Ouch! That is really unfortunately! Sounds like the nasty "leg suck"
(http://www.recumbentblog.com/2008/04/18/leg-suck-be-damned/ ) --
imagine leg suck on a trike, brrrrrr...|
It is a little late for advice, but it makes no sense taking feets
of your pedals when "losing control", because your feet are your
means of control.
On an open recumbent (understeer or no steer) falling is usually
very forgiving in that one nearly always ends up standing up. To
this rule, leg suck is an exception. Gliding in a turn too, this can
be very nasty, as one can break a hip.
On 04.07.2011 09:16, Kurt Rutter wrote:
Just a cautionary tale...
I was rambling along nicely with my python on my neighborhood
street, building confidence to go on a real ride, when I lost
control (for no obvious reason) and crashed at 8 or 10 mph. I had
crashed on grass plenty of times so kicked off the pedasl and
rolled. Unfortunately the cleat on my left foot stuck in the rough
asphalt and I ended up rolling over my leg. The big BANG I heard
was mt tibia and fibula snapping as I flipped the bike. Ouch. The
python was fine thanks to the fine german design and craftmanship,
but I was lying in the road thanking god (and I'm an athiest!) the
neighbors did not see me . My son drove me to the hospital. Now I
sit with my leg in a cast and want to pass on to the python
family...keep your legs up! Fall on your bum but keep those legs
Conventional bikes tend to break shoulders, necks, heads.
Recumbents (I assume of all kinds) tend to chew up the legs
instead. Probably a fair trade, but thought I would add my
cautionary tale to the python knowledge base. Legs up!
Kurt Rutter, RN, MSN
Kauai Community College
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