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    Your most recent crash: How was it?

    Going up on Buckeye Trail I came to a slippery rocky section, unable to uncleat due to the mud, I fell and took a handlebar straight to the heart. Now I'm wearing a big black spot on my chest...
    A mountain, a lake, a trail, all waiting there...

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    Ouch! ^^^ are you alright?

    Mine was so stupid I filmed it. A simple slide out that I haven't done for years. I got too close to the edge of the trail and the front wheel went off a lip and into the loose. The result was a front tire wash out.

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    Sore!!

    Your most recent crash: How was it?-uploadfromtaptalk1449560335591.jpg

    Riding a new trail (i.e. newly created)... Rollin a couple 3-4ft berms...
    Front tire gets a little close to top of berm... b/c trail is fairly new, top of berm crumbles & I'm eating sh1t...
    As I was already at 35 degree angle (likely 45 when berm gave out), it was gonna hurt. Think after coming unclipped and my right knee contacting lower upper third off berm I naturally tried a forward roll/break-fall. Due to angles I ended up landing on point of shoulder!

    Grade 2.5 AC separation... been off bike 2 and a bit weeks and counting.

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    Totally ridiculous. I was riding a smooth rail trail with my wife last weekend when next thing I know the front is twisting and I'm going over the bars. I rolled, got up and wondered what the hell did I just do? Total space out. Ridiculous.
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    My last crash took place in the garage. I accidently put the Jeep in gear before starting it and it lurched forward and smashed my bike. Front wheel is taco'd. Smooth move Exlax.

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    Mine was last summer,going up hill (not a big one!) I came to what was a v notch in a rock went to pop the front tire over it miss judged the wheel doped into it dead center of the notch stop me dead on the way over the handlebars my left leg hit the stem put a bruise on my left leg bigger than a grapefruit.
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    Mine was at Joe's Ridge in September. That dip at the bottom of Joe's Ridge just got me the wrong way.

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    A couple months ago I was trying to ride an area legend has it that no one has ever cleaned. Lets say the legend remains intact. More intact then my hip, butt and some large rocks were after my lame attempt.

    I also went OTB when I misjudged a log crossing on an otherwise very easy trail. The shoulder took the brunt of that mistake.
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    I hit a banked turn a bit too fast and panicked. I hit the brakes too hard and skid right off the top of it. Front wheel went over the edge, stopped and I kept going. Sorta looked like this except I may or may not have landed on my feet..... My backpack saved my back from being gouged by broken branches sticking out of the downed tree I landed against.

    Your most recent crash: How was it?-1511202_297770210377310_855132883_n.jpg

    Love the berms on this trail though!
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    I have "falls", which happen pretty regularly, and then I have "crashes". Falling can be kinda fun. Crashing, not so much fun.
    Falling usually entails getting dirty and a little scraped up, much like when I was kid playing outside. Crashing often results in a repair bill either for my body or my bike.
    The last "crash" was where I hooked a small tree on my right handgrip. I couldn't avoid over-correcting as I wrenched my bars off the tree, and shot to the left where I squared up on a much more substantial tree. My rear brake hose was almost smashed apart between the stem face plate and the tree. I was trying to get off the bike but I wasn't quick enough and broadsided it with my thigh as the bike hooked and spun around the tree.

    The worst part is that the tree I was avoiding, which caused me to snag the other tree, fell right over when I leaned on it. I could've plowed right through it.
    Mostly blunt trauma and very sore for a few days, but still smilin' (sorta).
    Note the bark missing off the tree. My buddies were kind enough to record the event for posterity.
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    ^^ Awesome! The dog is like "Hey dad, is this your rear derailleur?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arebee View Post
    My last crash took place in the garage. I accidently put the Jeep in gear before starting it and it lurched forward and smashed my bike. Front wheel is taco'd. Smooth move Exlax.
    Put the fuse back in... Does the JK have the clutch interlock fuse? Maybe install a switch so you can select whether the clutch interlock is disabled or not.

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    Ok.. I'll take the stupid award on this one. Finished a perfect days ride at White Oak Mtn (Tn) but finished the ride about 1/2 mile from parking area, so had to ride pavement/road to get back. My partner says 'wait up" and stops on side of road to make some adjustment. We are right beside this big paved parking lot, so I decide to practice stoppies right in front of this admin bldg full of people. Yep... you guessed it... first one.. hit front brake and immediately the bike sent my face towards asphalt. Luckily got my hand up in front of my face in time, but jammed wrist bad. People in bldg laughing their ass off.

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    My latest was during a night ride at West Branch (OH). Started over a big 3' tall log over with ramps up & down & stalled at the top. Fell over to the side, then slid down the embankment a good distance. I ended up 20' below the top of the log (no real damage - but good and dirty) but my bike hung up at trail level.

    No damage to me or the bike - I'll take it.

