High speed bike crash

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  1. steve

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    A bike crash at 40mph filmed by the rider. The ending is pretty good considering the speed. [​IMG]


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    Quote: After realizing my excessive speed while approaching a turn that led to the 24% grade drop off, I hit the brakes too hard and caused speed wobbles in my handlebars. I couldn't get them under control so I decided it would be better to crash in the dirt than to crash on the asphalt on a steeper portion of the decent. I slowed down as much as I could and took a dive on the shoulder ON MY shoulder. I broke my collarbone into 4 pieces, smashed my helmet (which saved my life), and am thankful to be alive. Top speed was 50 mph. Crash speed is estimated around 40 mph.
     
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    Ouch. He stopped pretty darned fast for crashing at 40mph.

    What is the best option in that scenario? It is hard to put myself in that situation, but I think I would have opted to stay on the pavement, apply the rear brakes, feather the front, sit up a bit, clench my knees on the top tube and clench my cheeks and hope to slow back to a controllable speed. A 24% decent is plenty scary though even without the wobbles.
     
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    Alexis Grewal said that descending is all balls till you get into trouble; then it is all skill.
     
  4. An old Guy

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    Watch this. What can go wrong?

    At least the trip in the ambulance is good.
     
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    I thought he was pretty bloody lucky, a badly placed tree or parked car would have ensured it end differently.
     
  6. CAMPYBOB

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    Quote by Maydog:
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    Ouch."

    Pretty much this.



    "What is the best option in that scenario? It is hard to put myself in that situation, but I think I would have opted to stay on the pavement,"

    Yeah. Road rash beats huge chunks of missing meat from rocks gouging the Hell out of you. And low-siding is usually better than flipping.
     
  7. Damien Lee

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    Yeah, that was pretty insane. But I guess he handled it quite well considering the speed that he was moving at. Reminds of a bicycle incident when I was in high school. One of the students was a fairly fast cyclist and he rammed straight into the vice-principal's car, as he was driving towards the school parking lot that fateful morning. Fortunately, the student didn't get hurt badly but needed stitches. The vice-principle's vehicle did sport a nasty dent but I don't recall who had to pay for that in the end.
     
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