Saturday, December 22, 2007


The way I look at it, everyone's gotta hit the pavement (chip and seal) sometime.

Luckily I was wearing full finger gloves. But this still kinda hurts.

Only the second ride in these wind booties. What pisses me off more is that I broke the clasp off of my shoes. Hopefully it can be replaced.

Buh Bye bibs.

Could be worse. I had long sleeves on.

This motherfucker hurts. Yeah yeah. I know I need to shave.

Aside from some tweaked bar tape, this appears to be the only real damage to the bike. The tire is shredded on the sidewall. Funny enough it is the opposite side that I fell on. I went into a rally car slide when I hit the gravel before laying it down and I think that is how the tire got ruined. I loved these tires. :(


Blogger bluecolnago said...

that's some sweet-ass road rash! woohoo!

glad you didn't get hurt! :) you're right, it could have been worse....

merry christmas!

12/23/07, 6:34 AM  
Blogger lauren said...


oh man i hate that. heal well.

12/23/07, 8:25 AM  
Blogger Them Country Folk: said...

I was admiring your road rash when Eric came along and said, "Thanks for the cropping!")

12/23/07, 11:00 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Man, that looks painful!
Sorry to hear your down but glad your not out.
Get some neosporine on that stat!
Isn't funny how your first thought after checking to see you have all your appendages is the equipment? Nothing I hate more than wrecking bike parts.
Glad your okay! Happy Holidays! :^o

12/23/07, 12:48 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Blue - enjoy your Christmas. Stay warm.

Lauren - thanks. Merry Christmas.

Country Folk - do you know how I know Eric is gay?

Oldman - I got pretty lucky as far as bike damage goes. Have a great Holiday up there in Michigan.

12/23/07, 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Donald said...

Damn... glad you are OK! Nice
"Badges of Courage" though...
Rest up and heal fast... your next ride awaits you. Merry Christmas! Donald The Daily Draft

12/24/07, 6:52 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Merry Christmas - ouch! Hey - send me a line and I'll set you up with teh clips for your sidis - See Chris, there is a santa Claus and she lives in Michigan - good luck with the healing - Alicia
aliciad at umich dot edu

12/24/07, 7:48 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Donald - thanks. Merry Christmas.

Alicia - thanks so much for the offer, but they are Northwave. Merry Christmas.

12/24/07, 9:41 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Holy Crap! I hope you heal quickly.

You should pick a safer sport like mountain biking!

12/24/07, 10:22 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

...oh and thank you so much for making these images clickable for an enhanced detail of the wounds. Yuk!

12/24/07, 12:13 PM  
Blogger Pete Basso said...

Dude, that looks bad!! Glad you're ok. No matter what happens, falling sucks cuz if you don't hurt yourself, you screw up your bike, if you're luck and don't hurt either, your pride still takes a dive!! Glad you're ok. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Chris.

12/24/07, 3:26 PM  
Blogger Ari said...

IF if was summer you would have lost another pound'a'meat.
Hope you heal fast. Keep the them raspberries moist so you don't scare bad. There is some ointment that has onion in it that is supposed to be good for that stuff. If your wheel is carbon have it checked.
from chicago

12/24/07, 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Fendergal said...

Glad you weren't hurt too badly. Having crashed in the winter, I was thankful that my clothing took the brunt.

I second the advice to keep your road rash moist. Will heal much faster and there will be minimal scarring. Spenco Second Skin is a good burn-type gel bandage.

I was out with the ES on a ride today, and with ice on the road, I took it easy whenever in doubt.

Happy holidays and here's to a crash-free '08!

12/25/07, 2:07 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Jeff - by far my most painful crash ever was on an MTB. This one felt like a bee sting compared to hitting that damn tree. Thought I was dead.

Pete - it has to happen from time to time I think. It does damage your ego a bit but I will soon get over it.

Ari - thanks for stopping by. Thanks for the advice. Merry Christmas.

Fendergal - I am going to make a road rash kit after this ordeal. Lots of people recommend the Second Skin, so I will get some. For now it is just non-stick bandages and gobs of neosporin.

12/25/07, 7:01 PM  
Blogger TreBone said...

OH SH!T!! That's some wicked road rash. Aside from touching the ground, I hope your Holidays have been good. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

12/25/07, 10:13 PM  
Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Ow ow ow. Heal fast & heal well...

12/26/07, 9:27 AM  
Blogger bryan said...

Shaving in the winter? That's crazy talk.

And, from what little I learned this fall, crashing is a good excuse to put your feet up and have a beer or eight.

Heal quick,

12/26/07, 11:34 AM  
Blogger velogirl said...

ouch! no crashing when you come to CA, okay?

12/27/07, 12:07 AM  
Blogger Eclectchick said...


Sending virtual owie kisses - except for the one on your bootron.


Sending healing vibes, too.

12/27/07, 2:38 PM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

I leave town, and the blogsphere, for a few days and come back to find that you have decided to try out the pavement grind. Not good. Get some Tegaderm working, heal fast, get the buckle replaced, and get back out there.

12/29/07, 8:24 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

How did you crash, and did you ride back home like that?

Those abrasions look like they would need some serious hygiene.

Keep your head up. Not to worry though I guess it should happen to everyone.

12/29/07, 10:46 AM  
Blogger chatterbox said...

Oooh. Just catching up on all the blogs. That looks painful. Heal fast!

12/30/07, 8:12 AM  
Blogger Will said...


AT least you saved your bike.

12/30/07, 11:22 AM  

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