So I had ordered the various tools and parts and was eagerly awaiting the last delivery this weekend so I could tackle replacing my bottom bracket (see thread below):
Anyway - this has been somewhat scuppered.
On Thursday afternoon I went for a short easy ride and somehow ended up crashing out on a relatively flat, smooth, clean, wide and completely traffic free road, with no potholes or surface gravel and great visibility, in dry weather, ironically only about 1 mile from home after having taken it reasonably easy.
I don’t honestly fully remember what happened. I have a vague recollection of two aspects:
- a blue car to my right / rear
- wrestling with the handlebars
I am not confident in the reliability of these recollections as it could have been my mind playing tricks on me, given what happened after that. I have subsequently been told that the reliability of memories imprinted just prior to concussive events is flaky at best. For example, a blue car may just be a memory from earlier in the ride and have no basis in fact whatsoever.
- I was knocked out completely unconscious
- the people who found me (some time later) reported that I was having a seizure / fit of some kind and had wet myself (embarrassing)
- I have three broken ribs on my right side
- I have multiple bad bruises, swelling, grazes and cuts - vast majority on my right side
- I have some air trapped between my right lung and my chest cavity - I seem to be belching quite a a lot
- I have a very small bruise and even smaller amount of blood on my right lung
- I have concussion
Overall I feel like I’ve done 12 rounds with Mike Tyson.
My bike helmet (good quality Mavic) took a massive impact and is super broken / split at the top rear. My head hurts and I have a small tender lump near the crown of my hair.
I’m a big guy and after the Doctor at the hospital saw the helmet he was categorical that without it, in his view I almost certainly would have been another fatality statistic
It is my intention to write to Mavic and thank them for their product - as I believe it saved my life on this occasion.
I’m still in Hospital under observation and am hoping to be discharged tomorrow assuming everything checks out. I’ve had multiple X-Rays and CAT scans and thankfully apart from my ribs (4th, 5th and 6th) I appear not to have broken anything else and crucially my head CT scan came back as good.
Options for what happened appear to be narrowed down to:
- unexpected and severe gust of wind
- car hit me from behind and drove off
- I had a fit / seizure whilst riding for some other reason (never had one before and felt well and healthy up to this point)
Guess I will never really know and it’s almost unimportant now anyway, I’ve mentally moved on into ‘recovery’ mode and am focused on the future.
My question is in regard to my bike (Cannondale - Synapse carbon disc Ultegra from 2017). I’ve not had a chance to check it over but my girlfriend tells me the wheels are not buckled but the handlebars look a bit twisted and the chain is off.
Obviously I want to extremely thoroughly check all aspects of the bike and frame. I will take the opportunity to do the bottom bracket (clearly) and at the same time give it a sort of ‘service’ and replace with new (or upgrade) any obviously broken components.
Please can I get a sensible steer from those in the know, on an approach / list of checks to undertake other than just ‘looking at it’ so that I can be super thorough and therefore confident that once I’ve done any work, I will eventually go back out riding on a safe bike - in particular the frame and braking systems (hydraulic discs).
Thanks in advance