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    Last weekend coming down a steep chute after lots of rain and wind. Come around a corner into the steepest part (stopping is not an option at this point), and right in front of me are several downfall branches laying on top of and across each other. Did I mention all the rain lately? Tried to ride it out, but lost all front wheel traction as soon as I got on top of the branches and they started sliding across each other. Ended up a soft landing in the bushes and ferns next to the trail, so no harm done (to both bike and rider). Took a couple minutes to clear the trail, then off again. Wish they could all be so uneventful.

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    Crashes seem to happen on easy trails when you're not paying attention. More reason to wear knee/elbow pads and maybe even a FF helmet. I always wear knee/elbow pads after my first concussion but i'm still struggling with getting myself to wear a FF anytime that's not a climb. I don't want to lose any teeth before making that decision. Was thinking of riggging up a few computer fans on my helmet or a portable air conditioning system in top of my helmet.

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    GFBD Group Ride this past Saturday. I take the carbon fatty because it's Global Fat Bike Day and I haven't been on it in awhile. 35 riders on an easy loop with some short steep hills. I always like to stay near the front on these because I'm a fast climber (for an old guy). Mid way through we break to regroup. We start out again and it's a pretty relaxing ride so I decide to stay mid pack. An aforementioned short steep hill (30 feet or so) looms. I do my out of the saddle cranking to get my speed up before we hit the hill and a giant cluster**** develops in front of me with everybody stalled out. I try to pass on the right as I'm still in motion and another rider suddenly pulls out in front of me and stops. The trail is off camber as well so when I put my left foot down, it's into space as I topple over on to the guy next to me. I hear a crack and think "oh shit". Then I notice my non drive seat stay is cracked half through.....
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    Last Sunday...

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

    Fractured radius, not a particularly bad crash, just a hard landing on my wrist on rock-hard clay soil. Might have cracked a rib too, hurts when I laugh...

    Usually I don't crash too often, using the descriptions above I "fall" occasionally, but haven't had a bad crash like this in about a year. In fact this would be by far the worst injury I've had in 21 years of riding. Since getting my Knolly Warden a few months ago I've been riding harder and faster than ever, and feeling good doing it too. I guess the downside is that when you get it wrong it goes bad fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Last Sunday...

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    Fractured radius, not a particularly bad crash, just a hard landing on my wrist on rock-hard clay soil. Might have cracked a rib too, hurts when I laugh...

    Usually I don't crash too often, using the descriptions above I "fall" occasionally, but haven't had a bad crash like this in about a year. In fact this would be by far the worst injury I've had in 21 years of riding. Since getting my Knolly Warden a few months ago I've been riding harder and faster than ever, and feeling good doing it too. I guess the downside is that when you get it wrong it goes bad fast!
    Clean break?

    How long off bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjchad View Post
    Put the fuse back in... Does the JK have the clutch interlock fuse? Maybe install a switch so you can select whether the clutch interlock is disabled or not.
    You have to depress the clutch to start it. I ALWAYS put it in Neutral when I pull into the driveway. My kid was looking for her phone under the seat on the night before and moved the stick into gear. I was only half in the Jeep and was just starting it to get the heat going. I almost went flying!

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    Six weeks in a cast, not sure what else might be damaged so they don't know how long rehab may take I've got a week long riding trip to the south island booked in ten weeks, hopefully I'll be back riding by then.

    I've been thinking about what may have caused the crash, and the best excuse I can think of is "rider error"...

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    I was at the local skate park and haulin a$$ to catch air coming out of a bowl. Some one on a bike dropped in and I t-boned him. No helmet, landed on the back of my head. The momentum rolled my upper body like a roller pin on dough. Mild concussion and over stretched neck and back muscles. Tail bone bruised and tender. Front wheel taco'd. I rode home in a fog and told my wife to be ready to drive me to the ER. Two hours later I came out of the fog, two weeks later my body was back to normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonlui View Post
    Crashes seem to happen on easy trails when you're not paying attention. More reason to wear knee/elbow pads and maybe even a FF helmet. I always wear knee/elbow pads after my first concussion but i'm still struggling with getting myself to wear a FF anytime that's not a climb. I don't want to lose any teeth before making that decision. Was thinking of riggging up a few computer fans on my helmet or a portable air conditioning system in top of my helmet.
    check out the met parachute or bell super 2r. My met is barely, if any, warmer than my half shell. I use it every ride now. No reason not to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Six weeks in a cast, not sure what else might be damaged so they don't know how long rehab may take I've got a week long riding trip to the south island booked in ten weeks, hopefully I'll be back riding by then.

    I've been thinking about what may have caused the crash, and the best excuse I can think of is "rider error"...
    I'm blaming poor trail construction o_0

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    Ha! Possibly, I was aiming for the far-right over a small jump to avoid the rough rutted out section* in the middle, I think I just landed a bit off, I was going a little slower than usual as I was following someone. On the plus side, I have every intention of making up for the time off the bike next year. Thank to the crash instead of using 3 weeks of my annual leave over xmas I'm now on ACC (for all you Yanks, that's dirty socialism looking after me ) so I'll be able to take plenty of time off to ride once I'm healed.

    Construction certainly sounds like a factor in your case, how much longer do you have off the bike?

    *please don't sanitise out trails though, rough and rutted out is all part of the fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IPunchCholla View Post
    check out the met parachute or bell super 2r. My met is barely, if any, warmer than my half shell. I use it every ride now. No reason not to.
    Seconded. I do not even notice my MET Parachute on, except for struggles trying to get a drink. It is an awesome piece of kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Ha! Possibly, I was aiming for the far-right over a small jump to avoid the rough rutted out section* in the middle, I think I just landed a bit off, I was going a little slower than usual as I was following someone. On the plus side, I have every intention of making up for the time off the bike next year. Thank to the crash instead of using 3 weeks of my annual leave over xmas I'm now on ACC (for all you Yanks, that's dirty socialism looking after me ) so I'll be able to take plenty of time off to ride once I'm healed.

    Construction certainly sounds like a factor in your case, how much longer do you have off the bike?

    *please don't sanitise out trails though, rough and rutted out is all part of the fun!
    Nah I like natural, rough and ready trails... expect man made stuff to be a little sturdier perhaps ^^

    2 weeks and 5 days into recovery. Physio says it'll be 6 weeks before I can do anything meaningful - probably several more weeks to build strength back up in shoulder and arm.

    I'm on ACC too, likely to stop this Friday.

    Aiming to be riding flat stuff just before Xmas... then take it slowly for a month or two to get back up to speed.

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    Apparently Im the only one who films my own crash.
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    Who said we didn't film them ^^ maybe we don't want anyone to see ;-P

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    Up north, Whangarei. I'm hoping to be back on the bike by Feb for an already-booked riding trip to Nelson. Not confident that it will happen, but I'll keep hammering the wind trainer just in case. Where abouts are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Up north, Whangarei. I'm hoping to be back on the bike by Feb for an already-booked riding trip to Nelson. Not confident that it will happen, but I'll keep hammering the wind trainer just in case. Where abouts are you?
    Dunedin... read re, your Southern sojourn... If it had of included the deep South, could've shared some dirt ^^

    You got good trails close by up in the tropics?

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    I crashed in a really dumb manner on Oct. 15th and injured my rib cage. I took a turn badly and ran into a hillside. Its a left turn on a trail with a dirt wall on the right. The base of the wall has a little bit of an angle so I use it as a berm to take the turn sometimes. I came in too fast and didn't get my tires where they needed to be so I was unable to make the turn, I hit the wall at a sharp angle going maybe 15 mph. The reason this crash was so pointless is because I think it's faster to just take the inside of the turn and avoid the wall/berm.

    I'm not exactly sure what I did to my rib cage. Maybe tore some soft tissue or bruised some ribs. It was really painful for the first couple weeks. It was like having a bad back or neck in that it hurt to do anything. I didn't go to the doctor because my understanding is there is nothing they can do for this sort of injury (is this true?). I still feel it a little when I breathe really deep or stretch out.

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    My last crash was so spectacular that I haven't been on a 'real' ride in 2 1/2 months, in other words it totally sucked!



    Quote Originally Posted by derekbob View Post
    I didn't go to the doctor because my understanding is there is nothing they can do for this sort of injury (is this true?). I still feel it a little when I breathe really deep or stretch out.

    Yeah, the only treatment is time. It's possible that you cracked a rib.

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    My last crash convinced me to find a week ventilated full face. Was going down a fun fast rough trail (birdhouse for those in the ABQ area) when the front wheel went out to the right (baby head? Rock?I don't know) then caught and dug in and over the bars I go, rolling through a rock garden. Bruised bone in my hip and left leg and got a few scrapes, but what freaked me out, was, as I was finishing up my roll, I put tooth to rock. Barely, not even hard enough to chip it, but that was just luck. Little bit faster, or a different roll, and I would have had an expensive dental bill. So I got a parachute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IPunchCholla View Post
    the front wheel went out to the right (baby head? Rock?I don't know)
    You mean it might have been a baby head that wasn't a rock!!????

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    Hah. It is New Mexico. But I just meant a non-rolling rock.
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    Mine wasn't too bad, pedal bite to my left shin. I was riding a trail I haven't been on since the mid to late 90's on my new bike I haven't gotten fully dialed in yet. Hit a small jump and didn't have enough rear shock rebound and it kicked the back up more than I was expecting and landed off line. Bike went left off the trail and I mostly jumped/slid to the right. Probably would have been a lot worse if I was still using my SPD pedals and couldn't jump free of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F8L View Post
    ^^ Awesome! The dog is like "Hey dad, is this your rear derailleur?"
    Ha ha! Not my dog, but she was quite impatient with me sitting around for as long as it took to clear the cobwebs. She did give me a wide berth after that.

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    ... I always wear knee/elbow pads after my first concussion ...
    I'm sorry. I laughed out loud at your prevention methods.

