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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Always Wear you HELMET!! (nasty picture)

    I had an unfortunate accident on my bike Monday night: I was talking my Labrodor out for his evening run and it was fairly dark, no moon that I could see. I've done this most every night for about 4 years. Normally I take my wife's cruiser, but this night I was on my commuter bike. I never put on a helmet as there are no cars out and we live in quiet tucked away neighborhood.

    The neighborhood I live in has just recently been repaved. In my neighborhood we have open ditches that carry irrigation water to our properties. Well, my Lab was lagging behind and I looked back over my left shoulder to see why. I "guess" I drifted to the right. Next thing I know I am being slammed face first into the ground and my riding glasses were ripped off my face and my feet were touching the ground in front of my head. My body snapped back like a sausage and I concentrated on not passing out. I wiggled my fingers: good, not a quadrapeligic, I wiggled my toes. Whew no broken back.

    I crawled across some poor fellow's lawn and banged on his door and yelled for help. I had to convince him to open the door by telling him I was laying on the ground as he could not see me through his peep hole. When he opened the door he screamed and wanted to call 911. I asked him to call my wife instead. He threw me a towel and dialed my wife who had me in the Emergency Room about 8 minutes later.

    6 hours and 90 stitches later they let me go:



    The laceration on my forehead is in the shape of an "M" and is 33 cm in length.

    Yesterday I went back to look at where I crashed. The ditch goes into a culvert under the street and the shoulder between the road and the ditch is less than 4" wide. I've riden past ditch hundreds of times.....

    Oh well always wear your helmet.

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    What's that white straw looking thing

    on your forehead? Get well soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifer
    on your forehead? Get well soon.

    probably a drain.

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    Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sliceback

    snip, snip, snip

    about 8 minutes later.

    6 hours and 90 stitches later they let me go:
    darned emergency rooms taking forever to fix someone

    my friend just about cut off his thumb skiing a few years ago and we sat in the ER for about 4 hours waiting for the physician to come in to stitch his thumb back together

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    The ER was great. They worked on me the whole time. I had zero wait. Here are some follow up pictures:

    This is this morning June 30:




    This is this is 1/2 an hour ago.



    Notice how the swelling is migrating down my face and growing into a double chin. The Dr.s are a little worried about that because some of that is air. They did 3 CT Scans and 2 x-rays today. They are worried the air is either creeping up from my lungs (which they just about ruled out) or from my sinus passages. The CT Scans revealed 4 fractures in my skull. One in my nasal passageway and 3 in my right orbital socket. The fractures do not at this time need surgery.

    In all likelyhood the air in my swollen area came in through the tube that was removed today. All the scans were just to rule out other reasons.

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    Holy ****! I just got butterflies in my stomach when I saw the first picture. Hope you get better soon and keep us posted. I like that you managed a funny smile in the second pic...looks like you want a hug

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    Your accident just changed.........

    ....the fact that I don't wear a helmet rolling around the neighborhood. Riding trails on my MTB I always wear a helmet. Riding my road bike I always wear a helmet. But tooling around the neighborhood on my single speed I never wear a helmet. I always figured tooling around the neighborhood wasn't extreme enough to require a helmet (slow speed, no traffic). Never again. Good luck with your recovery.

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    Nice Post

    Thanks for the gratuitous facial wound pics, but more seriously thanks for posting the as a warning to all those who think they should not wear helmets for various reasons. There have been tons of studies to show that you should wear a helemt every time / all the time otherwise you will end up badly injured, or worse dead - like the poster above who mentioned the freak accident. Actually that type of thing is not so freaky or uncommon. I cant say I absolutely where my helmet every single time I get on my bike (runs up to CircleK come to mind) but I know I should...

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    Helemt Poster Child. I printed your picture out to show to my kids..... to remind them of why I always make sure they wear a helmet when riding their bikes (or scooters).

    Hope you have a speedy recovery!

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    Good job! A helmet a day keeps the doctor away!

