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  • #68617

    I couldn’t agree more, Schwim!

    It’s a broken left clavicle, treky92. And of course, I’m left handed.

    #68618

    Riding the Nicolet National Forest (WI) Roche Trail for the first time I was trailing my friendby about twenty yards headed down a fairly shallow hill. Neither of us realized that there were a couple man made log towers on that section. Nothing huge, no more than 10in tall. But my buddy was even less experienced than I was and he kind of freaked and slammed on the brakes when his back tire left the ground over the first tower. he did an endo and ended up laying on the trail on the down side of the log pyramid so I had to slam on the brakes to prevent from running him over. I did an endo over the top of my friend and landed further down the trail. When I turned around somehow he ended up completely under his bike, holding the frame up with both arms. I made him stay there while I took a picture it was so hilarious.

    #68619
    "ARCHangel992" wrote

    Riding the Nicolet National Forest (WI) Roche Trail for the first time I was trailing my friendby about twenty yards headed down a fairly shallow hill. Neither of us realized that there were a couple man made log towers on that section. Nothing huge, no more than 10in tall. But my buddy was even less experienced than I was and he kind of freaked and slammed on the brakes when his back tire left the ground over the first tower. he did an endo and ended up laying on the trail on the down side of the log pyramid so I had to slam on the brakes to prevent from running him over. I did an endo over the top of my friend and landed further down the trail. When I turned around somehow he ended up completely under his bike, holding the frame up with both arms. I made him stay there while I took a picture it was so hilarious.

    Let’s see the picture!

    #68620
    "ARCHangel992" wrote

    Riding the Nicolet National Forest (WI) Roche Trail for the first time I was trailing my friendby about twenty yards headed down a fairly shallow hill. Neither of us realized that there were a couple man made log towers on that section. Nothing huge, no more than 10in tall. But my buddy was even less experienced than I was and he kind of freaked and slammed on the brakes when his back tire left the ground over the first tower. he did an endo and ended up laying on the trail on the down side of the log pyramid so I had to slam on the brakes to prevent from running him over. I did an endo over the top of my friend and landed further down the trail. When I turned around somehow he ended up completely under his bike, holding the frame up with both arms. I made him stay there while I took a picture it was so hilarious.

    "Dude, you alright?"
    "Yeah."
    "Good, stay there so I can get a pic."

    😆

    Post it when you get a chance!

    #68621
    "Jared13" wrote

    "Dude, you alright?"
    "Yeah."
    "Good, stay there so I can get a pic."

    😆

    Post it when you get a chance!

    I’m not sure the picture does the story justice but here he is…

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    #68622

    LOL!
    Awesome!

    #68623

    Several years ago my family and I were visiting my in-laws at some camp grounds near our house. I didn’t have my bike with me, but my in-laws had their big box "mountain bikes". My wife, kids and I grabbed them and were just cruising through the camp grounds. I noticed a rock with a well worn single track that kids had been using as a ramp. Just a small foot tall and fairly rounded whoop.

    I headed towards the rock and picked up a bit of speed. I wasn’t going to huck some big gap, but just get a little air. As I approached the rock ramp, I announced to my kids, "Hey kids, watch this"…

    As I hit the small rock ramp, the front wheel "pussed out" and made a sharp right as it hit the bottom of the rock. The handle bars stayed committed with the rest of my body and tried to complete the simple jump… (stem wasn’t tightened down).

    I went over the bars and bounced on the other side of the rock. I rolled up all full of dirt and grass in my hair… My wife and kids were rolling on the ground too… Only they were laughing "at me" in hysterics!

    Smash/Cut some 11 years later and my boy still says, "hey kids… watch this" whenever he see’s me grab my bike to take a ride.

    And that’s one of my favorite (and embarrassing) crash stories…

    #68624

    SOOOOO i was riding along when… I got the the freeride section @ Markham Pak. I wasn’t too into the trails today so I tried jumping around. Then the peer pressure started. One guy went first but stopped before the wooden banked turn. I went and was doing pretty good until the exit part of it..(I am expecting a pair of tires this week, so I been skidding around having fun=bald tires)…Anyway, my rear washed out, and I had dirt salad.

    After walking it off I examined my injuries. Big time road rash on right leg, left elbow, and somehow inside of my upper right arm.

    Both wheels are bent up, and one flat. With blood on my pedal (from where it scraped me)

    There is a video of somebody else crashing in the same spot.IDK why but I was much higher up the bank.
    ->; [url:1mwmqcmi]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ex8IBDUAc[/url:1mwmqcmi]

    #68625

    My favorite crash happened recently on some ATV/Hiking trails near my house.

    I picked a different line down a descent that bottomed out into a small, peaceful looking leaf covered hollow. I had not ridden this particular line before and thought I would try it, looked like fun. Problem was that the leaves covered the roughly three feet of stinking mud in the peaceful looking hollow.

    Front tire dug in DEEP and the bike stopped dead while I flew head first into the stinky, soupy mud.

    The bike stood for a moment, stern suspended in the air like the Titanic.

    Needless to say both bike and rider got a complete cleaning upon returning home.

    Wish there was video, it would be hilarious!

    #68626

    I have so many crash stories. I was very large and clumsy when I first started mountain biking so every ride was a crash story waiting to happen.

