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Jan. 29th, 2013

11:57 pm - RTC - bike vs lorry

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Date:January 30th, 2013 08:21 am (UTC)
Ouch; I'm glad you seem to have come out of that reasonably alright.

Arms have the benefit of bending at the elbows, so you can absorb some of the impact that way. Faces have a lot less elasticity to them, and also noses that break relatively easily. Assuming I could get my arms up into a suitable position, I'd much rather take a faster impact through them than a slower one through my face. Alternatively, if you have enough time during the flying-through-the-air stage of the proceedings, you could turn sideways and take it on the shoulder, which has more cushioning than your head does.

Of course, hopefully none of the above will ever be relevant again. :)
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Date:January 30th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I think the main issue of using an arm would be to avoid locking it (straight out) which would send all the force through my shoulder. Turning sideways is a bit more tricky when I've got the bike between my legs; I'm not sure whether it would have been better to try turning the whole bike but I'm wary of falling on the ground when there's traffic behind me.
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