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    I'm excited for my first ride in a long time. My wife had a procedure called a high tibial osteotomy performed about 7 weeks ago in the hope that it will let her avoid knee replacement surgery for another 20 years or so. We don't have family in the area and both kids are off at college so I've been her caretaker in addition to my job. She still has a bunch of metal sticking out of her leg but she can finally get herself around well enough that I can take off for a ride without arranging for someone to be at the house to help her. I'm just going to ride the Sand Hills trails from home for ~90 min tomorrow morning. Not the big SC thrill ride but it's a great place to get back in shape and there are some hidden goodies out there.

    I'm going to enjoy it while I can. We're scheduling her other leg for mid-December when the kids will be coming home for Winter break. I hate to mess up their break but I need the help the first few weeks post-op. After that, I probably won't get out again until late Feb.
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    I've joined Roughster on the couch. Last Saturday I hit the drop by Serpentine trail at Tamo way on the left side, which is higher and it was super windy. . .and I lost it. And I guess I hit the sweet spot.

    Clavicle broken into 4 pieces
    5 fractured ribs
    Fractured Scapula
    Very small pneumothorax (punctured lung)

    3 days in the hospital due to the pneumo. I opted for the surgey and titanium plate to fix my clavicle. Self healing would take twice as long and my clavicle would be 1 inch shorter permanently. If you ever snap your collarbone in half, I'd go with the plate. I already have partial functionality of my bunk arm and the ribs hurt worse than the operation site. Broken ribs suck, holy God. The pneumo is self healing so far.

    After I wrecked I hit Roughster up right away to get his feedback. Which was a great albeit convenient/unfortunate resource. He helped me decide to go with the plate. And someone to commiserate with. Those first few days are rough and it was good to have someone to talk me off the cliff a bit. And someone who totally gets it. My wife, not so much. She's been really great but clearly over me hurting myself on the bike.

    So now the slow path to recovery.

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    Man, you and Roughster are racking up some serious beauty marks. Hope you heal up fast. Looks like you've had some other work on that same shoulder at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    I'm excited for my first ride in a long time. My wife had a procedure called a high tibial osteotomy performed about 7 weeks ago in the hope that it will let her avoid knee replacement surgery for another 20 years or so. We don't have family in the area and both kids are off at college so I've been her caretaker in addition to my job. She still has a bunch of metal sticking out of her leg but she can finally get herself around well enough that I can take off for a ride without arranging for someone to be at the house to help her. I'm just going to ride the Sand Hills trails from home for ~90 min tomorrow morning. Not the big SC thrill ride but it's a great place to get back in shape and there are some hidden goodies out there.

    I'm going to enjoy it while I can. We're scheduling her other leg for mid-December when the kids will be coming home for Winter break. I hate to mess up their break but I need the help the first few weeks post-op. After that, I probably won't get out again until late Feb.
    Andy- good luck to you and your wife. I wish her good healing vibes, and to you as well. Sounds like you need to get out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrkrft69 View Post
    I've joined Roughster on the couch. Last Saturday I hit the drop by Serpentine trail at Tamo way on the left side, which is higher and it was super windy. . .and I lost it. And I guess I hit the sweet spot.
    Looks familiar! I am starting to work on range of motion slight stretches as directed by my Dr.

    I start physical therapy next week which will also focus on range of motion. The swelling has come down quite a bit, but still some pretty intense pains when I lift my arm "shoulder high". I am hoping it is not indicative of soft tissue damage aka rotator cuff / labrum, but Dr. said wouldn't do MRI until after the clavicle heals anyways.

    4 more weeks minimum before they expect the bones to be healed / fused to the plate. I am not looking forward to October
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    Perfect weather on the peninsula for riding. Warm/sunny and no wind. Usually it is windy/cold with the fog rolling in.

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    In Truckee for the weekend. First time riding in North Lake. Didn't get in until around 3:30 on Friday, so I rode Jackass and some of the stuff higher up the mountain. I also had a chance to ride the super fun new downhill run parallel to Jackass (I'm really confused about what this is called; official name is A-1 it seems but locals were calling it Donkey Kong?), amazing trail construction out there across the board.

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    Yesterday I did a big loop on the rim trail starting in Tahoe City -- rode down the road a bit, up to TRT, over Painted Rock, and down Glass Mountain. A little ice and snow (less than 100ft total I'd say) on the way up Painted Rock. The descent down Painted Rock was fantastic -- it doesn't really compare to Jackass stuff as that is purpose built for bikes, but it was still amazingly fun and flowy.

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    Big Chief is the target for today.

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    I avoided the usual way down from UC and hit old cabin and the englesman re route. It was a very pleasant change of pace. Living in Aptos i rarely get past Nisene and glad I did.
    There was maybe 4 cars in the parking lot on golf links at 3:30 when I left up Emma.

