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    Great weekend, great riding ... and my last ride for awhile

    Hey gang!! Guess what? Yep, I weaseled my way into the Knolly bikes test riding crew on the weekend! Wow, was the weather great!! Definitely the most beautiful weekend of 2004 for the Vancouver area to date.

    So, we did a couple of days riding. Knolly bikes blah blah stable blah blah blah handling, blah nimble blah blah blah. It's all been said, right? Everybody needs to run out and buy one. Yeah even all you singlespeeders, weight weenies, cruisers, 29ers, 49ers and 69ers.

    I even managed to get one pretty decent photo of Penny (red) getting some light under the tires, although we were having too much fun to stop for pics very often.



    On Sunday, I showed up again for another quick lap on a test bike. Now, I was actually on a different bike than on the first day, and it was set up a little differently than the other. Just minor things, like the stem was a little higher, it has an 888 fork and the brake lever reach was set a little longer. Nothing major to prevent a great riding experience.

    During the initial descent, I was having a little trouble lofting the front wheel on the drops, so we made some adjustments mid-ride. Once we were moving again, all seemed well.

    Moving along, we came upon a ladder to drop that I've done several times in the past. It's probably the toughest move on this medium difficulty Shore trail with about 4ft of air into a fairly jumbly bunch of rocks. Since I was on a new bike, I figured I'd ride up to it and commit to the move only if I felt really balanced and comfortable. There's a bit of a slow speed left turn on the ladder that you need to clean before the drop and that's the last chance to bail out.

    Well, I got onto this thing and quite frankly, I've never felt more solid, balanced, stable, etc. going into this move, so I let 'er rip! Yeehaw and all that!!



    The next memory I have is of me lying on my back with the wind knocked out of me, trying to communicate with my friends that nothing's broken and able to produce nothing but a pathetic gurgling sound. Apparently my front wheel plummeted to the ground so fast it looked like a magnet sucked it down. After getting assessed from head to toe (I think it was DaveK holding my head in the c-spine position), I decided it was time to move. Also, the rock poking against my ribs was getting pretty uncomfortable.

    There were definitely a LOT of sore body parts yelling for attention, but all I could do for the moment was sit up and let my vision clear up. That was a nasty one! I did some more self-assessment and decided to walk out. It was only about 5-10 minutes back up the trail, then a fairly easy double-track back down to the cars.

    At a clinic, the doctor thought I was okay, but I should go for some spinal x-rays just to be safe. Since I managed to crack a DH helmet with the top of my head, he figured there could be a spinal injury somewhere. So, off to the hospital for a full set of spinal pics, all the way along, front view, side view - must have been at least a dozen x-rays taken. Chest, too, cause I took a pretty good impact against the stem.

    Well, as it turns out, I did in fact hit pretty hard and caused a "wedge compression" of my L1 vertebra. I got scheduled to go back to the hospital the next day for a CT scan, to make sure there weren't any other surprises hiding in there, waiting to crack open the next time I turn my head.

    On Monday, got the CT scan and it was good news. No other complications, the compressed disc is stable and my only problem now is that there'll be a few weeks of intense pain until the healing process moves along. So, looks like I'm off the bike for a minimum of 4 weeks, then light spinning only. Doc says 6 weeks for complete healing of the disc.

    Looks like I'll have a little free time to surf MTBR!!

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    bummer!!

    i feel for you Ken. what is it with Noel and spinal injuries?! sheesh!

    heal quick!!!

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    eeeyoewch...

    Glad you're' OK Ken. I missed the actual event but saw the video at 11 (a.m.) I'm sure it'll turn up here soon. Heal up, T3's, get ready to spin the seawall on your Moko˛.

    I better log off so you can plug up MTBR with non-rider type drivel.

    Seriously, glad you're OK. Jim

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    Glad to hear that there isn't any permanent damage and that time will heal your injury.

    I'd heard from others on the ride about your crash, and how scary it looked.

    Let me know if I can help.

    Get better soon!

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    Nice recap Ken, sorry it included an injury... heal fast.

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    you have no choice ... SUE KNOLLY BIKES !!!

    wait, you weren't in the USA ... never mind.

    Sorry to hear about your injury, and I'm glad they weren't more serious.
    I hope the pain subsides sooner than expected and you're back on the bike sooner as well.
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    craaaaap! I won't whine about my sore lower back then! hope you heal fast!

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    Glad you are OK Ken...

    It sure was tough completing that ride knowing that one of the crew was injured. Glad to hear you are fine, and look forward to seeing you on the trails in May.

