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04 April 2013 @ 06:34 pm
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I succumbed two weeks ago and bought an iPad, immediately after succumbing to the lure of a full-time job on a mag that puts out an iPad edition.

Despite it being a luxury, I have been able to justify it as it will pay for itself in New Yorkers alone with the year and I have been getting a lot of writing done on it thanks to the little Logitech keyboard cover I also bought. I was in two minds about buying it a travelling case, as they were yet another expense, but I rationalised it with the thought that since I ride everywhere, I would rather be safe than sorry.

Good call, as things turned out.

It was raining this morning and I hit an oily patch of wet road while turning a corner on my newish town tyres (wide-ish, but slick) and my bike slid out beneath me. It was very dramatic sounding, but that was mostly my helmet cracking, which is what helmets are meant to do. Worth every penny spent on it and it will now join the sainted row of Helmets That Gave Their Lives So I Might Live. (Anyone who tells you that helmets aren't brilliant is talking shit or only ever rides under 10kph.)

A young couple came running up to help, as did Suzanne, the lovely woman whose house I stacked outside. I tried to brush it all off as a commuting incident. They were charming and delightful and pointed out that it might be a better idea to pause a moment until the adrenalin stopped flowing, rather than jog my bike up to the nearby shop for a new helmet before proceeding onto work, as was my initial plan.

Wise advice. As I went to peel my gloves off, it became apparent I had broken a thumb. The left one, and up the top, so minimally awful as these things go, but that meant a day spent having X-rays rather than signing contracts at work. Aside from that, a few grazes and bruises, bike was carefully protected by my body and is fine.

However, having walked my bike back home after thanking my genuinely fabulous rescuers, I decided it was time to face the music. I opened up my pannier and pulled out the travelling case. The iPad is FINE! If you are considering an STM case or a MET bicycle helmet, I strongly recommend both!
Current Mood: blahblah
Catscatsintheattic on April 4th, 2013 07:48 am (UTC)
Ouch! I'm glad that your head and the iPad are fine, and I hope your thumb will heal asap.

Take care! *hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 10:22 am (UTC)
I broke the least-used digit I have, and the least-damaging part of it. So really, it's a win!

And yeah, hurrah for good helmets and transit bags!
AutumnHearti_autumnheart on April 4th, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
Goodness, I'm glad it wasn't worse. Wasn't there a moratorium on any more commuting accidents? Best wishes for a speedy recovery (and yay for helmets!)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
Well, I put a ban on it, but alas, gravity is recalcitrant.

Damn you, gravity!

Thanks, dear. Mostly well, especially compared to previous efforts.
Kareinakareina on April 4th, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)
Ow! Poor thumb, may it heal quickly and completely. Do you wear any sort of protection for your hands/wrists when you ride? I have a friend in California who still has medical issues with a wrist she shattered in a bike accident before her son was born (he is 18 now), and knowing her and seeing what she has gone through has converted me to always wearing wrist braces (like they sell for rollerblading) when I ride a bike. However, I don't know if such a thing would help a thumb, since they stick out of such a brace...

Yay for ipad survival! Most product warranties don't include damage from bike accidents, so it is most fortunate that it didn't take any.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 10:21 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear! I only wear gloves; wrist guards would be hard to work with my style of riding, though I could have used one when I unconsciously punched the ground in the great taxi caper of 95. The thumb was cracked with the force coming through the bike this time, I came down on my right. Most accidents have seen me take the bike with me and the handlebars are usually protective, unlike on your recumbent where they are more exposed!

And yes, it would have been a costly fix!
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on April 4th, 2013 09:32 am (UTC)
I don't need to make the required comment re Duchesses + bikes = pain, do I...... But very glad to hear your helmet did its job, your iPad is fine and that there were lovely people around to suggest you stop and pause for a moment to assess for damage. Hope the thumb heals quickly.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 10:11 am (UTC)
It's Fabes's fault, Nathan spent the weekend telling me that he's coming for a visit: I decided to get my traditional crash and break in pre-emptively!