    Good public service message! Last night I took a head-into-the-rocks endo while descending a rock garden. Broke my helmet on impact, but I came away with only a couple of modest scratches on my chin (and a zinger on my right knee). Without the helmet, I shudder to think about it.

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    More pictures and a quick update.









    Well the good news is I am healing up. The bad news is that with the fractured skull I have been ordered to not lift anything heavier than my pair of shoes....I even asked about riding and my Dr. said "No Way".

    Ahh hell, at least I will live. I am getting my ACL repaired in the mean time since I will have maxed my Medical Insurance Out of Pocket deductible and that way the recovery times can overlap so can get back to the trails, back country, and whitewater ASAP.

    ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET (for all you endevers)!

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    sorry to hear about your mishap......keep your wounds loaded with vasaline and covered with gauze....Don't let any sun hit those parts either....this will lesson the chance of scaring
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    whoa your face looks so different when iots not swelled up, i thought u were a fat man

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyota kawasaki
    whoa your face looks so different when iots not swelled up, i thought u were a fat man
    I wouldn't use those exact words, but yeah, your face does look quite different...

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    wow. Thank You! My thoughts are with you as you heal And although I do not know you i am glad to see the marked improvement of the status of your injuries.
    But again, thankyou, Im not sure if I would be able to put my ego aside aside for long enough to get a message as important as this out there.
    you have done a great service for all of us and for that I am greatful. Heal up soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyota kawasaki
    whoa your face looks so different when iots not swelled up, i thought u were a fat man
    haha i thought the exact same, but anyways, ur lookin better man
    im all about midget drops

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    Look on the bright side that M shape might heal into a cool Marzocchi logo looking scar. Then you work out some sponsorship deal with them.
    Get better soon.

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    What was that straw looking thing in your head in the first couple of pics? Damn that mush have hurt
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    damn dude!!!!!!!!!!!! at least you appear to be healing nicely and fast!!!!!!!!!
    glad to see the swelling is down...doesn't even look like the same person....
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    Wow, I gotta ask what did you hit? You mentioned a culvert at one point. Did your forehead hit that? I am guessing you hit something metal to get a cut like that.

    Also, what was the distance from where your fall started and the culvert--was the culvert several feet below the road?

    Bottom line, glad you are on the mend. Thanks for putting some perspective on those simple rides that all too often it is easy to leave the lid at home.

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    Sliceback, are you completely healed now?

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    How about a photo of the crash site? Hope you're back to your good-lookin' self
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine
    How about a photo of the crash site? Hope you're back to your good-lookin' self
    it is a stupid road...nothing extreme
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    Dang dude, glad you're healing up welll!

    I can't tell you how many times I take off for a spin around town on my road bike in the summer without a helmet cuz it's too hot. My wife and some friends b!tch at me about it and I joke that I like to feel the wind in my hair...and the concrete on my skull .

    I think I'l print up that first pic of you and hang it in the garage next to my roadie...that'l be a good incentive to put the skid lid on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    Sliceback, are you completely healed now?
    You'll probably have to PM/Email him - he hasn't posted since the update above.

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    Dude, that is the most powerful pro-helmet post I have ever seen!
    Glad to hear you are doing ok...

    How's you bike?

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    Holy **** Mike. I never saw the pictures, just your head after a lot of recovery time. You going to ride this spring?

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    That looked painful...wishing you a quick, healthy recovery.

    Much love from mtbr!

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    G'day Sliceback ! I have always worn a helmet when riding but now I will definitely do up the chinstrap double tight (may even splurge on a fancy helmet upgrade). Bet you got a couple of good drops of claret out of that wound !

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    Dude,
    Incredible pictures. The fact that you shared this with us right from the beginning speaks volumes about what you’re made of. Best wishes.
    Last edited by mtnmasher; 05-10-2006 at 09:33 PM.

