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    This happened a while back, first day clipless. My friend had told me to make sure i get a few trail and road type riding in before i tackle the mountains as normal...cept it was 5pm wendsay..and the weekly ride is @ 6. So i bike from the bike shop fresh from having them installed...to a bike ride run by the guys that just installed my pedals. To top it off, I hadn't rode this particular trail before.

    So I clean a rough steep climb for the first time, thanks to the pedals..lovin them, and confident and happy I begin to fly down a long turny swoopy DH. I manage to pass a few of the older riders...still going..and i see that the DH ends in gravel. No big. Suddenly i realize that the gravel is bikepathish trail and its a right angle turn..no bank. Flat. And I'm still bookin. Well this is when i was inexperienced mind you...so i lock out the rear (idiot) fishtail still @ top speed..and I hit the gravel. 3ft till big tree. Well i lock the front and pull a classic endo....into these brambles. The type with big mean thorns. So I manage to land the endo nice..not really sure how you do that but I always fall well. Even though it was my first endo. And suddenly I realize that I'm still clipped in, bike on top of me, tied up in brambles...AND HERE COMES THE OTHER RIDERS! YAY! embarrassment to make a long story short I got to have a guy tell me to man up and untangle myself. Though i got props for being covered in blood and full of thorns And I fell 7 more times that day...the slow "oh sh1t here we go again" type that happens when ur a noob who stops clipped in. Good Fun

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    I had just got my first true mountain bike. This is about 7 or 8 years since I had ridden last (besides a couple test rides when looking for a bike). Anyways I had it in my bedroom and stuck the front tire up against the bed frame and tried to stand up on the pedals so I could see if the height I set my saddle at felt good or not. Needless to say I lost my balance and the pedal stabbed me in the shin and I didn't realize until later that I had a big bloody stain on my dress pants.

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    About two hours ago, I was fooling around at a shopping center with StinkyFTW and we decided to go do huxx at some apartments across from where we were. I was riding on a fairly busy street in front of a Food Lion, when....

    ...perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself.

    See, right next to the Food Lion is a soda machine. $0.50 for a can. I've probably spent half my waking life up at this shopping center, and this machine is where I get my drinxx. I've had each soda in the machine multiple times, except for the grape Fanta.

    Fast forward again, back to the street. I have my soda in my right hand and am steering with my left. I try to hold onto the bar with my soda hand and shift (on the right side, with my soda hand). My wheel wobbles and I almost wipe out but my foot keeps me up - but not up enough to have purple soda all over me.

    I look sheepishly back at StinkyFTW and the older couple behind me, then - wait for it - TRY TO DO IT AGAIN.

    I go through the motions once more, but this time my bike jackknifes and falls. With a full soda in one hand, I hop over the frame, and am coming down again when I realize - "Oh sh*t! Dual-crown fork!" and trip over it. Gratuitous amounts of grape high-fructose goodness are sloshing on me.

    I do land on my feet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltbee
    I had just got my first true mountain bike. This is about 7 or 8 years since I had ridden last (besides a couple test rides when looking for a bike). Anyways I had it in my bedroom and stuck the front tire up against the bed frame and tried to stand up on the pedals so I could see if the height I set my saddle at felt good or not. Needless to say I lost my balance and the pedal stabbed me in the shin and I didn't realize until later that I had a big bloody stain on my dress pants.
    When you tell that story you've got to start it, "So I was mountain biking in my dress pants..."
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    I think it can only be topped by starting it, "So I was mountain biking in my dress pants...in my bedroom..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltbee
    I think it can only be topped by starting it, "So I was mountain biking in my dress pants...in my bedroom..."

    ...which begs the question, how many of us have ridden our bikes in the home "Animal House" style? As for me- I'll take the fifth.
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    Commuting to work, I was maybe 200 feet from my house and there was light icing on the ground. I decided to see how slippery it was so I pulled my front brake, of course the front wheel washed out, the bike went down and I somehow caught my chin on one of the bar ends.

    I never realised how much blood can come from a facial injury, it was everywhere. I walked the bike back home and looked in the mirror, I had a second tongue hanging from my chin!

    A quick drive to the hospital holding my chin together with my hand, 10 euros for 8 stitches and I was on my way again.

    Since then I cycle very gingerly on cold days

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    Quote Originally Posted by California L33
    ...which begs the question, how many of us have ridden our bikes in the home "Animal House" style? As for me- I'll take the fifth.
    I have done it most of my life. Had to ride down the basement stairs on the BMX bike when Moms got home early!
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    yesterday, while crossing a skinny plank over a brook, I sliped off, grinding the right bottom side of the fork all the way across to the end of the plank, smashing into the edge of the brook, leading me to gently knee the shifters. 15 miles of riding later, got home, took a shower and had dinner, watched a movie and relaxed. When I went to jump into bed, Excruciating PAIN. I had a knot the size of a big grape right on the knee cap. Dont know how I didnt notice this. It looked like I had an elbow on my knee cap. It was the strangest looking thing.

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    My stupid injury was cracking a rib...........................

    How??? I was testing the sag on my rear shock in my garage and just leaned on the seat with all my weight. My propedal was still ingaged on the shock, so I bounced a little with all my weigth on my saddle. Luckily it was very minor, but still totally lame.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    In this thread:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...27#post4940627

    On my Italian vacation, on day two, I was bombing down a rocky road, and suddenly my wheel turned, ejecting me off the bike at about 30mph. I land on my arm, and thought I broke it, but it was just bruised and scraped. I didn't notice that I landed on my left leg, and had a combination of contusions, scrapes, and a gash. Started swelling right away, but I wanted to ride, as we had 650 meters left to descend and something like about 16 linear km left.

    So I continued to ride for the next 5 days, then came the 13 hour drive to the family home. I got out, and my leg was swollen pretty bad, then I had a 7 hour drive back to my own home...so out came the injections of Heparin to prevent a clot. I only got cleared by sonogram a few days ago. Hell, I felt fine, but everyone else was upset, considering they're physicians.

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    too numerous ....

    - my best one.....single trail, high speed, hidden rock. Bike stops. I dont. I hit the stem with my dick. So hard it gets "stretched" a bit at the root. Which could be good. But wasnt. It hurt like a SOB. Over the next week it turned dark purple and then black and finally yellow from the root to over half way up. Very alarming. On top of that it hurt so much when I'd get a hard-on that for a long time (weeks) having sex was not much fun at all.

    - slow endo gowing down hill in rocks in front of a bunch of spectators....and I mean slowly. The font wheel got swallowed by a rock and I start to endo. So slowly that I fell face forwards with my hands still glued to the handlebars: all my weight was transferred to my arms so I couldnt let go: Broken upper incisors and a broken wrist. 1 week before my son was born. My wife was not happy having 2 babies to look after !!

    - same thing two years later. This time in the dark. No teeth but the other wrist.

    - broken ribs....rear wheel washes out due to a greasy log hidden in the grass. I manage to fall, ribs first and with all my weight right onto my bunched fist. 2 cracked ribs. sooooo painful.

    - downhill race - practice day. The line I spied for the tough right hander worked like a dream. But....I came out of that corner so darn fast that I got air in a jump I normally don't (and shouldnt) get air in. Result: a stretched knee and a "road rash" the size of a softball on my butt cheek. I had to dirve sitting on a cushion and my work pants would get stuck to the oozing wound.

    - Clipless 101 - I failed: I have to unclip in the middle of a small wooden bridge going across a creek. Well. didnt. Over I go still clipped in. Head first then A$$ over tit. Add water.

    - For a friend : same bridge. Its made of short planks across two tree trunks. He rides too close to the edge, a loose plank flips up and side-swipes his front wheel and throws him sideways into the creek. Add water. Soaked. Bleeding. Very funny.

    - for a friend: He is riding over a 'stile' (a smalled very humped bridge over a cattle grid/wall etc). Anway he gets only half way, stalls, falls sideways. He is left clinging to a wooden post with his bike "skewered" by another post and still clipped in, his but inhces away from a nest of barbed wire. I had to ride back, unclip him and help him 'climb' down. He was all of 2 foot in the air !!

