View Poll Results: How many OTB trips do you make on your average ride?

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  • Never, because I don't suck.

    20 71.43%
  • Once, because if you don't crash, you're not trying hard enough.

    7 25.00%
  • Twice, because I'm cross-eyed.

    0 0%
  • Thrice- do you see the **** I ride, *******?

    1 3.57%
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  1. #1
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    OTB Weekend Record

    I don't crash all that often because I'm a bit of a chicken, but maybe I'm losing my my sense of self preservation.

    Last weekend I went over the bars for seemingly no reason, but apparently, it was just a sign of a habit.

    Today I dropped down a short, somewhat rooty bank into a stream filled with fairly large rocks. I picked the best line I could, but I caught a rock straight on because I am entirely lacking in skillz, and face planted in 4 inches of water. The crash knocked open my QRs. I made it across the river the second time, but you tend to look stupid when your front is entirely saturated and the back is perfectly dry.

    Later, I was doing a sprint to make it up a really steep hill, broke my cog and somehow I flipped the handlebars again. Twice in about four miles. Got to ride no speed back to the car.

    Now I'm curious- what is the norm for OTB experiences on a ride?

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    I did just such a thing on my ride yesterday. The bars got ripped out of my hands, I went OTB and the next thing I know I am sitting up in a bush 15 feet down some ridiculous hill and then my bike lands in front of me sitting straight up. quite exciting
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    For me, it is not usual to crash. That's not to say it doesn't happen, it's just not typical.

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    Sounds like your weight is a little too far forward.
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    FWIW OTB stands for "off the back."

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    I took it as off the bike. Damn, I need to change my vote from 1 to zero...
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    last night ride i was rolling like a drunk rhino with one eye closed....hit the ground 5 times with 3 OTB's.....i suck...

    BTW...OTB = Over The Bars...you ka-nuckleheads
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    Is OTB a euphemism for crashing, or do you mean actually over the bars? I usually don't crash, but every 5-6 rides I do ; and every 2-3 years it's Over The Bars, bloody arms time for a new helmet..
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    Is OTB a euphemism for crashing, or do you mean actually over the bars? I usually don't crash, but every 5-6 rides I do ; and every 2-3 years it's Over The Bars, bloody arms time for a new helmet..
    OTB is Over The Bars in my book, but Sparty sez no and since he's been riding since the advent of wooden wheels, I probably should defer to his definition.

    I went over the bars twice today- once going down a really steep incline before my front wheel stopped the bike and not me, the other when I mounted up a challenge on a steep section of climbing, had my weight pretty far forward and my cog stripped. Face plant again. So hopefully it isn't that my weight is too far forward.

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    Over the Bar

    It varies. A lot. It has been a couple of months since my latest. Mine are usually low speed stumbles.

    One ride last winter, I got around 10 in one ride: the snow wasn't packed hard enough near the edges of the trail.


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    Last weekend I pulled the OTB on guacamole trail right on to some very rough sandstone. My knee looks like hell and I bent my FUbars all to crap. Today will be round two with said trail.

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    Almost never, because I don't try hard enough. Seeing as I'll be fifty in two weeks that's how I plan to keep it!

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