Potholes and helmets

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Ricey83
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Potholes and helmets

Postby Ricey83 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 17:46 pm

Me and my bro were out doing a 50 miler yesterday after 35 miles I were feeling really strong and I was riding a good pace, crested a hill doing about 25 mph and then BOOM I hit a pothole which completely threw my hands off the hoods and sent me head first in to the tarmac and sliding through gravel, after I came to a stop I had the horrible feeling of a snapped collarbone which turns out to be a double break! Really good ride turns in to my worst in a split second and I can't stress enough how vital it was that I was wearing a helmet because judging by the size of the crack in my helmet and the bruises on the side of my head it could have been a lot, lot worse! But to answer the question on everyone's lips.....the bike is fine :) just needs the bar tap replacing and my shifter straightening.

Be careful out there people on Britain's poorly maintained roads.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Danlikesbikes » Thu Feb 28, 2013 18:01 pm

feel for you mate, its never a nice thing to be injured.

But at least you'll be back on the bike soon, even if only on the turbo. Nice to see that you bikes not come out too badly then too.
Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Calpol » Thu Feb 28, 2013 18:08 pm

Very sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you make a speedy recovery. There was a story in the media this week about a bloke who died after hitting a pothole whilst out riding in a group.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283266/Anger-death-crash-cyclist-killed-pothole.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
He also had a helmet on but wasn't as fortunate as you. There is however no doubt in my mind that anyone not wearing a helmet out riding today on our roads is completely mad.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Ricey83 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 18:24 pm

I agree Calpol. Seeing the way I went down my brother said I'd of been really lucky to come away without serious head injuries. A guy in my bro's club is a personal injury lawyer so I've already got the ball rolling on that as the road is in a real bad state.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Buckie2k5 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 18:29 pm

sounds a nasty one. Out today had some scarey shaking hands off the bars moments. Roads are an absolute disgrace. Hopefully you heal quick and get some nice compo money to play with during your rest. ;)

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Mikey23 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 18:35 pm

Total concentration needed at all times on these flipping roads. Did 50 with a mate at the weekend and there was about half a dozen occasions when the same could have happened to me... Pleased you are ok and did you remember to turn your garmin off?

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Danlikesbikes » Thu Feb 28, 2013 18:43 pm

Mikey23 wrote:did you remember to turn your garmin off?


Worried he is gonna cheat on Strava if he left it on and took it in the back of an Ambulance :D
Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Ricey83 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 18:47 pm

Mikey23 wrote:Total concentration needed at all times on these flipping roads. Did 50 with a mate at the weekend and there was about half a dozen occasions when the same could have happened to me... Pleased you are ok and did you remember to turn your garmin off?


Due to the length of time I was laying in the road feeling sorry for myself the Garmin's handy 'auto power down' kicked in ;)

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby gubber12345 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 20:04 pm

sorry to hear about your crash Ricey hope you make a full and quick recovery.

seeing as i live out in the sticks its not only the potholes about here that need to be watched,as i can only get out at night in the dark its a nightmare watching for stones and mud that the farmers have brought outta the fields on the tractors tyres as there are flat out ploughing etc making the most out of this dry spell we're having at the minute.

i just keep to a sensible pace just to be on the safe side(not that i'm going that fast anyway)
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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby TakeTurns » Thu Feb 28, 2013 20:11 pm

All the best mate. You should technically be able to make a claim against the local council. I know of someone who sued the council due to their injuries after hitting a pot hole.

I was going around a corner the other day. There was a massive pothole which had a diameter of at least 60cm. Noticed it a little too late, so I served into a car and pushed myself off it. Wrist was really painful that day, but at least I didn't come off.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Ricey83 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 20:38 pm

@Take Turns I mentioned in my above post that it's already passed on to a personal injury lawyer that is in my brothers cycle club.

The thing that has annoyed me most is the fact that I'm gonna be off the bike for god knows how long and I was making good improvements on performance.

Has anyone else had a broken collarbone and can give me a clue on how long it'll keep me off the bike?

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby TakeTurns » Thu Feb 28, 2013 21:02 pm

Broke a collar bone last year in March.

Doctor said at least 12 weeks. Should get plenty of rest and not to put strain on the body. Also depends on how bad the fracture is. I made impact at 30mph, so mine was pretty bad. Initially it was poking out, but they fused it back together. By week 20, it was fully healed.

