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July 31, 2010

Cycling Dude Goes SPLAT! Bike Clings to Life in Intensive Care!

Hello, everyone!

Not sure how many folks know I'm still hanging in there, but I wanted to tell you that despite the best effort of a local street in Long Beach, Ca....I ain't dead yet, and neither is my Trusty Steed of a decade, Cleopatra! ;-D

Hate to disapoint anyone, hee, hee! ;-D

Hey_Doc1 My bike, "Affectionately knows as "Cleopatra", is over 10 years old, and in good shape for her age, having only endured one complete working on in all those years.
I was riding down a residential street, in Long Beach, last night, on my way home from work about 1120pm when, despite my lights, I somehow found a little bump in the road, at 5mph, that sent me head over handle bars to the pavement.
When I got up, and looked at the bike the front wheel, and part of the fork were lying away from the main bike, at a clearly unnatural position.

Clearly, we had a problem. ;-D
The Fork looked like someone had taken a saw to cut it completely thru.
Hey_Doc2 Whether the bump caused this, or finished the job of a developing crack that I was unaware of, I do not know.
My left shoulder is so sore I can barely lift it to type, my left elbow has a scrape, my left hip is a little sore, too.
I had to carry my bike maybe 2 miles, along Xemino Ave. to 7th Street, to the bus stop.

(NOTE 8/2 7pm - Unless they moved Wilson High School further west I mistyped when I originally wrote Cherry! - I did not hit my head, honest!)

The people on the residential street where I took my little tumble didn't seem to notice the ruckus out their window despite one Dog expressing his opinion, and the home directly by me having lights on.

I folded the bike as you see in the 2nd picture, slid my right arm thru the spokes to grip the fram, and staggered off to try and catch a Long Beach Transit Bus to my OCTA connection.

Staggering up Xemino I was passed by a dozen cars, and 2 bicyclists.

The nice looking cyclists even waited at the same corner I did, for a light, but didn't give me a 2nd look, despite the condition of my bike, and my moaning in pain. ;-D


I talked the Long Beach Bus Driver into a ride to the stop where I always catch the bus back to Santa Ana, across from the VA Hospital.
The OCTA Driver didn't grasp the seriousness of my situation, and why I told him the bike would not sit on the rack, but needed to be allowed inside the bus.

He had to call his supervisor, even though he, as the last bus, could have taken me on without extra OK, and his skeptical tone in talking to the super pissed me off, and so I waved the 2 halves of the bike at him, asking him if he noticed anything the matter, and if need be I'd talk to his super.


I told him that I'd been riding busses 40 years, more than 4 times longer than he'd been driving them, and seen more than he'd ever imagine in his philosphy, so don't even get me started. ;-D

This pissed him off but, in the end I got my ride, and the 2nd shorter bus ride to 3 blocks from my apartment. ;-D

Upon arriving home I hugged the Kitties, fed them got in the shower, then fed myself, and checked my e-mail, before heading to bed.

The Kitties are really good nurses, hee, hee! ;-D

On Bike Ride Daddy Goes SPLAT! Nurses Nikita, and Elvira, are on the Case!

My shoulder, while extremely sore, shows no sign of bruising as of this evening, but I am considering x-rays to be sure nothing serious happened.
I may have gotten off lucky where the bike is concerned.


This morning I took pictures, and took them to the shop at the REI, in Huntington Beach, for an initial opinion.
 I may only need to get a new front fork, and not have to go without a bike for long.

Most importantly I won't be faced with the prospect of having to go without, or buying a new bike

They told me that, to have a better idea, I'd need to bring the bike in so they could look at the poor dear, then order a fork, keep the bike there for a week until the part arrived, and then install it.

I'm look at spending close to $100 for parts, and labor.

I may have to put this off for a few weeks, due to other things going on, but I can still take the Long Beach bus on that leg of my commute in the meantime, so I am fine with that.

***UPDATE - 8/2***

Thank you, everyone for the advice, and support!

Due to advice given me by friends, and readers, including a fellow bike rider, I decided to sally forth to the ER yesterday afternoon....

