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  • #68477

    I know…. What is wrong with us? 😏

    #68478

    Ever been bit by your bike?

    Not really a crash story, more of an ‘I’m an idiot’ story…Don’t know why I’m sharing this but here it goes.😳

    On a local trail in the Denver area that I’ve yet to have a good ride this year on–for one reason or another–I was coming around a steep switchback thinking I was all slick by only unclipping one foot. Well, I ended up getting my unclipped foot stuck between the chainring and the ground. Below is a picture of what happens when your bike decides to take a bite out of you. Amazing how far those teeth can penetrate skin. Nothing like cleaning chunks of your own skin off the chainring.
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    Eight stitches and $1000 in medical bills later, I’m back on the bike. But I’m a little more cautious at those switchbacks. Took about a month for the achilles to heal.

    #68479

    really makes you wanna go with a single ring and poly bash-guard, doesn’t it? at least people’d think you’re all hard-core…. and stuff. 😏

    #68480

    And to think I tattoted my chain ring mark on on.

    I.m a wuss 😉

    Riding is life all else is waiting

    #68481
    "Bombardier" wrote

    really makes you wanna go with a single ring and poly bash-guard, doesn’t it? at least people’d think you’re all hard-core…. and stuff. 😏

    Just don’t clip out, and you won’t have the problem! You’re starting to sound like Juan, on the one ring!

    #68482

    Naw 😃 no bash guard 😉

    sometimes bikes will hunt ya down anyway. Maybe it’s payback for what we do to em 😆

    Riding is life all else is waiting

    #68483

    Funny thing, I’ve got Mallet C’s on my Coiler. I was out riding one day, and bashed my shin on the pedal and got a nasty cut and a huge scar from what was a stupid little mistake! I wound up crashing hard that day also, with little damage, but that little bash from the pedal definately was the worst. Funny how the bike takes its toll in blood now and again.

    #68484

    yeah, i’m starting to think CrankBros are really literal in their pick of product names….. that, and I think they had a nice quiet chuckle when they named those pedals “Mallets”…. truth in advertising!

    #68485

    well, it had to happen I guess….

    The last time I took a dirt-sample, my bike musta kissed a pointy rock, ’cause now I got a nice sized dent in my top tube, and it looks like the aluminum stress-fractured.

    😢

    #68486

    Man, that sucks! But look at the bright side, now you can buy that new bike you always wanted!

    #68487

    If only! 😏

    My wife has her heart set on the new GF Fat Possum…..

    #68488

    I’ve taken pride in not having had a significant wipe in my past 7 years of riding, though I’m pretty aggressive. Changed that a few days ago!

    Up in Massachusetts, I was coming down a steep, very rocky section of the Blue Hills. To the right is a 40-50 drop that you could in theory ride if you never wanted to stop. You’d tumble down it if you fell, but you’d live!

    So I was admiring this beautiful hill when being a moron, I cranked over a huge rock, leaned to correct, and found myself going straight at the ledge! I dipped hard to the left, going with the road, to try and stop, but no luck…

    … until I rode head first into a huge tree on the lip of the ledge. Right over the handlebars and helmet first into this big old oak tree. Fell off and was laughing before I hit the ground — never thought I’d be happy to hit a tree! 😆

    #68489

    Thats pretty funny! Sounds like the tree saved your bacon!

    #68490

    Over 2000 members out there and only a few crashs storys. Boy you all must be GOOD 😏

    Dirtskydirtskydirtskydirtskydirt_____huh? 😮

    #68491

    Okay, here’s my worst crash.

    I was riding out at Hall Ranch in Lyons, CO, and I took the Antelope trail up to Bitterbrush because of time constraints. I only had time to do the loop and that is the fastest way there.

    I was having a great ride, tearing it up around the loop, hitting the waterbreaks and getting air, climbing well, all the good stuff.

    On the way back to Antelope through the valley on Bitterbrush, I was thinking, “I’ve never really had any hard crashes, I must be pretty good.” Stupid brain.

    So, I flew down the fireroad, hit the first singletrack section there and cruised the switchbacks. I was feeling good, the bike was working, we were one.