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    The Pine Mountain Loop includes one of the best downhills in Marin County. I only see it once a year on the Thanksgiving ride, so the idea is to make the most of it. I have a pair of construction knee pads, not really mountain bike gear, but I put them on at the top. First time I wore them on a ride, because I hardly ever crash.

    Halfway down, I hit a root or a rock with a pedal, which throws me on top of the bars, where I get to ride out of control another 100 feet while I contemplate what is about to happen. The possibilities seem endless.

    It happens.

    Spin cycle, a blur. I hear hard plastic hitting stuff. So much going on so fast that I can only wait until everything stops, ten feet off the trail out in the weeds. Takes me a while to untangle from the bike, which is showing the effects of the crash. Saddle is 90 degrees rotated, pointing to three o'clock. Handlebars are off center.

    I didn't feel too bad, considering that I had just hit the ground harder than any time I could remember in the last few years, but before jumping right up, I assessed the damage. Sometimes adrenaline masks an injury for a few seconds. Something should hurt pretty soon, where is it?

    The bike took a bigger beating than I did. It doesn't seem possible after the huge tumble, but I do not have a scratch or a bruise or a boo-boo of any kind on me. No torn clothing. My jersey and shorts and elbows aren't even dirty.

    The plastic cap on one knee pad is gouged. I'm on my back, lying on my backpack full of the extra clothing I had been shedding on the way up the hill. Apparently I only landed on protected parts. Next rider along sees me sorting out the bike, asks me if I'm okay. I say yeah, no problem.

    He says, you have a bunch of weeds sticking out of your helmet.

    I'll be 70 next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Apparently Im the only one who films my own crash.
    That was pretty enlightening...
    A mountain, a lake, a trail, all waiting there...

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    Re, ribs... you can strap them (over them, obviously ribs can't be really strapped). I damaged ribs back in my twenties playing Rugby. Think I took one game off. After being told, I couldn't make it any worse, I got back on the practice pitch. It hurt like a MF'er!! Funnily though, when I strapped it for game time and with adrenaline coursing through my body, I didn't notice a thing!?

    Until the next day >.<

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    I'm sorry. I laughed out loud at your prevention methods.

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    my first set of knee pads had a warning to the effect of: 'always wear a helmet, these pads do not protect the head or any other part of the body they don't cover'

    I always thought that was silly, perhaps it really is a necessary warning?

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    Came up short on a ~10 ft gap jump and landed in a 6 ft deep gully. Fractured fibula (beneath my knee pad) and a bunch of soft tissue damage to my leg.

    Was on first day of a 3 day riding trip, on easy, but new to me trail. Following another rider, who was far enough ahead that I didn't see him ride around a blind switchback B-line around the gap jump (no other gaps on this trail). All I saw was him riding up the incline on the far side of the gap, fairly slowly, so as I approached the lip, I couldn't see the gap, but I assumed you could roll through is since he wasn't going very fast. So, as I hit the lip with the intention of pumping through a roller, I see a deep gully with near vertical sides. Way too fast to stop, not nearly fast enough to clear it.

    Bike just dropped out from under me and I splatted on the far wall of the gully. Knee pad thankfully took most of the impact, but it hurt like hell, and I had about a 6" long goose egg on my shin sticking up about 2 inches.

    Brushed myself off and kept riding the rest of that day, and all day the next 2 days. Iced the crap out of it and took some ibuprofen. Didn't realize it was fractured, since I was able do something approximately resembling walking on it, and riding was manageable as long as I kept moving and didn't let it stiffen up.

    Pain and swelling got way worse a few days after the 17 hour drive home. Went to a new orthopedic doc (regular doc wasn't available), who looked it over and said it was probably just a bruise/swelling but sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound to make sure I didn't have a blood clot in my leg since my calf was about 2x the size of my good leg.

    I figured no break, so maybe some easy rides would help, but the pain just kept getting worse, so went back in to my regular doc of 18 years (10 days after the crash) who decided to take an X-ray. Yep, spiral fracture on the head of the Fibula.
    He just winced when I told him I continued to ride on it for nearly a week after the crash. Oops!

    Hurt like a mother mostly at night, and I seem to develop a quick tolerance to narcotic pain killers, so I went 2.5 weeks without sleeping more than 2 hours a night.

    They don't usually cast for fib fractures since your tibia bears all your weight. Twisting on the other hand is not so good. Clipping out of a pedal wasn't pleasant.

    Made a huge turn for the better over Thanksgiving, started sleeping, swelling and pain all but went away over a few days. Doc told me 6 weeks off the bike, but I got a second opinion from another doc during a annual physical my job requires. So, I'm back on the bike (road at least) after 4 weeks.

    The real pain is now beginning as the medical bills are coming in. Couple years ago, wouldn't have cost me too much out of pocket (aside from the huge monthly premium) through the HMO plan I had, but apparently according to the Gubment an HMO was a "Cadillac Plan." So my employer dropped it for an 80/20 plan with a $3K deductible rather than be penalized for providing employees with said "Cadillac Plan."

