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    Lamest Biking Injury Ever

    i had just come back from a pretty decent ride and pulled into my driveway. went up to my roof rack to get the bike down and on the way up SLAMMED my right hand into the frame of the rear window of the car. at this point i did what i've seen everyone in sports do, i dropped to the ground and started crying like a baby. one of the most painful things ever. i regained my composure after 10 minutes or so and went inside for some comfort from my wife. we put ice on it thinking it was just really bruised and went about our day (but jesus did it hurt). i never really thought it was broken because i could still move my fingers, but i did notice my grip was really weak. that was on a saturday. as the week wore on the pain subsided, the swelling went down (slightly), but i could still sense something was wrong. a few days ago i wanted to go for a ride and tried to test my grip on my bike. the result was searing pain. finally went to the doc this past friday for xrays. today i got the call that the results are in and yes indeed i fractured my hand. i go to get it set and patched up on wednesday, but i guess my season is over now , or at least the warm weather riding...

    its ironic that i throw myself down a mountain regularly, encounter bears, snakes, stupid people, huge rocks etc. and have never been seriously hurt other than a couple of chipped teeth, scrapes, bruises and the occasional stitch, but getting the bike off the roof of my car results in a fractured hand. it reminds me of these baseball players that go on the dl because of an injury sustained while taking out the garbage. oh well, guess there's nothing to do but laugh at it. anyone else have any stupid bike related (kind of) injuries to help cheer me up?

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    My bro's bike has a crappy set of V brakes, so when he took his mates hydrolic disk brake equipped bike for a spin around the car park, he didnt expect the to come to a sudden stop and smacked his nuts on the head stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekFan
    i had just come back from a pretty decent ride and pulled into my driveway. went up to my roof rack to get the bike down and on the way up SLAMMED my right hand into the frame of the rear window of the car. at this point i did what i've seen everyone in sports do, i dropped to the ground and started crying like a baby. one of the most painful things ever. i regained my composure after 10 minutes or so and went inside for some comfort from my wife. we put ice on it thinking it was just really bruised and went about our day (but jesus did it hurt). i never really thought it was broken because i could still move my fingers, but i did notice my grip was really weak. that was on a saturday. as the week wore on the pain subsided, the swelling went down (slightly), but i could still sense something was wrong. a few days ago i wanted to go for a ride and tried to test my grip on my bike. the result was searing pain. finally went to the doc this past friday for xrays. today i got the call that the results are in and yes indeed i fractured my hand. i go to get it set and patched up on wednesday, but i guess my season is over now , or at least the warm weather riding...

    its ironic that i throw myself down a mountain regularly, encounter bears, snakes, stupid people, huge rocks etc. and have never been seriously hurt other than a couple of chipped teeth, scrapes, bruises and the occasional stitch, but getting the bike off the roof of my car results in a fractured hand. it reminds me of these baseball players that go on the dl because of an injury sustained while taking out the garbage. oh well, guess there's nothing to do but laugh at it. anyone else have any stupid bike related (kind of) injuries to help cheer me up?

    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hass
    The rear wheel grabbed a hold of my shorts and sucked them into the seatstays along with my a$$ and nuts.
    Bwahahahaha!!!!

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    the lamo mounting brackets that come w/ certain models of specialized cycling computers have sharp edges--prone to cause lamo injuries. spec's product managers/purchasers would do well to come up w/ a less lame manufacturer so its consumers would suffer less lamo injuries at its hands.

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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.
    You really earned your handle that day.
    We all get it in the end.

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    Almost as stupid

    Have you ever banged your head really hard on the end of your bike rack........like really hard. I smacked my head on the end, of course in a crowded parking lot before a race and had an egg size knot on my head......very painful when trying to squeeze my noggin into a helmet.

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    Get this one.

    My friend and I had just finished riding Porcupine rim from town and we had both endo'd pretty hard on the ride, but no significant injuries to speak of. When we were pulling into town into our campspot (one of the ones in town) he takes the corner pretty fast, all of the knobs shred off his front and rear tires and he goes down at about 20, ripping his shorts and giving him road rash from his foot up to his shoulder. I told him it was the let down after completing such a good ride, definitely one I won't forget.

