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Feb 20 2014

Crashes and Road Rash

It’s been a while since the last update. So what has happened since then? Two more crashes on the road, then winter came with lots of snow, which helped me get completely addicted to skate skiing.

But first, the crashes. I have never had one until near the end of summer last season, then immediately developed an affinity for asphalt.

The first one was from chain suck as I was getting up to chase after an attack. According to a GoPro video I found later, the back wheel stopped then took a hop, flipping the bike 90 degrees while causing uncommanded unclipping, and down I went. That’s what happens if you are too lazy to do an overdue tune up.

The second one was due to touching wheels with the guy ahead. I held on for as long as I could, but alas ended up on the gravel shoulder.

I don’t really know what happened in the last one. All I remembered was doing a superman on the asphalt. For anyone who has yet to try: yes, you can slide on asphalt!

What else happened as a result? I became very acquainted with the first aid section of my local Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, and Walmart.
And after spending a fair bit of change on said first aid supplies, plus lots of reading and asking questions, I learned something about treating road rashes too. I might as well post it here for posterity.

Firstly, if you hit your head, you obviously must get yourself checked out at a hospital. If you broke anything, that’s probably a good idea too.

If it’s only road rash:
1) Clean off all the dirt and gravel. I got a bottle of BAND-AID Hurt-Free antiseptic wash which works well, but kind of pricey. Otherwise some generic alcoholic wipes could do. If you are macho, simply go and take a shower.

2) Box of Tegaderm patches. Hopefully it will last a while...3M Tegaderm is your best friend. They are waterproof, breathable, keep wounds moist to prevent scabbing and promote healing, and extremely expensive.
Fortunately, they do last a few days even through showers. Tape around the edges to prevent the patch from peeling off.
If wound is still “liquidy”, fix some gauze around the edges as well to catch any leaks from staining clothes.Hypafix dressing rentention sheets and medical tape

Hypafix dressing retention sheets are fantastic for the aforementioned taping.

3) Small scrapes need attention as well. Those are best treated with Polysporin or similar generic antibiotic cream, then cover with bandages.

4) Keep the rubber side down.

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