    Thanks Obamacare!

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    That was pretty enlightening...
    Scroll up for the carnage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    You got good trails close by up in the tropics?

    What's your mule?
    Yeah, some, and more being built here and in Waitangi. Riding a Knolly Warden, and after Sunday I'm contemplating trading it for something that isn't going to encourage me to charge hard! I'd love to bring my bike down your way some time, there is still far too much of the South Island I haven't seen...

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    Thanks Obamacare!
    I've spend $10 on a surcharge to get the radiologist out on a Sunday, and everything else is taken care of by our government provided ACC, including being paid 80% of my wage until I'm back at work. Thank goodness for dirty old socialism!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    ...and everything else is paid for by my neighbors and other citizens by forcing them to pay for something they may not want, as well as raising their taxes, including being paid 80% of my wage until I'm back at work. Thank goodness for dirty old socialism!

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    My last crash was from going too slow. Bumped a very small rock slowly, and it was just enough to get the rear wheel off the ground and over the bars. Sore for over a week.
    It was purely a case of just going too slow and not being properly fluid on the bike as a result.

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    After my crash last Saturday I took my first ride Monday (against doctors advice) and revisited the scene. I didn't ride the feature, just walked it and cleaned up my yard sale.
    Got the 8 stitches under my eye removed Friday and it looks good, they did a great job. Now if only they could fix a concussion and a sore neck. The fall planted my face so hard it pushed my head back till it crunched. That's when I passed out a bit. My neck was so extended that it was painful to cough and swallow.
    I did get a headache on my Monday ride so I didn't push too hard but I went out today and cautiously rode the feature I crashed on. Over and over until I was satisfied it was sufficiently conquered.

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    Ouch!! Reading that Fib saga... >.<

    Guess physio was right, I was lucky! Think I'll get out on asphalt next Thursday with kids for a pedal. Regained quite a bit of movement yesterday, paid for it this morning though. If you're ever down this way hit me up for a ride. Got a new buddy I've ridden with a few times and he's worth the price of admission! Sprints up hills like a cat... but, he comes off a couple of times each session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DethWshBkr View Post
    Fixxed.
    Wrong, my wife and I are both still well in credit considering what we've contributed over the years.

    I don't want to turn this into a political debate, I was just offering a comparison as to how recovering from an injury is handled differently in our two countries. If you're happy dealing with insurance companies and big bills then good for you, I'm happy contributing to a system that takes care of myself and my family if/when we need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Wrong, my wife and I are both still well in credit considering what we've contributed over the years.

    I don't want to turn this into a political debate, I was just offering a comparison as to how recovering from an injury is handled differently in our two countries. If you're happy dealing with insurance companies and big bills then good for you, I'm happy contributing to a system that takes care of myself and my family if/when we need it.
    Can't say I like dealing with insurance companies or big bills. Every few years I have a crash that requires some medical care. I think my insurance company should cover that for free, because I can only think of 1 non bike related illness I've had to go in for in the last 20 years.

    I have to get a very rigorous annual physical because of my job, and every time the nurse/doctor comment on how healthy/fit I am. Low blood pressure, healthy lung function, strong heartbeat, low pulse, low cholesterol etc...

    A huge part of that is that I ride my bike regularly and at eat fairly healthy. I don't drink, don't smoke (all my grandparents died from smoking related illness), no drugs which all help obviously. Any time I stop riding my weight skyrockets, my cholesterol spikes into an unacceptable range, and get sick more often.

    A broken bone every few years is a heck of a lot cheaper than a heart transplant or dealing with diabetes.

    I want a friggin' health care discount for riding my bike damnit!

    Enough health care talk.....back to crashing.

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    Your most recent crash: How was it?-img_0056.jpg

    The reminder of my last front tire washing out... Thanks to a Kenda small block. You got to love those...
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    I had a nasty crash downhilling a couple months ago. My injuries were serious. I'm steadily recovering thanks to prior good health, fitness and training.
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    On the way back from the trail today, went to hit the button for the cross walk. I usually get off and walk across the intersection. Caught the seat on dismount and instead of just gracefully fixing it....went flat on my back. With dozens of witnesses to this display of finesse and balance..

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    Quote Originally Posted by milliesand View Post
    On the way back from the trail today, went to hit the button for the cross walk. I usually get off and walk across the intersection. Caught the seat on dismount and instead of just gracefully fixing it....went flat on my back. With dozens of witnesses to this display of finesse and balance..
    Yeah, I have been on that side of the equation... Bringing smiles to others...
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    A few months ago, crashed on the last rock before a little boardwalk section at the local bike park. Stuck my hand between two boards and felt something funny happen. Rode it out, got back on the lift, and crashed two more times on the following run as the adrenaline subsided and weakness set in.

    Broke my 4th metacarpal in my left hand.

