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    Thanks to the guy that pulled the Cactus Needles out of my arm

    Thank you to the guy that pulled the Cactus needles out of my arm this morning on National. I not sure if I gave you proper thanks. Hope I did not ruin the rest of your ride. Doc pulled out 3 more good sized needles.
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    Gotta love carnage shots!

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    damn, those are some good sized spikes!
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    What kind of cactus ?

    Hard to tell, but those look more like barrel cactus quills than saguaro. What kind was it ? Where did you hit the cactus on National ?

    My worst run in with a cactus was with a saguaro out at Hawes. My front tire slipped out on an off camber corner and my fist went into a ~5 foot tall saguaro as I was going down.

    I hit it hard enough to snap three of the saguaro's ridges. When I looked at my hand, I could see quills going into my glove, into my one side of my finger, out the other side of my finger and out the other side of my glove. I couldn't take my glove off because it was tacked to my hand.

    It took me 1/2 hr. to remove the 10+ quills. I've never looked at saguaro's the same after that incident.

    Good luck on a speedy recovery.

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    Dude , that stucks .... err sucks .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
    Dude , that stucks .... err sucks .
    ba dunn chhh

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    yeah, dude that sucks....but cool carnage shot
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    I think it was a barrel cactus.
    I was on that open section before you hit the last section of single track (going toward Pima parking lot). I never paid any attention to the cactus on that section of trail.
    All and all I was pretty lucky. I thank the Lord it was not worse.

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    OUCH!!!! Good stuff. At least I know now I'm not the only one that gets bit by those jumping cactus!.......Drew

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    That was Tim with the pliers. We ran into them on our way down and he mentioned your crash. We've all been there, or will be at some point (pun intended )
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    That sucks about the cactus but I am more concerned with your numbers!! Looking at the board behind you I am concerned the team won't make the goals. The team record is 1.5 at a glance you have some work to do.

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    guy asked "What kind of cactus was it"

    this would be my answer if it were me.......

    Hell if I know or care but it sure had B-I-G needles!

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    I took a friend out to Hawes and this happened to him... He started to fall and couldn't unclip from his pedals, so he grabbed hold of a cholla. It took us at least 30 minutes to pull all the needles out. They have hooks on the end so you can't just pull straight out. We thought we were going to have to walk back to the car and drive to the walgreens to buy some pliers.

    So how many people keep pliers in their packs? Seems like it might be a good idea in the Phoenix area.

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    Pliers and a comb (or an old school pick). Combs work better for cholla. Last time I clipped a cactus it was a prickly pear.. and well.. all I had was a comb
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    I dunno . . . I see a scratched up arm then a few little cactus spines. How are we to know they actually came from your arm at all?
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    I carry one of those cool Leatherman Micra's. Has some pliers that are almost like surgical tools
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    Well done! That will teach that cactus some manners.

    I always have a set of locking forceps (hemastats?) in the tool kit. They are perfect for pulling out needles, or prying out entire cholla pods. They can be found at electronics stores (including Radio Shack, I think).


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    Quote Originally Posted by fatjack
    I think it was a barrel cactus.
    You don't know what kind of cactus for sure? that's odd.

    Anyway, one time my 11 year old son ran right into a Cholla. He was covered, and the Cholla balls had his arms stuck to his legs, stuck to each other, etc, so that was curled up in the fetal position and couldn't move.
    Fortunately, 2 guys came by and they both had hemostats on them, and the three of us yanked hundreds of needles out for about 30 minutes. You know those cholla needles grab in your skin so you really have to yank each one. Poor kid.

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    Ouch! I know a guy who managed to hit 3 types of cactus including cholla while atv'ing, he kept riding though (tough guy, I would have gone crying home). Anyway, watch out for infection, those looked like they went deep.

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    since I shave my head, this is the only reason I carry a comb on me. They are great to get large pieces out as well as smaller needles.
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    That was us that ran into you. Tim was the one with the pliers who did the operating. lol. Glad to hear you're ok. We wondered what the outcome would be once you got to the doctor.

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    You don't know what kind of cactus for sure? that's odd
    Did not know you need to be a botanist to ride......

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    hfy108 I am going to have differ to Tim and AzDesertRat as my whiteness’s. LOL Although I was a little bummed they did not get to see the actual OTB.

    Ruzz that board was strategically placed in the picture to throw off our competition incase any of them frequent this site.

    For anyone that cares I am realizing that the Doc. missed a needle. So it should be fun having that thing bubble up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjkm
    You don't know what kind of cactus for sure? that's odd
    Did not know you need to be a botanist to ride......

    I guess you didn't get the memo..... I'll forward another copy to you.

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    By the way folks....I just talked to Fatjack last night....we have a mutal friend who threw a holiday party.....he tells me a doctor just this last week cut his arm open to remove the last spine. Apparently it was the one that would not come out. The puncture scars were quite apparent on his arm.....still.

    Good night and happy riding!




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