Whether you have been riding for years or have just begun there is one thing no cyclist can avoid and that is crashing. Like it or not it is part and parcel of cycling. Now while you cannot always avoid a crash how you react to it can make a huge difference between a major or minor injury. So what is it that you should do after a crash? Below are all the things you need to do and look out for.
Be calm and relax
How many times have you fallen of your bike and instantly tried to get back on it by saying you are ok? I guess quite a few times, isn’t that right? But the question is, is it the right thing to do? Trust me it’s not.
After a crash relax and take your time to get back riding. Make sure your bike and more importantly you are fine. Move around, look around and only then start riding again.
Have a first aid kit
Do you feel carrying a first aid kit is not all that important? Well trust me it is. Not only is the kit important but after a crash a few standard first aid checks are a must too. Wondering what these checks are?
Well make sure you can still feel every part of your body and that there are no bones sticking out or bleeding. Also make sure no part of your body is paining. In case of any such signs don’t be a hero and instead call for help.
Check for a concussion
The best way to look for a concussion is by assessing the damage on your helmet. Is there a huge crack or bend on it? Well then there is a good chance you may have a concussion.
Apart from that if you feel confused and can’t remember anything then again there is a chance you have a concussion. The key here is to again remain calm and take your time. I would suggest you call for help and stay put.
Check the wheels
Well from my past experience I can tell you this that after a crash the parts that are more likely to be damaged are the wheels of your bike but on the bright side you can find the problem quickly.
After the crash make sure your tires still have enough air and are not leaking. Apart from that also make sure the spokes are intact. Your brakes and discs etc. should also be functioning well.
The frame of the bike is quite strong and is usually the last thing I check after a crash. Is your bike made of carbon? Well then look for cracks since even the smallest ones can turn bad as you ride away. Cracks and dents in steel or aluminium bikes are usually less problematic.
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