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    Holy sweet crap! Glad to see and hear you are feeling better and have healed up. I can't believe how swollen you got.. damn. anyhow, good luck on the rest of the healing!
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    A helmet saved my life riding dirt bikes on more than one occasion. I'll be wearing my bike helmet all the time after seeing this.

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    Holy monkey! If i ever though i was not going to wear a helmet.... never mind!... you just killed that idea. Good luck man and hope you heal up fast.

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    OMG thats the first I seen this pic, it looks like you

    were on a headon collision with a truck. I wear my helmet 99.5% of the time Im going with the 100% of the time. You look like you are healing well.

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    I sent the link for this thread to my girlfriend and told her this is why I wear a helmet so don't worry about me not wearing one. I also sent it to my brother who just got into mountain biking..
    ~ it's all good ~

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    WHOA! I'm definetly always gonna wear my helemet whenever I'm riding. Hop you recover soon!

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    Holy s**t...I'll say one thing. If this thread doesn't convince people as to why one should ALWAYS wear a helmet when out riding, I don't know what will.

    From the first pic to the last, you healed up very nicely. Get well soon, buddy

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    A thread is going on in Passion regarding how to ride w/o a helmet, just a reminder that this is what can happen on the simplest of rides while not wearing a helmet.

    Sliceback, Thanks for being the poster boy

    Anyone on the forums know Sliceback personally and have an update on his status?

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    Helmet!

    Man that really sucks!I hope I never feel the need to post what happened to me the day I didn't wear my helmet.I almost went without my helmet today.A 7 mile or so street ride.I only have full face helmets.You helped me re-affirm a fact.Who cares what anybody else thinks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyota kawasaki
    whoa your face looks so different when iots not swelled up, i thought u were a fat man
    Thats exactly what i thought..wow..what a difference..you were in pretty bad shape.
    wish we can see a photo of what you fell into..
    Glad you are so much better.

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    Wow- I'm gonna save this for reference next time I do a training session on use of personal protective equipment. Hope you heal up quickly!
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    i too ride around parking lots minus a helmet. now i gunna have a 2d thought and remember to slap it on. I hope ur back to 100% soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyota kawasaki
    whoa your face looks so different when iots not swelled up, i thought u were a fat man
    Yeah... I thought you belonged to the 220# plus crowed! That's some serious swelling! looks like you are healing fast though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007
    A thread is going on in Passion regarding how to ride w/o a helmet, just a reminder that this is what can happen on the simplest of rides while not wearing a helmet.

    Sliceback, Thanks for being the poster boy

    Anyone on the forums know Sliceback personally and have an update on his status?
    Yes. We had a BBQ after our monday night ride two weeks ago. I'm not sure how much biking he has gotten done but he is doing quite well. I believe he got some good skiing though the winter.
    Oh sh!+ just force upgraded to cat1. Now what?
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    Whoa, they left part of their glove in your face!!



    Just kidding.. sweet battle wound! You can tell all your friends you were attempting a 30 footer or something.

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    So did you get any sympathy from your wife?

    Or was she like mine, and tells me to take out the garbage as soon as the bleeding stops?
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    Thanks! After seeing your pics, my wife just gave me the ok to get a fancy full face helmet
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    WOW. I'm showing this thread to my wife tonight. She hates wearing a helmet. Maybe this will help her see it my way.
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    Back in 86, a friends car hit a tree, and came to a sudden stop. I did a little windshield taste test, from the back seat. I looked like that for a few months, and lost almost a whole semester of memories.
    Helmet on the bike. Seatbelt in the car. No matter what!
    Heal fast, and good luck.
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    5,000 people die every year from not wearing a helmet. your lucky you aren't one of them. good luck with your recovery.

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    get well soon bro best of luck with your recovery.

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    Ouch......

    It always seems that stuff goes wrong when you least expect it, I hope your feeling better and I'm happy you didn't suffer a more severe injury, like a broken back or neck. I'm going to go home and hug my helmet!

    Speedy recovery bro!

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    Helmets are mandatory by law here. But I always have to shake my head in pity when I ride past people without one on... or, worse, the people who have it sitting on top of their head with the strap just hanging loose...
    Jerry Seinfeld put it best with regards to the helmet law:
    "...Which is even stupider, the idea behind the helmet law being to preserve a brain whose judgment is so poor, it does not even try to avoid the cracking of the head it's in."

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    The worst is...

    The worst is when i see adults with their kids, and their kids don't have helmets. I always fight giving unsolicited advice. I'm fine with adults choosing not to wear a helmet, but at least protect your kids.

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    Hello everyone. My deepest apologies for not following this thread. I did for a while but I started riding and tried to put this behind me. Not for any particular reason, I just wasn't coming to this forum much because I was very happy with my bike and my healing process.

    Last week a fine friend Bob R in Boise asked me what was up with this post and I never realized it gained a life....

    On top on that a fellow rider from Boise died this weekend on the Cycle Idaho ride which I did the past 2 years but bailed on this year to do some rides out of Stanley.

    Please see if there is anything you can do for Nicholas:

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsup...ory/89499.html

    I will do my best to post some pictures of myself: wreck + 2 years. Scars are evident, most everything else is OK other than I cannot run which was a major passion:

    In the post script to my wreck I found that what I experienced is not at all uncommon: It is a called a de-glove with an L-12 explosion. I fractured my skull in 3 places: the right sinus inside and outside, the nasal passage to my right orbital. My T-12 and L-1 vertebrate became one almost instantly: now there is no disk separating the two vertebrate and they have fused naturally. This leads to my only ongoing issue: I cannot run, the pounding is too much. After about 10 minutes I can't take another step. I must stop and rest for about 3 minutes, then I can run another 10. Well, right now running is out, biking is great and swimming is OK also.

    I have gained 26.4 pounds over 2 years due to this accident but I have turned that around recently and I am coming back. It is funny that with just losing the ablility to run a couple of times a week during the lunch hour but changing nothing else in terms of intake-beer etc. that I'd gain about .9 pounds per month give or take, but that is what happens. 24 times .9 is depressing to say the least.

    Next time you want a good workout steal a 25# plate from your gym and take it on a long steep mtn. bike ride. :-)

    Pictures to follow.

    Thank you for all the kind words and thoughts and again I apologize for not keeping tabs on this thread.

    -Mike In Boise.

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    I took one look at your first pic and started praying for you, I'll keep you in prayer!
    I've been riding with my climbing helmet b/c I couldn't seem to justify the expense of a good MT bike helmet and even started riding with out it b/c, well b/c...so you have now turned my procrastination into urgently ordering a Giro Xen tomorrow!
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    Man, all of a sudden I have that Quiet Riot song stuck in my head. Kudos on the recovery. Of my numorous crashes (I can crash pretty good), I have only ever hit my head once, and of course is was on a pub crawl where I was on the way back to this bar where I LEFT MY HELMET! Luckly, it just put a little knot on my head, and a lot of sense in it.

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    This thread just ended my practice of taking off my helmet while climbing on the road bike. I'm glad to hear you're recovering well and back on the bike. The world needs more riders.

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    Mike, Sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you for sharing your story, I am sure it will save many lives.

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    For those of you that didnt make the connection the rider that passed away was Belayslave from mtbr. A very sad day indeed.
    "Im just going to explore a little bit..."

    Dont make me be the bad guy...

    Do I need a pass to ride this trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmon
    For those of you that didnt make the connection the rider that passed away was Belayslave from mtbr. A very sad day indeed.
    There are threads in the Idaho, Yeti, and Singlespeed forums in remembrance of him. Please feel free to add any stories you might have to them. We've lost a kind, generous soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmon
    For those of you that didnt make the connection the rider that passed away was Belayslave from mtbr. A very sad day indeed.

    Holy sh!t. That is very, very sad.
    We all get it in the end.

