• 01-28-2013
    SugarHigh
    What are.your best bike crashes/injuries?
    I went over the bars last week on National at night. I was going 10 mph and landed on my shoulder and head. It was some silly alternate line on to a slab of granite with maybe a foot step up. Well my timing was of, back tire hit and over I went 15 or so feet down the trail. The obstacle was nothing. I think I was not focused at the time and I blame it on the night too.

    I now have a type 1 ac separation. Sling for 2 weeks and no bike for 4 to 6.

    I thought I might feel less stupid if I heard some other crash stories. Crash stories are often entertaining anyway.

    So what are your best crash/injury stories?
  • 01-28-2013
    Casual Observer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SugarHigh View Post
    I went over the bars last week on National at night. I was going 10 mph and landed on my shoulder and head. It was some silly alternate line on to a slab of granite with maybe a foot step up. Well my timing was of, back tire hit and over I went 15 or so feet down the trail. The obstacle was nothing. I think I was not focused at the time and I blame it on the night too.

    I now have a type 1 ac separation. Sling for 2 weeks and no bike for 4 to 6.

    I thought I might feel less stupid if I heard some other crash stories. Crash stories are often entertaining anyway.

    So what are your best crash/injury stories?

    Oh, oh, oh, I want to play. I'll give you the Reader's Digest version since I've told this way too many times.

    First ride on first real mt bike, Fisher Mt. Tam
    Riding the canal
    Went to cross from one side of canal to other
    Some kids had set up a plywood jump at bottom of canal and egged me on to jump it
    I don't succumb to peer pressure and instead slowly go around jump, and through a small puddle
    Rear tire slides out from under me, and down I go
    Land squarely on my right buttock
    Get home that night, and have a basketball-sized black bruise on my cheek
    Can only sit on left cheek for 3 weeks
    To this day, I have a large dimple on my right butt cheek.
  • 01-28-2013
    Dag Nabbit
    I took this spill on Irregular in October. One dinky little rock acted all badass and flung me form the trail. I ended up upside partially in the ocotillo. I thought for sure I was heading waaaaay down the mountain, since I went over backwards and head first.
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    My worst crash as at Papago about 10 years ago. Hit a little whoop and lawn-darted myself into the turf. Full shoulder separation requiring glue, staples, stitches, screws, silly putty and kilz. Well, not all that, but after surgery I was off for at least 8 weeks. The cool thing was they cut about an inch off my clavicle to get it to cinch down. To this day, I don't have one of those points on my right shoulder.

    Hope you heal up soon. Never fun being off the bike. I tend to get super moody.
  • 01-28-2013
    [email protected]
    A few years ago....
    I'd forgotten to tighten my stem bolts after servicing the forks, went for a ride, everything was good untill I landed a drop (4/5ft??)......

    Handlebars stayed straight
    Wheel turned perpendicular to bars
    Me +bike pivoted headfirst into ground.
    Cue well and truly smashed helmet, lots of brain scans, and a few weeks of memory out the window :eekster:

    Currently been off the bike for 6 months from scaphoid break + surgery from a small crash as well. (Still in cast... possibility of it coming off in 2 weeks!

    Think i'm gonna stick to road biking for the rest of the year!
  • 01-28-2013
    tysonnemb
    The Fox Talas on my Enduro has several adjustments, one of which is a rebound adjustment at the bottom of the fork. When you buy the bike, it comes fully open, so there is essentially no rebound. I went over the handlebars more times than I knew what to do with. The worst was a full speed jaunt on a great CT trail, went over, landed on a pile of rocks. My buddy heard a loud crack, and assumed I hit my head. Nope, cracked several ribs. That was a miserable ride back (we were half way, no shortcut). That was a miserable few months. Did I mention that I worked at the bike shop and assembled the bike?
  • 01-28-2013
    Mtn-Rider
    I'll repost mine from an old thread and add the photo that has disappeared in my original post. The only discrepancy from what I recall is when I placed the finger splint, I'm sure it was after the fall, not when I got back to my truck. This happend on Go John Trail (CCW) in the Summer of '99.

    Repost:

    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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  • 01-28-2013
    il2mb
    Left and right collar bones snapped, broken finger, bruised rib(multiple times), deep gashes on legs - not all on the same ride.
  • 01-28-2013
    MTBCanuck
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    I'd forgotten to tighten my stem bolts after servicing the forks, went for a ride, everything was good untill I landed a drop (4/5ft??)......

    Handlebars stayed straight
    Wheel turned perpendicular to bars
    Me +bike pivoted headfirst into ground.
    Cue well and truly smashed helmet, lots of brain scans, and a few weeks of memory out the window :eekster:

    Currently been off the bike for 6 months from scaphoid break + surgery from a small crash as well. (Still in cast... possibility of it coming off in 2 weeks!

    Think i'm gonna stick to road biking for the rest of the year!

    How much pain and bruising did you have with your scaphoid fracture? I has a silly crash climbinb mormon a couple years ago and did a series of 2 rads of the wrist 10 days apart with no evidence of fracture but I have a nagging pain in the wrist. Minimal brusing but I hear you can have all kinds of wrist injury without significant swelling or bruising...
  • 01-28-2013
    K3N
    I went otb at hawes and landed squarely on my left shoulder. Couldnt raise my arm to do anything for weeks. Took over 8 months to go back to normal. It even changed the way I sleep. Maybe I should have seen a doc? Oh well, its all good today!
  • 01-28-2013
    kenbentit
    Best? Crashing at full speed on lower portion of Alta, totally OTB thru a field of big rocks. Got out with a minor bruise in my right armpit, not even a cut!
    Worst? Got squirrely on lower portion of Geronimo after jumping into a rock chute. Ended up landing off balance and slammed into the rocks on the left side. Ruptured kidney, 3 days in Level 1 Trauma Unit. Wife was NOT stoked in case you're wondering :nono:
  • 01-28-2013
    MTBCanuck
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by K3N View Post
    I went otb at hawes and landed squarely on my left shoulder. Couldnt raise my arm to do anything for weeks. Took over 8 months to go back to normal. It even changed the way I sleep. Maybe I should have seen a doc? Oh well, its all good today!

    Dude, that shoulder sounds shredded! Might have been a faster road to recovery but if you can avoid the knife, that's always worthwhile in my opinion I suppose.

    Kenny, did you smash your side into the rock or was it your back? It's not easy to trash a kidney unless you really zink'ed yourself into that rock wall. I know the spot on geronimo you are talking about, where did you jump coming into the chute?
  • 01-28-2013
    chollaball
    there are no good crashes if there are injuries involved.

    this one was after one of the Rage halloween rides, drunk as sin on the way home hit a curb.

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    this was pretty funny
  • 01-28-2013
    woahey
    My best crash is the one I avoid...the worst was the one when I tried to roll what I should have dropped and landed teeth-first into rock. A broken lower jaw, scraped up face, and 5 broken teeth later, I was off to the dentist/oral surgeon to get a few implants.
  • 01-28-2013
    AZG23
    White tanks 2 weeks ago tomorrow....bunny hoppin water bars doing about 16 mph at the end of a 20 mile ride...the 1st ten water bars were perfect, however # 11 had my number..came down slightly off, rolled the front s works over and bit it hard landed on my left side..smacked my left hip (bruised) left rib (bruised), left shoulder (fractured hemural head) and smacked my helmeted head well enough to see stars and got nauseous.

