Hard Fall

Took a hard fall on my way to the Sunday ride. 15mph or so heading downhill on the slick slick snow and ice. Even with the studs and knobbies the front wheel washed out in the car tire snow wake. Once it started there was no recovery. I got out of my pedals and landed clear of the bike in the lane on my left side. Elbow bashed and I have a football sized bruise on my left hip. No traffic behind me so I popped up, did the mental systems check, snagged the bike which slid 10′ down the road, slipped on the ice in my cleats and was slowly moving again. Sat with the boys sipping coffee and we stayed warm inside for most of the morning. When we finally hit the road we climbed up to UVM and then I decided to headed home… content that I got out and thankful that I escaped with only some serious soreness and bruising. Bike seems fine, front wheel has the slightest wobble – but the Surly is covered in grime – so I need to do a quick cleaning and have a look and see if anything is out of alignment.

4 Responses to “Hard Fall”

  1. Evan says:

    Glad to hear there’s no serious damage. The last time I took a fall like that I wound up with broken ribs and shoulder.

  2. George Swain says:

    Hey Mike,

    Glad to hear you’re OK. A buddy of mine just fell in CT on an evening commute. He was pedaling out of the saddle at about 20mph and hit some ice and broke his collarbone so badly he needs surgery to install a plate later this week. You might consider some indoor work for a while. See my recent post at: http://www.thehudsonvalleyrandonneur.blogspot.com/ for a recent indoor ride report. Be safe out there.

  3. Mike D says:

    Glad to hear you — and your bike — made out okay!

    Mike / Raleigh

  4. bmike says:

    Thanks for the kind words. Definitely a bit sore today – not as bad as I was imaging. Football sized bruise on the left hip that kept me from sleeping and a sore elbow.

    The rollers came out of hiding this afternoon. ;)