The people were delightful. The one upside of accidents is remembering how good people are!
Pureblood Princessraitala on April 4th, 2013 09:44 am (UTC)
Oh dear! I'm glad there were nice people around to help you. Sorry about your thumb, that must be sore. A good thing the iPad is useful for one-handed typing too :)

I'm very glad the helmet and iPad cover both did their job. ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
They were lovely! I will take some flowers round for Suzanne on the weekend. Or maybe she'd prefer chocs ...

Not too much pain, I'm more focussed on stopping stiffness creeping in from the wallop down my right side, so it's an evening of manky yoga and barre work. Imagine ballet by a stiff meerkat …

I love my helmet! But must buy a new one.
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nevernot_brokennevernot_broken on April 4th, 2013 09:59 am (UTC)
Can you still knit?! Glad you are ok and having seen Dad's helmet after he headbutted a windscreen I totally agree - everyone should wear them all the time...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
Hee! Important question! Not today, and probably not over the next few days, but once the immediate swelling and pain recede, I'll give it a go! Thumb is splinted for now, review next week to see how long we'll want that for. I imagine I'll be useful for non-fine stuff, but I am still on nursedarry's second lace sock!

My one-handed typing has been refined through years of cat wrangling ;-)
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Sin: text - quick! look normal!sinden on April 4th, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
Glad you're okay and that everything else -- aside from the helmet -- survived as well!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear! Bit sore, but mostly fine! I have been coveting a Specialized helmet, this could be my chance!
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not your typical annihilatrix: ichigo calendarfuriosity on April 4th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC)
ouch, i hope you heal up soon!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
Cheers, dear! It should be a quick fix: lovely straight break in the top joint with no displacement. Good thumb, it may have a biscuit!
fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on April 4th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
Glad you're all right--sounds scary! That's awesome about how much an iPad can take :-) FIngers crossed everything heals fast, and yay for it not being worse!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
More stupid than scary: I had literally just thought to myself that since I had changed out my knobbly tyres for slicks, I should probably drop speed given the conditions. Mr B tells me that I clearly cursed myself. Probably right!

Thank you, and yes, yay!
quatrefoilquatrefoil on April 4th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
So glad that you and the iPad are (mostly) fine, but I am starting to wonder why you have this particular death wish. As long as I've known you you've been injuring yourself via bicycle.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
In fairness, I rarely injure myself, I usually have significant assistance. When it's my fault, the breakage count is historically lower!

And given the number of times I've been hit by cars while inside other cars, swimming is the only statistically safe mode for me to travel. Which, if the weather continues same, should be possible ;-)
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Loyaulte Me Lie: tell shocolateshocolate on April 4th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
Glad thumbs and iPads are intact!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
Left thumb only mostly intact, but will be fine soon, iPad awesome for one-handed typing!
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twotopcatstwotopcats on April 4th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Gosh! :O Thank god it was only your thumb that broke. Very lucky.

So nice to hear people came out to make sure you were okay. You'd be surprised at how many people don't stop and help others when they appear in distress/or could be hurt.

I have to admit I did laugh when I read your post simply because you have an accident and had to ensure your beloved Ipad was okay. Hurray it is. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
I did check myself and my bike first ;-)

People have always been kind to me when I have had accidents. I don't understand how anyone could do otherwise with anyone in need, it's human!
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on April 4th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh no!!! I'm sorry to hear it, but glad you're mostly okay. The thumb makes me flinch. I hope it heals fast.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
It should. Thank you!
Emma: Bikeemmacmf on April 4th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Blimey, glad you're ok! I don't wear a helmet, but my bike is built like a tank, and I only cycle on bike paths at about 6 miles per hour. If I was nipping along on the road, then I'd be wearing one!

Hope your thumb soon feels much better!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think that there are styles of cycling that lend themselves to helmet-free, but get so sick of wankers telling me they make no difference in a real-world accident. I had one crash without a helmet; still don't remember 1994 ...

if we had cycle paths, i could ride my lady bike to work!
turnonmyheels on April 4th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you are okay! Your experience is one of the reasons I get scared to death riding my bike
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 4th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
just listen to that sensible little voice that says 'given the roads are crap, slow down!'
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