    After the second section of short fireroad turned off into singletrack, there’s a sharp turn with a boulder on the right and few rocks on the left. I was looking past that at the people coming up the trail, misjudged my distances or something, and endo’d when my front tire hit one of the rocks, and stopped dead.

    I remember thinking, “Well, at least my feet came unclipped so the bike won’t land on top of me.”

    I landed about 8 feet away on the downslope on some rocks, and the wind was completely knocked out of me. So I’m trying to breathe, and making these horrible sounds (“uuuuuuhhhhhhhhh, uuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhh!”) and basically freaking out the people coming up the trail.

    Slowly my breath came back and I started to assess the damage. It didn’t feel that bad, my arm, shoulder, and leg on my right side felt damaged.

    When I stood up, that’s when I felt the pain. Ouch. “I think I broke something in here,” I said, rubbing my side. It was painful riding the last 1/2 mile down.

    The damage was two broken ribs, and the rest on the right were severly bruised, ripped up my back, huge bruises on my thigh, numerous scrapes. The doc told me that most of the pain comes from all the connecting tissues in the ribcage being stretched and torn. Surprisingly, the bike was perfectly fine. That happened in June, and I finally stopped feeling pain in November.

    Broken ribs suck.

    #68492

    Yeah every time I think man got this riding down the big guy spanks me good 😏

    #68493

    I actually have two…both in the same day, same trail. I was riding what is now my favorite singletrack in my area (Sac River) for only the second time. The trail was muddy like it almost always is, and I had some serious mud & leaf litter buildup that wouldn’t even allow my wheel to turn. I thought it would be brilliant to try and ride through a rocky part of the River to try and clean it off a bit. It might have worked…except for I was really a newb, and my hands and legs did things that my brain curses them for to this day. Anyhoo, hit the water wwwaaaayyyy too fast, managed to hit the only scummy spot, and found myself laying in the water a few seconds later wondering how I’d gotten a stick down the back of my pants.
    About an hour later, I decided to ride the trail backwards (as in, the other direction) to get some of the downhills I’d taken up. I was pedalling along, feeling on top of the world ‘cuz I’d conquered some pretty rough terrain. For some reason, that emotion always seems to be a mistake. There’s a little trail demon that runs right next to me and if I get even the slightest bit cocky, he’ll take me down.
    I hit between two rocks on a downhill at exactly the right spot, and my tire got stuck. I wasn’t going slow when I hit…I honestly don’t remember if I went over the handlebars or if they hit the ground before I did. I do remember thinking “That wasn’t there when I was riding it the OTHER way.” 😀

    #68494

    That reminds me of one time when I was riding Pauley Creek in Downieville, CA. I had just finished that first real rough, steep, shale section, and was feeling pretty good. After that, the trail kind of opens up into a more mild slope, and is pretty non-technical for a bit. I was just letting the bike run, and was really hauling ass, but not paying much attention to the trail, when somehow I crossed up my front wheel in some of the loose dirt/dust typical of the area. Next thing I know, I’m flying through the air for what felt like about 30 feet! The landing knocked the wind out of me, but didn’t do any real damage to myself or my bike, just my ego! It just goes to show that when you get over-confident and don’t pay good attention, what can happen!

    Either that, or I have one of those little trail deamons also 😼

    #68495

    Biking is kinda like riding with good angel/bad demon on each shoulder. The good one is going “stay in the middle… slow down… announce yourself… don’t try anything crazy…” while the bad demon is laughing chaotically, swigging whiskey and screaming “Ride you crazy motherf–er, ride! You can go faster than THAT!” and eventually falling off your shoulder while giggling like an idiot… which makes it easy for him to climb back on when you ditch.

    At least that’s how I envision it. 😃

    #68496
    "Fitch" wrote

    Biking is kinda like riding with good angel/bad demon on each shoulder. The good one is going “stay in the middle… slow down… announce yourself… don’t try anything crazy…” while the bad demon is laughing chaotically, swigging whiskey and screaming “Ride you crazy motherf–er, ride! You can go faster than THAT!” and eventually falling off your shoulder while giggling like an idiot… which makes it easy for him to climb back on when you ditch.

    At least that’s how I envision it. 😃

    Seriously! Not only is he swigging the whiskey, he’s trying to pour it in your Camelbak, all the while trying to convince the good angel that it’s Gatorade.

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