First bike. First Ride. First Fall.-
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  1. #1
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    First bike. First Ride. First Fall.

    Got my first bike finally. A 2010 Focus Black Forest:

    I have a friend that's pretty experienced and he took me to a local trail. It's just a ~6mi trail, but I only ended up making it about 2.5mi. I'm more out of shape than I thought.

    Pretty early in the ride I took a spill. I was rounding a turn and had my pedal down on the side I was turning into (an obvious rookie mistake that I'll not make again), and it hit a root and I flew off the bike onto a rock on my knee. It was pretty painful. I got back on and went the other 2 miles and the pain went away, though I think it was because all I could do was try to keep breathing. Once I stopped and took a break I realized that my knee hurt and was stiff.

    So here I am, wanting to ride, but I can barely straighten my knee. Hoping to be mobile enough to be able to ride this Sunday. I think I'm hooked.

    Also, I'll be investing in knee pads. About to go ahead and pull the trigger on some 661 Kyle Straits.

    Bike specs:

    • Focus Black Hills zero stack aluminum alloy
    • Hydroformed tubes
    • Rock Shox Recon Race RL fork, 100mm travel with remote lockout
    • Shimano XT rear derailleur
    • Shimano SLX front derailleur
    • Shimano SLX rapid fire shifter, 3x9
    • Shimano M542 crankset with external bottom bracket
    • Shimano cassette 11-34t
    • Shimano chain
    • Tektro Auriga pro hydraulic disc brakes (180mm front rotor, 160mm rear rotor)
    • Concept sl stem, seatpost
    • Concept extreme flat handlebar
    • Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires
    • Rodi D 540 disc rims
    • Concept SL disc hubs

  2. #2
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    Sharp looking bike! I was the same way getting back into shape but it will get easier and easier the more you ride.

  3. #3
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    That's a nice bike, even better war scar if you think it's bad now wait til tomorrow. That's the best lesson for you. Keep up the spirit.

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    I had a similar experience.

    Went out with a few buddies who are more experienced ( I rode some in high school, but that was 9 years ago)

    Was going down a decently steep/rocky part of the trail, which they were kind enough to warn me about and suggested I may try walking it down til I got used to it. But of course I didn't listen, I mean I'm *me* and can do it right?

    About half way down the incline I just lost it, hit a rock pretty hard with my knee and then roughed up my back and arms pretty good in a tumble that had to look hilarious ( I'm 6'1, 190 lbs). Then walked the 2 miles back with my new taco'd wheel.

    Took me 2 weeks to walk normal and it is still 'healing'. Make sure you heal up before you go at it too hard again, or you'll just end up hurting again.

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    Nice looking bike, OUCH!!
    I don't look forward to falling, but I know it is bound to happen, need some protection

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    Haha my first ride out after over a decade of not riding I had a couple nice pedal strikes on my shins. It's funny how I almost missed walking around with scabs all over my legs

    Wasn't nearly as bad as your knee though!

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    kyle straits r a good choice. go for them !

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