    - For another friend - I just manage to stop at the top of a chute in a downhill run. The kind you have to commit to. My friend is not so lucky. He almost stops, then wipes out head first and "elbow skis" down the chute with the bike tangled in his legs. He slides a while...aughh nnghh hhhughh grrrghhg. I climb down through the bushes at the side and hear....'help'....'HELP'. I rush down and look for my friend. WTF. Where is he. He is till above me, still 'in the chute', head down, bike tangled in his legs and completely pinned. I scramble up and try pulling the bike off him. 'aaaaghh AAAGHHH'. WTF...he's not clipped in. I pull again. 'aaaaghh AAAGHHH'. I finally figure out his shoe-lace is wrapped around the brake lever and as I pull the bike its twisting his knee. I remove his shoe from his foot and he slides down another 10 feet and I slide his bike down to him. Nothing hurt too bad except his elbows (elbow skiing does that) and his brand new Gemini is not so brand new any more.
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    Missle, great stories! The best part:

    "He slides a while...aughh nnghh hhhughh grrrghhg"

    lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeebeans
    The lamest injury that I can think of is the numerous times that I've missed my pedal and gave myself a few nice gashes in the shape of the pedals' spikes on the back of my calf. Anyone else ever done this before?

    happened to me too but, the lamest injury ever would have to be the time I was walking with a flat tyre to my friends house (where we were going to fix it) I saw someone I knew and wanted to catch up by running, only I was wearing slippers and as I swung my foot backwards I hit my huge metal pedal...cut a hole just below my calf...not REALLY serious, just stupid

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    N00b stories!!!!

    Okay I don't have any super gnarly stories since I've got a hard tail xc, and one of these takes place on a craptastic walmart special.

    1) Was riding some singletrack near my house on a walmart bike that I had been given and was upgrading slowly. This trail had a small drop at one point of 2 feet. (yes 2FT!) So I go off this little drop on said wally world ride...I land hard on my seat, and the pinch bolt clamp breaks loose slamming the nose of the seat into my gonads. I wreck to the left and land in a huge thorn bush. I wasn't thinking about the thorns...I couldn't sit down comfortably for days.

    2) Same trail but on my C-dale frame: I was riding a lot faster than I had been on the old frame as the Dale handled great, but I still had these man eating bmx pedals on it. (its the no budget wonder) Well I went to kick off for a descent and missed with my left foot, slid off the seat and the right pedal slammed into my shin gouging out a line with the pedal grip posts. It went down into the bone and bled so much that by the time I got home my shoe was full of blood. Great scar too!

    3) This one is the dumbest by far. Was riding my C-dale on a mountain near me and the trail disappeared so I found a dry stream and was going to follow that. I push off and immediately lose the front wheel into a whole covered with leaves. OTB! Jammed several fingers, and had cuts and scrapes. Once I stopped laughing I walked until I found the trail again and rode home.

    Bonus! Was working in the shop...we have a double sided park stand. The one with the industrial metal base and clamps. I usually work on the left side so i can see the door. Well I was working on a bike and dropped some hardware. I bent down to pick it up and upon standing up slammed my head hard into the second clamp. I was seeing stars and my head was bleeding. The best part was the laughter from the the customers and other employees. Great!

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    My story happens before I bought my first MTB. I was trying bikes out for fit at various shops, wearing regular shorts and flip flops. Of course, I had no experience with clipless other than the clipless I used back in the day on my old ride bike. So right off the bat, flip flops and shimano clipless felt a bit funny. I must have been futzing with something, but my left foot slipped off the pedal rather forcefully whereby my toes slipped off the back of the pedal which was raised up along with the crank arm on the left side of the bike....my right foot was down with the crank arm on the right side. When this happened, my left shin was dragged across the pedal, scraping off flesh to the bone along a 4 inch gash. I hobbled into the store and the kindly lady at the shop asked me how the bike felt, not seeing the blood running down my leg. I told her tersely through my gritted teeth that it felt fine and that I would be back....i never returned. Considering that this was my 1st injury with a mountain bike and I was not even really riding it....I think that qualifies as very lame.

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    Down hill section with multiple jumps interspersed. We had done it 4 times already and I was on my fifth decent, final jump. I go air bound and my foot leaves the left Wellgo pedal. I come down and my shin gets gouged by the top center spike on the wellgo. I feel it go in and come to a stop when it clinks off my shin bone. The gash is 3 inches long, 1/4 inch deep and 1/4 inch wide. It would have been longer, but the shin bone ejected the pedal from my flesh. We're seven miles in on a trail and I get to ride out with a shirt sleave tied around the wound. It didn't hurt and the andrenaline rush allowed me to just annihilate the last seven miles to the car. I would have packed my shin guards had I known we were going to be hitting some jumps, but I just couldn't resist the jumps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hass
    A couple of years ago I was riding my bike in front of my house without a seat and post. I decided I would try to stop the bike by putting my a$$ on the rear wheel.

    The rear wheel grabbed a hold of my shorts and sucked them into the seatstays along with my a$$ and nuts.

    The bike came to a skidding stop!
    My brother was riding on my rear axle and slipped off and got his sh!t sucked into my rear wheel....burned through his pants, and everything else. Even though I knew it hurt, I couldnt stop laughing as he danced around...calling me a ****er.

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    My friend has a halfpipe in his garage, and he got a brand new uber-trendy BMX bike for christmas, so I was over at his house checking it out and messing around on the halfpipe.

    I rolled up one side, about to fakie back down, but my pants got caught in the sprocket. The backwards momentum made the bike flip over and land on top of me. I fell of the halfpipe and my head bounced on a tennis racket on the floor.

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    About 3 years ago, I was a NOOB.... (I've come a long way in those 3 years)

    I was on my Trek 3900 and had watched a video on YouTube on how to do a wheelie drop. I go out and try it off my retaining wall (about a 3 foot drop)

    Well, I got the drop part but didnít wheelie at all.

    I have no idea how but I broke my big toe, (I didnít have shoes on) and I have to say that hurt more than the broken collar bone, or the shattered hip and pelvis.
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    1) While in college, I rode my wal-mart bike to classes. One day I was just pulling out in front of my dorm, so I was off the seat and all my weight was on the pedals. Then suddenly the chain slips off the chainring, causing my weight to shift and I am still wondering how I proceeded to fly over the bars. Did I mention that this was in the middle of a crowded campus? Not a single "Are you ok". They were all probably laughing too hard to talk.

    2) I was riding my trek hardtail on some backroads near my house. I was coasting downhill around 20 mph when suddenly the seatpost bolt completely snaps. I fall off the bike and roll over several times before coming to a stop. I had soon pretty bad road rash on my left leg and forearm. I also bruised a fingernail (got caught in the spokes) which fell off weeks later. Shortly after my wreck, some guy in a pickup drives by and instead of asking if I needed any help, tells me that I shouldn't be riding around these roads..... I don't anymore.

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    Was messing around doing some trials. Was only doing a 1 foot maybe 1 and a half foot ride up (Thought i would take it easy that day...) Foot slipped off my truvativ pedal... Now it's a nice size scar. It wasn't all that bad because everytime a girl asked me what happend I said I saved a baby from a burning building and had to jump through a window cutting my leg on the glass just escaping the house caving in lol. 70% of the time... it worked everytime.

    Heres a pic (Terrible pic) a few weeks after the accident. Healed up pretty nice for just bandages holding it together hah.
    Skin is so tight on my shin that everytime I would try to take a look at how it was healing it would split back open.

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    just found this thread...

    great stuff...
    got me thinking how unlucky (or how lucky) I have been over the years...

    There is the classic schwinn scrambler gap jump (FIRST bike in Nome, AK with mag wheels). The older kids were watching and had just spaced the jump and landing ramp out further "just go faster" they said, so I did...flew 8 feet through the air to a perfect landing, right square on my back...

    Once thought it would be cool to bunny-hop over the goose sitting in the middle of the trail near Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. Well, it wasn't...I'm pretty sure the goose was fine...

    caught a THICK chain around a parking lot with my head tube...instant OTB dismount, no witnesses

    probably the best and coincidentally the most expensive was the wheelie I pulled on one of these whilst trying to impress a pair of 8oo8ies ...compressed the seat springs and started to go over the back so I threw my right foot forward to counter-ballance, front came down, foot planted, the bike and myself used my right leg to pole-vault up and over what little dignity I had left. when the bike and I came crashing to the ground, I felt it would be best to cushin the fall with my kneecap. I sat in the middle of the street laughing at how much my knee hurt untill I was told I had to move by a cop. I rode home and went to the doc the next day...blown ACL, torn miniscus and a patellar plateau that was very nearly turned to mashed potatoes
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    don't forget...

    wheelieing (sp?) off the 4 steps of the library on campus in Fairbanks, AK...I had a U-lock strapped to my front rack, rear wheel delightfully rolling down the steps, front wheel lofting lightly till it lands on pavement, u-lock comes partially disconnected and kind of hinges forward and down until it stops, perfectly meeting the pavement and the front tire, flipping me OTB to land at the feet of a couple of hotties...merely a flesh wound, don't try this at home, and all that...