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    While moving at a whopping 0 mph

    I managed to cut my leg. Needed 17 stitches to close.

    I was climbing a steep hill and stopped to wait for my friends to catchup. Unclipped my left foot and put it down on a very jagged rock. A portion of the rock crumbled under my foot and all my weight concentrated onto the left side of my calf. Rocks were very sharp and cut me like a knife.
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well

    I was coming around a corner last friday, washed out, and broke my right hand as well.

    TrekFan--- how long are you down for? I'm looking at about six weeks or so.....

    bummed.
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    I inverted my foot

    I twisted the crap out of my ankle while loading my bike on the roof racks. This was the day after I built it up, and was going to be the maiden ride. It fully swolen and turned black and blue like I have never seen before.

    I had really crappy med insurance at the time... like you pay for the first $2000 and then it kicks in. I was unemployed at the time. I sent pix to my bro-in-law who was an emergency room doctor. He said it was prolly fine, just support it, ice it and stay off of it.

    I was off for two weeks, and wore an ankle brace for another 3 weeks after that.

    Oh, and back when I used a hatchback rack, I used to clobber myself all the time. I got the hatch open (VW GTi) getting my gear out, getting ready for a ride. I got it all, and slam the hatch shut... when the rack hits me on the head. Even with a helmet on, it hurts. Impy got nailed by it too. I stopped using it.

    Of course, there was the time when I first got clipless pedals. In the parking lot before the ride, I tipped and scraped the crap out of my knee. It was nearly as bad as any scrape I got on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtygrl
    Have you ever banged your head really hard on the end of your bike rack........like really hard. I smacked my head on the end, of course in a crowded parking lot before a race and had an egg size knot on my head......very painful when trying to squeeze my noggin into a helmet.
    I have two....

    (1)I had my bike on a trunk rack not too long ago. After a ride, I loaded my bike on the rack and went for coffee. I had put my wallet and money in the trunk. Obviously, to get coffee I had to get the money out. I was so tired, I didnt remove the bike, but muscled the trunk open with the bike and rack still on it. I looked in... got the money... backed my head out... LET THE TRUNK FALL - The bike and rack, together, hit me on the face and forehead. Luckily, no major damage. Just scrapes and bumbs.

    (2)I was doing wheelies on the sidewalk in front of my house. Pulled hard on the bars - pedaled hard - COULDN'T CLIP-OUT. Fell flat on my back - no camelbak to break the fall. Fractured three vertebrae. Out for 6 weeks. Finally, riding again.

    I was thinking the same thing - rocks, boulders, downhills, switchbacks - scrapes and bruises. Sidewalk = Broken Back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SabbathU71
    (1)I had my bike on a trunk rack not too long ago. After a ride, I loaded my bike on the rack and went for coffee. I had put my wallet and money in the trunk. Obviously, to get coffee I had to get the money out. I was so tired, I didnt remove the bike, but muscled the trunk open with the bike and rack still on it. I looked in... got the money... backed my head out... LET THE TRUNK FALL - The bike and rack, together, hit me on the face and forehead. Luckily, no major damage. Just scrapes and bumbs.
    Did pretty much the same thing once. Two bikes on the rack, it knocked me to my knees.

    But not as bad as the time I knocked my self unconcious picking up a cat. First thing in the morning one of my hungry cats is bugging me and I bend over to pick it up as I'm walking out of my bedroom. I slammed my head into the doorframe and came too on the floor. Cat was staring a me a foot away. Probably wondering if I was dead and could it eat me.
    We all get it in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekFan
    . anyone else have any stupid bike related (kind of) injuries to help cheer me up?
    Turned my head to the left to do a farmers blow with my right hand over my nostril. Lost it on a bump on the otherwise smooth trail. Severe endo - broken crossmax spoke, smacked both ankles with something - handlebar? Skinned knee. Worse was I tore the tendon off the last digit of my pinky finger - ouch.

    Worse still, I had to explain to the office mates that I have a splint on my finger because I was blowing my nose while riding my bike and crashed.

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    Mine was lame, public, and painful.

