I came off my bike a few weeks ago, it was during the Sunday club run, I was at the front of the bunch coming into a right hander. The road was a bit wet so I took it a bit slow, as soon as I started banking *whoop* and I'm on my arse. I was probably only going at about 20km/h or so. The front wheel just gave way without warning. Normally you can feel the front tyre give a little when it's at it's limits but this one just went instantly. I later discovered that I had a slow leak on the front and it probably contributed to the crash because it was only at about 10-20psi.
The first thing I was worried about was my bike (yes silly me) I was fine. I had a slight cut on my thumb and the side of by bum was grazed a bit. My shorts weren't ripped or anything but I was just sore. Little did I know that I got a decent sized road rash spot, I found this out when I had a shower when I got back home. Damage to bike, some road rash on the derailleur and the brake lever. Otherwise it was working fine, more damage to my ego.
|you can just see the alloy lever through the faux carbon on the Athena levers|
As soon as I washed it off I used some gauze and bandages to cover up the wound, what I can advise is to get the damn non-stick type dressings because these kind of wounds ooze like hell and changing your dressing is very painful because they stick to the wound. I googled a bit and found that many people use these dressings called Duoderms, they are effectively like a plastic sticky patch that forms a second skin. It keeps the wound moist and allows it to heal whilst keeping it waterproof and clean. They are a hell of a lot more comfortable, it really does feel like a second skin and it cuts down the pain a lot. Only thing is that compared to the gauze and bandages it doesn't absorb any of the ooze so it'll inevitably leak out... Yeah I know, gross but the solution is to wrap the duoderm in bandages to absorb this.
|1 week later|
Anyway, all this has been a good lesson. It's the first time I have had decent road rash after many times falling off my bike. Safe riding!