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    I also have 2:

    1) Couldn't get unclipped (left foot is too tight) and fell into a neighboring rider who was just standing there...I broke my pride, and one of my fingernails!

    2) Trying to do a wheelie in a parking lot like my wife and had never done with clipped in...needless to say I was on my back with my feet still attached and the bike straight up in the air...again, only my pride was injured!

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    I've got two:

    First, I grew up riding 3rd hand "banana" bikes like damnitman posted above, only not nearly as cool. Mine was purple. I'm a dude. As if that wasn't injury enough, a neighborhood kid gets the first BMX out of all of us and brings it out to show it off on trash day. I'm on it, digging the fact that I'm riding sans-ape hangers for the first time. cruising along in front of my house, I hear a noise and look behind me to see that it was the trash truck. For some reason, I fixate on the truck over my shoulder rather than watching the road in front of me. Next thing I know I'm on my back looking up at the underside of our mailbox. With the lower bmx bars, the bike snuck right under it-- had I been a cartoon, there would have been a perfect imprint of my face in the side of the mailbox.

    Second, I'm riding my newspaper route as a kid on my sweet, sweet 3-ton Roadmaster POS. The papers had to be delivered by 5pm, company policy. I'm finishing off the route, checking my watch, and at the same time decide that I need to shift. I reach across with my left hand and hit the right side shifter, while staring downward at my watch on my right wrist, in standard "I'm looking at my watch" position.... not on the bars. This is pre-click/grip shift, and I muscled the little bastard lever forward. With no counter-force on the left side of the bars to keep the wheel straight, I basically commit myself to a partial bar-spin and stab myself in the nuts with the left grip as I go OTB, while also tangling my newspaper pouch around the bars as well, bringing the bike back on top of me after landing.

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    wont do that again...

    ok, so I dont have the narliest injury, or even the coolest...but but here goes anyways

    I ordered a pair of Hayes Hydros and got them in last friday, that evening got them installed just fine and was trying to center the caliper over the rotor by hand (squeezing the lever and tightening the bolts wasnt working) when the 180mm caught my right index fingernail and pulled my finger into the rotor and almost sheered the tip off against the caliper. i could actually feel the weight of the wheel stop and bounce back while it was in my finger. It went through 75% of the nail bed and fingertip, and fractured the bone at the tip of the finger.
    Spent most of friday night in the E.R., and now have to wait to go out and try those brand new Hayes Strokers.

    I did get them centered saturday with the help of a friend and a 12 pack (he was hesitant at first).
    Always remember, "Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body."

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    i took my brothers road bike out for a spin without him knowing. and on my way back i crashed into my truck, went over the handle bars, halfway in the truck bed, then fell out on the ground. I broke one of the stem shifters, and it impaled my leg. I had a q-tip sized hole in my leg

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    been there done that

    didn't go so far as to break off the tip of my finger but i have caught my finger in the rotor before and took off half of the tip and finger nail.
    fortunately i was able to tape it all back together and ride the next day!

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    My only really lame biking accident comes from when i was a kid. I had a little redline bmx bike. I could do tricks for "S", but i got good at doing wheelies. Anyhow, before helmet laws i was riding down my street with a friend when i yanked in the bars to do a wheelie. I managed to pull them way up and smack myself in the head. A few days earlier i had removed the bar pad because i thought it looked cooler with out. Instead i got a 5 stitches in my head and a vertial scar/indent that seems to give people the impression that i'm mad all the time(go figure)

    More recently would be when a friend of mine went riding with me with his older mountain bike that happened to have those bar ends. Right at the end of our ride his bike slid out from under him and he jabbed in self right below the eye with a bar end. I'd be lying if i said i didnt laugh a little. lol

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    Two nights ago I dropped my Topeak floor pump about 5 feet right onto my barefooted big toe. Sure, it's not a heavy pump, but something about the angle of the fall caused it to sever my toenail and a large flap of skin from the front of my toe. It bled profusely, and due to the location of the injury it's going to take a long time to heal Right now using superglue to try and keep the wound closed.
    Rigid bikes FTW!

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    First one was in August last year.

    It happened in the middle of my examination period. I was telling my good friend i would not be going offroad during the exams. and when my first paper ended, I called him ask we went for a ride. I didnt know what was on my mind but I attempted a 3 feet drop on a downhill stretch and my bike skidded sideways down with me still holding tightly on my bars. Cracked my 3 months old helmet.

    Went for my next paper a couple of days later with my arm bandaged up. Had total problems writing.


    Next one. 2 incidents in one day.

    I was on my 2nd offroad trip with my SPDs. fell and got stuck. I shouted out to my friends. One of them who was also wearing SPDs jammed onto his brakes and also fell. Both of us still in our pedals

    Then we went off to the next trail. there was this muddy section. my front tire gripped into the mud and veered left. sternum land right smack on the end of my handlebar(without the end cap). Was lucky I didnt become skewered meat.

    Today, 20 days later. The handlebar marking is still on my chest.

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    This was pretty lame, and to make it worse, my friend happened to turn on his camera just as I was halfway into it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDU1jkqltyU (that's him cackling evilly in the background).

    We were waiting for the little ferry you see in the background - it arrives, I hop on the bike and clip straight in, but woe unto me, the ground is very bumpy and I haven't got any speed up and the front wheel just digs into a rut and, no time to unclip, over I go. The first frame is great, you get a nice plateau of me headed over the handlebars.

    Not my first clipless topple, by any means, but confirms my theory that 99% of the time they happen at low speeds, if that's any reassurance to those who are still leery of clipless pedals.

    Fortunately only my pride was injured, as you can see.

    P.S. Just realised that I wasn't wearing a helmet there! I never go out without it, so it took a second's close-up examination to clear up the mystery: it was hooked to my handlebars - fat lot of use it was there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hass
    A couple of years ago I was riding my bike in front of my house without a seat and post. I decided I would try to stop the bike by putting my a$$ on the rear wheel.

    The rear wheel grabbed a hold of my shorts and sucked them into the seatstays along with my a$$ and nuts.

    The bike came to a skidding stop!
    This entire thread is gold but I have to give that story first prize.

    My story is completely lame and my own fault over and over. When I was around 14 y/o I had a Raleigh Rampar BMX bike that I never maintained but just beat the hell out of. There was a very good sized hill with a small creek a mile or so away from my house that me and some friends built a makeshift ramp by so we could jump the 20ft span of the creek. I got full speed one day down the hill and as I went to lift my front wheel on the ramp, my handlebars and stem came out of the frame. I landed on my back halfway on the ramp and half off and knocked myself out while sliding into the muddy water. Lame.

    Edit: One more uber-lame story.

    I was at a friends party one night and after about 12-15 beers went to ride his mountain bike. Mounted it, went to ride off, and just fell over sideways. Probably a good thing I ko'ed myself that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickenlegs
    First ride on a new hardtail, about 4 years ago. Forgot to tighten up my spd pedals. Go to bunny hop a little 10 inch log, came right out of the pedals, OTB. Broken wrist, actually the scaphoid bone. Horrible bone to break, takes forever to heal. I was out 3 months while my shiny new bike sat in the corner.
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    Lamest? Well I've had some pretty lame crashes. Got one on video though.

    Riding with my buddy and his family at a local park. Well someone came through it with some kind of grader and mucked everything up. When they graded it they happend to knock a root that I guess was barely on the surface out of the ground. My buddy saw it and avoided it but I was unable to with my camera.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE8LDORjGMc

    But two weeks later I was riding this trail and there was a small tree hanging over the trail. Well I have been riding for over and hour on what is considered a fairly advanced trail and was tired. I took pressure off my front tire and when the suspension compressed it stopped on something and put me in an endo that caused the rear of the bike to swing over and pinched me right on my ass causing a huge bruise for a few days. Luckily no one saw that.
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    i got a funny one. a few years ago i was riding a road bike to go to a friends house and i was stupid enough to ride on the sidewalk. i rode in front of a bank and hit a little lip to catch some air and once i landed some guy pulls out of the drive-up window and i go right onto the hood, slide over the entire hood (dukes of hazard style of course) and landed right on my tailbone. the guy was in his 20's or so and imagine pulling out of your bank with a wad of cash in your hand and see a kid sliding over your hood. quite amusing. i put a decent dent in the side of his car and bent my fork. but his car was a tuner, so i ran around the car, hopped on my bike and rode as fast as i could. the guy followed me for like a mile and was yelling at me to pay for his car damage. so i randomly took a sharp corner and lost him. i got to my friends house and he almost died laughing when he saw my bike and heard the story.

