Now here’s a crazy, crazy - that actually happened? - race crash injury…
The category 3 crit had been going smoothly until the last lap, when two racers in front of Reuter crossed wheels and one went down. Reuter couldn’t avoid the mix-up and fell as well, landing on the other rider’s Cannondale.
The force from the impact drove the bike’s thru axle lever into his left leg. Reuter realized something was wrong as soon as the immediate shock wore off.
Clickbait? (I’ll assume - in the spirit of our constructive forum environment - you’re leveling that accusation at Bicycling.com, rather than at me.) How else would they have briefly and accurately described it in a headline?
Sure if you hit a blunt pointy thing hard enough there’s a good chance of it piercing your skin. Personally though I’d be much more worried about chainrings - is it just dumb luck that most pile-up type cycling crashes seem to happen while everyone is in the big ring?
No no, not you. Reason I thought of it as a bit of clickbait is because ‘thru-axle’ and ‘impales leg’ is what caught my attention and that of a couple of my friends as well. Anyway, not important. Glad it didn’t do any major damage!
To comment on this whole debate, this specific incident occurred with a Cannondale SystemSix. I have one of these bikes and they use a specific thru-axle lever that does not use a cam operated closure. It is a fixed lever blade that threads the entire thru-axle. Some thru-axles use a cam to secure the wheel basically the exact same as a qr lever. Not saying that this couldn’t have happened on a qr or cam operated t-a, but I’d argue it’s much less likely to happen. Also, any thru-axle can be replaced with a 6mm allen wrench one from Robert Axle Project which does in fact make them for the System Six. These are more aero and apparently less likely to impale someone.
Thanks for sharing and making me cringe a few times. OUCH!
I love his youtube video and the way he’s moving on. Plenty of ways to hurt yourself while riding and on any number of other bike parts. Last time I checked the ground and surrounds can be a whole lot less forgiving than a thru axle lever.
Danejackson. Do you have a pic of the offending item? A little sick, I know, but I’d love to see if the design played an obvious part.