    Been 2 weeks in sling, but no surgery so I'm glad for that. 4-6 off the bikes....grr...been spinnin' at the gym to keep half of my sanity.
  • 01-28-2013
    RBrady
    Tried to cut corner on Mormon right before start of Javalina following someone way faster then me. We both jumped entire corner. Only difference was my front tire blew up when I landed. I lost control. Head hit rock right below helmet. Split head down to skull. First time getting two levels of numerous stitches. Not fun at all.
  • 01-28-2013
    DurtGurl
    I've broken more bones than most in bike crashes, but my favorite spill was when I took a digger on A-line at Whistler. I don't remember anything but waking up to a couple of darling Ausies hovering over me with worried looks asking if I was ok....
  • 01-28-2013
    azmtbkr81
    First ride on National on my first bike with hydraulic disc brakes I grabbed the brakes a little too enthusiastically and endoed over a small drop. I broke both of my arms but still managed to walk my new bike a number of miles back to my parent's house which is fairly close to the Pima canyon trailhead. I had to be fed and bathed for an entire month. The worst part of the ordeal however was having to sip beer through a straw...there's just something not quite right about drinking beer through a straw. :thumbsup:
  • 01-28-2013
    JM27
    Riding the canal path years ago on my carbon fiber Trek Y22 that i saved up for when i was a kid for about 2 years. I was right by Metro Center at night and went into the lighted tunnel and when i came out my vision was adjusting so i couldn't see that well and was doing about 25-30 mph and piled into this homeless dude with a shopping cart. I have a permanent stamp from my stem on my knee and my back has never been the same. The worse part is of course i completely destroyed my bike.:madmax:
  • 01-28-2013
    longhairmike
    in 1989 i was jumping milk crates in the street on a road bike and the kickstand popped down midair...
    smeared my whole left arm into a bloody mess, and once giant scab left it immobile for weeks. there are still 2 thick scars where the worst areas were by my elbow
  • 01-28-2013
    cstem
    I've had a few really good crashes but the one that made me feel the dumbest... First week with clipless pedals-I had practiced in the house unclipping and clipping while watching TV and balancing off the door jamb. Riding Papago when I lived in apartments on east side of golf course and did my usual loop including around the hill near Mcdowell road. Ride by a photo shoot comprising one Humvee and four bikini models. I took it cool knowing I was not into stunt mode on the new pedals just yet. When I was out of view (almost) lost the front over a rise, couldn't unclip and augered in head first with my bike still attached pummeling me all the way to the bottom. I popped up like it never happened, but it must have because all the models were staring at me pretty hard wondering if I survived. I did because I never rode away faster!
  • 01-28-2013
    Mtn-Rider
    I had a "would-a" yesterday during the quad on the fast, smooth downhill near the end of Sonoran Trail where it T's into Dixie Mine. If you've ridden it, you know the fast, blind right turn. The one that if your fingers aren't on the brake levers, you're history.

    I wasn't the first of the day, there was a good, fresh skidmark at the entry to the turn. I couldn't avoid leaving another skidmark. Another 6 inches and I would still be pulling out chollas right now, assuming I could move my arms.
  • 01-28-2013
    nomoclips
    All of mine were because I was too cautious and going too slow.
    Broken wrist (no surgery) on DC otb
    Stitches on forearm from bad jump attempt
    otb on Beverly, crazy glued my lip

    Those SOMO rocks hurt.
  • 01-28-2013
    kenbentit
    MTBCanuck: We were shooting some video stuff (go figure) so I was trying to get just a "little" more height off of the lip heading into that chute. I ended up smashing my left side into the rock wall 3 or 4 times as I pinged down to the bottom, still basically on the bike but not technically "riding". I also tore a nice gouge in my left arm but that was so minor compared to the rest of the stuff that I tend to forget about it. I'll never forget the gagging feeling I got when I stood up and felt things inside kinda rearranging as gravity pulled them back down though. Or the really cool urine sample I gave them at the hospital ;)
  • 01-28-2013
    singletracmind
    Right wrist twice, left wrist once. Separated both shoulders. One of the rights was a smith's fracture/ compound with the ulna, radius and carpals all broken and part of the ulna sticking out. An external fixator, metal plate and a handful of screws to fix.

    I witnessed a death from a mtb crash once. Talk about putting a damper on a race...
  • 01-28-2013
    m77ranger
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    Four dislocations, a separation, a few bones, 4 concussions, some sprains, and a few bleeders. I also have a hard time trusting carbon bars these days...
  • 01-28-2013
    m77ranger
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    Bars...
  • 01-29-2013
    Mrwhlr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    Bars...

    ...add your torque wrench to the list.
  • 01-29-2013
    cstem
    Holding a Redbull after! Nice m77!

    I am only up this early (3am) because I had nightmares after reading this thread before bed-j/k getting ready for work but still it makes my wife, some family and coworkers wonder why I take risks with my life and well being, race until I throw up, spend more than they spent on thier kids braces and sacrifice things for this stuff. All I can say is, "I just really like bikes and always have".
  • 01-29-2013
    waltaz
    I don't know if "Best" really applies, but after 46 years free of major injury, I've had two biggies the past two years:
    - Tore my triceps tendon completely off the elbow in Nov, 2010, as a result of a straight-arm fall when I torqued out while climbing a switchback on my SS (climbing!!). Was off the bike for four months, but made a full recovery. Dr. Don Sheridan was my surgeon for that.
    - Just this past Sept, crashed hard directly on my shoulder when I washed out on a section of the Tech Loop at MMP (one I've ridden dozens and dozens of times without incident), and ended up with a Grade 1 AC separation, full-thickness rotator cuff tear, and "shredded" biceps tendon. Took a MRI with contrast to finally diagnose it, and kept riding til surgery on Dec. 12. Seven weeks post-surgery now, and off the bike until mid-April...:madman:

    Sh*t happens...it's not if, it's when...!
  • 01-29-2013
    longhairmike
    didnt someone make a post last year about a brake lever getting rammed completely thru their palm and sticking out their wrist? were they from here?
  • 01-29-2013
    m77ranger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mrwhlr View Post
    ...add your torque wrench to the list.