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    Phew. Glad to hear it is only 6 weeks for recovery. It is roughly a year ago that I was on a ride that ended in someone paralysed for life after a freak accident. Don't want to hear about another spinal injury in this sport.
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    Yikes! I thought anyone would be infallible on a Knolly© bike. It felt so smooth & stable. (Maybe Noel will name his next model "The Pope" - "Y'know, its infallible"). Heal up and get back out there soon (but not too soon). Sounds to me like the doctor is prescribing road riding. What'cya gonna get? Huh? Huh? D.
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    Did you do a demo ride too?

    Am I the only local who hasn't tried one yet?
    (I'm scared to actually, as I can't afford another new bike this year.)

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    Glad to hear you're relatively OK, Ken. Kind of scary anyway.

    Rest up and milk it for all the sympathy you can get, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    Did you do a demo ride too?

    Am I the only local who hasn't tried one yet?
    (I'm scared to actually, as I can't afford another new bike this year.)
    I met the group on the Baden Powell climbing up to Pangor (I was with another group riding CBC/Corkscrew/Pingu). Rode about 100 ft on 006_007's demo. Felt great. Talked to Noel about the frame-only aspect and what I would need to buy after stripping parts from the Stinky (eg stem, rear hub, front dereilleur, seatpost). Don't know if I can work the financial side. (After all, I *DO* need a new frame). D.
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    LOL! I like your new signature. Wouldn't that be worms, though?

    Why would you need a new stem? If you use the same fork, is that due to different top tube length? I'd guess the medium Trevor was on would be small for you.

    I didn't realize that the V-tach used a wider than standard rear hub.

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    Sorry to hear about your Crash.

    It's always a dangers sport. Most of the time we walk away unharm. But every once in a while we hit somthing hard that stops the bouncing. Heal up hope to see you on the trails later in the year.

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    Remember, the 888 only helps if the front wheel lands before you do.

    I'm glad to hear the prognosis is good. Obviously you made appropriate calls with your post crash care. Do take it easy as you get back into things. Does you Dr. know how heavy an ff helmut is?
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    I am glad your going to be ok. Take it easy on those stunts....I want to be able to bomb down some singletrack with you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    LOL! I like your new signature. Wouldn't that be worms, though?

    Why would you need a new stem? If you use the same fork, is that due to different top tube length? I'd guess the medium Trevor was on would be small for you.

    I didn't realize that the V-tach used a wider than standard rear hub.
    Not sure about Knolly's comments ... just going from memory. Here is the parts kit offered by Knolly:

    http://www.knollybikes.com/msrp.html

    Sizing is a little touch-and-go - I believe JimC was riding a large, which all agreed fit him better. (I think that's what happened).

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    yep large

    technically a medium is right but, if i sit on each one, the medium cockpit is too small for my torso. I'm on a large Bullit and lg Enduro as well. Jim (short stubby legs, monster long torso)C

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    Glad you are okay...

    I still cringe everytime I think about the crash. This morning I was going to send you an email about getting the video to you; since I'm probably riding with Trevor again on Saturday I figured I would just give him the disks then.

    Take it easy and heal. Hope to see you on the trails some this summer.

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    Woah, scary.

    Crazy action there Ken. I hope you heal quickly, and heal well. I almost came over for a test ride a couple weekends ago. Good luck on the recovery.

    Reminds me of a certain ride/crash I had on Pink Starfish a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Endo
    Hey gang!! Guess what? Yep, I weaseled my way into the Knolly bikes test riding crew on the weekend! Wow, was the weather great!! Definitely the most beautiful weekend of 2004 for the Vancouver area to date.

    ...


    Looks like I'll have a little free time to surf MTBR!!

    See y'all,

    Kn.

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    Holy Headplants, Batman...

    Nathan and JimC called to tell me about your crash. I'm happy to know it wasn't as bad as initally thought.
    Kudos to the c-spine team. Having smart people around after a crash can make all the difference between a minor and major injury and recovery.
    Maybe now you will learn to walk all technical stuff, and keep your wheels on the ground where they belong.
    Stop by for a beer when you get the video so I can show Jani. She needs to see crashes like that to uderstand why I need new bike stuff.
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    4 weeks? That will be gone in a hurry, really, although during the 4 weeks it can be difficult. I hope you heal quickly without complication.

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    Take 'er easy for a while Ken and heal up 110%.....we's need you primed for Whistler. Glad you're ok.

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    j.c.?

    I think you might have pissed him off...


    You shouldn't ride stunts like that without a little help from above buddy. Heal up, super glad it wasn't worse.
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    Jeez Ken, glad to hear you're okay, relatively speaking. Heal up. You could come down for some 'easy' Galbraith, good for the cardio.

