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Simon Cowell "broken back"

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Corvuscorax20, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    I hope he is ok. "broken back" can mean a chipped bone that heals in 2 weeks, or nerve damage which paralyses.

    He fell off his bike.

    This is a bit of a worry to those of us trying to learn to cycle
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It was an electric bike and he may have been going too fast.

    But I wish him well regardless.

    I've only come off my bike once this Summer when a suicidal cat ran out in front of me and I had to fall off to avoid a collision.
  3. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    He had 6 hour surgery and a rod inserted.
  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    If the rod was inserted in the wrong place he might have another problem.
  5. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Even more worrying for those learning to unicycle!
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  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    In the UK electric bikes are restricted to 15mph when using the electric part.
    Most cyclists go faster than this downhill and many go faster on the flat. Given Simon Cowell was apparently 'in the courtyard of his Malibu home' it is unlikely he was going particularly fast.
    And given he is back tweeting today, it doesn't sound like a desperate situation.

    However, he is a 60 year old man who acknowledges he hadn't read the manual etc before getting on!
    People who use electric bikes sensibly need not be worried.

    I've cycled about 200 miles in the fortnight that I've had mine and come nowhere near falling off at any point. But then again, I tried out several before buying and used it carefully and sensibly to gain confidence. And I'm not a tall, fairly large, 60 year old.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020
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  7. Brunel

    Brunel Lead commenter

    I think in the US the restriction is 20 mph. If it was a trail bike though, as reported, he may have been more ambitious in his cycling technique than most of us would be.
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Maybe but in the courtyard of his home...so showing off?
  9. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Is he the type to show off though? :D
  10. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Should have got a quad bike instead.
  11. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    I've heard of horrendous injuries from crashing on those
  12. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    It was a joke.

    Although obviously Simon Cowell coming a cropper on an electric bike on a private residence in Malibu is no laughing matter.
  13. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter


    I got it

    eventually :oops:
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