I got there at 1pm, was out by 315 or so.

They took xrays of my shoulder, and the area above my heart, near the shoulder.

I also was given an EKG.

The verdict?

No broken bones.

Just Muscle Sprain up the wazzoo. ;-D

The fact that I could raise my arm straight up, despite the pain, was a positive sign of recovery beginning to them.

The sore butt cheek was more muscle soreness.

I would not have been walking if there had been a broken hip or other damage.

They told me to take some Advil, Tylenol, or Motrin, for the pain if I feel the need, and gave me some fliers about Home Care of the Sprain, and the Elbow Abrasion.

I showed them pictures on my Camera of my "In Home Nursing Staff", and gave them a report of their treatment, and they praised them for their good work, and encouraged them to keep it up. ;-D



July 31, 2010 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink



Glad both you and the bike seem to have survived with minimal long term damage.

Posted by: Lee County Clowder | Aug 1, 2010 1:03:59 AM

We are sorry to hear about your accident and your sore shoulder and arm not to mention the injured bike!

Nikita and Elvira will have to do the some of the work at home and take care of you with purr therapy.

If they swish their tails they could probably do some light dusting too.

Luv from Hannah xx, Lucy xx, and mum Sue xx

Posted by: Hannah and Lucy | Aug 1, 2010 7:20:38 AM

Dude, get the x-ray.

I crashed my Colnago in the bus lane in Downtown Dallas, 4 or 5 years ago, right next to a bus stop.

Just like your experience, not one person said a word, or acknowledged me.

The bike was fine, but I'd cut my head:


So I went home, called in to work, and called the doctor.

During the exam, I mentioned that my shoulder was sore.

There was no bruising or discoloration, but they sent me for x-rays.

Turns out I'd broken my arm.

I'd sheared the end off the humerus:


So get that x-ray, especially if your arm hurts.

Posted by: monogodo | Aug 1, 2010 9:14:01 AM

Oh my goodness!!

Get an x-ray to be sure you haven't broke anything!!!

We will purrrr and purray for a quick fix for the bike and you to be okay!!

Your TX furiends,

Posted by: Samantha, Clementine & Maverick | Aug 1, 2010 3:14:15 PM

You are one lucky guy.

I have a feeling you didn't actually hit a bump.

I think that "bump" was you snapping the fork!

And I am not too surprised about the lack of concern.

I live near Cherry and 7th.

No one wants to get involved especially late at night.

Get better quick!

Posted by: Jay | Aug 1, 2010 5:56:31 PM


That's miserable, but glad nothing is broken.

Our Mum went flying off her bike a few years ago in front of some blokes mending the road, and not one of them said a thing, or offered to help.

This upset her big time (more than the scratches, scrapes and bits of road stuck in her legs and hands) - Hope Cleopatra is mendable and you are soon back on the road!


Posted by: Everycat | Aug 2, 2010 4:06:14 AM

Hey man.

Came over from the CotC link and read Nikita's update.

Hope you're feeling better.

I'm a (poor) cyclist, and no great judge, but it looks like you might just luck out, and get by w/a new fork.

Best of luck to Cleopatra.

I've avoided (to this point) anything beyond road rash, but from what you describe, you're lucky to have avoided breaks.

Must be good karma from being such a good cat person.

Hang in there!

Posted by: john | Aug 2, 2010 7:52:20 AM

Glad your injuries were modest.

There's no way your fork should have failed like that, even after 10 years.

Most of your riding is on roads and you don't jump your bike or anything extreme.

There must have been a manufacturing or assembly problem.

This catastrophic failure is a serious failure that should not have happened.

Posted by: peteathome | Aug 2, 2010 11:55:36 AM

Bummer about the people who didn't offer to help.

I've griped about that myself, and I usually at least ask if somebody seems to be in distress, FWIW.

Too bad about that fork :-(

Glad you're okay!

Posted by: Richard Masoner | Aug 5, 2010 6:26:53 PM


Glad to hear nothing is broken on your body.

Looks like we can't say the same about Cleopatra......

Posted by: Liz | Oct 9, 2010 10:38:36 PM

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