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    Buddy and I were out riding, he isn't overly aggressive, and his cautious, brake loving side got to him. I told him before and during that he would be fine as long as he didn't touch his front brake. Well... watch the video and see how that went.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkWDFPi0ntA

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    Neighborly Distraction

    As a kid I used to ride a mile or so to a neighbors house every day for fresh milk. They owned a dairy and kept a stocked refrigerator near the front of their home. I would ride over with one of the old one glass gallon jugs hanging from the handlebars of my classic Schwinn cruiser. As I was riding along one lazy afternoon I lifted my hand up to wave to a neighbor and yelled "Hello". Imagine my shock and surprise - and that of my neighbor as well- when I plowed into the back of her station wagon amidst the sounds of grating metal and shattering glass. Whoops. Ended up with 8 stitches in my left thigh after removing the chunk of milk bottle that had lodged itself in the middle of my leg. Went ahead and got the milk though- then off to the ER. Good times.

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    I've got a stupid one. I'm new to the sport and I'm trying to learn to bunny hop. The other day I was practicing and making some progress and as I was trying to "pull up and push over" on the handlebar I feel this wicked sharp pain in my hand. I ended up streching a tendon in my hand. No cool wreck or anything. I swear when I was younger I had the craziest wrecks while riding and would get up shake it off and ride on. Now I try to bunnyhop and get a hand injury. That's LAME.
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    almost a year ago i was rolling up to a small jump, didnt have enough speed so i thought id "roll over it" ended up going over the bars.

    smashed my right shoulder and side of my head into the ground, almost dislocated my shoulder, and smashed my 4 month old $300(au) helmet!

    f#cking jumps still scare me.......

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    So last night I was adjusting my BB7s when I (stupidly) decided to adjust the outboard pad while the wheel was still spinning. I reached to turn the knob, but instead my middle finger on my right hand was caught by one of the middle blades on the rotor, which then wedged it against the caliper. VERY painful, but it was cold outside, so I figured that made the pain feel worse than it really was.

    I continue adjusting the brakes when i notice a puddle of blood on the floor. I then notice the blood dripping all down my arm, pouring out of what appeared at the time to be a small cut on my finger. I go inside and start cleaning up the cut when it becomes apparent that the rotor nearly sliced about 1/2" off my finger, clean through my fingernail, apparently stopping when it hit bone and finially stopped the wheel.

    Now I have three stiches (one goinig through my fingernail, mind you [which for the record, hurts like a biotch]) from merely adjusting my brakes.

    So, the moral of the story here is to stop the wheel from turning before adjusting the pads on your disc brakes. Yea, obvious to me, too, now that i almost sliced part of my finger off.

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    Ash,
    I did the same thing! I only took the tip of my finger off but it still bled like crazy. I was adjusting a bike at work, and happened to let my middle finger get a little too close to the disc. It was so quick you'd think it was a meat slicer. I learned my lesson that day. heal up friend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xKREDx
    just one word............................"OUCH"
    dude ii dont even have nuts and that makes me cringe!

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    My friend was coming down freelunch, at the very end where the cave is he caught the overhang under the forehead rim on his full face. It yanked his helmet off and knocked him out cold. couldn't do anything for 2 weeks because his face was so swollen and bruised. i have a reminder on my helmet also to duck when you come out of the cave.

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    sorry, wrong forum

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    Just got back from South Dakota and Colorado, first time mountain biking in either state. I did all the fun stuff around Colorado Springs area that I could find on my new Redline 29er (D660). I had just finished riding everything I could in Palmer Park, I rode the easy stuff and the intermediate stuff with my gf. She was afraid so I did the hardest stuff myself, and met her in the parking lot. On the ride down the dirt/gravel road from the upper part I took my hands off the bars, reached around back for something out of my rear packet and looked at her to make sure she was there. She hollered "look out there's a car" and I reacted foolishly and grabbed all front brake with my free hand. I landed just in front of the car, the horrified woman got out and was all frantic, and my gf was too. I got back up as quick as I could, made sure the bike was rideable, and took off quickly out of embarrassment.
    I guess the irony is that I'm riding all these hard trails, and I bail out on a flat smooth road.
    A couple quick pics, since everyone like fresh road rash

    (The worst part came later, we were making s'mores and she was using a fork to roast the marshmallows over the grill. I ate one of the fork and burned my lower lip, that was actually the worst pain that night)
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    OH YEAH! MEAT!! Looks deeeeeeelicious!

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    Was on simple climb, front wheel on a embedded rock rear on trail & lost bal. falling on my side, wrist taking the blow. Fractured & Bruise on my pride.

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    Lamest injury I've ever had was riding along a pretty flat sectioon of the trail with a series of smooth s-bends, with a wide, smooth left turn at the end. It had rained some the day before, but nothing big, and this trail dries quickly. I go around the left turn, and there's a patch of mud as I'm hitting the apex. Since it was a blind turn, I didn't even have time to think "Oh s***!!!!" before I hit it and my tires lose grip and I go completely horizontal. I hit the ground while still straddling the bike, and when I do hit the teeth on the big chainring bit right into the back of my calf, tearing about 10 or 12 4-5 inch gashes in my leg. I then have to finish the remaining 4 miles with blood dripping down my leg. the cuts were pretty bad, but nothing some gauze and antibiotic cream can't fix. The lame part came when my fiance saw it. She "grounded" me from my bike for the next week.
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    on one of my first tries on jumps, i decided to go for the big one, becausei was 13 and thought i could

    in the air, i go sideways and get clotheslined off my bmx by a tree trunk

    pretty lucky i have a hard head, cos i wasnt wearing a helmet :\ (do now o'cors )

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    I got a couple.

    1. Yesterday I came home from a ride and went to put my bottles in the fridge and spilt water all over my feet. I tore a paper towel to wipe it, and on the way back up WHACKED my head SO F'ING HARD on the bottom of the freezer door. I still have a sensitive knot on the back of my head. To add insult to injury, I gave myself frostbite with the frozen bag of green beans I used to bring down the swelling! (That'll teach me not to store food in a ultracold lab freezer.)
    2. Back in 2000, I think, I was downhilling in Whistler and hit a bump so hard I cracked the fork on my Kona, which resulted in the whole fork imploding and making me eat the whole mountain's worth of dirt. The bump was maybe half an inch.

    There's a whole lot more, though. Update later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by California L33
    ...which begs the question, how many of us have ridden our bikes in the home "Animal House" style? As for me- I'll take the fifth.
    So on this topic I was putting together a new/used bike (new for me used). Anyway it needed some parts. So I was trying to see if things were set up correctly.


    I was in the living room/dining room (wood floor).

    The brakes were installed, but I had not clamped the front brake handle onto the handlebar. There was no seat or post installed yer. I just wanted to make sure the suspension was working properly so I hopped in the bike. Reached my right hand over to a recliner to lean on and started hopping on the bike holding the front brake handle in my left hand and the handlebar as well.

    Anyway wouldn't you know it the front brake handle slips a bit in my hand letting bike move forward a tidge, recliner swivels on the base and reclines, I try frantically to pull brake handle and hold onto handlebar at the same time with left hand, front wheel comes off the ground and suddenly the front brake that is sketchy to begin with isn't working so well. Anyway I get ejected off the back catch the back of my knee on seat tube and cut it open fall onto the back of a wooden chair by the dining room table, bike shoots the other way spinning in the air and falls on an end table crushing one of the shifters.

    No serious injuries, but I was pretty bruised and sore from the chair and the seat tube as well. Pretty lame injury I would say.

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    I've got two that happened in the past week... no injuries, just pathetic falls.