Week 4: I was on the turbo. Upper body still painful, but managed to ride upright.
Week 8: was out on the road. Didn't tell doctor. But I was getting depressed on the turbo. Even the smallest bumps in the road were excruciating.
Week 13: I went to the gym to regain strength in upper body, nothing too strenuous
Week 16: feeling much better
Week 20: good as gold.
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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby jordan_217 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 21:12 pm

Two weeks a go on a club run, I was 3rd back and hit a deep pothole at speed. Apart from being pi55ed off at lack of shouts from the front, I realised I'd hurt myself. My saddle had cracked where the rails are fixed at the nose of the saddle and my bits took the brunt of it. Could'nt sit down for two days, the blood on my chamios was an unwelcome sight :oops:

Hope you're feeling better soon and glad the bikes ok :wink:
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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Canny lad » Thu Feb 28, 2013 22:25 pm

Good to hear you're ok. One of my mates flat refuses to wear a helmet and it does make you wonder as our local roads are utter shoot (as are just about everyone's). Hope you succeed in claiming against the council, they don't give a fook about maintaining the roads.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby jthef » Thu Feb 28, 2013 22:37 pm

Hope you get well soon.
But we all need to report these pot holes so if someone else comes off at a later date it is more cut and dry about claiming for damage etc.
I use http://www.fillthathole.org.uk/
I record with video camera and if there is something I want to view later I cover the lens for a few seconds. I then have some software which helps me find it later. Making it easier to report potholes near misses or maybe my mate falling off, but not hopefully me.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby elderone » Thu Feb 28, 2013 23:27 pm

Scary story and get well soon.Our roads are terrible and how many others must suffer before things improve..disgusting state of affairs.
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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby nickyboy zz » Fri Mar 01, 2013 08:33 am

I was coming down a local 10% hill at about 35mph and saw a car looking like it was about to pull out of a side road. Took my eyes off the road and hit a pothole. Hands slipped off the hoods and I veered over into the oncoming lane. Just managed to hold it upright but I probably did 100m in the middle of the oncoming lane. Really lucky no traffic (its a busy road)

On a slightly related topic I hit another really deep pothole that was full of water so didn't see it. result was a fooked front wheel. What is the likelyhood of getting this reimbursed? It was in Stockport so Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and I've reported the pothole to them

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Ricey83 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 09:04 am

@Nicky boy zz that was the scary bit the way it threw my hands off the hoods. I almost got my hands back on them but I hit another hole which jarred my wheel to the left and just ploughed me in to the Tarmac. But you're lucky with no oncoming traffic because that could have been real bad news!

@Canny Lad without the helmet mate I would def still be in hospital and who knows what the outcome would have been because my head took the initial impact and then my shoulder which gave me a double break in the collarbone so god knows what damage my skull would have took without it. Your mate needs to wise up...

@Take Turns looks like I may need to get myself a turbo to keep my legs active as I'm supposed to be cycling from Tower Bridge, London to Leic in June for charity just hoping I can get back on the bike with enough time to get some decent training in.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby VeloBod » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:09 am

Glad you seems ok; but a word of warning - I was knocked off from behind by white van man who didnt stop - I thought I was fine just cuts & bruises. I hit my head too, I didn't loose consciousness or anything. There was a big crack / dent in my helmet as is yours.

Go to A&E and insist on a CT scan.

It was 6 weeks after my accident that I had a dead feeling in my arm (opposite side to the side of the head that was hit) & I had a massive seizure, fitted for 10 mins, went blue, stopped breathing & generally wasn't very well.
I was rushed in for a CT scan and found I had a tiny bleed in my brain for 6 weeks that had finally bled enough to build up the pressure.
I had a craniotomy that night for the sub dural heamatoma and am lucky to still be here.

I totally agree with you - always wear a helmet - if I hadn't been wearing one that day I may not have got up off the tarmac.

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Re: Potholes and helmets

Postby Il Principe » Fri Mar 01, 2013 14:51 pm

Ricey83 wrote:@Take Turns I mentioned in my above post that it's already passed on to a personal injury lawyer that is in my brothers cycle club.

The thing that has annoyed me most is the fact that I'm gonna be off the bike for god knows how long and I was making good improvements on performance.

Has anyone else had a broken collarbone and can give me a clue on how long it'll keep me off the bike?


I was off for nearly 3 months, but I did have to have surgery twice; the plate they put in got infected. That slowed things down a lot. If you don't need surgery and are youngish then it should heal up quickly. Just don't do too much too soon.


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