    My best crash happened a few weeks ago at a local trail Fountainhead Regional Park. They recently redesigned sections of the trail to be flow trails with huge banked turns and a few jumps here and there. The largest jump there is a table top and it is at the end of one of those banked flow sections so you have some speed when you hit it. It was my buddy’s first time riding there and I was following him. I hit the table top and everything goes slow motion as I see his bike lying in the middle of the trail and him crawling on all fours to get out of my way. I sort of panicked in the air and didn’t want to hit him or run over his carbon Niner so I landed and trying to stop on a dime resulted in a wipe out (still not sure how I crashed.)

    The damage: He is still recovering from a cracked rib and my knee managed to get banged up and swollen and is still giving me hell when I ride.

    Best part of it all: My go pro was strapped to my handle bar and rolling the whole time.

    Skip ahead to the last couple minutes for the good stuff.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UnzyIE-KSM

    #68627

    Several years ago in my first race, only me and one other rider wher in the beginner class. We where very close the entire time. I was right behind him at high speeds, faster than my comfort zone. I came up to a slightly rough section that I could easily have rolled over, but I thought I’d be smooth and just hop it, big mistake..
    The landing was a bit slanted, all I remember is seeing my front wheel hit the ground and shoot out to the side, and seeing the ground fly by as the front of my helmet scraped down the trail. I got up and off the trail right away to avoid getting ran down by any other racers and at this time felt terrible and in shock. I didn’t take that much external damage to my person aside from a small cut from my sunglasses, but my brain got quite rattled, I definitely had a mild concussion. I still finished the race litterelly a few feet behind the other rider in my class. My bike was perfectly fine.
    I never went to the doctors, don’t think I had insurance. I felt mentally slow for the next 3 months, the next time I went for a ride it felt aweful because my response time to things in the trail was notably delayed. That mental slowness went away, but since then, if I swing my head around too fast and hard to look behind me, my sternum or something in that area makes an aweful pop, but doesn’t bother me so its ok, guessing something got out of wack from hitting my head, because I don’t recall feeling like I hit anything else in the fall.
    Lesson learned, don’t make unnecessary maneuvers on the trail, especially at high speeds.

    #68628

    its not so much about the crash, but the small stones that are still in the palm of my hand that i will always be able to laugh about. (the crash was about ten years ago!)

    #68629

    Living up to my screen name. I was climbing rooty hill yesterday not overly technical but not overly simple. I hopped my front tire over a set of roots about 6" up and when I went to hop the rear tire up my bike seemed to fold under me. I came down directly on the end of my handlebars, to the chest. I have knots all the way around to my back. It did break the skin but it’s just abraided. I’m currently sitting on the couch heating the hell out of all the knots in my back trying to get them to release. I’ll probably be off the MTB for a couple of weeks waiting for my chest to heal. Looks like I’m stuck on the road til I can handle the bumps again 😢

    Update: ribs 2 + 3 are broken it’s not muscle knots…….Crap

    #68630

    When I was just learning to ride back in 2007 I tried out Horsetoothe Mountain Park by Fort Collins.
    The trail is an advanced trail and after spending several hours climbing/hiking my bike to the top I was exhausted! The first bit of down hill on the trail is a tricky rock garden that is very steep. I was riding down the face of a rock with all my weight over the back tire and laying on the binders when my front tire hit a loose volley ball sized rock and sent me over the handle bars. As luck would have it I was at the top of a 3 foot drop so not only did I fall the distance of my bike at speed but I also fell the additional 3 feet onto hard rock, head first.

    When I regained composer and looked over the yard sell of my equipment spread out over the trail, I realized my helmet was shattered, my right arm was badly cut open, both my hands (no gloves) had huge gashes, and my right leg had serious road burn up it. Luckily there is a service road that goes to the top which offered me a smooth easy ride back to the car. My arms still have the scars but other then that I am still riding and have tackled that section of trail numerous times since!

    #68631

    Like I said in your other thread, good luck healing, Doomed!

    @sniswend
    Glad to hear you healed and very glad to hear your showed that section what was boss! 😄

    #68632

    Maybe not my best, but my latest.

    Last Sunday I had a training at the Bikepark Beerfelden. The conditions has been worse, because it was raing since Saturday evening and the trails were muddy and slippery. After hours of practice and instructions, I lost my concentration for a second. The frontwheel hit a root and lost traction, the bike got out of control and I landed on my left side. I was getting up again, checked the bike for damages, finished the run and called it a day…..

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    I ended up with a broken thumb on the right hand, a bruised left shoulder and a abrasion on my left elbow. I’m not going to imagion, what would havs happend, if I wasn’t wearing a saftey vest that day…. 😕

    At least 4 weeks w/o biking 😢

    #68633
    "ollysj" wrote

    Maybe not my best, but my latest.

    Last Sunday I had a training at the Bikepark Beerfelden. The conditions has been worse, because it was raing since Saturday evening and the trails were muddy and slippery. After hours of practice and instructions, I lost my concentration for a second. The frontwheel hit a root and lost traction, the bike got out of control and I landed on my left side. I was getting up again, checked the bike for damages, finished the run and called it a day…..

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    I ended up with a broken thumb on the right hand, a bruised left shoulder and a abrasion on my left elbow. I’m not going to imagion, what would havs happend, if I wasn’t wearing a saftey vest that day…. 😕

    At least 4 weeks w/o biking 😢

    Dang dude that sucks! I hope you get better soon! Prayers heading your way.

    #68634

    Thanks!

    #68635

    That sucks man!

    At least 4 weeks, is that when the cast comes off?

    Get lots of calcium and rest in the mean time.

    #68636

    sucks big time….

    Maybe the cast will be removed ealier. Depends on the x-rays

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