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  1. #601
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    I don't crash very often but in the last year I've had 2-3 doozies where I boinked pretty good, had xrays, mri's but dodged surgery or broken bones. It's been VERY cold in New England the last few weeks so trails are hard and fast. Riding is great in my area because there is hardly any snow either. Yesterday I was pounding through a technical up and down section at maybe 10mph max and somehow clipped a log with edge of front wheel just enough to instantly throw me OTB. Of course this was right at the top of a fairly steep little downhill to ensure I gained lots of extra hang time before my 220lbs cratered hard and I bounced off the frozen tundra.

    Shoulder took most of the impact and right away I knew something was damaged. Pain was not terrible but after getting up and surveying my condition I couldn't lift my arm above my chest. Took a few minutes to shake it off and was able to grind out the last 2-3 miles uphill to truck. Really hurt when pulling up on bars to get over routine obstacles (logs/rockwalls).

    Have not been to doc yet but my research has convinced me it's a separated shoulder. After taking a look in mirror I now have the little telltale bump toward the end of collar bone at top of shoulder. Will get it checked out in a few days but I think I'm on the DL for a bit.
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  2. #602
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    Sheesh! Sorry to hear about that! I hope it's a quick recovery for you!

  3. #603
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    Just dicking around with one of my recently acquired old skools, (1995 Y22)- (first problem), at night, (second), on some rollers, (made of concrete- third strike), and dumped it hard, slid across the ground a while. Rode home, noticed my hand freezing, when I got home, dripping all over. Abraded 5/10 fingers, rubbed the tip of my middle finger off, but for a flap which died and fell off. My arm swelled major. I just couldn't take good enough pictures.
    My wife was not amused.

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  4. #604
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    Hands off the bar after a jump and a knee to the ground.

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    A mountain, a lake, a trail, all waiting there...

  5. #605
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    Got sick of the hike-a-bike through the un-rideable rock garden. Got on before I should have...especially at night.......ENDO was the result!

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  6. #606
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    Taking it easy down a slippery rocky trail, got a little off-line and went over sideways, guess my ankle must have bounced off rock as I've cracked the end of my fibula.

    Your most recent crash: How was it?-leg.jpg

    Absolutely gutted, I've been riding cautiously for months as I'm supposed to be heading off for a riding holiday to Nelson (NZ, not BC) on the 28th, now I'll be on the couch instead.

    Second time my in recent years wife has had to come pick me up from the local trails and take me to the ER. We just put my bike in the garage dirty last night, this afternoon after she finished work she set me up in a chair in the garage with a coffee and washed it for me! So good having a spouse who is supportive of this silly hobby...

    Your most recent crash: How was it?-hannah.jpg

  7. #607
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    I don't think my wife would have washed my bike, but she sure as hell wouldn't have let me "supervise".
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

  8. #608
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    No crash just pedal kisses

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  9. #609
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    Ouch...I'll stick with clip-on's thankyou...
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    Quote Originally Posted by natas1321 View Post
    No crash just pedal kisses

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    Geez, and I thought I was bad! That's some serious smoochin'.
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  11. #611
    always licking the glass
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    Tried to clear a jump with a stiffer spring in the rear. The bad part is I didnít set the sag right (forgot to open all the adjustment knobs), and the rebound was too fast. Got bucked, thought I saved it by doing the top tube boogie but ended up OTB.

    Firearms took a bit after the leatte and the full face but for some reason my thigh didnít like getting so close to the handlebar.

    The digger I took end of November hurt much worse than this. Everything in my shoulder hurt after landing on it. Fortunately, it was a sprain/strain and nothing else.
    Your most recent crash: How was it?-img_6961.jpg
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  12. #612
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    Tuesday night, I was bombing down one of my favorite trails.

    Several likely contributing factors (to the pending crash)...

    There were at least 7-8 rocks lying on the trail. Noticed on the climb up, note to self - stop & move them next time.

    Main light has faded slightly & I haven't been happy with it's performance. It is 3 seasons old, but - as it wasn't cheap... I expected it to perform for a bit longer.

    Wasn't in a good mood i.e. better half was late home & forgot that I was riding. Headed out in a bit of a grump.

    Anyway back to the trail, so I'm bombing away. Occasionally waiting for my riding buds to bring up the rear.

    At one point, they took a good few minutes to catch up & I was thinking... 'Crap! Somebody's come a cropper.' They eventually rolled up & one of my buds had both of his lights go out on him

    The omens weren't good...

    Any how, I'm bombing away. Not overly stoked (being still a little grumpy, that I was forgotten about). I was hitting all my usual lines, avoiding the areas that could catch you out.

    Did I point out, this is one of my favourite trails? Despite it being tight, narrow & twisty - I love it!

    You have to be solely focused on the way down. You're at one with your steed & the dirt beneath your rubber.

    I've also never wrecked on this trail o_0

    2/3's of the way down... I'm on a short straight away w/ nothing too dicey. All of a sudden, the left end of my handle bar is pinging off a tree, I over correct & find my self flying sideways towards a medium sized tree on the right side of the trail! =(

    I see the tree coming & brace for impact. THWAKK!!

    I'm lying on my back, left foot still clipped in & bike on top of me - w/ rubber facing the heavens. The stuffing has been knocked out of me & it takes several seconds to get my breath back.

    I'm lying there, writhing in moderate pain for a good 20-30 seconds before my riding buds roll up & ask the obligatory 'Are you ok?' One mate drags bike off me. I stand up & limp around, trying to fathom what just happened.

    Did my front tire hit a rock? (That I should've moved during the climb?) I did seem to clip that tree on the left, a tree that's never been an issue in the past, out of the blue.

    Should've I taken my second back up light on the ride, as I had contemplated doing an hour before heading out?

    Should I have shaken myself out of my grumpy state & just been happy to be out w/ my bro's shredding?

    Was I just due for a yard sale?

    I do have another 1200 lumen (more likely 800-900 lumen) light & 4400 mah battery, winging it's way over the water. Should be here in a couple of weeks. NB, ordered well before crash.

    I'll be stopping and removing future landmines aka rocks on the trails (dam walkers!!)

    Smile & be happy in the future to be out shredding.

    The damage? I think I got off bloody lucky actually.

    I've got several contusions on the right side of my body, forearm, shoulder, torso, hip - all that impacted tree on right side of trail... and likely spread out the impact force.

    My left hip got wrenched, twisted i.e. left foot somehow remained clipped in during the wreck. It's the sorest part of my body right now.

    I failed to mention, I was testing out a new pair of spd shoes. I had to get the slots underneath lengthened by 6-7mm, to get the cleat far enough back to be comfortable. Plus, the shoes are bloody narrow & long. Probably keep them for XC type events only.

    Spend the next few days healing up & then work on getting my mojo back.

    'Born to ride!'
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