Speaking of paramedics, this cyclist crashed hard, broke his hip, and the paramedics made sure the bike was OK. Then sent it to hospital with him.
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Call this blaming the victim, but a cheap double pivot caliper wouldn’t have adversely affected the situation, the bike’s aesthetics, or his wallet, relatively or objectively.
My bike got hauled to the fire stationthat picked me off the ground. So, after waiting for hours at the ER to get my face sewn up my friend had to take me over to the fire station to pick it up.
We don’t speak out enough about how stupid it is to ride without brakes, but don’t know if that was the cause here. Like I’ve said, there’s about 7 to 8 dudes that possess those skills and the knees to do it. For the rest of the cycling population, no. Companies that ship bikes without brakes are irresponsible and I think they must’ve not told their lawyers they’re doing that or believe in some *fixie karma* preventing them from getting their asses sued. In this photo, we picked it up cause it’s a good photo and it turned up when I was searching for paramedic shots for the previous post. I don’t want to pick on a guy with a broken hip, but you maybe right.
That’s standard practice from the accidents I’ve been on scene for or heard about. Unusual to have the bike with you in hospital.
I am the cyclist in that photograph - a coworker just let me know I was mentioned on this site. Thank you, Bike Hugger, for the kind words.
I appreciate the kind tone of you commentors, and while in the hospital all the doctors and nurses were making some of the same comments about having a brake.
To start: I’ve ridden a track bicycle in San Francisco for 9 years now, and am fully capapble of riding and stopping without brakes. I always have worn a helmet, I never run red lights, I do not ride fast nor do I ride rudely. I smile at everyone I pass, and I signal when I make turns.
With that said, had I had a brake the morning of my accident - I still would have fallen. I had just gotten back on my bike after stopping, and the terrain was a very wet section of bricks. They were especially slick, and out of nowhere one wheel simply slipped out from under me causing me to land directly on my hip, which broke instantly. Wider tires may have helped, but a brake would not.
As for getting back on a “dangerous” brakeless bike, I spent my recovery on a 3-speed and have since purchased a road bike. I do plan to enjoy my track bike at the velodrome, and on casual rides with friends and am in no rush to blame the bike or myself for this accident.
Thanks for allowing me to reply! I hope you are all safe out there.
Sorry - I forgot to comment on how the bike got to the ER.
When I had fallen, I didn’t realize anything was broken. I tried to walk with my bike to a bus stop, to catch a bus home. I fell over again, and decided to call an ambulance. I did not have a lock with me, and my closest friend was still 20 minutes away, so they threw the bicycle in the ambulance with me and took me to the hospital. It was not something they’d done before, and I was glad they made an exception.
Thanks for commenting Brian and good to hear about your recovery. Your photo and [another post](http://bikehugger.com/2009/11/alleg-cyclist-edly-hits-child.html) we did earlier in the year touched off a debate about brakeless and the concern about bike companies cashing in on the fixie trend and sending the unwitting public off on brakeless bikes. If you’ve got the skills, great, but few do.
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