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My first (and hopefully last) cycling accident

Riding into work today, one minute I was accelerating in a line of traffic to make the lights the next I woke up with a few people around me, a Police officer arrived and then I was bundled into an ambulace and spent the day in the Emergency Department getting stitched up and monitored for brain injury.

I don't remember the crash, nor the immediate minutes afterwards, but a car driver who stopped to help told me tonight that I rode past him and then all of a sudden flipped over my handlebars onto the road. Looking at my bike I am still unsure how it happened but a slipped chain, or a broken front mudguard jamming the front wheel, are the most likely candidates. Certainly no other vehicles were involved or to blame.

In hindsight I was VERY lucky. Three stitches over my eye, an impressive black eye, two bruised teeth, some abrasions on my face and left shoulder and concussion. NO broken bones, no spinal injury, and no sign of any brain injury. An absolute miracle that the car behind me didnt run me over. Somehow there isnt a mark on my helmet, so I have no idea how I hit my left temple without the helmet getting a single mark or scratch (and yes the helmet is going in the bin to be replaced with a new one)

I'm extremely grateful to the motorists that stopped to help (and called an Ambulance), the guy that drove my mangled bike home (front wheel is awfully buckled), the Police officer (from the dog squad) who was passing and helped, the two ambos who looked after me (in my dazed and confused state), and all the staff at the RAH who looked after me today.

Amazingly almost nothing hurts, but I'm sure the aches and pain will kick in tomorrow.

Ride safely folks (and maintain your bikes!)

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Comment by easytiger on April 11, 2014 at 22:32
Glad to see not too much cognitive function has been lost!

Thanks for not attaching the selfie, it may be feel a bit ill when I saw it. Rest up and I'll see you out on your bike soon.
Comment by Brett G-R on April 11, 2014 at 23:00

glad to hear you reasonably ok Dahondude, it shows you it only takes a split second for it to all come undone, whether it is a mechanical or human error, lucky for you in a sense you cant remember it, for me I roo the bad error in judgement which even with surgery have permanent lifetime injury. ironically for me, several knee ops have me on the sidelines yet again.

I too think that the police officers , ambos & RAH emergency department are well deserved of praise, to think that its just a job for them is life saving to us.

hope you recover well

Comment by Gus K on April 12, 2014 at 12:18

Very good news you are OK. How are you feeling today. Any more clues on what caused the bike to jam?

Comment by Paul Wardill on April 12, 2014 at 18:20

Ouch! Hope you're not too sore DD. Take care.

Comment by Justin V on April 12, 2014 at 20:01
Glad to hear your ok and well looked after. The bike is replaceable, your not.
Comment by Dahondude on April 12, 2014 at 23:24

Thanks for the messages everyone. I cant seem to get the photo to go the right way up, but heres what I looked like today...not pretty. My top lip really blew up overnight, but the swelling around my eye has gone down a fair bit

I suspect my chain came off (its an el cheapo home-made single speed conversion of my old MTB commuter) as I was pushing down with my right foot (and out of the saddle). My momentum threw the handlebars hard right (hitting the median strip and buckling the front wheel) and throwing me over the handlebars headfirst into the road on my left side. Well thats my theory anyway, no way of proving anything. It would have made spectacular helmet cam though!

Still a bit foggy in the head and my necks a bit stiff, but otherwise OK I think. Will need a new helmet, sunglasses, front wheel and front mudguard. I also think I am going to go back to a geared bike..the SS-conversion was never that stable and I am now thinking of all the other times I've jumped out of the saddle and sprinted away from lights, how many times could the same accident have happened with much worse outcomes?

Comment by Rob (Chewbacca) on April 12, 2014 at 23:40
Ouchies.....definitely can happen to any one of us at anytime without any help from other motorists or cyclists. A knock on the head can be life changing and good to hear you have come out of this accident on the better end of the scale compared to some lately. Heal well and hope you back on the bike soon
Comment by rossmg on April 13, 2014 at 20:49
Yeah, a chain pop when up out of the saddle pushing hard is almost always a disaster - I've hit the deck twice that way but with no real bad stuff other than a bit of missing face skin - and that was back in the day of no helmets ;-)
Comment by Ken the Dane on April 14, 2014 at 18:09

As much as I am a fan of internally or fixed gears, that are low maintenance (generally) and doesn't signal you have to have 250 gears to ride to the shops, they do have their downside when it comes to chain tensioning. A mate of mine back in Copes has dislocated his shoulder a couple of times on that account, and I remember a few years ago reading the news of a young guy who stood up when overtaking another cyclist just to tilt out in front of a truck. That unfortunately didn't end well at all. Bike maintenance can be time and money well spent. Happy cycling.

Comment by Dahondude on April 14, 2014 at 21:09
yep the bike is being converted back to geared ASAP - my ss conversion is just too flaky for me to have any confidence after what happened.

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