Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation: BCTJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    701

    Painful Cactus Injury (and why not to ride clipless in Arizona)

    Here is what remained of my glove following after falling on a cactus in Arizona. I was unable to clip out in time when my wheel fell out from under me. Just pulling my glove off was excrutiating. And, yes, the needles hurt worse coming out than going in.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Painful Cactus Injury (and why not to ride clipless in Arizona)-cactus.jpg  


  2. #2
    gobsmacked Moderator
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    7,189
    . The AZ riders are a tough bunch. In between the heat and the cacti, I don't know how you guys do it.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Satanic Pizza's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    85
    don't diss clipliss

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Dr_Ryan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    112

    Good job! Some help for getting out cactus.

    I ride clipless in NM and I have had some experience with cactus. I have had to save a few gloves in my day, and to get cactus out of various body parts. The best thing that I have found to get cactus out of my hands and gloves is Gorilla Tape. It works well to get those extra fine cactus needles out you your hands, body, etc.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    21
    Auch!!!

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    1,247
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Ryan View Post
    I ride clipless in NM and I have had some experience with cactus. I have had to save a few gloves in my day, and to get cactus out of various body parts. The best thing that I have found to get cactus out of my hands and gloves is Gorilla Tape. It works well to get those extra fine cactus needles out you your hands, body, etc.
    Elmers glue as well. Let it dry and peel it off...Better yet, don't fall into a cactus.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    16
    I did that here in socal. Big ones right through the hand... not a fun experience...

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation: JoePAz's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    2,107
    I was doing the Cave Creek Bike Fest Race this past November. I took a section a little to fast and missed turn. Crashed in to cactus. (not related to pedals just my error) Because it was a race I hopped back up on the bike and rode off. I was down for maybe 20 seconds max. So 3-4 mintues later on I on descent where I really need to watch the bike and noticed a 12" long staghorn cholla (cactus for who don't know - see below) stuck to my leg. I guess I landed on it when I crashed. Oh well I rode with it stuck on my leg for the next 15 minutes until I had a chance to flick it off. I never let it slow me down.




    BTW... I remember seeing friend I was riding with stop and get stuck in the pedals. He fell the left. He should have gone right as there was just dirt on the right. To the left was a nice teddy bear cholla that looks the same as yours. Only get feel in it with his rear. We had good time laughing as he was pulling cholla out his a**.

    Here is the type of cholla BCT junkie fell in.


    These suck since thorns are hooked like little fish hooks.

    Any... this stuff happens and it one reason I have set small pliers with me. Good for removing cactus from legs.
    Last edited by JoePAz; 01-28-2013 at 01:06 PM.
    Joe
    2003 KHS Alite 4000 26" Hardtail - XC, All mountain, blah blah blah.. I just ride.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •