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 Post subject: My first crash on Sunday
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:48 pm 
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Was coming down on Montebello in San Jose and then at second to last hairpin coming down, my rear wheel skid in the center painted line and went down head and shoulder first on left side at 9.8mph.

Was wearing POC OCTAL helmet (blue garmin one) and it crack through. I blacked out and two MTB guys and my two friend came to my rescue.

Is having the helmet crack through normal?

Here are some photos of the helmet.ImageImageImage


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 Post subject: My first crash on Sunday
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:03 am 
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I'm glad you are OK. Yes, the helmet is designed to take the impact and hence dissipate the crash energy. Have you seen photos of some nasty car crashes where the car is completely destroyed but the occupants walked away unharmed? Well the bike helmet works the same way. You want the helmet to take the hit and not your head. You might want to check with POC to see if they have a crash replacement policy. For a small fee you could get your helmet replaced by POC.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:26 am 
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Thanks!! I'll check with POC to see... Thanks for the tip!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:24 am 
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Yes totally agree, your helmet has done its job and allowed you to "stagger" away. Glad to see you will survive to ride another day.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:54 am 
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First crash ever? On a road bike? Congrats on what seems like a good outcome and a pretty good track record (you've been riding more than a few months, I'd guess).


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:52 am 
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Yea I've riding for about 5yrs now... And first crash. So wifey freaked out. My TMR02 was fine.. Just my red shifters got scratched up and my DA rear skewer got scratched up. My riding buddy that was behind me said when I fell left head and shoulders first, it seemed like I was protecting my bike with my body.. Lol.

Hope that never happens again... Still sore as hell. But went to doc today to get checked up and will get a CT scan next week if I start to feel dizzy.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:20 am 
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Was it wet when you slid out? Glad you're okay!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:23 am 
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Its never will you crash its more like when will you crash. Its eventually going to happen. I smashed more than a few helmets like that. Only two on the road and the rest mountain biking. The helmet did its job and absorbed all the impact. It looks ugly so your head can keep looking pretty. I have scars on top of my scars on my shoulders.

Heal well and ride.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:55 am 
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A simple proof that helmets can save lives. Glad that you're ok!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:13 pm 
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kgt wrote:
A simple proof that helmets can save lives.


I agree that it was good that he wore a helmet, but this conclusion is not how empirical science works!


Last edited by Marin on Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:56 pm 
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Actually this is exactly how empirical science works but... whatever you say mister scientist. I just hope you always wear your helmet.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:50 pm 
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Good to see that all has worked out for the best.

On the bright side, time for helmet shopping now!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:07 pm 
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And dont be surprised to take a little while to fully recover. When I have been knocked out in the past from accidents, I am usually tired and not fully able to concentrate for several weeks to months.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:15 pm 
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ghisallo2003 wrote:
And dont be surprised to take a little while to fully recover. When I have been knocked out in the past from accidents, I am usually tired and not fully able to concentrate for several weeks to months.


This is a really good point. Keep on top of how you feel and if things aren't right then rest/ get checked out. I say this on the back of various incidents including not being able to read a computer screen for a few days, waking up completely disorientated and severe mood/ concentration changes for several months. Hopefully the only outcome is a new helmet though :beerchug:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:06 pm 
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+2 With that kind of impact there is a real possibility of concussion. Take it easy for a few days and watch for the usual signs (headaches, dizziness).


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