    I was coming back from a short ride after just getting my new shoes and clipless pedals. Being lazy and not wanting to search for the correct metric allen wrench, I just used the closest sized standard one to tighten the bolts holding the cleats to my shoes. Naturally, they weren't screwed in as tightly as they should've been. More on that later. I went riding around my block just trying to get used to clipping in and out, and while riding back to my house, a screw fell out of my right shoe. As I went to stop because I was home, I went to unclip my right foot. Because a screw fell out, the cleat just rotated around the remaining screw. Because I was trying to unclip my right shoe, my bike started to lean to the right. Quick thinking, I unclipped my left shoe and began flailing with my left arm and leg to get the bike to lean to that side. It did, but I still fell. How do I fall to the left, on flat concrete, when my left shoe is unclipped and my right isn't? I have a bruise on my elbow and a sore left wrist still.

    Second was after a short ride on a towpath with my dad... I went to hop over a curb at a gas station on our way back to my grandma's house. The asphalt on one side of the curb was the same height as the hardpack dirt on the other side of the curb... I guess the curb was there only to separate the parking lot from the yard next to it. Anyway, I got my front tire over easy by doing a small pedal kick wheelie type thing, and as I leaned forward to make it easier to get the rear wheel over, my front tire got stuck in a rut just as I pulled up with my feet. Throw too much weight forward into the mix and over the bars I go. I put my hands out to break my fall, which they did. The right side of my face hit next, and then my chest. I was still clipped in to both pedals, so as my back bent like a pretzel, my knees bent and the bike landed on top of me. No injuries and no immediate pain, so as I lay there with my Kona on my back, still clipped in to both pedals, I begin laughing. My dad locks up his brakes and frantically asks if I'm okay. I told him I was fine as I got up, and then looked around to see if anyone was taking pictures or pointing and laughing, but no one was. I would've paid money to the person who caught it on video so I could put it on youtube. I still laugh about it.

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    Holy crap, I read all three pages. I've been guilty of most of these myself, my worst infraction landing me in the ER's burn unit, almost requiring skin grafts. Back when I was 13, I was haulin down a hill on the street when I noticed I was going fast enough that I was passing cars; speed limit is 35, so I must have been really moving. Anyhow, a tiny bump in the road induced the speed wobble (or death wobble to motorcyclists), and I went down fast. I slid about 50-60 feet, traffic in both directions came to a dead stop. I immediately got up, pumped with adrenaline, and fell over. I got up again, brushed off many offers for a ride to the ER and rode home with half a saddle and bent bars. Only when I got home did I realize how bad it was, I was jacked up! The adrenaline was beginning to wear off and the pain set in; I had lost skin on 1/3 of my back, my hip, both knees, elbows and shoulders. Apparently I had tucked and rolled. No head or neck injuries tho. I healed up within 6 weeks, kids have amazing healing factors I guess. Took the nurse 2 hours to pick all the glass and gravel bits out of my body as I lay sedated.

    So, some valuable lessons I can glean from everyone's injuries:

    1 - Wear that helmet!

    2 - don't stick a digit into a spinning brake rotor

    3 - if you're going to do a wheelie, unclip both feet. I was surprised at how many wheelie related injuries I read about here!

    4 - don't grab a fist-full of front brake!

    5 - keep the chain tension tight on your SS, and the chain-line straight

    6 - ditch the big ring and replace it with a bashguard. Upgrade that middle ring to a 34-36 if need be. Presto! No more chain ring injuries!

    7 - As counter intuitive as it sounds, tuck and protect your head when falling; extending an arm could result in injured hand/wrist/arm/shoulder. I was shocked at the number of wrist injuries I read about here!

    8 - Most of all, don't try to impress the hotties!

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    I'm guilty of #2... Sliced my finger 1/4" above the finger nail down to the bone. The only thing I was worrying about was stopping the bleeding enough so I could get in the house up to the bathroom quick enough to avoid my mom- she would have freaked. Got the bleeding stopped, and its healing fine. I'm just amazed that I was dumb enough to stick my finger in a spinning disc rotor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DedGuyRidin

    So, some valuable lessons I can glean from everyone's injuries:

    1 - Wear that helmet!

    2 - don't stick a digit into a spinning brake rotor

    3 - if you're going to do a wheelie, unclip both feet. I was surprised at how many wheelie related injuries I read about here!

    4 - don't grab a fist-full of front brake!

    5 - keep the chain tension tight on your SS, and the chain-line straight

    6 - ditch the big ring and replace it with a bashguard. Upgrade that middle ring to a 34-36 if need be. Presto! No more chain ring injuries!

    7 - As counter intuitive as it sounds, tuck and protect your head when falling; extending an arm could result in injured hand/wrist/arm/shoulder. I was shocked at the number of wrist injuries I read about here!

    8 - Most of all, don't try to impress the hotties!
    1-7 are easy to follow. Everyone is going to ignore #8... at least I will.

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    Well I failed at #4 2 weeks ago. I was riding down a nice straight hill with a hard right turn at the bottom and had decided to just let the bike go. Gravity takes over I'm having a blast going all of 25 mph or so and I decide I need to slow for the hard turn. Next thing I know I am upside down over the bars. I landed hard on my ass and continued forward onto my elbows before stopping. The bike went flying off into the bushes.

    I had some trail rash and a monster bruise on my ass. I also managed to hit my right heel really hard on the trail as I went over. I didn't think much of it at the time as my ass hurt more than anything else. A couple of days later I could barely walk with every step exploding in pain. The bruise has settled down now 2 weeks later, but I think i did some damage to the outer tendon/ligament because that part is not getting any better. That sucks worse than any of the other injuries. My ass just looks like crushed meat, my elbows are fine, and all the rest feels like new.

    The bike's front wheel was taco'd and the bars were knocked off kilter. I fixed the bars, and trued the wheel enough to limp home on it. I ended up building a new wheel as it was a loss. I also lost my favorite water bottle and broke my sunglasses. Boo hoo on those.

    All because I was a MORON with the front brake. I mean I know exactly what I did and it feels like such an amateur mistake. Aside from a brake bleed and a rebuilt wheel the bike's fine. I will be...my pride will heal in time also.

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    Not my injuries, but someone close to me, both the same person (she's an accident magnet);

    1. My riding buddy Sandy recently got a new Turner 5 Spot, and was testing out the RS Revelation in front of the bike shop. She wheeled the bike out the door and kicked off a relatively high curb, and the wheel slipped out of the dropouts, making ther land on the fork and spraining her wrist and almost giving her whiplash.
    2. She healed pretty quickly (she got the bike maybe a month and a half ago) and we got the crew together to go for a ride, and all she needed was to install new Time ATAC XS pedals she'd gotten in the mail the previous day. Well, she struggled with the wrench until it jolted downward, and she slashed the bottom of her arm, leaving a good four inch gash on the bottom of her right forearm. We all had a good laugh about that.

    Plus, today I earned my 16th chainring gash on my leg. Stupid sharp teeth.
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain_bomber156
    Not my injuries, but someone close to me, both the same person (she's an accident magnet);

    1. My riding buddy Sandy recently got a new Turner 5 Spot, and was testing out the RS Revelation in front of the bike shop. She wheeled the bike out the door and kicked off a relatively high curb, and the wheel slipped out of the dropouts, making ther land on the fork and spraining her wrist and almost giving her whiplash.
    2. She healed pretty quickly (she got the bike maybe a month and a half ago) and we got the crew together to go for a ride, and all she needed was to install new Time ATAC XS pedals she'd gotten in the mail the previous day. Well, she struggled with the wrench until it jolted downward, and she slashed the bottom of her arm, leaving a good four inch gash on the bottom of her right forearm. We all had a good laugh about that.

    Plus, today I earned my 16th chainring gash on my leg. Stupid sharp teeth.
    That # 1 is a suite in the making.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigred67
    That # 1 is a suite in the making.
    yep. She's since switched to a DT SWISS XMC130 (she's a racer type).
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    it was raining hard two weeks ago. tried to climb a gutter. apparently my angle of approach is wrong. deeply scraped knee. FAIL

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    I've got quite a few,but there is one that I will NEVER forget.I'm a Clyde,at 6'7" 280lbs.So this one involves riding too small a frame.I had the seat jacked up past the minimum insertion point in the frame.I was doing sprints,and wound out in my highest gear,go to sit down,and the seat comes out of the frame.I did what "Jack Hass" did.I fell on the back tire,and gave myself a "power wedgie from hell",and used my ass,and nuts for brakes.