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    I know what's it like, a part of my nose is still missing ... Get well soon...
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    Level 1 Trauma Center Likes Helmets Too

    Sliceback: great photos! Couldn't have done better myself & I'm a pro medical photographer. You can talk all you want, but living color is all that. Glad your brain did not swell out of your skull as I have seen happen so many times. I believe in helmets as does most everybody at the level 1 trauma center I work at.
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    I don't even own a bike Helmet... going this weekend to get one...:0

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    ouch!... hope get well soon. Thanks for sharing the pics and showing the real importance of wearing a helmet always
    sorry my english isnt very good, do you speak spanish?

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    i always wear mine now because i was flyign down a gravel road down a mountina form our cabin in montana and i looked back for a second drifted to the left adn flipped over and my head landed right on a rock, put a huge dent in my helmet right on my forehead, i'll try ot get some pictures up soon

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    I wish you the best of luck with your recovery and I hope everything continues to go as smoothly as possible. I think that this thread is very helpful. I believe last time I checked it had something like 35,913 views. This just reinforces the need for always wearing a helmet. You never know what can happen!
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    Great story sliceback, I hope that you recovered 100%. do you have a new pic of how you look today?

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    Not bad, 64,237 views and counting.

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    Wow man. Thanks for sharing and glad you are going to be OK. At 34 years old and just back into biking...this is the first time in my life that I wear a helmet when I ride. I have to say though....I would not have been wearing a helmit in that situation. I have a cruiser and dont wear a helmet on that but I will be extra careful after seeing this thread.

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    Thanks for posting those pictures. I recently started mountainbiking and I dont have a helmet. I am going to buy one as soon as possible. Always be well.

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    just wanted to sorry for your mishap but on the bright side i was able to show my son wahat could happen if you don't wear a lid, he promised to always waer one so maybe some good can come out of it
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    Good Reminder now that spring is spring

    Always wear your helmet!

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    My wife has been giving me some flack lately about not wearing a helmet while road riding...I'm now recommitted to wearing it again. Thanks for taking the time to post your story.

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    Poor mortals.
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    sliceback I am glad that are well and getting better, both mentally and physically as well but I could not believe the pictures that you have been showing. What I mean by that, is the dramatic change from first to healed. Thanks for sharing such a traumatic event with everyone and from now I am wearing my helmet even on the short road trips to the shop.

    I hope you do not mind, would you be able to post pics of where the accident happened, because looking at your injuries, I feel as though you have fallen off mount everest and survived...luckily. Thanks mate and good luck for the future. I hope that one day you are able to get back on the bike even in the most simplest fashion.

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    It was a curb. There is nothing different than the sidewalk on your street.
    Oh sh!+ just force upgraded to cat1. Now what?
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    Thats not exactly correct when you think of Japan, however I still need a picture to visualize it...call me obtuse, but I still need a pic... Its just such a horrendous incident that my mind boggles at any kind of curb being so intrinsically nasty like that.

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    i just drove a friend to the hospital last saterday from head trauma not wearing a helmet. severe mamory loss and some stitches, but its coming back and he'll be ok. im wearing a helmet 100% of the time now. promise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg
    Helemt Poster Child. I printed your picture out to show to my kids..... to remind them of why I always make sure they wear a helmet when riding their bikes (or scooters).

    Hope you have a speedy recovery!

    I just e-mailed your picture to my 12 year old, who has no problem wearing a helmet with me on our MTB's but fights me when it comes to wearing one while tooling around the 'hood on his Stingray.

    Thanks for the visual to reinforce what I've been saying to my son. Glad to see you are recovering... I hope it's a speedy and complete recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerbum99
    I've had some small twigs stuck in my forearms before, but that is just plain nasty.
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    I loaned my buddy my road bike and all the gear he needed. He was smart enough to always wear the helmet. Thank goodness, because within a week he had a dog run out ahead of him on a residential street a block from his house. The first thing to hit the asphalt was the right front corner of that Giro Eclipse. Helmet crushed, brain concussed but still working and back to normal in a few days.
    Thank goodness, because he's a freaking genius ER doctor.