    Your most recent crash: How was it?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1449723717.044779.jpg

    Been back riding for the last month or so, finally starting to pin it a little bit. All in all, not too bad, but for the 5 weeks in a cast and on a trainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I had a nasty crash downhilling a couple months ago. My injuries were serious. I'm steadily recovering thanks to prior good health, fitness and training.
    Cyclelicious, it seems they have to put you back together more often than I scrape a knee. You're living large.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Hit a tree last night that was right above the sight-line of my helmet's visor. Huge knot and eye swollen shut right now. Not going to be riding for a few days at least.
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    It was...kind of awesome(especially as opposed to the usual bumps, bruises, and blood). Gradual climb, standing and mashing, and hit a flat spot where I could get some momentum before the next little rise. Came up over a steep hump, and my front tire dead-headed on a rock on the other side that I couldn't see. Slow motion into an endo, and everything came to a stop for a brief instant with me looking straight ahead at the ground. I actually let go of my bars and put my left hand on the ground in front of me just before the world started spinning again, and my bike and I fell to the ground. It was like nothing had happened. Picked up the bike, and kept right on going.
    All my wrecks should be like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenM View Post
    It was like nothing had happened. Picked up the bike, and kept right on going.
    All my wrecks should be like that!

    Amen!
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    I was having a strong start at a cross race. Nice sprint. Hole shot into first turn. Pile-o-leaves took out my front tire, helmet, and new lenses in my glasses. Scraped up my face, both arms and both legs. Had a sore shoulder for a few days but finished the race and raced the next day so I guess it wasn't all that bad.

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    Your most recent crash: How was it?-img_0074.jpg

    So true...
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    Hey Repack Rider, thanks for your story. And Thanks too for EVERYTHING ELSE.

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    Hit a tree at 20mph on my last crash. Cut the corner to tight and the front tire caught a root which sent me wide into a small tree. I was leaned over for the corner so I flew straight past the right side of the tree and landed on some roots. The bike stopped dead in its tracks with a nearly tacoed front rim. I clipped a root just above my right hip when I landed then slid for another 6ft through the leaves. I was 10ft away from the bike when I stopped.

    Other than destroying the front rim on my brand new bike (literally the first ride). I had a severely bruised back muscle from landing on the root. I couldn't pedal a bike for a week but was fine otherwise. Oh yeah, my head slammed the ground pretty hard and cracked the helmet. I didn't black out and didn't even have a headache afterward. My wife (trained EMT) checked me out for a concussion but said I was fine. Thank you Fox helmets!

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    Laying here in bed with a new plate holding my collarbone together 😕

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    The Pine Mountain Loop includes one of the best downhills in Marin County. I only see it once a year on the Thanksgiving ride, so the idea is to make the most of it. I have a pair of construction knee pads, not really mountain bike gear, but I put them on at the top. First time I wore them on a ride, because I hardly ever crash.

    Halfway down, I hit a root or a rock with a pedal, which throws me on top of the bars, where I get to ride out of control another 100 feet while I contemplate what is about to happen. The possibilities seem endless.

    It happens.

    Spin cycle, a blur. I hear hard plastic hitting stuff. So much going on so fast that I can only wait until everything stops, ten feet off the trail out in the weeds. Takes me a while to untangle from the bike, which is showing the effects of the crash. Saddle is 90 degrees rotated, pointing to three o'clock. Handlebars are off center.

    I didn't feel too bad, considering that I had just hit the ground harder than any time I could remember in the last few years, but before jumping right up, I assessed the damage. Sometimes adrenaline masks an injury for a few seconds. Something should hurt pretty soon, where is it?

    The bike took a bigger beating than I did. It doesn't seem possible after the huge tumble, but I do not have a scratch or a bruise or a boo-boo of any kind on me. No torn clothing. My jersey and shorts and elbows aren't even dirty.

    The plastic cap on one knee pad is gouged. I'm on my back, lying on my backpack full of the extra clothing I had been shedding on the way up the hill. Apparently I only landed on protected parts. Next rider along sees me sorting out the bike, asks me if I'm okay. I say yeah, no problem.

    He says, you have a bunch of weeds sticking out of your helmet.

    I'll be 70 next week.

    Great! I wish to be riding that hard at 69...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycletim View Post
    Laying here in bed with a new plate holding my collarbone together 😕
    The old plate just wasn't good enough?

    Sorry to hear and hope you heal quickley. My collarbone was shattered at the breast plate and fractured sternum from skiing. That was last February and it took a good 5 months until I could say it was healed. The sternum still feels a bit tender sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Cyclelicious, it seems they have to put you back together more often than I scrape a knee. You're living large.
    I hope to refresh my 9 lives for 2016... but no more crashes!
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    I just posted this on another thread but somewhat relevant here.

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    I crash and get injured about once every seven years. So I have two big ones and both of them are from inattention.

    I'm very aware of how I'm riding but after many years, I eventually just forget to pay attention. Then splat. I hit my head both times but the last one happened earlier this year so I should be good for a few years.