    After sliding across a pot hole,I tore the ass right out of my shorts.At first I couldn't figure why people were driving by,and honking.I came to realize that my ass was completely exposed,for everyone to see.The emergency room at the local hospital was right down the street,and I needed to get some help,so I walk in with my bare butt out in the open.I had huge road rash that needed to be scrubbed out,and an x-ray of my wrist.

    After the scrubbing of the road rash all over my body,I called my buddy to come pick me up.My shorts were destroyed,and because of my height,they did not have a gown long enough to cover my privates.At this point the only solution was to make a Toga like gown out of a bed sheet!When my friend gets there he sees me, and starts laughing so hard I thought he was going to pee! It was horrible,because I was all bandaged up,and wearing this damn sheet,like a Toga.I had to walk past everyone in the lobby like this,go outside,and walk across the street to my buddies car.The sight of me stopped traffic! I get to his car,he's almost crying,from laughter,pulls out a camera,and starts taking pictures! 'He still has them somewhere".

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    Bwa ha ha! I think we have a winner here! I laughed, anyway!
    SPD shoes, pedals, cleats and the experience of going clipless. (a work in progress - let me know if I missed something!)

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    Spankin new to the scene of MBing I buy a 09 Giant Trance x3, my first bike. It comes stock with crankbrothers egg beater clip pedals. Not knowing anything about them i "install" the clips on the shoes 20deg unclip set. This is the first time i ride the bike!

    So im "riding" in front of my house at midnight, some change falls out of my pocket, i turned around and went to stop and pick it up, realizing im clipped I panic with struggle to get off the bike I fall hard on my side like a sack of potatoes still clipped in. The funny thing is while all this was happening my neighbor was turning in his drive way watching, he pulls up beside me asking if i was ok and im like yeah im alright its jus the bike. i couldnt get unclipped and hes just starring at me with the car running like i was wasted off my a$$. hes like r you sure you dont need help? ,so my brother runs over and gives me a hand, and im trying to regain my pride at that moment.

    Gosh thaat was the single most embarrassing thing ever, just aquard. lol ,,i can still see the look on his face like WTF is this dudes problem, like i did it on purpose.

    I was left with a masssive bruise on my thigh from the seat, took about 2 weeks to heal completely.

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    Came up a hill littered with rocks lost balanced (cliped in) fell over. Got a bruise the size of a softball and very deep purple on my hip, I also got a mild case of tendinitis.

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    That knee is going to take a minute to heal.Then you burn your lip on top of that?That's when you just say F--- it,and call it a day!

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    Ive had a few..

    On one occasion, I was on my mountain bike in the middle of the street.. ( An exceptionally tall mountain bike)... I had just been in a car wreck the day before, and had a concussion...

    I saw this chick.. ( She was Nice-aaa).. She was parked across the street by the curb... Their were no other cars, so....!!

    I decided I was going to wheel-ie right past her..

    I got up the momentum.. Noticed that she saw me.. She got out of her car and just slowly began to walk across the street.. As she did.. I pulled up the front end of the bike.. And as I went by her attempting a wheel-ie.. All I remember was flying backwards, for what seemed about 55 seconds.., as I was launched into outer space, and heading.. back down to earth, I could see seagulls flying past.. thats how high off the ground I was... then, as the G forces culminated..

    I landed squarely on my face in an unusually contorted position..........

    She just looked at me.. Staring at me.., as I was laying in the middle of the street with ( spittle, running from my mouth-uss..).. Then she walked away....
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    i was at the bike shop i work at building a new bike we were going to sell that had the bmx trap peddles on it and when i was getting the serial number some one spun the wheel backwards and the peddle came around and put a hole through my upper lip and just about broke my nose it sucked

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    lamest way i hurt my self would be i a hurt my hand at work when i smashed it with metal pole.
    i couldent ride far a week

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    my stupid friend at school knocked me of my skate board by jumping on the back the jumping off causing me to do a back flip and land on my wrist and have not bin able to move it for like 3 weeks because every time it gets a little better i try to ride my bike and i go off a cliff or jump and mess it up again
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    Impailed by Branch

    I have to tell this one!

    I was about 13 years old and riding around town with my buddies. A branch got stuck in the rear wheel of my Diamondback Outlook MTB and I pulled it out. I started to hit it against my front spokes making a "motorcycle" sound (like you used to do with baseball cards on BMX bikes). Suddenly the branch shot back and into my inner thigh about an inch deep. My friend and I both tried pulling on it but it was in there good! Mind you there was about a foot and half of other branches extending from the main branch. A cop happened to be driving by and called an ambulance. They pulled it out and stitched me up. They said it was close to the artery going down my leg and that I could've bled out if it hit it and then yanked it out. I believe I still have the end of the branch lying around somwhere!

    Currently suffering from back spasms which is why I'm on here.

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    Twisted my ankle walking around a bush to take a pee out of view of the trailhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by California L33
    ...which begs the question, how many of us have ridden our bikes in the home "Animal House" style? As for me- I'll take the fifth.
    I have! My house the living room and kitchen are connected at each end so you can ride a complete loop.

    When my wife was out doing errands, I got my bike out of the garage and my stepson 11 years old at the time got my daughter's bike and we went riding loops and loops. I even taped it just to get a rouse out of the wife who was not too happy with our activities! LOL.

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    PS - My worst two biking injuries were:

    When I was 10, me and my friend were riding our bikes in the trailer park and we were weaving in and out of driveways. Well, I weaved into one just as the owner was pulling in and my face made sweet love to the front grill of his Ford Mustang. I was laid out on the ground and my friend ran over to get my folks. Dad and mom came running over and mom thought I was dead because I had so much blood on my face. Just a few stiches and I was back at home.

    When I was a teenager, there was two hills in the back of the trailer park where me and the friends would go jump bikes. I had done these jumps so many times I could do them in my sleep. I got on my bike and was haulin' butt..did the first hill jump perfectly...Then got to the second hill which was a lot larger jump than the first. When I hit it for some reason my bike went right and I went left? I landed on my left wrist and sprained the crap out of it - It hurt like you wouldn't believe.

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    Disk Break

    After about 3 days of riding the Kokapelli trails out in Fruita, we were gearing up for a shuttle to take us up to the top of a road to take one more downhill before we have to go back to school. While taking off my front wheel from my bike i wasn't thinking and didn't grab the frame when my bike started to fall and my disk brake cut the tip of my finger off.

    It took about a week before I could get back on my bike and race 24 in Moab, but I don't have a fingernail for 6 months

    Any ideas on cooler stories about how i could have hurt my finger, this one is true, but it is kind of lame considering this is my worst injury and i have been biking for about 4 years.

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    A finger cannot be used to stop a rotor

    So, i was adjusting the disc brakes on my wife's bike before we hit the trails. Somehow, when I was not paying attention, while the wheel was spinning, I went to grab the tire to stop the wheel and managed to get my finger caught in the rotor. I almost cut my index finger off at the first knuckle. Luckily, I only ripped out the entire nail and a giant gash across the entire first knuckle. Looks like I'll be off the bike until next week sometime...bummer!

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    bootie injury

    It was a rainy/ cold evening commute home from work on Wed and I wore my booties over my SPD shoes to keep my feet and shoes dry.

    Booties are snug around my spd shoes, so you have to use some force to pull 'em on and off. ..... Well, I made it home safely and as I'm tugging and yanking on the bootie to get it off, my thumb nail jammed right into the spd cleat. Nearly pulled out the nail and hurt like a $**#@. !
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    OK... I was recovering nicely from a dislocated shoulder, grade 3 A/C separation, 3 broken ribs and a concussion sustained in a righteous MTB accident. I am about 2 weeks into my recovery and rehab. Come home from my physical therapy torture session and go to take a shower. We are living in Spain at the time and the shower is a stand up version and very small. Luxuriating in the hot water, my a$$ hits the lever that controls the water knocking it to full hot. I attempt to bail out of the shower in my feeble state, get caught up in the shower curtain, rip it down, fall and strike my head on the towel rack on the opposite wall. My wife comes in the bathroom and there I am lying butt naked on the floor, wrapped up in a shower curtain and covered in blood from the laceration above my eye. She just shakes her head, starts laughing and tells me she will go get the carÖ
    A beginner since 1976

    I still have to explain to my wife how a 46 year old likes to get down and play in the mud.

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    I have been riding for 15 years and ALL of my worst crashes have occured riding on the street near where I lived.