    I was getting used to a 24" wheelset on a jump bike, just tooling around on a sidewalk. Coming up to an intersection I started S-turns to cut speed for the traffic light, and the toe of my inside foot caught the cement. Foot was pulled off pedal as I was still pedaling, and it came back around and raked the back of my bare leg (wearing shorts) from back of knee to bottom of heel, yanking off my shoe. I got 3 huge bloody gashes from my pedal pins all down my leg, and I didn't even come off my bike.

    Braked to a stop, limped over to get my shoe, and at least 4 carfuls of people were staring at me. Nice. Only 2 miles from home, too. Unable to walk for a day, couldn't wear a shoe or sock on that leg for a week. Interesting scars at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VA2SLOride
    I was coming around a corner last friday, washed out, and broke my right hand as well.

    TrekFan--- how long are you down for? I'm looking at about six weeks or so.....

    bummed.

    i will find out in the morning. hope its not too bad, but we went to pick up the xray results today and after sneaking a peek the hair stood up on the back of my neck it looked so horrible. kinda looks like a chicken wishbone after you snapped it...

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    car racks

    Seeing as everyone else seems to have a bike rack story, thought I would add my two cents. I have a bike rack that attaches to my spare tire and it seems to take out alot of people. The first incident involved my sister in law at my other brothers wedding, just before family photos. She is going into my jeep for her purse and forgets that the bike rack is there, she walks into it face first and gets an L shaped red mark just below her nose that showed up bright red in the photos.
    The next notable incident involved a buddy running from his house to get in the jeep at night, forgets about bike rack and hits it full tilt, rocks the car and drops him to the ground for a few minutes. Damage= 3 V-shaped red marks across his chest. Funny thing about that one is that just before he burst from his door at top speed, I said to my friend riding shotgun that wouldn't it be funny if buck didn't see the bike rack and ran in to it. well as if on cue the jeep shakes and we get out to see buck in the fetal position moaning on the ground.
    Lesson learned here is take your bike rack off between rides ( or don't, mine has carved six notches in the last year alone and I can't wait to see how many people it eats in the next year)

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    The first time I used clipless pedals back in the 90's, I was going around an uphill switchback somewhere on Tam and fell over, off the switchback onto the lower part of the trail I'd just come round. What a tumble. But I fell into a mud puddle (yee-haaa) and when I sat up and looked at my legs, I'd fallen onto a Banana Slug and it was sliming my inner thigh..oooo how romantic!
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    sorry to hear...that is why I don't like roof racks....too tired to put a bike on the roof or take it down
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    Burger down!

    How's this hand story for ya? I was takin' a break from wrenching and was going down to get a burger from a local joint. On the way back to the shop, (both hands full of bags-o-burger,) I was making a right corner onto one of the bridges in town. Some city workers were out watering the flowers. I railed the corner as normal, hit the wet, slick concrete on my Moby Bites. Bike down, busted hand, and burgers/fries everywhere! I got a cast and no lunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VA2SLOride
    I was coming around a corner last friday, washed out, and broke my right hand as well.
    TrekFan--- how long are you down for? I'm looking at about six weeks or so.....
    bummed.
    I broke my right hand at work six weeks ago, I am hoping to get cleared by the doc this week, but it will probably only be for light stuff. I have been out of the brace for the most part, but have to wear it like a sport brace for any load bearing stuff. I have only been able to put myself on the trainer twice.

    I forgot about it yesterday and shook hands with someone who had a stout grip, man that hurt for a little bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmySlowRdr
    the lamo mounting brackets that come w/ certain models of specialized cycling computers have sharp edges--prone to cause lamo injuries. spec's product managers/purchasers would do well to come up w/ a less lame manufacturer so its consumers would suffer less lamo injuries at its hands.
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    A few years ago in front of our old house I was starting out on a ride. There was a bunch of younger kids on skateboards milling around so I decided to bunny hop off the huge 6" curb to show the kids that I was also an "extreme" athelete. Unfortunately, I had forgotten which bike I had pulled from the rack and was unexpectedly on flat pedals instea of clipless.

    To the junior boarders I suppose it looked like I jumped up in the air specifically for the purpose of crashing my nuts down, full on to the top tube. I tried to ride away with as little whimpering as possible until I was safely around the corner.

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    Back to the trailhead...

    ...on the last 200 yds of gravel road, I popped my front wheel up to see if I could determine where the suspension click was coming from. Landed the front off center, the wheel went sideways and down I went.

    My most stupid crash to date. Of course I had to do it with witnesses present.

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    ouch.

    well i'm on the shelf for 4 to 6 weeks. doctor said the good news is that i didnt need surgery or anything like that. bone pretty much set itself and i need the resin cast for 4 to 6 weeks and then i can start light activity after that. this sucks pretty bad, but it could have been worse i guess. by the looks of these stories it seems these damn bike racks are more dangerous than riding!

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    Not mine but...

    A few weeks ago we were riding and there was a nice log pile so you could clear a large, high log (yeah, yeah, yeah - sanitization, but without this log pile Hans himself couldn't clear this log). On the back side there were a few logs out of place. We stop and put them back in. The last one needed a little nudging and my buddy gives it a swift kick expecting it to fall into place. Well the kick was a little too swift and the log didn't move. He broke his toe. It turned a nice deep purple uck. He finished the ride though...

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    But not as bad as the time I knocked my self unconcious picking up a cat. First thing in the morning one of my hungry cats is bugging me and I bend over to pick it up as I'm walking out of my bedroom. I slammed my head into the doorframe and came too on the floor. Cat was staring a me a foot away. Probably wondering if I was dead and could it eat me.
    Now THAT is funny! I can just see the cat sitting there licking its chops...
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    After a race one of the local Junior Experts was riding a no handed wheelie, while drinking a coke. When he went to set the front wheel down (still no handed, drinking a coke), the front wheel turned 90 degrees. It had the expected result in front of at least 100 howling racers.

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    I have one....

    This is dumber than yours Trek Fan. When I got my first FS some 4 years ago I was so excited I took it out for its maiden voyage. Rode to the local trails, rode to work to show a fellow biking colleague than back to the trails. Was so interested in getting everything nice and dialed. Was out for 5 - 6 hours doing a bunch of short loops bak to back. Rolled off a couple small boulders and hit a few jumps I had never hit on my hard tail. Life was good. By now I am getting a bit hungry so I think I will ride to the local sandwich shop. So I go and grab a bite to eat and sit outside looking at my bike all happy.

    When I was all done and getting ready to head home I clipped in with my left foot and rolled off as I brought my right leg over the bike. Before my foot was down on the other pedal I clipped the handlebars into a shopping cart that had came loose off the end of the big train (like they cart boys push into the store) and I was instantly done on the ground. I had been coasting at about 3 mph. Rolled over my hand with my whole body weight and broke both bones in my arm just above the wrist.

    The cart had come loose because some young kid had slammed another into the back of the line. I wasnt mad at him, but it sucked that his mother did not even stop to check if I was okay or offer me a ride. I ended up waling a mile to the local ER. My arm was twisted into a "Z" shape as my hand was pulled back by the tendons. If I could have held out both arms straight the left one would have been a good 5 inches shorter than the right...

    After the 6 hour operation to repair my arm I sat and looked at the bike in my living room for three months before I could ride. I spent some nine weeks with four pins and a bunch of screws connected to a 8 in steel rod that held my arm immobile.
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    showing off in front of son

    I was showing off for my 5 year old doing wheelies in a parking lot. I was clipped in and pulled up too hard and couldn't clip out. Landed right on my tail bone and fractured coccyx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekFan
    oh well, guess there's nothing to do but laugh at it. anyone else have any stupid bike related (kind of) injuries to help cheer me up?
    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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    How about

    Real early in the morning airing up the tires and not thinking I reached from the rotor side of the wheel and pulled the hose of the pump off the presta valve, when it broke loose I backhanded the rotor and cut the $hit out of the back of my hand bad enough for stitches but I didn't want to tell the story to the doc so I just butterflied it. Not even on the bike and I needed stitches

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    Crash in front yard

    A couple of years ago, I had just put the finishing touches on the bike for the upcoming season. I figured I would take it out for a spin in the yard with my flip-flops. I was pedaling up a hill and just ran out of steam for the gear I was pushing. I fell over and shin-dropped the only rock in the yard. I just about passed out after seeing the inside of my leg. Off to the ER, they stitched me up, but three days later got a blood infection (my calf swelled to twice the size as the other). Then ER trip #2. It was a great way to start the season. Ima moron!

