I was out for a nice ride on my 36er and had just ridden up a long, steep uphill. Starting down the downhill side, since it’s a nice, empty farm road, I was starting to do sweeping turns back and forth across the road (sort of "giant slalom"ing).
I should have had a grip on the handle while doing this, but I didn’t. Suddenly, my left foot popped up off its accelerating pedal, quickly followed by my right foot. I hung on the seat with no way to really jump off as I had my longest and least desired coast of my 2 yr uni career.
Eventually my left shoe got ripped off and that leg got chewed up by the pedal pins (see nice pic at bottom). Worse, my right foot dabbed down to the road a split-second later and it was sort of point outward, as I was trying to step off that way.
My right shoe caught pretty quick and that knee, which, incidentally, already had one ACL replacement in its life, sort of folded quickly inward, with a bit of a knuckle-cracking noise, or twanging ligament noise. I stopped, sitting left leg out front, well-gouged, and right leg bent back in a hurdlers stretch, with my left shoe and the uni a few meters ahead of me.
I ended up riding all the way home (maybe 10 more miles), and then downing 800 mg of ibuprofen and icing the hell out of my right knee. It’s stiff now, but with a full range of motion, so I’m hopeful it was just a strain and not a tear. I will go to a doctor tomorrow. I want to make sure I didn’t hurt the original ACL repair (or its titanium screw in my tibia), and also, of course, that I didn’t tear the MCL, on the inside, stressed part of the knee.
My wife, a most patient and understanding woman, is less than pleased with the prospect of my having another knee-surgery, especially for something self-inflicted like this, and I don’t blame her.
I will be holding the handle whenever I descend a hill at good speed, for the leverage which helps me keep my darn feet on the pedals. I still believe the pedal pins save more injury than they cause, as feet could lose grip much more easily without them. What is the consensus?