    One thing that has really changed in recent years is the use of protection. I now wear knee pads and elbow pads on almost every ride. The technology has gotten much better for pads and even full face helmets. Since we don't ever plan on crashing, I've decided not to schedule when I wear pads or not. They have protected me way more than the helmet in recent years.

    The other revelation is I'm learning how to ride now. 5 years ago, I edited my wife's mountain bike lessons video from Trek Dirt Series. I realized I did not know half of the techniques being taught to her cause I never got any formal training. I was a hack and was finally willing to admit it. It was only then that I really progressed with descending and cornering skills.

    Last year I switched to flat pedals. I wanted to learn how to stay connected to a bike without being locked in. Use physics in my favor and when things go awry, eject. It was very hard to do since I always relied on pulling with my feet. But it finally happened after quitting the clips, cold-turkey. Now I'm ok on flats and I can clip in too.

    I've been to a lot of very high risk trails and I've been to a bunch of very easy neighborhood cruises too. I feel so comfortable now on any shoe. I've saved myself from falling/tipping over now to about 10 times by just kicking the ground. A lot of them would have been low-side wipeouts so I'm stoked with my new found nine lives.

    The other thing is I stopped chasing KOMs and riding XC bikes with no travel or no tire tread. The bikes I ride don't climb as fast but they are way more fun descending. And when my talent runs out, the bike usually lets me know gently.

    And finally, I've learned a lot more about bike setup. Tire and shock pressures are now critical to me. Proper saddle height and dropper posts are now mandatory. And gone are the long stems and narrow bars. These bike setup changes have been key for me for enjoying the ride safely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    I just posted this on another thread but somewhat relevant here.

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    I crash and get injured about once every seven years. So I have two big ones and both of them are from inattention.

    I'm very aware of how I'm riding but after many years, I eventually just forget to pay attention. Then splat. I hit my head both times but the last one happened earlier this year so I should be good for a few years.


    For light pads, a selection is here. Round-up: Best new lightweight knee and elbow pads - Mtbr.com.

    My favorite is the Leatt Airflex pads since they disappear into the ride. Price considered, the Alpinestars Paragon knee pads for $40 are awesome.
    Excellent. Thanks for posting.
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    About 4 years ago I decided that crashing wasn't for me, I just wasn't getting anything out of the experience anymore.

    Since then, no crashes and everything is great.

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    Doesn't look that bad (i.e., not much blood) but I've lost the top layer of skin for a big chunk of my arm.

    Oozy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can't get right View Post
    About 4 years ago I decided that crashing wasn't for me, I just wasn't getting anything out of the experience anymore.

    Since then, no crashes and everything is great.
    Like the good riders say 'If you ain't crashing you ain't trying hard enough'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I had a nasty crash downhilling a couple months ago. My injuries were serious. I'm steadily recovering thanks to prior good health, fitness and training.
    I don't recall you talking about it over in OC?

    I took a header off a 4 foot drop last month. My arms and shoulders still hurt, especially my right forearm. Put a nice ding in my helmet, snapped the computer mount off my stem, taco'ed the front wheel mildly, and tore the sidewall and had to throw a tube in to get rolling again.

    My front wheel is in the shop being trued.

    Still learning to ride this new bike of mine. The accident was completely my fault in more ways than one.

    Live and learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Like the good riders say 'If you ain't crashing you ain't trying hard enough'.
    No skool... like old skool!
    As I am the old school, I can tell you that we indeed said that 20 years ago.

    Now I know that the really good riders hardly ever crash because they are better than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can't get right View Post
    As I am the old school, I can tell you that we indeed said that 20 years ago.

    Now I know that the really good riders hardly ever crash because they are better than that.
    I must be watching the wrong channel ;-)

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    Steps...

    I wish I could claim it was some incredibly difficult technical move, but in reality it was just a short series of rocky uphill steps that should have been a breeze.

    Wrong line -- suddenly I'm stopped and in slow motion watching the bike (and me) lay down on top of my right foot which catches a rock in just the right spot where there is a void under my ankle.

    I can guarantee that ankles are not built to rotate that far in that direction.
    Picture from 2 days later:
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    Four weeks off the bike and counting, and it is still swollen.

    Might manage to make it back on the bike this weekend. At least that is the general plan.


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    Ouch!! Some good bruising there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Ouch!! Some good bruising there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrash View Post
    Yeah, was a good time. Xray showed no breaks, which was both good and surprising.
    Ligaments can take longer than bones to heal ^^ and they tend to not come back stronger as a broken bones tends to...

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    Wheels washed out on the gravel as I exited the trail onto the road. Lots of road rash, bruising, and a sprained thumb.

    GPS data showing my rapid deceleration from 30 mph to 0 mph:

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

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    Had the wires taken out of my mouth 7 days ago and i can eat again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stark.raver View Post
    Had the wires taken out of my mouth 7 days ago and i can eat again.
    Tell me about it. One month drinking ensure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HTR4EVR View Post
    Tell me about it. One month drinking ensure.

