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    Razor Grass

    I don't know what it's called, but I'll aptly refer to it as razor grass.

    I've encountered this tall razor grass before (hiking, retrieving soccer balls, etc), but flying through it on a bike is whole other adventure in long itchy paper cuts on one's legs.

    Went horribly off trail while avoiding a waist high fallen tree at speed and ended up barreling through 3' tall razor grass.

    Should have worn pants.

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    I found that a lot of plants can inflict cuts if you get your legs whipped by them at 20+ mph.

    Not encountered "razor grass" although l think l know what it is.

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    I've had blood running down my leg (not free flowing but enough to cause a blood trail) from singletrack lined with starthistle plant.

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    Also today - I took my left hand off the bars to avoid a thorn bush. When I returned my hand to the grip, I found a large thorn imbedded in the grip. Doh!

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    Razor Grass

    I don't know where you live, but it's likely sawgrass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    I don't know where you live, but it's likely sawgrass.
    Central Ohio

    Sawgrass - also appropriately named.

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    Many prairie grasses have serrated blades and will cut if you slice your skin with them. Especially the tougher summer/fall grasses as they tend to have more silica in their tissues to prevent water loss and reduce grazing pressure.

    Dozens of species of grass have some aspects of these characteristics. sawgrass being a more extreme example.

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    Sawgrass sucks. Lots of it where I grew up in the Bay Area, CA. You can run your hand along it from base to tip (huehue) of the leaf and you'll be fine, but if you go the other way it'll screw you up. Of course, going through a giant patch on a bike pretty much guarantees that you'll hit some of it the wrong way.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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