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For more bike ride photos from today when my rear derailleur cable froze to give me one unchangeable gear, click here.

fell hard enough to break a few bones in my inner hand, i'm assuming from catching my weight on a single 1" piece of metal on the palm vs distributing the weight over a non mesh surface.  I have a cast on, typing one handed and will be off the bike for at least a month.  I'm really wishing I had asked for painkillers in the ER. It hurts a lot more now that shock wore off.

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Wind mostly behind me except for the times it swirled all around and hit me sideways and then in the front.  Not a bad ride, but for me, the ride home promises to be quite miserable.  I hate wind!

I am fine--Spence and Derek, how are the hands?  Are you able to ride?

It was pretty out there, wasn't it, despite the frozen gear?

Gene Tenner said:

For more bike ride photos from today when my rear derailleur cable froze to give me one unchangeable gear, click here.


Ouch. I wish you well.
Derek said:

fell hard enough to break a few bones in my inner hand, i'm assuming from catching my weight on a single 1" piece of metal on the palm vs distributing the weight over a non mesh surface.  I have a cast on, typing one handed and will be off the bike for at least a month.  I'm really wishing I had asked for painkillers in the ER. It hurts a lot more now that shock wore off.

'Twas gorgeous. There is nothing better than being on a bike with the sun in your face .... at any temperature or wind.

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

It was pretty out there, wasn't it, despite the frozen gear?

from the wind?

Derek said:

fell hard enough to break a few bones in my inner hand, i'm assuming from catching my weight on a single 1" piece of metal on the palm vs distributing the weight over a non mesh surface.  I have a cast on, typing one handed and will be off the bike for at least a month.  I'm really wishing I had asked for painkillers in the ER. It hurts a lot more now that shock wore off.

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Wind mostly behind me except for the times it swirled all around and hit me sideways and then in the front.  Not a bad ride, but for me, the ride home promises to be quite miserable.  I hate wind!

I am fine--Spence and Derek, how are the hands?  Are you able to ride?

Well, it appears that I've faired  better than Derek. With some Ibprofen and icing, the swelling has gone down substantially, although it's turned a nice tint of blue-ish purple.  I went to my internal medicine doctor yesterday evening as he wanted me to come in before refering me to an orthopedic surgeon and he thought that I got lucky and only had a deep bone bruise on my palm. But if the pain persists for the next 3-4 days, then he's going to refer me to an orthopedic surgeon to get an x-ray. I'm feeling pretty optimistic that it's not broken now, so I wore a wrist splint and rode in today (but avoided dearborn bridge, didn't want to tempt fate).


Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Wind mostly behind me except for the times it swirled all around and hit me sideways and then in the front.  Not a bad ride, but for me, the ride home promises to be quite miserable.  I hate wind!

I am fine--Spence and Derek, how are the hands?  Are you able to ride?

We were among the many who fell on the icy Dearborn bridge yesterday morning! Sounds like Derek really got the worst of it. 

Kristy Lapidus said:

from the wind?

Derek said:

fell hard enough to break a few bones in my inner hand, i'm assuming from catching my weight on a single 1" piece of metal on the palm vs distributing the weight over a non mesh surface.  I have a cast on, typing one handed and will be off the bike for at least a month.  I'm really wishing I had asked for painkillers in the ER. It hurts a lot more now that shock wore off.

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Wind mostly behind me except for the times it swirled all around and hit me sideways and then in the front.  Not a bad ride, but for me, the ride home promises to be quite miserable.  I hate wind!

I am fine--Spence and Derek, how are the hands?  Are you able to ride?

Dang! Sorry to hear it. I've had some scares on the 18th bridge, but knock on wood no fall.




Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

We were among the many who fell on the icy Dearborn bridge yesterday morning! Sounds like Derek really got the worst of it. 

Kristy Lapidus said:

from the wind?

Derek said:

fell hard enough to break a few bones in my inner hand, i'm assuming from catching my weight on a single 1" piece of metal on the palm vs distributing the weight over a non mesh surface.  I have a cast on, typing one handed and will be off the bike for at least a month.  I'm really wishing I had asked for painkillers in the ER. It hurts a lot more now that shock wore off.

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Wind mostly behind me except for the times it swirled all around and hit me sideways and then in the front.  Not a bad ride, but for me, the ride home promises to be quite miserable.  I hate wind!

I am fine--Spence and Derek, how are the hands?  Are you able to ride?

ohhhh. Oh no! Does CDOT know about this?

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

We were among the many who fell on the icy Dearborn bridge yesterday morning! Sounds like Derek really got the worst of it. 

Kristy Lapidus said:

from the wind?

Derek said:

fell hard enough to break a few bones in my inner hand, i'm assuming from catching my weight on a single 1" piece of metal on the palm vs distributing the weight over a non mesh surface.  I have a cast on, typing one handed and will be off the bike for at least a month.  I'm really wishing I had asked for painkillers in the ER. It hurts a lot more now that shock wore off.

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Wind mostly behind me except for the times it swirled all around and hit me sideways and then in the front.  Not a bad ride, but for me, the ride home promises to be quite miserable.  I hate wind!

I am fine--Spence and Derek, how are the hands?  Are you able to ride?

I don't know, but there really is nothing they could have done (except to have gotten the plates installed sooner:-)).  It was on the grated part that does not yet have the plates.
 
Kristy Lapidus said:

ohhhh. Oh no! Does CDOT know about this?

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

We were among the many who fell on the icy Dearborn bridge yesterday morning! Sounds like Derek really got the worst of it.  
 

It was the trucks installing grate that caused my crash (+ ice).  I was managing just fine in a straight line, the second I veered to the side was when I lost control.   It's my fault and even in a straight line it was dicey.  I knew there would be parked trucks working and just didn't think about it until after I had crested the crown of the bridge.  Even then I could have gotten off and walked the rest of the way.

A detour sign at start of the block would have helped.  Or if any of the workers had given me a hand after seeing my laying on the bridge (instead of staring at me from inside their trucks).  I don't know how long I was unconscious but my bike wheels weren't moving by the time I figured out what was going on. 

I'm a fan of personal responsibility vs legislating safety. I should have been wiser.

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