post is, do not ride along thinking it won’t happen to you. I caught my back wheel on a bit of mud on the side of the road, and it took one second of not looking where I was going, moving my handlebars and bang! So, I know most of you probably do anyway, but please look at the road ahead, think about what kind of road you should be going in allowing for the winter weather. Most of all, staying safe.
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  2. 12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Casper WY USA
    I am afraid all my accidents came unexpectedly too. Actually was paying attention, but not to what went wrong.
  3. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I always assumed unexpected was pretty much the dictionary definition of an accident?

    I'm sorry you had an accident, I'm even more sorry to hear a year later you have still to regain 100% use of your arm but on tomorrow mornings commute, I will definitely not ge thinking that it could happen to me. Sorry
  4. OP

    Doobiesis Über Member

    Poole Dorset
    Was there a point to your post at all?

    I think you misunderstood. Let me explain it to you. Accidents are avoidable, and if I had been paying attention, it might not have happened. simple really.
  5. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Glad to hear that you are nearly healed and still getting out on the bike.
    I was another one who thought accidents happened to other people, until I went flying off my bike!
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  6. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    @Doobiesis, try not to think about "what may have been" and put what happened behind you. I'll not say forget it, that's nigh on impossible.

    But DON'T let it stop you getting back on your bike and enjoying it. The body is a slow healer, take your time, as in you decide, if you want to ride, not others. That includes where you want to ride. We all react differently to any incident, why should you be any different to anyone else.

    I once described an accident, as "an incident, or series of incidents, that resulted in an unexpected outcome." Don't let yours stop you doing what you once enjoyed.

    Best o'luck with the arm.
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  7. Slow But Determined

    Slow But Determined Nid Yw Cymru Ar Werth!

    Must admit after my self inflicted off which saw me scooped up off the floor and taken to a & e by a kind hearted jogger I have become a lot more circumspect about my riding.

    How does the old saying go, better to be five minutes late than twenty years too early.
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  8. I was in the same boat a couple of years ago. When you get to 60 you realise you do not bounce as well as you used to.
  9. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Yup, same here. My crash on 18 August was due entirely to my own recklessness and in fact I'm a little surprised it didn't happen earlier. I'm currently undergoing a slow rehab from plating of the clavicle and shall be a lot more cautious when I get back on the bike next Spring. In some ways I'm glad I wasn't caught out by lack of skill or roadcraft. All my buddies had crashed and I was feeling a little conceited but wondering when my time would come, whether it would be a collar bone and what it would feel like.
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  10. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    good that your getting back on the bike and best of luck regaining the other 10% movement of your arm
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  11. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    Glad to hear it's gone well. New shoulder for me, in March-ish. So no riding for a stretch then. But I've done some miles between accident and now, which I'm happy about.
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  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    My serious accidents have been car drivers. I don't ride the road anymore after over 30 years, breaking my spine quite badly was enough. I now just ride the MTB off road, and you are more or less guaranteed a fall of one sort or another on most rides - more if it's a technical natural trail. Never mind eh, at least it's not 1500kg+ of metal hurtling at you.

    Keep up the exercises and keep riding.
  13. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I mountain biked for 21 years during which I must have fallen off hundreds of times, although almost always at slow speeds and on mud or grass. I had a couple of bad injuries but never broke a bone. I feel safer on the road but speeds are higher as I discovered when I decked on my shoulder last August. Luckily I don't commute or ride in traffic so the chances of being hit by a car are slimmer than the chances of an own-fault crash.
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  14. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Absolutely right.

    Sure, accidents are unexpected (by definition), but a little more caution can indeed go a long way towards minimizing the chances of unexpected things happening - unexpected does not mean unavoidable. My three (thankfully minor) offs over the past couple of years were 100% down to my not paying attention.

    Anyway, I remember from your posts how traumatic your accident was, and it's great to hear you're still so positive about your cycling.
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  15. johnnyb47

    johnnyb47 Über Member

    Its great to see you're slowly getting better.. Let's hope 2019 is your year :bicycle:
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