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    Thanks all for the words. It's been a pretty weird week. I don't really feel all that bad, although I suppose the painkillers are helping. I'm finding the hit on my chest from the stem hurts more than my back where the REAL damage is at!

    I'm really quite mobile and the pain is dying down a bit more each day, so I'm starting to reduce the intake of those T3's. They make me VERY thirsty! Also, I seem to need a nap every 4-5 hours. That could be the T3's or just part of the healing process ... not really sure.

    Anyhoo, a couple things I should add:

    rt - the new Knolly comes in a XS size just for sandbaggers. You need one!!

    JimC - Did you get a copy of the video? I haven't seen it. Sposed to get a copy on CD sometime, but I'm really curious how the whole thing looked!!

    Duncan - Looks like I won't be your DH partner for the North Shore Ripper after all!! Sorry man. I was actually looking forward to that ... and using it as a motivation to get into shape for that weekend!

    Tigger - Damn! I get so sad every time I see that pic of Clancy on your avatar. He was a great little guy.

    Everyone else (and there's been lots of calls, emails, messages, etc.) thanks. It's gonna be tough to get back to everybody personally!! Special thanks to DaveK who gave up almost two whole days to be my chauffeur and waste his time at the hospital while I was getting checked out!

    Cheers ... I'll be back

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    Silly Canucks...

    Geting over a cracked rib over here in the eastern US. Mine was attributed mainly to alcohol and stupidity, but bikes were around... damn that Frank Tuesday and KC crowd!

    What's up brotha, glad to hear you're in one piece! Heal up soon so you can get Nathan on that dusty Bullitt if his...

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Endo
    Thanks all for the words. It's been a pretty weird week. I don't really feel all that bad, although I suppose the painkillers are helping. I'm finding the hit on my chest from the stem hurts more than my back where the REAL damage is at!

    I'm really quite mobile and the pain is dying down a bit more each day, so I'm starting to reduce the intake of those T3's. They make me VERY thirsty! Also, I seem to need a nap every 4-5 hours. That could be the T3's or just part of the healing process ... not really sure.

    Anyhoo, a couple things I should add:

    rt - the new Knolly comes in a XS size just for sandbaggers. You need one!!

    JimC - Did you get a copy of the video? I haven't seen it. Sposed to get a copy on CD sometime, but I'm really curious how the whole thing looked!!

    Duncan - Looks like I won't be your DH partner for the North Shore Ripper after all!! Sorry man. I was actually looking forward to that ... and using it as a motivation to get into shape for that weekend!

    Tigger - Damn! I get so sad every time I see that pic of Clancy on your avatar. He was a great little guy.

    Everyone else (and there's been lots of calls, emails, messages, etc.) thanks. It's gonna be tough to get back to everybody personally!! Special thanks to DaveK who gave up almost two whole days to be my chauffeur and waste his time at the hospital while I was getting checked out!

    Cheers ... I'll be back

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    This weekend...

    Hi Ken,

    I will be seeing Scott this weekend and will get a copy of the video at that point. Then we can have everyone gather at a pub, drink beer, eat burgers and have a group forum on what happened!

    TJ

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    Cool. T3's & beer. Who's driving?

    Glad you're doing well, Ken. Heal up soon. I'm still counting on you to tow me into drop #4.

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    Hey all!!

    Here's the update. Amazingly, things are progressing really well and I had a doc check me out yesterday. I'm clear to go back to work and live 'normally'. As if life without biking for the next few weeks is 'normal'! I'm pretty much off the T3's now ... except in the morning. Man, is my body stiff and sore after lying straight on my back all night!

    Since almost all the injuries are completely internal, I don't even have any good scars or cuts to show off! I did, however, take a pic of my left quad. I think the bike landed on me here. It'll look pretty cool in shorts for a few more days ...

    I'll be lounging around for the Easter weekend anyway - doctor also cleared me to take the flight east - so there won't be much riding to tempt me!

    Cheers,

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    Get well soon, Ken. After all, Whistler opens in just a few weeks! Take her easy!
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    Ouch! Is the bike OK?

    I'm glad you're OK! The title was just bring a smart-a$$
    I may have to come up there and harass ya soon.
    You may be stuck driving shuttle
    Heal quick!
    Do I get to ride the V-Tach next?

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    K'enDOH!!!

    "and the next thing I remember..."

    Ah yes, I know those words all too well...

    Get better soon (you'll never be well )
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    Glad you're healing well, but are you getting any sympathy at home?
    Is ibuprofen considered a recreational drug?

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    Where's the video??? Now that we know you're healing up, let's see the action!

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