    You just turn it till it stops right?
  • 01-29-2013
    PhaseSpace168
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    Four dislocations, a separation, a few bones, 4 concussions, some sprains, and a few bleeders. I also have a hard time trusting carbon bars these days...

    those knuckles are ate up. I hate scrapes on joints, 3 big scrapes on one hand must have been hell. I bet those took a while to heal.

    My injuries permanently scarred shins, scraped up shoulders and arms. When I first started MTBing I hit my toe on a rock and went otb, it may have been broken. I fell on my wrist a few months ago, and its still a little sore.

    I had a close call in Sedona, where I lost momentum, was unable to unclip, and fell about 6'. Luckily there was a pit of soft dirt with no big rocks, and i didn't get hurt at all.
  • 01-29-2013
    m77ranger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PhaseSpace168 View Post
    those knuckles are ate up. I hate scrapes on joints, 3 big scrapes on one hand must have been hell. I bet those took a while to heal.

    My injuries permanently scarred shins, scraped up shoulders and arms. When I first started MTBing I hit my toe on a rock and went otb, it may have been broken. I fell on my wrist a few months ago, and its still a little sore.

    I had a close call in Sedona, where I lost momentum, was unable to unclip, and fell about 6'. Luckily there was a pit of soft dirt with no big rocks, and i didn't get hurt at all.

    It was the first day of a moab trip and I forgot my gloves at home. It was super windy that day and I knew that drops and jumps were a bad idea, but I also had a new bike so...

    You're lucky you found that soft patch of soil before an agave did!
  • 01-29-2013
    kAZ
    About 10 years ago I got my first mtb; a new Stumpy. First time on clipless. I did practice unclipping, but not only was I not good at it, I later learned that "Supergo" put me on the trail with the clip tension dialed way up. I just thought that was how it was.

    I went out to Usery and eventually made my way up the lower west side of Pass Mtn; where the water bars are. I got up to the break in the fence near the Wind Cave trail parking. I slowed to take a rest and decided to not unclip and just grab onto the fence post. I slowed to a near stop, but my grab for the fence post was a swing and a miss.

    I slowly fell onto my side with my feet firmly stuck in the pedals. Cartoon style. My ego was severely bruised.
  • 01-29-2013
    schillingsworth
    Oh man, so many good stories here. Fortunately I can only relate to the minor ones. (knocking on wood). Most of mine fall into the dumba$$ category.

    New to the clipless scene back in '97, I too practiced in my lawn until I thought I had it down. One of my first rides on my new pedals (yes, the same ones I'm still riding 16 years later) we stopped at Circle K for my buddy to grab a drink while I waited outside - corner of Val Vista & Broadway in Mesa - I wasn't even clipped in, but somehow felt the need to do an endo. That caused me to clip in & I promptly fell in the parking lot, bleeding with people snickering in their cars at the light. My buddy comes out 'what the??'

    Last year at the Tor de 50, I unclipped my left foot going over a boulder & fell to the right....into a rather large buckhorn cholla!! That was pleasant.

    One quick one from my BMX flatland days: 5 years removed from the 'scene' & working the overnight shift @Motorola I brought in my bike & would ride during lunch out in the parking lot. I was doing a 'double whiplash' (rolling tailwhip) when my shoelaces wrapped around my brake lever plunging me to the asphalt. Tore up wrists, jammed shoulder, skinned knees/arms & hyper extended elbow later I was back in my bunnysuit for 6 more hours. That sucked.
  • 01-29-2013
    BullitTom
    Thankfully most of my crashes have only resulted in opportunities for friends to laugh at me, but a few stand out:

    1. Most recent was a few years ago on Hawes. Coming down the first "big" downhill section after dropping in under the powerline at top of Hawes Rd...was carrying quite a bit of speed and just lost the front end in an instant. Sent me OTB. I sat there o nthe ground, knowing I'd hit pretty hard, but no real bad scrapes or anything. My right thigh hurt. Went to stand up and when put weight on that right leg inot only nearly fell down, but also nearly passed out from the shot of pain. Limped out between a couple houses and coasted back to start. After a few more days of pain and few close calls while out-n-about (weight leg wrong and I'd nearly fall over!), wife insists I go to doc. X-rays show nothing more than deep bruise, but I'll never joke about "just a bruise" again.

