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I freekin crash!

I just bought a new pair of gloves and was in the garage all ready to roll when I realized they were in the house on the kitchen table. I was in a hurry to get a quick 40 in cuz we had a party to go to afterwards so I said screw it and took off. 20 miles out on a rural route that I ride regularly I made a left on to a road and they must have just gravelled it in prep for chip and seal! and DOWN I went:mad2: . So in addition to a scraped up left knee, calf, thigh, torso, arm and shoulder I get to pick pieces of gravel out of my left hand!

I'm just sooo pissed at myself. I've had this bike about 6 years and never crashed it and never crashed any bike on the road for that matter. My once shiny Ultegra brifters are all scraped to hell and finding 9 speed replacement brifters is going to be very difficult I'm sure. Here's the best part though...Friday I'm heading to Colorado for a week of MTB with some friends and I'm all scuffed up less then a week before!:mad:

So anyway, I'm not looking for sympathy, this sh!t happens and I'm just venting. While I'm here though, does anyone know of a way to heal a scraped up bod like...QUICKLY? I've been slathering on the Neo-Sporin and covering the wounds the best I can to keep the moisture in. Any other ideas? ....5 days til Mountain time:) .
 

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You could cover them with Tegaderm or the CVS brand of it as well. It works really well for me when I had issues from sliding in softball.
 

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Too funny. Now you know and you won't forget again. I think we've all been there, just a few weeks ago I wiped out while hiking in the middle of my vacation. I still rode after that, but it was a constant reminder. But who wears gloves hiking?!
Sux about the scraped bike though, that's the worst part, you'll heal :D
 

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See A Report By A Couple of Users Of Our Recipe
Like many other things in this modern age, change has hit here too. We've said before that most road rash can be healed in a week if you go about it right. Let it stay dirty, or get infected, or let it dry out and scab over, and it may take a long, long time and leave an unsightly stain when it is finally healed. That much is still true; but our past recommendation to scrub well, cleanse with hydrogen peroxide and cover with antibiotic ointment is now revised. [Click the photo to see Steve's rash up close. The raw parts are what need the care described here.]

R. S. Basler, MD, Garcia, M.A. and Gooding, K.S reviewed the subject in Vol 29, No. 4, April 2001, THE PHYSICIAN And SPORTSMEDICINE. The gist of their recommendations is given below. Here's what it boils down to for us:

First, you need some supplies. And it would pay you to get them now, before grief comes your way. Make a small rash-aid package for your medicine chest. You can get this stuff at a full-service pharmacy like Glenbyrne in Toledo, OH - call ahead; neighborhood pharmacies won't have the dressings. Find a new spray bottle at the Dollar Store to prevent accidental contamination from an old one you may find around the house.]:
• 0.9% sodium chloride solution
• Spray bottle
• 4" X 4" gauze pads
• Johnson & Johnson Bioclusive Dressing, or Spenco 2nd Skin, or 3M Tegaderm. Prefer the Tegaderm.
• Paper Tape


To deal with fresh rash: Get your post-ride shower (ouch!), not scrubbing the abrasions. Then, use the spray bottle of sodium chloride solution to clean up the abrasions, only gently scrubbing with the gauze pad if absolutely needed to remove visible gravel, etc.
The rash needs to be CLEAN - if it's not you're going to have to grit your teeth and make it clean with the gauze and salt solution. Let the wound dry.
Place the semipermeable dressing over the wound, drying the surrounding area and attaching the film with adhesive tape on dry skin. If you are using sheets too small to cover the wound, Tegaderm, for instance, will adhere to itself and can be shingled over the wound area. The dressing can remain in place for a week, but it might be better to change the dressing after a few days. (The wound should not be allowed to dry out until it has healed.) For signs of infection or if you need a tetanus booster, see your doctor.
You may find yourself sweating under the dressing when you work hard on subsequent rides. Using paper tape to secure the edges of the dressing will keep it from falling off, and you may find you want to replace the dressing if it is particularly wet.
A thought: if you find yourself in the ER because you have trashed more than some skin, you might want to get pushy with whomever is about to clean up your road rash, hoping to get the treatment outlined here.
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From Basler, et al.:
" ... Conventional treatment has consisted of cleansing the affected area with a mild soap and water or a mild antiseptic wash, such as hydrogen peroxide. This would then be followed with the application of antibiotic ointment along with a dry dressing. The problem with this approach lies in the fact that mechanical cleansing by scrubbing the wounds can produce increased trauma and a renewal of the inflammatory response. It has also been seen that the application of antiseptics, such as hydrogen peroxide or povidone-iodine, can actually cause harm to the tissue and interfere with function, which can further increase the injury and lengthen the healing process. Topical antimicrobials have been shown to be detrimental to fibroblasts and other cells needed for wound restoration.
In light of these findings, newer, improved methods for treating abrasions are recommended. The most advisable treatment for cleansing the wound is to flush it using a "pistol" syringe or bulb syringe containing a non-toxic surfactant, such as Shur-Clens (ConvaTec, Skillman, New Jersey) or a 0.9% sodium chloride solution, followed by the application of a hydrocolloid or semiocclusive hydrogel dressing.
A moist healing environment is provided by the dressing, which will promote cell migration, remove excess exudate, allow for gaseous exchange, and provide an impermeable barrier to bacteria and other contaminants. The moist environment provided by the proper dressing is important for optimal cell migration by preventing crust formation and allowing the wound to heal from the bottom as well as from the edges. Two basic options fulfill this requirement. One option is semipermeable film dressings, such as Bioclusive (Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey) andTegaderm (3M Company, St Paul), in combination with semiocclusive hydrogels such as Spenco 2nd Skin (Spenco Medical Corp, Waco, Texas). These dressings are impermeable to water and bacteria but allow the exudate to evaporate.
Another option is the use of hydrocolloid dressings. These also offer a hospitable healing environment but differ from the semiocclusive hydrogels by absorbing the exudate rather than allowing for evaporation. In addition, the hydrocolloid dressing can remain in place for up to 7 days after being applied as can be done with the semipermiable films. Examples of hydrocolloidal dressings are Duoderm (ConvaTec, SkiUman, New Jersey) and Cutinova hydro (Beiersdorf, Inc, Norwalk, Connecticut). ... "
Back to "Dealing with Fresh Rash."
 

