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    Crashed Hard at Lair O' The Bear today

    I was just about done with an 18.75 mile ride (added a few miles up to Mt. Falcon) and had maybe a mile and a 1/4 back to the car when I got sloppy setting up for a turn. I got too wide, braked hard and the front tire went off the trail, which caused me to go up and over the bars. I came down hard on a boulder on my helmet, elbow and hip.





    I laid on the ground for 4-5 minutes before trying to get up as I was wondering if I had broken my hip based on the pain I was feeling. When I did finally get up with some help from my friend I nearly blacked out and had to lay back down for another 5 minutes or so. I was able to pedal out but the rest of the trail was downhill or flat.

    A couple folks stopped by and checked in on me and if any of them were you, thank you! I wasn't sure if I'd be able to ride out or not and it great to know that we had help if we needed it.

    Been icing on and off the whole afternoon and taking some Advil, which should help but I expect to be sore for quite a while.

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    Yikes! Glad to hear your alright. Lair is pretty rocky in some sections, which area did you crash?

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    Re: Crashed Hard at Lair O' The Bear today

    Quote Originally Posted by 28fiend View Post
    Yikes! Glad to hear your alright. Lair is pretty rocky in some sections, which area did you crash?
    About a quarter mile after you leave the creek trail and start climbing (about 3 switchbacks up).

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    Wow, looks awful, hope that tree is ok

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    Happens quick doesn't it?
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    Ouch. Glad you made it through the crash without too much damage. Heal up quick.

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    Ouch. Look at the bright side...at least you get to go shopping for a new helmet.

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    I saw a guy get carried out on a stretcher one time right around the same spot.

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    Are you getting too "old for this $hit " yet?

    You might want to get checked out by a doc.

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    Sounds like a bad one - maybe just a fortunate step short of a concussion. Bruising's gonna suck too. Back on the bike in no time.

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    You should go get checked out by a doctor. You usually don't feel the effects of a concussion for a few days sometimes. I had a pretty bad crash a few years ago, and black out at while eating dinner two days later. Doctor said I was okay and it didn't look like there was any swelling around the brain.

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    Heal fast, man.

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    OUch. I feel for you. You'll remember the sound of your helmet cracking for quite some time. Get to feeling better soon.
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    For the record: I would *strongly* advise against crashing on a mt bike after the age of 35.

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    Thanks guys. For the record, I'm 50 years old and a clyde at 225 lbs. So yeah, I am getting beyond the point of pushing it on the technical stuff without walking the lines first and looking for bail out points.

    The ice machine and Advil have helped a lot and are continuing today - luckily I work from home primarily.

    I'm going to inspect the bike and helmet shortly and will likely replace the latter no matter what. The bike rode just fine on the way back to the truck so I'm hoping there's no real damage other than a few new scratches, but I will give it a good look in good light, especially the carbon wheels. The bike hung in the tree and never fell until I pulled it down, so I'm hoping it's all good.

    As for the concussion concern, I went to WebMD after reading these posts as I wanted to know what to look for and found this...

    There are some common physical, mental, and emotional symptoms a person may display following a concussion. Any of these could be a sign of traumatic brain injury:

    confusion or feeling dazed
    clumsiness
    slurred speech
    nausea or vomiting
    headache
    balance problems or dizziness
    blurred vision
    sensitivity to light
    sensitivity to noise
    sluggishness
    ringing in ears
    behavior or personality changes
    concentration difficulties
    memory loss

    Concussions are graded as mild (grade 1), moderate (grade 2), or severe (grade 3), depending on such factors as loss of consciousness, amnesia, and loss of equilibrium.

    In a grade 1 concussion, symptoms last for less than 15 minutes. There is no loss of consciousness.

    With a grade 2 concussion, there is no loss of consciousness but symptoms last longer than 15 minutes.

    In a grade 3 concussion, the person loses consciousness, sometimes just for a few seconds.


    I'm thinking if anything, it'd be grade 1 for me, but I may still call my primary and see if I can get in to get evaluated.

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    Sh!t! If I had known that I never would've pulled a spectacular endo on Porcupine Rim weeks ago.

    BTW OP, hope you heal soon and get back on the saddle. If it makes you feel better I've crushed three helmets on rocks. I still see many Darwinians out there with fancy bikes and yet can't afford head protection.

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    Re: Crashed Hard at Lair O' The Bear today

    Bike and wheels look no worse for wear, but the helmet is getting replaced. That puncture on the top could have been nasty stuff!





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    Yup, helmets are generally one and done. Make sure and completely destroy it so no one gets tempted to use it.

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    OUCH!!! Heal up! Hope it ends up not being serious.

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    After inspecting your pictures I see your problem - no dropper post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerfromco View Post
    confusion or feeling dazed
    clumsiness
    slurred speech
    nausea or vomiting
    headache
    balance problems or dizziness
    blurred vision
    sensitivity to light
    sensitivity to noise
    sluggishness
    ringing in ears
    behavior or personality changes
    concentration difficulties
    memory loss
    Describes 90% of the people on here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hernando Gutierrez
    The only thing you have to figure out is don't fall down. To keep riding the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    After inspecting your pictures I see your problem - no dropper post.
    the truth

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycastlerock View Post
    Describes 90% of the people on here.

    Bwaaaahhaaaahaha!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sloth View Post
    Yup, helmets are generally one and done. Make sure and completely destroy it so no one gets tempted to use it.
    Yep, they're designed that way. Better your helmet than your noggin'

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    Whenever a helmet even get's a scratch on it, it freaks me out. Please take all necessary actions!

    I'm "only" 29 and already realize the extra heal time involved. Good luck with your recovery. Glad it wasn't worse.

    After inspecting your pictures I see your problem - no dropper post.
    No sh!t. I just rode a dropper seat post for the first time ever this past weekend (and first FS trail bike in 3+ years)....it was f'ing awesome! Not that I can't just lower a seat post with a minute or two....but the dropper was like...I don't know...amazing. I've been missing out.

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