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Has anyone crashed going over 35 mph?

Old 07-28-11, 09:07 PM
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Has anyone crashed going over 35 mph?

This is the "I feel like it could hurt" point for me.

So have any of you actually crashed above this point? Did you live?
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Old 07-28-11, 09:09 PM
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Yep sprint training, a car swerved into me and i fell. I rolled along the road for a little bit, got up and got back on my bike and rode and hour and a half back to my house, while bleeding profusely
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Old 07-28-11, 09:11 PM
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I never have, but I know an engineer who has. He kept mumbling something like F = (M x V)^2.

The fastest I have ever crashed is about 25 mph, twice. I actually came out better than 2 of my sub 10mph crashes, showing that although speed is a factor, it's not the only one.
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Old 07-28-11, 09:15 PM
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I haven't, i got doored doing about 22 mph and it hurt but wasn't too bad. Cracked my helmet and got a left shoulder separation. Sometimes when i'm descending going 35+ i think to myself "i wonder how much it'll hurt if i were to eat it right now".
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Old 07-28-11, 09:17 PM
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i did, while not wearing a helmet. pretty sure i died on impact, because i came home immediately and posted about it here. you wont find it, its a ghost thread.
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Originally Posted by wrr1020 View Post
"i wonder how much it'll hurt if i were to eat it right now".
Lol. There's a giant hill I want to try, but its about twice as steep as the hill I hit 40 mph on, so I'm considering purchasing a motorcycle helmet (and neck brace?) specifically for that hill.
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Old 07-28-11, 09:18 PM
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I got hit by a car while going 20mph. I would imagine the abrasions to be much worse than what I sustained, had I been going 35.
Worry not, OP. You're not the only one that constantly worries about getting sideswiped/Hoogerlanded.
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Originally Posted by SlowOlympian View Post
i died on impact, [but] i came home immediately and posted about it here.
Pcad, is this your ghost?
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Old 07-28-11, 09:19 PM
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I agree that speed isn't the only factor when it comes to injuries. When I was a kid I used to ride bmx (trails, street, etc), and I crashed so many times going fast and falling from high up in the air, but the only time I ever broke anything or got seriously injured was when I was going less than 5mph and quickly bailed off my bike (I was actually rolling backwards trying to do a revert trick). I placed my foot down awkwardly with the outer edge of my foot making contact with the pavement first, and that's when I heard it crack. It was very painful.

Sure you might lose more skin if you are going faster, but you are still falling from the same height. Now if you were to smack into something, then faster is definitely going to be more painful.
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Originally Posted by Runner 1 View Post
Lol. There's a giant hill I want to try, but its about twice as steep as the hill I hit 40 mph on, so I'm considering purchasing a motorcycle helmet (and neck brace?) specifically for that hill.
I suspect to see you on failblog in the coming week.
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Old 07-28-11, 09:19 PM
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not even pcad is stupid enough not to wear a helmet,
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Originally Posted by FactVord View Post
I suspect to see you on failblog in the coming week.
You haven't already?
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Old 07-28-11, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Runner 1 View Post
You haven't already?
Oh, you're the girl that failed to go straight on the bmx ramp into the lake? Gotta love the remixes.
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Old 07-28-11, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by FactVord View Post
Oh, you're the girl that failed to go straight on the bmx ramp into the lake?
No, I was the bmx ramp.
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Old 07-28-11, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Runner 1 View Post
No, I was the bmx ramp.
You caused quite a collision. I bet you moved, causing the girl to fail. Smooth criminal
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Ehh, ~32mph in a crit race. Peloton sized pack. Dominoes. I've raced many years and that's the only road biking crash I've had. I reach at least 45 mph on every long ride that I do around here. 47 mph on my cross bike the last time I had it out on a road ride.
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Originally Posted by wrr1020 View Post
I haven't, i got doored doing about 22 mph and it hurt but wasn't too bad. Cracked my helmet and got a left shoulder separation. Sometimes when i'm descending going 35+ i think to myself "i wonder how much it'll hurt if i were to eat it right now".
Yeah, don't do that... you'll Knoblauch yourself!
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Crashed at 38 mph coming down a canyon in Utah due to harmonic vibration on my Merlin road bike back in 2003 when I was 70 years old.
Broke shoulder (not collarbone) in 2 places.
Rode up and down that same canyon this morning . . .
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Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
Crashed at 38 mph coming down a canyon in Utah due to harmonic vibration on my Merlin road bike back in 2003 when I was 70 years old.
Broke shoulder (not collarbone) in 2 places.
Rode up and down that same canyon this morning . . .
Brave soul to return to the scene of an accident. How did it felt? No flashbacks on the descend, I'd hope.
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Crashed at 38 mph coming down a canyon in Utah due to harmonic vibration on my Merlin road bike back in 2003 when I was 70 years old.
Broke shoulder (not collarbone) in 2 places.
Rode up and down that same canyon this morning . . .
I've also had the death wobbles, thankfully no crash though.. but that does make one think what hitting asphalt on a 15% grade at 30mph is like!

Took a while to let the bicycle get back up to speed after that incident.
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yup. was going about 35-40 down a hill. Bike slid on grave and I hit a huge rock in the middle of the road. Did a front flip bounced on my hip and then landed on my head. Was blacked out for a couple minutes.

My helmet saved my life, but my hip was badly hurt. Didn't tell my parents so I had to live with the pain for two weeks. I could barely walk without screaming for the first couple days.
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As one gets older, we do not necessarily get wiser . . .
Have survived several other harmonic vibration events on other bikes and was always able to control the vibration by coasting and clamping knees to toptube and sitting upright and NOT applying the brakes.
In this case it did not have any effect and bike was slaloming in and out of the oncoming lane on a curvy/fast/smooth mountain road.
Did not want to be a hood ortnament on a truck coming around the bend, so tapped front brake and did my paratrooper roll over the bars.
As I was doing my roll, looked under my right arm and saw another bicyclist right behind me. He rode over the top of me and cracked his helmet.
Fast crashes are survivable.
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I had my first crash (fall) since childhood yesterday. My bike slowed to naught while I was trying to get into my second toe clip after having stopped midway in a climb. It just sort of ceased to stay upright.

To actually answer the thread; no, I haven't crashed at that speed. I suppose it's a matter of time.
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Old 07-29-11, 03:18 AM
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Yes.

Attacking and hitting a sink hole. 60kph.

Ouch.
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I don't know how fast this guy was going but it sounds like it might have hurt:


I've crashed at 30+, but the I landed on top of one of the guys who crashed in front of me so it didn't hurt too bad.
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