    Jeepers dudes, wutts up wity'all ... not wearing full face helmets, or what?

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    It was wet and slippery outside, went down a small but steep hill and slid on some off camber roots with the front wheel. I was going slow because I knew it was a tricky spot, but gave myself a huge bruise on my shoulder and had issues with the rotator cuffs for a couple of months after.

    I'd prefer a proper crash, atleast that would have been something I could talk about without laughing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    Wheels washed out on the gravel as I exited the trail onto the road. Lots of road rash, bruising, and a sprained thumb.

    GPS data showing my rapid deceleration from 30 mph to 0 mph:

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    Ouch!
    One more reason why I don't use GPS.

    It's enough just reliving it in my mind. But I do however sometimes run the GoPro which can be even more telling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k-rod View Post
    Jeepers dudes, wutts up wity'all ... not wearing full face helmets, or what?
    Yes, no FF, it was 12 years ago
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    Your most recent crash: How was it?

    Last "fall" my worn out front tire washed out for like the 10th time that weekend and small scrape on my leg.
    Last "crash", spiral fractured tibia. That was in July, still wearing a walking boot when I ride. That crash was a loopout off a small azz jump...
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    Rain for a few days, then sunshine, enough to dry out the trail (so I thought). I was exploring a branch of the trail I had not yet ridden, late in the day. It turned out to be a very nice stretch of trail. Sun was going down, it was getting cold, and there was light rain, and on the way back, had two choices. Turn around to where I for sure knew the way home, about 3 miles away, or keep going. Like a fool, I kept going. I only had one light with me (Cygolite 400). I was making very good time, and figured eventually, I will find the river crossing by following the trail markers, and all was good. Continuing to make speed, I came around a blind corner, and went straight into a mud pit that was about 2 feet deep. It took me 1/2 hour to get myself and the bike out of the mud, and then another 45 minutes in cold rain to make the next river crossing. No injuries, but I had scratches and welts on my lower legs from all of the small rocks that were in the mud. Could have been much worse, and all things considered. I managed to laugh about it pretty well. Did ruin my bike jersey, though, it was white with black trim, and mud stains simply will not come out after three washings and stain treatment.

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    Lucky to be alive

    My handlebar hit this rock and I went off this. I'm lucky to be alive. Details here if interested.

    Your most recent crash: How was it?-fall-site2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    My handlebar hit this rock and I went off this. I'm lucky to be alive. Details here if interested.
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    Didn't you have a knee replacement procedure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HTR4EVR View Post
    Didn't you have a knee replacement procedure?
    Yes, both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    Yes, both.
    How riding is after that? It seems I'm heading that way.
    A mountain, a lake, a trail, all waiting there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HTR4EVR View Post
    How riding is after that? It seems I'm heading that way.
    Mechanically fine and I ride 2 - 3 times per week averaging 40 miles and 5K ft. climbing. Still have some sort of nerve problem that gives me great pains though.

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    I get anxious just looking at trails with exposure like that. I am a daredevil on familiar trails, sometimes thinking "Whoa got close to that tree, if I hit one at this speed it hurts!" When I take a bad fall it sucks and some injures take weeks to heal. However, being up on a cliff face even a slow get-off is a real bad idea. I'm thinking of that trail in Sedona AZ, most of us have seen video of it. Not sure if I could find the balls to ride that one out. Wherewolf glad you survived the tumble.
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    It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I was at the top of this little roller spotting the line at the bottom when my front tire caught a small rock or something and threw me over the bars, down the face of the rock. That is how/where my bike landed, I landed a little bit further than it. I manage to hit my knee, elbow and back all in one fall and left some fabric from my shirt on the rock face. It was all superficial though, I cut my ride short and went home after that. First good fall I've had in a while. Your most recent crash: How was it?-screen-shot-2015-12-23-1.16.09-pm.jpg

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    broke a collar bone ☺

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    Thrash: in my younger days I had a foot/ankle that looked a lot like yours (from basketball tho, not MTB). Doc took what seemed like 20 X-rays from multiple angles. Was getting pissed off at the radiology tech because it hurt like hell contorting my foot around. After all that, no broken bones. Doc told me It would've better if I had broken the ankle instead of basically shredding all the ligaments. Figured it would give me trouble for years to come. Fortunately it's held up quite nicely for over 30 years now so there's always hope.


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    broke a collar bone ☺
    Same here, I feel your pain. Hopefully it's full-on winter wherever you are and your recovery coincides nicely with the weather turning good again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Same here, I feel your pain. Hopefully it's full-on winter wherever you are and your recovery coincides nicely with the weather turning good again!
    I broke it back in July, but it sidelined me on trips to pisgah and whistler this summer...I'm already healed, and Houston's at 80 degrees right now...it's the rain that's keeping me off the trails at the moment, unfortunately

    how's your collar bone coming along?

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