    2. Back a bit over 10yrs. Very bottom of National I lose the front end. No time to do anything but go OTB still clipped in and grasping the bars. What makes this one memorable was that while it actually happened fast in real-time, the time I had to acknowledge the large boudler my face was heading into seemed very slow! I remember turning my head and thinking, "Oh ****, this is gonna hurt" as I went chin first into the rock. I got a decent scrape on the chin, but after checking my teeth and then the bike, we rode out to the cars and proceded over to the old brewery that was in Guadelupe.

    3. Going WAY back. I was probably 7yrs old and riding my Mom's 26" wheeled bike instead of my Schwinn Stingray (hey, it was the 70's!) for a change. I remember: crashing into a mailbox, proceding to fall over backwards off the bike onto the street, waking up in ER. Again, 70's...so no helmets, obviously. good times!
  • 01-29-2013
    [email protected]
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBCanuck View Post
    How much pain and bruising did you have with your scaphoid fracture? I has a silly crash climbinb mormon a couple years ago and did a series of 2 rads of the wrist 10 days apart with no evidence of fracture but I have a nagging pain in the wrist. Minimal brusing but I hear you can have all kinds of wrist injury without significant swelling or bruising...

    No swelling or bruising, had complete loss of strength in that hand for an hour or so. Bandaged it up, was quite painful the next day- then I did the bandage up tighter and suddenly had hardly any pain... so I carried on riding xc and dh for the rest of the week (was a mtb holiday).
    Thought it was sprained, 6 weeks later I found out it was broken after getting an xray. During that 6 weeks it was exactly a "nagging pain", when using a hammer, lifting something heavy etc. I'd go get it checked if I were you!
  • 01-29-2013
    Maadjurguer
    I don't know about best or worst...but the scariest for me was on a bikepack...solo...was somewhere on the NW side of Trail 4 heading to 7-springs....had been in HAB hell for a long while and found myself on a stretch of trail that was downhill and rideable...so I was thankful to be spinning once again. Came around a corner in one of those juniper bosque's that line the protected and craggy drainages off the mesa down there and there was a 4 inch or so, wide dead branch sticking out into the trail sideways about 4 feet off the ground.

    I juked the bike left to avoid it but it caught the upper part of my right thigh/quad and removed me from the bike, slamming me into the tree to it's right and left me there limp. I remember having that panicky feeling you get when you can't breath and the airs been knocked out of you....then after a few freaky moments and calming down, doing the whole "collect your thoughts, feel your body parts" checklist.

    I probably stayed there for about 5 minutes in a daze...had hit my head....was astonished nothing was broken...but shaken pretty bad nonetheless. It was a total yard sale....glasses off in the bush, helmet was pulled back on my head, gps torn off and bike off the side of the cliff down below. After a bit, I just got up, collected my crap and kept riding...but softly for the rest of the day.

    Those are the moments when the solitude starts cutting you a bit deeper, leaving your psyche more exposed than before.
  • 01-29-2013
    RideNShine
    I'm with some others on the forum as to not having a best crash. For me any time I crash (which is a lot!) and can continue riding with just a little blood or loss of front/rear brake its a good crash.

    My worst...Me and my cousin were riding some creek side trail back in 76' @ Christopher Creek (north of Payson) during a family camping trip. My cuz was leading and the trail forked, one side was on earth side the other was creek side, he took the earth side and I took the creek side. Just as I cleared the tree the bank gave way (it had eroded and I didn't see it) and did a back dive landing head first on a huge round smooth rock 12' fall. My cuz freaked out and took off to get my dad, him and my uncle carried me out of the creek, jumped in the car (me with my head in a towel in my uncles lap my feet in my dad's lap) hauling a$$ down the highway to Payson @ 85+mph. Get pulled over and the lady officer said "what the hell is your damn hurry sir", right then my uncle pulled the blood soaked towel off my head and I looked at her and she said "Follow me I will give you an escort to the hospital!" and we did. Next thing I remember was waking up in the ER with 7 people trying to hold me down then nothing. I awoke 7 days later unable to see, breathe or hear anything, my face was so swollen you could not see my eyes or ears. After another 14 days of recovery I was released. The injuries; Shattered right eye socket, shattered cheekbone, 3 concussion points, 365 stitches. My skin had split and tore from under the right eye to the center of the forehead then continued to the back of the top of the head. To this day I owe my life to my cousin, father, uncle, AZ DPS, and the staff at the hospital!

