The Forensics of Falling into a Canal

I’ve had several (full story 3-5 / open discussions on wheel jam accidents upto 8) forensic discussions of my canal accident with several people.

There is not a person who would not tell you a horror story a jammed wheel caused, and the amount of damage that can be done to a wheel and rider alike.

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Jams like that can be caused by mechanical failures if the wheel or gears or, more often, something getting jammed, hand bag or backpack straps, ropes, shoelaces etc.

Indeed they are all well aware that the bike will throw you, and it could be a good few feet.

And where did they land? Oh a little patch of grass, perhaps some asphalt, maybe cycling-holiday-in-amsterdam-traditional-homes-in-holland-canal-pleasures-3even a bed of luvly jubly tulips. But a canal? Nope. That’s new. Nor do they know someone who did.

Tourists do fall in, and enough drown to make it a bit of a concern, but my accident was almost freakish.

Thing is I wasn’t actually thrown, I’d come to a complete stop still on the bike, albeit a bit crookedly, and I had a full second or two, plenty of time, to decide which side I’ll drop on. I was closer to the grass and the grass seemed really reasonable.

Just it was wet and offered zilch traction. I have a pic with the marks the iron edges cycling-holiday-in-amsterdam-traditional-homes-in-holland-canal-pleasures-3of the canal made near the armpit of my right arm, the one that grabbed onto something and prevented my complete slide in – I was just below waist level when I stopped the slide into the water.
It looks like it was a good mid size canal to have these heavy iron sides.

Everybody understands falling in the canal is a shaking experience.
It occurred to me yesterday to try find the spot but bugger that, I had windmills needed eyeballing.

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