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    broken thumb

    I also did the broken hand thing....in my local park which is really, really tame by most standards. Was coming down a small hill, took a right turn way too fast and the bike lost traction on a patch of sand/tiny gravel/dirt mix. After getting up and doing the obligatory "are my legs/arms/head broken" and checking the bike, I realized my left thumb wasn't feeling to great. Removed my gloves and thought it was just dislocated, so I proceeded to try and jam it back in. ( I'm not a doctor but have stayed at Holiday Inn's before ). Anyways, after 5 minutes of that, realized I needed some actual medical help. After the ER visit found out the thumb was dislocated! - but broken nicely too.

    I now have a gorgeous piece of titanium in my thumb. All from my local "easy" park....

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    Junk to Stem w/ Faceplant

    My boy Mackey, and I had just ridden through this creek, on the way back he hit a submerged log. He said later that the base turned purple, and there may have been some blood.
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    Just call me mister wheelie
    4 months ago I was doing wheelie and yes I was in clips ( WHAT AN IDIOT ), and went over backwards.The pisser was my right foot twisted out of my shoe and broke my ankle in 4 places,now after 12 screws,1 plate and 4 1/2 months I am posing as a road rider on
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    ... and if we just ...

    When I was a little kid riding BMX bikes, I crushed my nuts against the handle bar stem by trying to go in between two 2 footer post. Well one pedal caught the post and launched me forward into the stem. Hurts like hell. Wasnt on my knees though, but when I got home and check my Jewels, I found out that I had a small tare on my Nut sack. Man, after that, I was walking like I been ridding a horse for weeks. Learn my lesson ever since.

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    ... and if we just ...

    When I was a little kid riding BMX bikes, I crushed my nuts against the handle bar stem by trying to go in between two 2 footer post. Well one pedal caught the post and launched me forward into the stem. Hurts like hell. Wasnt on my knees though, but when I got home and check my Jewels, I found out that I had a small tare on my Nut sack. Man, after that, I was walking like I been ridding a horse for weeks. Learn my lesson ever since.

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    I just broke my wrist with the slowest, lamest endo ever... Now I have to try and type with a wrist brace... sucks

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    My lame crash almost broke my neck

    I was riding with a group up Minnewanka. Near the top of the climbing on the way in, there was a piece of yellow plastic laying on the trail under a tree. This section of the trail is on scree with a long drop off to the lake on the right. The tree is on the left. The best line up the hill is also on the left. I am looking down at the piece of plastic trying to figure out what it is. Just as my brain completes the calculation that the piece of plastic is from a helmet that probably got snagged on the tree, my heads starts getting twisted around until my neck can't go any further. Then I start to loop out and go over backwards in a twisting fall, headed for the edge and the long drop to the lake. I just managed to hang onto my bike and keep enough of my body on the trail to not go over the edge. The group gathered around with everyone wondering what happend. Once the story came out there was a hearty round of laughs. I finished the ride with quite the headache. Two rounds of aggressive physio got my neck loosened up but it was real sore for a couple of weeks. The helmet has a nice branch sized hole poked into the foam in one of the vents.

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    getting the bike out of the truck....

    ...by standing on the truck tire and leaning against the side of the truck only to slip on the tire (the parking lot was muddy) and cracked my head on the top of the truck bed, and cut my shin on the exhaust and mananged to drag the bike out on top of me during all of this and put the pedal into my chest hard enough to knock the wind out of me.

    The whole thing happened with a club standing off to the side looking at me like they should check out the sky to see if a rock was going to fall on me to.
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    head in backwards hooded sweatshirt

    Commuting, i put on a hooded sweatshirt while riding...only i put in on backwards...blinded with my face in the hood...crashed immediately in front of a bunch of teenagers. they laughed their asses off. probably deserve a darwin award for that.

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    How many of us have unclipped right and leaned left? Or versa visa? I did it a few years ago and got a nice little chainring scratch on my right calf. It got infected and I ended up with blood poisoning. Antibiotics for 4 weeks and yoguart after that. Felt like crap for almost two months.

