it’s a tie

August 24, 2010

Is there anything, anything in the world, more painful or annoying than cutting a chunk of skin out of the first knuckle of your pointer finger when you slam it against the brake rotor while you’re removing the CO2 inflator from the tube valve?


Okay, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking maybe being stabbed in the eye with a hummingbird’s needle/beak is more painful, and maybe Gilbert Gottfried is more annoying.

I’ll grant you Gilbert Gottfried.

But I’m going to call the hummingbird and the rotor smack a tie.

finger cut


23 Responses to “it’s a tie”

  1. Keith Says:

    I once managed to miss the rotor, but instead impaled the tip of my thumb with a tooth from the cassette. The tooth didn’t go under the nail, it penetrated the skin to about 1/8″ depth. That doesn’t sound like much, but it hurt like hell. The air in my vicinity turned blue from the colorful language.

  2. mark Says:

    having to poop while backcountry skiing and realizing you forgot toilet paper. snow does NOT make a good substitute.

  3. Eric Says:

    I hate to say this Dug but it’s our age catching up. Remember when a gash that would probably need stitches was no more than a temporary inconvenience? Road rash, bruises and various contusions no more than water cooler fodder and a chance to out macho your peers? Now, every time I scrape my elbow it requires adult beverages and a multi-day recuperation period on the barca-lounger.

  4. bikemike Says:

    got almost the same thing on my left pointy finger courtesy of an idiot(me) with a pair of scissors.

    also, having a crank arm slip with an spd pedal and smack/chew into a shin is at least 3rd or 4th. i’ve got my ideas for first and second but i’ll keep them to myself. you’re welcome.

  5. stevenbpt Says:

    paper cut under a finger nail!!

    and Carrot Top has to tie Gilbert G.

  6. Rachel Says:

    You’d feel better if you poured some Super Glue® in that thing. At least I would.

  7. Steve The BigRide Says:

    Political ads

  8. brkeyes7 Says:

    biggest wuss ever!

  9. mark Says:

    I’m going to go with high-speed bee sting as a contender for most painful here. I think you’ll agree.

    I bring this up because I got stung on the face while descending Emigration Canyon at lunch today. I was temporarily blinded by the cloud of F-bombs I had to ride through afterward. Or maybe it was just that my vision was blurred by the pain. Either way, it hurt.

    • dug Says:

      okay, it’s possible i was blinded by the pain, and couldn’t remember the time i gave birth, er, was stung on my leg by a mutant africanized bee.

      sorry about your face. he he.

  10. jruss Says:

    From the diary of Sheldon (God rest his soul):

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll know you are in the right spot when you get there.

    Maybe you should shy away from DIY repairs. Just sayin.

  11. Nate Says:

    Im going to ask the question that everyone is wondering. What the hell are you doing trying to “fix” anything on your bike? Have you gone mad?

  12. KanyonKris Says:

    Nice flesh crater. Annoying how small injuries can hurt so much.

    Think about 007 in Casino Royale and your finger will hurt a lot less.

  13. Brett Ringger Says:

    I don’t know about a hummingbird’s beak, but I have a patient (super-genius) who came in because a few days ago: (count the red flags here…) He was shooting his blowgun (*ding*–owning a blowgun is a red flag…or maybe two) at a plastic coke bottle (*ding* curved surface–ricochet much?) when it ricocheted and struck him squarely in the eye. Of note: he claims this hurt. A lot. He of course pulled out said blowgun dart (those damn things are like three inches long!) and thought it would get better. (*ding* If a blowgun dart penetrates the eye a half-inch or more, it will NOT likely get better on its own. So in conclusion, I would say hummingbird-beak-eye-penetration trumps knuckle crater…but I get those too and they suck. I’m not stupid enough to piss off a hummingbird.

  14. Kt Says:

    It’s not the hummingbird-beak-in-the-eye that’s more painful.

    My brother tested out the fully-stretched-bungee-cord to the eye theory two weeks ago.

    Okay, eye socket. Close enough.

    I can say from my observation that it had to have been way more painful than that, and made a worse sound in execution.

    And that my brother is the luckiest guy in the world, in that the plastic hook hit his cheekbone and not his eye, and that he was wearing contacts instead of glasses that day.

    So there.

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