    My worst lame injury happend while I was going to the University of FL. I has a Gary Fisher Mt. Tam at the time. I had been riding with the latest Oury clipless pedals for a couple months. I took to them easily and never had any crashes on the trails.

    I used to time trial my route from work to home every day so I was going full tilt in a standing sprint in the big rig on the concrete side walks in front of Criser Hall when one of my feet just popped out of the pedals. I then stood on it with all my weight at almost 30mph. I flew over the bars and landed with my arms folded under my chest and slid on them over the concrete for a few feet. I don't know how I managed to keep my face off the ground. The tops of both hands and both forearms had no skin on them when I got up.

    I had to knock of the door of my apartment and have my girlfriend let me in becuase I was in too much pain to reach in my pockets and get my keys.

    Thats was in 1995 and I still have the scars.

    It seems the urethane elastomers that pushed the retention plates against the cleats on Oury pedals wore out really fast and unexpected releases were a common problem. They stopped selling them for that reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hass
    A couple of years ago I was riding my bike in front of my house without a seat and post. I decided I would try to stop the bike by putting my a$$ on the rear wheel.

    The rear wheel grabbed a hold of my shorts and sucked them into the seatstays along with my a$$ and nuts.

    The bike came to a skidding stop!

    You have just got to be American! Thick as pig ****!

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    i went out to jmp in oakland to ride with dogonfr and a buddy of mine, ate it real nice in the first turn of cindy and got back up to see my hand looking like this


    got a splint, had some pins put in later


    got a cast on for three weeks, then a splint that i can ride in



    btw, FF helmet for the win,

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    I had a really lame "Special Ed" type wreck about two months ago.I was cruising along at about 10 mph,and decided to sprint across the street by my local mall.There was a car coming,and I didn't want to wait,so I dropped a gear,and mashed on it."Crack"....the chain snapped,my weight went forward,and I rode a nose wheelie,while all my weight was on my nuts,which slammed into the stem.

    I hit the street like a sack of hammers.I tried to get up as quickly as possible,so no one sees it."Yeah right"....I look over,and there was a whole bus stop full of people laughing.I'm sure that my nose wheelie while suspended by the nut sack,made someone's day.It sure is amazing how I ride hard downhill etc,with no consequences,but totally wreck sack at 10 mph.....

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    Okay,I raised the bar for my lamest wreck,and injury EVER in over 20 years of riding.Took a shortcut through a local park last night at about 10 p.m. being it was really cold,and I wanted to get back to the house a-little sooner.I saw a patch of green down below the street,and figured I would jump down the embankment...about 4 feet down,land on the grass,and keep going.I picked a good line between two trees,compressed the suspension right before the lip,so I could get as much air as possible......The launch was perfect...BUT....while in the air on the way down,in an instant I knew something was way wrong.
    The patch of green I saw,and thought was grass,was actually a layer of algae floating on top of the duckpond.... Yup...I landed right in the middle of a festering duck s--t filled pond! The bottom was super slick with algae,and s--t,so I slid head first under water,and slammed head first into the concrete on the other side."Thank God I had my helmet on.After I recovered from the shock of the cold water,I yacked my guts out because I got ducks--t water in my mouth......

    My very next thought was OH NO my bike! Turns out my Niterider Minewt,actually stayed on fully submerged in the depths of the s--t filled pond,so I was able to recover my ride.The light still works!!!!! I was cold as s--t during the remainder of the ride home.... No sooner do I walk my sorry waterlogged ass through the front door..the Mrs. sees me,and just lost it... You just gotta love this sport....

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    1. My friend stopped on a downhill, used a dead cactus to hold himself up! It broke up and he tumbled maybe 10' ft. twisted an ankle.
    2. I was a first timer on my clip in's. Blowing down a fast long downhill fireroad! Doing about 25 MPH maybe more? The long left sweeper needed a dab as I was washing out. When the dust settled I was fully clipped in.
    3. This one time at band camp! I was blowing down a fast downhill strait, it was hot out, my shirt that was tied to my top tube came loose and found it's way onto the back of my front tire and I was flippin catipulted. The girls that came by ten minutes later on horses asked! "Sir are you ok?" I said yes but I need to lie here for a tad longer! Then they asked where is your bike? I didn't care yet. Chicks on horses, I thought I died and was in heaven.
    4. I was on a 1988-ish rockhopper. There was a down hill that had a perfect smooth swooping bottom that went back up the other side. If you gained enough momentum you could make the top without mashing. My fat a$$ was too much for the poor Hopper! I pile drived rim & fork into the ground with my partners at the top ROTFLTAO. More later. PS Good times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSwede
    Okay,I raised the bar for my lamest wreck,and injury EVER in over 20 years of riding.Took a shortcut through a local park last night at about 10 p.m. being it was really cold,and I wanted to get back to the house a-little sooner.I saw a patch of green down below the street,and figured I would jump down the embankment...about 4 feet down,land on the grass,and keep going.I picked a good line between two trees,compressed the suspension right before the lip,so I could get as much air as possible......The launch was perfect...BUT....while in the air on the way down,in an instant I knew something was way wrong.
    The patch of green I saw,and thought was grass,was actually a layer of algae floating on top of the duckpond.... Yup...I landed right in the middle of a festering duck s--t filled pond! The bottom was super slick with algae,and s--t,so I slid head first under water,and slammed head first into the concrete on the other side."Thank God I had my helmet on.After I recovered from the shock of the cold water,I yacked my guts out because I got ducks--t water in my mouth......

    My very next thought was OH NO my bike! Turns out my Niterider Minewt,actually stayed on fully submerged in the depths of the s--t filled pond,so I was able to recover my ride.The light still works!!!!! I was cold as s--t during the remainder of the ride home.... No sooner do I walk my sorry waterlogged ass through the front door..the Mrs. sees me,and just lost it... You just gotta love this sport....
    Too funny! Glad your noggin is OK! My friend Kelly riding a XR-600 Honda by himself went under a overpass tunnel. He tells me the ground had a perfect dirt look!!! Turns out it was a 15' foot hole filled with water, frozen, and wind sent dirt covering the ice. He vanished under the ice in a second. As he tells it! He thought the world came to an end. He was a tad cold!!! Flagged down a car, got a ride to the house and we went to winch it out. Ever go under ice and try to grapple a scoot with rope? Pain kinda cold!! Life is saaweeeeettt!

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    ^^ Both of those sound mush worse than mine today, however, I had just grabbed the bike to spin my way to university, hadn't been on the bike for a few days so was excited to be out and having some fun. Decided to make the 10 minute ride to class as fun as possible so I started pumping some turns, it was on tarmac so I figured I had a lot of grip and pulled a fast left hander downhill, the gritters had been out and before I knew it my bike had slid out from under me and I smacked chin first into the road.

    Not even 100 meters from my flat and I was bleeding profusely, time to go clean up! I guess thats what I get for noticing I haven't crashed for a while.
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    riding lower ladies only 8 weeks ago today... did a fun little techy ladder to a rooty rock face .. steep little ditty.. then in to some more steeps tapering a lame little right hand corner. . while in the pouring rain, my front wheel finally washed out on some loose rock and big tree roots..i flew 20 feet across and 20 feet down ... landing in some dead fall... right after that, a big rock rolles slowly down and runs right in to my back. . . the end result should have been horrible, but i just broke the radial head of my elbow joint... my leatt brace and elbow pads and knee pads helped im assuming and helmet is still good to go ..

    morrrral of this story is 8 weeks later, i rode a AM ride today and was pain free... well mostly.. and i have never been more stoked to ride!!! never let an injury or bad crash stop the passion you have for biking .. someone told me that but i cna't remember ...

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    this thread makes me feel better...

