99% of the time coming off a uni is straightforward- the 1% of nasty ones usually happen cos some part of you is caught/trapped on the unicycle. I thought I’d have experienced most of the bad ones by now, but tonight encountered a totally new one.
Just about to head down my (very steep) hill, i had to come to a stop cos a car was coming up- I messed it up a bit and think I was trying to get my right foot on the ground to dismount.
Unfortunately it somehow got lodged between the uni frame and crank (which I didn’t even know was possible) and the foot wasn’t on the ground. My first focus was to keep from tipping forwards as I was behind a parked car and didn’t want to go face first into it.
Then i became aware of my lower leg being crushed by the crank and realised that any forward motion of the wheel would only increase it, so there was no way i was getitng my right foot on the ground. My left foot must have been on the ground, but there was no way i could use it to push me back.
So I was kind of balanced on the left foot, while my right was trapped and my weight was basically crushing it- any forward movement would have crushed it, falling over to either side would probably have snapped the bone, and I couldn’t move backwards.
Luckily I realised that I could reach for the wheel with my hand, grab it, and pull it backwards, releasing my leg.
Then I sat on the curb to check it out- I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had been broken or gashed/blood, but there was nothing visible- just a dull, sick kind of ache.
Should probably have just gone home, but thought there might be a good chance that I’m not going to be able to ride for a few days after that, plus a bit of dodgy logic about ‘flushing’ the damage by exercising the damaged leg, lead me to continue the ride.
I knew that when it started to swell it would probably start to hurt, so figured I might as well have a bit of fun riding while the exercise adrenaline minimised the pain.
Managed to ride for an hour, with no issues other than the ache.
Now it’s the next day and the achilles tendon area is very swollen/tender: been running it under cold water to help minimise the swelling, think I’ll be limping for a few days.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get round on my bike and can imagine unicycling would be OK, except when it comes to putting my foot down on UPDs
Has anyone else managed to crush their leg between the frame and crank?