Monday, September 17, 2007

Another really close shave...

... or, mountain bikes don't handle like road bikes do!

I decided to take my Sorrento the the Monday night ride. On my way, I did something stupid and ended up throwing myself over the bars and once again, straight into the pavement with an absolutely bee-aay-oootiful slow-mo endo. After it was obvious I was going down, I took my hands off the bars to brace myself a bit, but tucked my elbows. I found myself sliding a bit on my chest and hands, then the bike came up around behind me, rolling me onto my face a bit.

I wasn't on a major road, and I was goofing off and riding way too aggressively. Mountain bikes just aren't made to carve and brake the way a road bike does while riding fast. Fortunately, all I have to show for it is some road rash on my chin and a scrape on my upper lip. There are some scrapes on the skid-lid, too, but nothing bad.

Anyhow, I'm okay, but I feel like my chin got shaved a little too close! I turned around and came back home after crashing. I could have gone to the ride, but I wanted to properly cleanse and dress my scrapes.

Before I left work to come home, before this whole mess happened, the wind was 22MPH gusting to 30 out of the southwest when I checked the weather. I ended up taking the A bus to get closer to home, and I'm glad. I really didn't feel like sparring with headwinds of that stature.

4 comments:

Frogman said...

You really gotta stop doing those endos on the pavement until you get the hang of going all the way over. ;)

Apertome said...

Oh man! I'm glad you're relatively OK. I have endoed many times, but on singletrack, where I don't think it's as bad. Trails are softer than pavement. I sure do know that slow-motion feeling, though, there's nothing quite like it!

Frogman's comment just cracked me up. Then I felt guilty laughing at your expense.

Anonymous said...

Time to look for another helmet man! Sudden deceleration syndrome (SDS) is an ugly thing.

Happy one year anniversary on the commuting, I just finished my second full year on August 25th.

Badger

A Midnight Rider said...

A few years ago you would have been looking for someone to take you picture before you continued on the ride. Maybe even had a redo on the endo for the camera, and prosperity.

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