    Most recent...Jumped on the AM FS 29er in regular clothes and clip less shoes to take a tour around the neighborhood and right out of the driveway I pull a manual and went back (fingers were not on the rear brake! :nono:) couldn't unclip the right, unclipped the left and planted it wrong and late...POP!! I looked down to see my left foot pointing 90deg to the left and hanging down!!:eekster::eekster::eekster: Since I was in front of the house and we were having a neighborhood garage sale, my daughter saw the whole thing and thought I hurt my back. It wasn't until I got up and picked up the bike and hopped back on one foot, did she notice my dangling foot!! She turned absolutely white and was about to throw up. I jumped right into the car and my son drove me to the ER. From accident to ER was 6 min!!! This happened last Oct 20th, and I am still recovering and can only bear 40% weight as of yet. Injuries; broke 2 pieces of the Tibia of the end, broke 1 piece off the Fibia, completely tore the ligaments between the Tib/Fib at the ankle. Seven screws, one plate and one pin, recovery time 6 months!

    Stay safe! It really sucks to not ride because of bike damage or injury!! :thumbsup:
  • 01-29-2013
    clockwork
    Been banged up pretty good a handful of times but recently had my first real injury and first broken bone ever on somo 4 weeks back ..
    Long story short in my infinte wisdom I took of my FF helmet to cool off which I have done many many times over the years while pedaling my way up somo and other trails. Went thru a notch section I have never had issues getting thru even in my newb days. Lost my balance started going over to the side and backwards ...so I stepped off with my tight laced 5:10 right inbetween two rocks and continued to fall over..Felt like a foot cramp times 100 and still had to get up the mountain to my fellow riders and from there to beune vista with my bike to wait for one of them to ride down drive around and up from pima.

    If I would have had my helmet on I would have worried more about my foot placement and not my noggin. Oh well one bone in 35 years isn't bad. Although my shoulder is a bit messed from hitting so many pine trees at speed in super tight corridors.
  • 01-29-2013
    clockwork
    actually since I have been riding with a camera since 2007 here are a couple of my good ones ..Didn't get the broken foot one but camera was on my helmet just not on . all but the sunrise video was this year lol.





    Sunrise hard hit
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    Angelfire
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    Sixshooter bites back ..
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  • 01-29-2013
    tmarkos
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    30 stitches courtesy of Geronimo.
  • 01-29-2013
    SugarHigh
    Really interesting thread. The pics are crazy. Crash videos are always popular.

    Interesting comments about "best" crashes ...:). I am glad y'all got what I meant.

    I don't feel as stupid now, but Maybe I am more afraid of my bike. :eekster: I am sure that will pass. It is good to be reminded of the risks from time to time. This thread should never be shared with our significant others.
  • 01-30-2013
    nando87
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    Here are a few pics from a couple of my crashes. The ones on my arms have left a pretty good scar, they were much worse that what the pics make them out to be.

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  • 01-30-2013
    MTB Pilot
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    August 2012 at Angle Fire. Too much speed on a big corner to a jump with a booter at the top. First time on that particular trail and hit it not realizing how big it was and how much speed I was carrying. Too neutral of body position, touching down front wheel and went flying. Landed left side head and shoulder first. Had the Contour cam on helmet going, but hit so hard that it doesn't work and could not get the video file to download. Oh and broke my clavicle... a lot:thumbsup:
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  • 01-30-2013
    chongoman
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    Wasn't all the bad of a crash, but it was very dumb and I have a photo of the skin donation. I was riding a rigid fork bike and was getting on for a quick take off after a break. I was going to attempt a little loft over a small area of chunk. I leaned in (as if to compress the suspension fork) and washed out the front tire and forearm slid for a few feet. from my first pedal to resting position it was probably only 15 feet. Loosing that top layer of skin stung like hell for days and did not want to heal. This was all in Desert Classic too. Dumb. Dumb, Dumb.