    After an appropriately named safety meeting at the crest of a long climb yesterday, I lower the seat, let wheels start to flow down the hill, and just as I was picking up some speed I reach down across my body with my left hand to un-lock the front shock - and whoa, wobble, overcorrect, and slam myself high side into the ground. Lucky I did not break something...sheesh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by randomborvo
    riding lower ladies only 8 weeks ago today... did a fun little techy ladder to a rooty rock face .. steep little ditty.. then in to some more steeps tapering a lame little right hand corner. . while in the pouring rain, my front wheel finally washed out on some loose rock and big tree roots..i flew 20 feet across and 20 feet down ... landing in some dead fall... right after that, a big rock rolles slowly down and runs right in to my back. . . the end result should have been horrible, but i just broke the radial head of my elbow joint... my leatt brace and elbow pads and knee pads helped im assuming and helmet is still good to go ..

    morrrral of this story is 8 weeks later, i rode a AM ride today and was pain free... well mostly.. and i have never been more stoked to ride!!! never let an injury or bad crash stop the passion you have for biking .. someone told me that but i cna't remember ...
    Glad to hear your okay...rolling rocks just suck! Come to think of it,after a recent conversation with an friend about the old days..we had one of those "remember when" chats.This one involves us racing to baseball practice as kids because we were late.Anyway we were flying down the local bike path...I had a bat stretched across my handlebars,and we had to go through a set of posts,and onto the street before the next section of path.The bat was TOO LONG! I clothes lined myself big time...did a complete back flip...still made the practice though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hass
    A couple of years ago I was riding my bike in front of my house without a seat and post. I decided I would try to stop the bike by putting my a$$ on the rear wheel.

    The rear wheel grabbed a hold of my shorts and sucked them into the seatstays along with my a$$ and nuts.

    The bike came to a skidding stop!
    That is THE funniest thing i have ever heard!
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    Mine happened a few weeks ago. We were at a park with the kids, and as we were finishing up I saw a kid riding by on his bike, some distance away. I remarked to my wife that you could tell that his bike was put together by an idiot, because the fork was installed backwards. My wife was all, "how can you tell that from here?" And I was all, "trust me, I work on my bikes all the time, and I think I should know what it looks like when a bike is put together wrong."

    The next day, I was out on my SS with my five year old tooling around in the street, with a bunch of my family around. I had just done some work on the bike, so I was happy to be getting it out and riding it again. Of course, I decided that I needed to impress everyone with my mad skillz, so I started hopping curbs, doing little bunny hops, etc. On about the fourth or fifth curb, my front tire hit awkwardly and turned sideways--not too big of a deal, except for the fact that the handlebars stayed pointing straight. The bike stopped and I went OTB, landing painfully in the middle of the road with a crunch on my right side, with the bike on top of me.

    After making sure that nothing was broken, my wife was kind enough to voice exactly what was going through my head: "You know," she said with a wry smile, "it's kind of funny that the guy who was bragging about being a good bike mechanic yesterday just had a nasty spill, because he didn't do a good job putting his bike together." Thanks, sweetie.

    Perhaps the funniest part of the episode occurred after it was over. Walking back up the driveway, the rest of the family gathered around to see if I was okay. "Yeah, I'm fine," I responded, "the most painful thing is my bruised ego." To which my four year old nephew promptly responded, "whoah, can we see it?"
    Don't take anything I say seriously.

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    Two days ago I was filling my tires before a ride. My pump head got stuck on the valve stem. I started pulling on it and it let go and my hand nailed my brake rotor. So instead of riding, I spent 2 hours in the ER. For now I have stitches and a splint...just until I go to a hand specialist in two days to have the tendon I cut repaired.

    I'm now going to miss my first race and may need to cancel a 4 day riding/camping trip in August. This is beyond frustrating!!!

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    Hope Endo after hitting a big rock

    This is lame...I'm still not riding due to suffering a huge contusion to my right shin after flipping over after hitting a big rock on a flat single track area in Malibu Creek. This is 6 weeks ago, then I re-injured after braking suddenly and did not un-clip fast enough...then it got infected, I had to have minor surgery. Now, I have a huge 3cm x 3cm hole on the right side of my leg, they had to scrape the necrotic tissue down to the muscle. (my mind was saying "do not hit the big rock, do not hit the big rock...", and what did I do? Hit the big rock. duh.

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    Ended my hang gliding adventures

    I used to go cross-country hang gliding in central Arizona and my mountain bike was often my backup on days when the weather turned bad for flying. One day it was so windy before leaving home that I canceled my plans for hang gliding that weekend and figured I would just do an easy mtb ride in a park I had never been to.

    So off I went to ride the new-to-me trail I knew nothing about and 2 hours into the enjoyable ride it gets pretty steep downhill and rocky. The rocks got bigger as I got closer. All I know is as soon as the front tire hit a big rock, I found myself lying on my back next to a barrel cactus with blood pouring out of two of my fingers, on my back staring at the dusty sky I had planned days before to be hang gliding in.

    I rode/walked for another hour to get back to the parking lot, washed up what looked like just two deep cuts on both fingers, put on a finger brace I had in my kit, wrapped them up, went home, unpacked, washed the cuts real good and noticed they went down to the finger bones. Hmmm, better get to the ER to have it looked at. There I hear "we're going to have to get you into surgery right away." Who? "See these two little white things sticking out? They're ligaments and they need to be stitched back together or you'll lose mobility in your hand." Oh, thanks, I should have gone hang gliding today is all I could think of.

    So I did the hand surgery so glad my health insurance paid the eye-popping bills, wore a funky cast on my hand that instantly turned into a puppet at work, went through a month of rehab exercises, never fully recovered the solid grip I needed to continue my hang gliding, all my landings afterwards sucked, often leading to other minor injuries, and later decided to quit hang gliding before killing myself. All because I couldn't ride over one rock on a day I should have gone hang gliding.
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    Trying to put my biking shoes on without loosening the laces first, pulled up hard on the heel tab, hand slipped, punched myself squa in the nuts.

    About 5 minutes later I was able to finish putting the shoes on and start the ride

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    So... This didn't happen on my MTB, but its the best "wost" story I can muster (amongst MANY other injuries, as we've all had). Up here in northern Minnesota, me and my friends used to do what we called SnowMoBoarding in the winter. We were all big freestyle snowboard guys, but couldn't always make it to the local hill.

    So, if you can picture wakeboarding... with a tow rope off the back of a snowmobile in a giant field, getting pulled up to 10-15 foot doubles and big step-ups then you've got an accurate mental picture.

    Anyway.... You can imagine what would happen if that tow rope got hooked on your back binding while you were standing up, and the person driving the snowmobile took off, like you were ready to start your pull... Thats what happened to me. I was standing on glare ice, and when the slack in the line ran out, and I realized it was caught on my back foot, I had exactly enough time to do NOTHING to stop my inevitable face plant on the ice.... 2 hours later and the bleeding finally stopped. I had put my bottom 4 front teeth through my bottom lip, and smashed up the rest of my face pretty good. Didn't head to the hospital, and I have a kinda nasty scar to prove it lol. I'm the type of person that doesn't like to go the hospital for flesh wounds... for better or worse lol...
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    This happened about a year ago, when I had just gotten my "new" Raleigh M20 MTB, my old bikes front brakes didn't work. When I was first riding it, I was going downhill about 20 MPH, then I braked with both pedals, I flipped head over heels straight onto my a$$ then skidded about 15 feet before getting up. I had huge road burns all over my legs, twisted my ankle, but the funny thing was, my bikes kickstand had deployed, and it was standing straight up.

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    Extra Terrestrial

    Early eighties, a few days (maybe even the first day) into the release of the movie ET.
    Directly across from the couple HUNDRED+ people waiting to buy tickets at the movie theater... The line went around the block, literally.

    20 MPH or so, in traffic... as in holding the lane... on my Nishiki 10 speed...
    Lean up, turn head right, holler "hey" and wave to a friend I see walking down sidewalk.
    He yells back "Look out!!!"

    Still pedaling, I ride directly into the back of a late model car that had stopped in front of me, waiting to turn left, the same direction as the "movie" line.

    Expecting to be scolded (or beaten... it was a nice car) by the driver, I still remember him coming around the back of the car, looking directly at me, ignoring any potential damage to his car, and asking me if I was OK... as if I was his own son.... he was genuinely afraid I was seriously hurt. Must have felt like being hit by another car.

    Ah, to be young... Crippled the bike but I was OK. An hour or so later I had a grotesque bruise on the inside of my left forearm. It started near my wrist and was "opposite" the muscles near my elbow. Made my forearm look like a compressed, backwards "S". I won't pretend to remember the other aches and pains, but if I could meet the man who's car I hit, I'd tell him his kindness has remained vivid for nearly thirty years now...

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    Trying to remove seized chainring bolts, flathead screwdriver in the slots on the back.
    Slipped, screwdriver into the forearm, about 2 inches in, poked the bone.
    Bone not chipped, missed median nerve, missed all veins missed all tendons, lucky as hell.

    That stupid tiny little slip of metal that park tools sells as a chainring bolt remover is looking like it's worth every penny right now.
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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