Had a spill yesterday...

Discussion in 'Commuting and Road Safety' started by Volnix, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. Volnix

    Volnix Well-Known Member

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    Ok I went out for a 20km dash yesterday and it was just starting to rain.

    I had the rear wheel slipping a couple of times but I managed to restabilize the bike.

    But at some point on a long left turn, the bike just "slipped" on both wheels and it had a small "slide" on the side.

    Bill so far

    -2 Broken light brackets
    -A small road rash patch on my elbow

    Maybe more I havent checked the bike yet...

    Any ideas why that happened?

    It never happened before... and I rode in the rain several times.

    Was it the slime made due to road dust and the rain? Was it the tires? Was I going too fast?

    I taking the turn with 30km/h when it happened.


    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
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  2. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    It's impossible to say given the sparse information provided. It could have been caused by a contaminant on the road surface, too much speed, riding over a painted area, riding over a metal road structure, riding over sand or some other detritus, any number of other causes. Given that you said you had already lost traction a few times, it begs the question of why you didn't slow down, or did you slow down?
     
  3. maydog

    maydog Well-Known Member

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    Ice?

    It's a real concern around here now. Even the slightest amount of lean will drop you on ice, especially wet ice, without studded tires.
     
  4. Volnix

    Volnix Well-Known Member

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    Wasnt ice... It is around 12-20 Celcious around... I think it might have been dust that just got wet and turned into mud...

    The tires are apparently still fine and they are kinda "knobby" on the sides too...

    Maybe I had the bad luck of running on some oil spill at the same time too...

    The thing just "slipped" and it didnt feel like a "slip possible" situation at the moment ... [​IMG]

    (damn that flash brings out the iodine sizzle good [​IMG])
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  5. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Knobby? Why aren't you riding slicks on a road bike? Slicks provide the best traction no matter whether the conditions are wet or dry.
     
  6. pinkride

    pinkride New Member

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    Must have been the wet dirt, or slimme as you already said. I've been through the same situation thankfully suffering only a few minor injuries. Ever since when it rains I am extremely careful when I am out cycling.
     
  7. Corzhens

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    I look at spill as an accident whatever the condition of the road may be. One time I was biking inside our village. The sun was good, quite cool weather, not much vehicles on the road. And suddenly I fell... a spill, yes. And what caused it? A pebble on the concrete that seemed to have made the tire slide causing me to lose my balance. It was fortunate of me to be quick in reacting otherwise I would have suffered bruises.
     
  8. katherine25

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    This has happened to me once as well and I was over top of paint on the road. When it is raining the paint becomes a little more slippery so you have to watch where you are riding when the road is wet.
     
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