    He kept apologizing, saying he'd buy me a new helmet (I hadn't used it in 2 years). I told him I just wanted the helmet so I could show it to other people.

    I've only busted one helmet since I started riding 20 years ago, but that wreck would have made me into a Special Ed too if I hadn't been wearing that helmet.

    Now I "reward myself" every 1-2 seasons with a new lid. How can you resist a black Giro E2 with Gold Flames?!!!!!

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    Straw on the forehead?

    ShookDH,

    The straw on his forehead is a drain device called "penrose drain". The purpose of that device is to drain blood and thereby relieve swelling and inflammation. This penrose drain comes in different sizes and length , 1/4", 1/2" and 1". The drain on his head is a 1/4"
    penrose drain.

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    hope you are doing well man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by c_davis_jr
    My wife has been giving me some flack lately about not wearing a helmet while road riding...I'm now recommitted to wearing it again. Thanks for taking the time to post your story.
    I've broken 5 helmets. Road crash, mtb crash, hitting a mailbox, etc.

    If it hadn't been for helmets, I'd be worm food right now.

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    I'm still amazed some people won't wear a helmet! I am showing this to loved ones to make sure they understand the need.

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    Unfortunately, sometimes just a regular helmet isn't enough (even an extended coverate Gyro Zen). I've been hitting the jumps and leaving the full face in the truck lately but the other night almost out of the forest I did a digger and a mean faceplant. Fortunately the jump had recently been hit with some new dirt and it was a little soggy. Couldn't feel my face at first and had visions of that picture of the kid in the other helmet thread (DH forum?) that was missing some lip and had uuuuuugly splits . Knocked me silly for a bit. Got away with a couple of minor fat lips, some dirt in the teeth, a sore nose and a small mouse under the eye.
    Long story short, I've not been without the ff the last couple of jump sessions.
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    My brother had something very similiar to this happen. Got on the bike at dusk and took my mom's siberian husky on a quick ride of the 18 at the country club in her neighborhood. Aspen (the husky) likes to pull you on the uphills sled-dog style so it's a pretty good deal! Anyhow with two holes left it was basically dark out. The golf course had removed a section of blacktop from the golf cart path to install some irrigation and left it like that over-night. My brother rode into that and went over the bars onto the blacktop on the other side. He did get a hand out though so no head damage but he snapped his forearm. He also had to play the try not to pass out game as he walked Aspen a mile or so back to the house. My mom took him to the hospital to put his arm back together and I went off into the night to find his bike. Luckily it was in one piece so I could ride it back instead of walking. It's when you least expect it that you eat crap on a bike.

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    Face Plant

    Wow! That looks almost as bad as the face plant I did on the street!Well,that was way back in the day.A few years back I did one on a "trail" which loosened all my front teeth.Hey,I'm 56 now, got dentures and wear my full face EVERYWHERE!
    Oh,and don't pick your scabs.And stay out of the sun.When the scabs come off.

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    ok, i'm sold. glad you are healing.

    i'm going to order a helmet today.

    pic reminds me of Bishop from the x-men
    keep it pushin'

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    Who needs helmets? I'm always extra safe when I ride:

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    Yeah FFace is good for going big thats for sure...Glad your OK.

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    DUDE, hope you're well now!
    Yes, I will wear my helmet always now, even on the two hour uphills in 100 degree heat!

    I do get scetched out riding with clipless pedals with no hands on pavement. I had a friend crash this way and he was pretty jacked up, even with a helmet on. Without the helmet he could have had drain bamage

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    wow you look like a completely different person now that you're healing up.
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    Check out this chick's story & pics; her wreck happened right before the start of a race in Tulsa, OK.

    http://jrmints.com/blog/?p=4

    Way gnarly pics.
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