    All because I aint smart enough to unclip the right foot.
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    in the yard

    I was at my parents house using flat pedals trying to learn how to bunny hop correctly. My dad had watched me for a bit before heading out to his workshop. About a 1/2 hour goes by and I take the flats off and put on the clipless and keep practicing. He walks out of his workshop heading back to the house and walks up in front of me so I trackstand. He then starts to go around me and pushes me over thinking I was still using the flats. I went over so fast I didn't have time to clip out. Now I blame all of my shoulder problems on him.

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    OK, so I read this thread early this morning, before sunrise and before my usual morning trail ride... I thought, boy, these are some pretty "funny" crashes! Glad it's not me. I can learn from this...

    So, it rained here over the last couple of days and I did a road ride yesterday as I waited for the trails to dry out. Today I hopped on the MTB and decided to take a chance on the trails.

    My endo this morning wouldn't have been so ironic had I not just spent 10 minutes reading your posts. Needless to say, I was riding the flats on a swell singletrack, listening to the Talking Heads (More Songs About Buildings and Food) on my pod and, generally having a terrific time when I caught the ledge and jackknifed back onto the trail at about 10MPH. Totally caught me off guard. I almost planted my face and, fortunately, the ground was really soft but I caught my shoulder and it felt lilke I about dislocated it for a minute while I hollered in pain. I half taco'd my front wheel and had to stand on it to straighten it out enough to ride to the trailhead. And, wouldn't you know, I never see anyone on the trail as early as I ride and, low and behold, here comes a fellow biker willing to help me out. Pretty embarrassing to say the least. And, my iPod (fortunately my Shuffle) ate the fall and I'll have to dig out the mud with a toothbrush.

    Worst part is, my wife has complained lately about the number of repairs I've had at the LBS. This learning curve is a *****.

    Well, I got to go if I'm going to ride again in the next couple of days. Hope the LBS can build me a new wheel soon!

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    Warm-up ride prior to the road race. Going maybe 3mph, and look down (road bike) and decide I should thwack my front quick-release to make sure it's tight.

    I missed, and my hand went between the fork and the spokes. Bike came to a complete stop, I went over the bars, smashed my helmet, and got a nice compound to the left collarbone. I went home to Arizona.

    Still have the nice scar.

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    1) Had just taken up riding again after a few years break. Was my first disc brake, and it's a pretty decent one to start on (Saint, 8 in rotor). Anyway, there's a bit of a squeal/scraping noise coming from the brakes but I can't tell if it's front or back. I decide to do a little wheelie and lock the front wheel in the air to see if the noise stops, unfortunately I landed with the wheel still locked up and learnt the power of my new brakes. I've never flipped so quickly. Thankfully the injury was reasonably minor, so I guess it doesn't fit too well into this thread.

    2) I got a concussion the other day doing a 3 foot drop. Took a left hand fork on the basic trail riding back to the road, unfortunately the left hand fork had a 3 foot drop that was pretty well hidden, nosedived and ate it, came round with the bike on top of me a couple of seconds later. Thank god for the full face, which was 3 weeks old. Without that I would have lost a fair few teeth and maybe re-broken my jaw on the rock I landed on.

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    Couple days ago I'm taking an easy road ride around the block with my wife. I ride around a guy walking his 2 dogs. I look back at the dogs instead of looking at the curb. Barely more than walking speed when I crashed. The end of my MTB's flat bar hit my little finger straight on- crushing it into the concrete. Broke & split open my finger like a ball peen hammer. Spent over an hour in the OR with a good hand surgeon cleaning out smashed tissue & fixing tendon. May need more surgery later. Still cannot believe I got that much pain & damage from a dumb slow crash

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    well, welcome to the club anyway. the worst part about this damn tragedy is that i am DYING to ride right about now...

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    I was doing my normal ride-around at Umikaze Park when I noticed that everybody else was wearing shin pads but me. So ride over to the car and put on my shin/knee pads. Well five minutes later I decide to take them back off because they were effecting my pedaling. No soon as I take them off I hit the track again and start flying off of jumps. Unfortunately I botched the last jump and wound up on the ground with a giant on top of me and yes some serious scaring on my shins. This was about three hours and a couple Tylenol ago and I can't help but to look back and think of how stupid I was.
    The best part was that this all took place in front of a medium sized crowd riders (kids, teens, and parents) so what little pride I had was promptly squashed as I limped back to my car.

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