Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    That's really sad, he went over the bars?

    It's much harder to gear up on a bike ride than a motorcycle ride. Maybe it's the quiet, the serenity of the woods or the lightweight bicycle; but it's an illusion. 30mph into a tree or over the bars, and it doesn't matter if you're on a mc or mtb, it's going to hurt. Late last season I almost ate a big old rock when I went over the bars, and began gearing up at the expense of heat, climbing speed and duration of my rides. I guess it's the same mindset as ATGATT on a mc.
  2. ducnut

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    Coming off Mt Mansfield, in VT, had me thinking about what it would feel like to crash at 55+MPH, wearing only lycra and a styrofoam helmet. I was a bit scared and started on the brakes. A good thing, as I nearly ass-packed a Camry who slowed way too much for a curve. He never did find a set of balls to let that Toyota loose. :lol3
  3. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Unfortunately, yes.

    I went over the bars and landed on my head in the spring of 2011. The lingering effects from that fall kept me off motorcycles and mountain bikes for 6 months. It's not an experience I ever want to repeat. That loud SNAP upon landing was scary.

    edit: removed the link with his story in case some snitching inmate like Mogwai snoops around and calls HIPPA on me. Sorry folks, can't be too careful these days.
  4. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Yeah, very sketchy... especially with how fast it can happen. Very sad to hear that. Those neck brace things look like a good idea when paired with a full face... they've been grabbing my attention for a while now. I guess there comes a point when you could possibly overdue it with the gear on an AM/XC ride, however... you'll never cancel all risk.
  5. bogieboy

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    Broke my arm on a bmx bike back when i was 14, went over the bars, landed on my left arm, snapped the humorus clean in half, and fractured down into the joint in 3 places, i was out of riding for a good 8 months before my arm had enough strength to be able to safely ride again...that was 11 yrs ago now...i have 8 screws and a plate holding it together... I surely wouldnt want to relive that ordeal...and it could have been MUCH worse... I was very fortunate that an off duty paramedic, as well as 2 nurses saw me fall, and they stopped right away to help... The Man upstairs was watchin out for me, thats for sure! I was given about a 35% chance of being able to use my arm after the fall, becuase of everything they had to move to get the bone fixed, i now have 99% range of motion and about 90% strength...not too bad for a 35% chance of ANY use...

    And i hear ya on the snap upon landing...if you ever have heard it, it will send shivers down your spine just thinking about it...
  6. ducnut

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    I subscribe to an AM/DH mag and all the guys wear shin protectors. When I look at them, I wonder why they don't wear elbow/forearm pads, neck collar, and armored jersey. Any ideas, from the collective? Why even wear shin pads, as I've never hit my shins on the ground?
  7. Aurelius

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    Tree strikes, rock strikes, pedal strikes...
  8. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I wear shin guards because my platform pedals have 1/4" aluminum pins sticking out of them... and if my foot were to slip, my shins would turn into hamburger. My brother had to get 30 (IIRC) staples up his shin a few years back from something similar.

    I am getting better at wearing my pressure suit when I ride as well... I picked one up from 661 off chainlove last year. I was wearing it by chance last Fall and swiped a tree around 15-20mph. The pressure suit worked great, and I rode away after picking myself up from my dirt nap. :D
  9. ducnut

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    Well, I usually only hit trees with my shoulders. I've never ridden in BC-sized rocks, so I don't know what that's like. I'm clipped in.

    Call me ignorant, I guess. :lol3
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    I had my one and only fall on the Sinkhole trail at Santos a few weeks ago. Of course it happened right in the middle of a rock garden. :bluduh Fortunately I was wearing my shin/knee guards, but my forearms weren't so lucky. :cry Every red trail at Santos has large rocks that are easily capable of breaking a rider's shin if he's unfortunate enough to hit them at speed, or leave him with gashes requiring stitches if he doesn't. Those are the trails I absolutely will not ride without my shin/knee guards.

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  12. ducnut

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    At the end of that video (where he says "Cleared it!"), to the left, is that the drop that goes downslope with another drop at the bottom? I'm thinking that's the entrance to the pit. Is that right?
  13. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Your trails look fucking awesome. Next time I'm roadtripping to Florida, the MTB is coming with me.
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    To the left is a very wide section of trail that cars use to drive in and out of the pit area on race days. It's a pretty smooth slope, though. No drops anywhere on it.
  15. Aurelius

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    They're not all like that. That's the roughest section of the Vortex trail, which is considered the most difficult trail at Santos.
  16. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Yeah - I'm also going by the other youtube links you've posted here. They seem like a blast!
  17. ducnut

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    They are. Santos wouldn't be IMBA-ranked, if it weren't. :thumb


    OK. That's a different place, from what I was thinking.
  18. Ridge

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    With any luck and some strategic money-stashing, I'll be back in Tampa sometime in May. Hopefully our riding can take us back to Santos this time. Alafia is okay and Boyette is marginally better, but neither compare to Santos' system of trails.
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    Same here...although most of the time my head and helmet closely follow said shoulder into the tree...LOL
  20. Aurelius

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    Good to know. It will save me a long drive out there. :1drink