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Glad you are ok! It's always that one time! The one time I thought about going with a helmet was the one time I flipped over the bars at 25 mph. Glad I decided to use my brains or they would have been all over the road. 15 years and still wearing the helmet.
 

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Here you go if this makes you feel any better. Last night at around 10:30, I, after owning my new sidi ergo2's for a grand total of 8 hrs.I fell in my driveway at .5mph.

I was giddy like a kid on christmas and had mounted the cleats and just had to try them even if it was just in the driveway. Anyhow down to the end, very slow turn around, have trouble getting the left shoe clipped-in, stupid f-ing shorts have slip down impeding my clip engagement maneuver. ahh, ooh,ahhh,awww boom sh$t,F%$K,sh$T,carp, Carp, CARP!!!

The result was a nice scuff and a bit of CF gone on the ergos and a real nice scuff on my beloved turbomatic.

Angry, stupid, embarrassed, and angry......so why not tell you guys...wheeeee I am about to get on the bike momentarily after mounting and fresh pair of Mich Prorace3's and some latex (wouldn't want any unplanned two wheeler's scooting around!)
 

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To help clean the gravel out and start the healing process, try Band-Aid brand Wound Wash. This stuff is a mild anesthetic/antiseptic. Have found it does a good job of relieving the pain and does not harm the skin like hydrogen peroxide and/or isopropyl can.
 

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Here you go if this makes you feel any better. Last night at around 10:30, I, after owning my new sidi ergo2's for a grand total of 8 hrs.I fell in my driveway at .5mph.

I was giddy like a kid on christmas and had mounted the cleats and just had to try them even if it was just in the driveway. Anyhow down to the end, very slow turn around, have trouble getting the left shoe clipped-in, stupid f-ing shorts have slip down impeding my clip engagement maneuver. ahh, ooh,ahhh,awww boom sh$t,F%$K,sh$T,carp, Carp, CARP!!!

The result was a nice scuff and a bit of CF gone on the ergos and a real nice scuff on my beloved turbomatic.

Angry, stupid, embarrassed, and angry......so why not tell you guys...wheeeee I am about to get on the bike momentarily after mounting and fresh pair of Mich Prorace3's and some latex (wouldn't want any unplanned two wheeler's scooting around!)

Now I don't feel so bad! I did the same thing last Saturday except not in my driveway. I was pushing off after a rest at a gas station. While trying to get the second clip in I hit a small rock that kicked my wheel a little and the next thing I know I am sprawled face down on the pavement. How embarrassing! And yes...people were watching! [email protected]$kin shoe clips.............I hate you! :mad2:
 

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This is why I never ride without gloves.

I've read way too many stories like this where the one time they dont ride with gloves, boom they go down.

Three things I never leave without for a ride.

- Gloves
- Helmet
- Maxi Pad (beats a Halo headband by a mile)
 

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Never wear gloves unless it's cool

Too bad about your mishap...bummer!:cryin:

I never wear gloves unless it's cool. Gone so long without them, they now feel bulky. Was there a Loose Gravel sign near the road?

The gravel thing seems so antiquated, you think there would be a better system by now.

-Bill in St. Paul, MN
 

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RiceKilla said:
Three things I never leave without for a ride.

- Gloves
- Helmet
- Maxi Pad (beats a Halo headband by a mile)

:cornut:

OK now I don't feel so embarrassed by my driveway bail.

"Excuse me sir but the feminine product on your forehead is askew"
 

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Next time wear elbow and knee pads as well. You've learned your lesson.
Or I could take caution to an extreme and ride road in full face helmet and downhill armor...flimsey azz lycra just shreads away when you hit gravel:rolleyes: .
 

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Bill Bikie said:
Too bad about your mishap...bummer!:cryin:

I never wear gloves unless it's cool. Gone so long without them, they now feel bulky. Was there a Loose Gravel sign near the road?

The gravel thing seems so antiquated, you think there would be a better system by now.

-Bill in St. Paul, MN
Naaa there wasn't a sign and I don't expect them to put one up. This is rural Illinois and they had just gravelled the road in the last couple of days in prep for chip and seal apparently. It was all my fault...shoulda' been more observant on surface conditions before I dove into that turn.
 
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