    Great job on the englesman reroute from mbosc, and the ride back on the road was not even that bad. I have ridden wilder maybe 2 times, with the exception of one trail, in the past 5 years. That is probably going to change.

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    ^^^ The new Englesman reroute and Old Cabin are sweet, sweet trails.

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    I rode Nisene yesterday afternoon. Met a sizable group of locals at Sand Point that were on the final stretch of an annual ride. They had started on Hwy 35 above Half Moon Bay, pieced together s/t over to Summit Rd., then went up around Demo and down to Aptos (70ish miles/10K). I showed a handful of them the fun way to get to Beer30. It was honor to ride on their coattails!
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    I also rode Jackass for the first time today (twice). Had lots of fun on it.

    Rode Sawtooth, Upper & Lower Big Chief on Saturday for the 2nd time. Rode it better the first time when I was "blind." Think the elevation starts sapping me quicker when above 6k'.

    Have to give props to the trail elves up there, impressed by both the diversity and quality of the trail construction.

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    Conditions were beautiful on Tam yesterday.

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    At least until coming around the mountain to where you could see the American Fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Callender View Post
    I rode Nisene yesterday afternoon. Met a sizable group of locals at Sand Point that were on the final stretch of an annual ride. They had started on Hwy 35 above Half Moon Bay, pieced together s/t over to Summit Rd., then went up around Demo and down to Aptos (70ish miles/10K). I showed a handful of them the fun way to get to Beer30. It was honor to ride on their coattails!
    Fun way to Beer30? This is something I must learn.
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    4 Day's in Ashland Oregon for this guy. Mom-Nature delivered once again up there with insanely good conditions for Saturday's CES Finale.

    All the brown-pow was shredded and the race went off without a hitch like usual.

    Local (Salinas) ripper Dillon Santos took 2nd behind local-legend (Ashland) Nathan Riddle in a back-n-forth race.

    Good times had by all. If you haven't been, GO.
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    There were a bunch of ambulance/rescue vehicles at the bottom of the poop chute yesterday around 12:45. Not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    Fun way to Beer30? This is something I must learn.
    I'm actually more of a burgerdot (burger.) man, but I could definitely show you sometime! I'll shoot you a pm tonight.
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    Looks like a white-trash pick nick...

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Looks like a white-trash pick nick...
    Well, I did grow up in North Carolina.

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    Auto vs Bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMachinist View Post
    There were a bunch of ambulance/rescue vehicles at the bottom of the poop chute yesterday around 12:45. Not good.

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    Dr. gave me the okay to do some light hiking, so decided to do some self analysis / investigation. Headed up to the scene of the crime since it is only about 1 mile from my house:

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    Sorry I know the photos severely over-exposed, just wanted to get the contrast at the corner. The week before the accident, I cleaned up the long fairly steep entrance chute which made coming into the top of the half pipe with a lot of speed easy.

    The day of the crash, I went out before work and weed whacked and raked the entire half pipe include the top entrance turn. This is important as there was some star thistle crowding the inside edge of the turn that I weed whacked level opening up in essence a lower inside entrance. This becomes important to me since I think I found why I crashed at a spot I have literally ridding a hundred times.

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    The green arrow is my path. The blue arrow is the "normal" trail and entrance. The red line is a ridge about 5-6" in height that is hard and used to be the inside edge of the entrance. With the weed whacking the morning of, it gives the opening turn a much more open feel and puts the ridge dead smack in the middle of the turning radius.

    As you can see following the green arc, I think I entered the top entrance crossing from below the red ridge up to the "normal" blue line carrying a little more speed than I normally would.

    I believe what happened is I clipped or skipped down the red ridge and my front wheel washed / spiked right after I initiated my right hand turn / lean somewhere around the magenta star. Given the wheel turn, I think I ended up going OTB at the top and basically noes diving straight down the entrance chute.

    If it all played out like this, and this is closely aligning to my memories, I would've fell about 8 feet (vertical drop) in the air landing straight on my right shoulder where the trail completes the right hand turn and is horizontal. This is where I ended up for sure as I sat on that section of the trail while I tried to come to terms with the pain in my shoulder.

    Not sure why but I really have been itching to get up there and look at it. It felt good to see it again and give myself a chance to hopefully better understand why I crashed. I really wish there was video

    I will definitely be removing the red ridge and probably banking / in-cutting the entrance turn to allow a more natural carry of the new speed from the cleaned up chute leading to the half pipe.

    I start PT this Friday and am itching to get riding again, but still have a few weeks before the bone is healed. No riding until that happens for sure! Tom Petty said it best:

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    Roughster, thanks for the detailed report. How fast were you going when you went down?

    I hope you are healing well.

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    Ouch dude.

    My last fall about two months ago was due to a somewhat similar ridge. There's a rock on one of the main trails in GB that is fun to air off of. Not big. Center of the trail. People ride around on both sides. I didn't realize that the ridearounds had developed a ridge in the landing that was bigger than I expected as the summer wore on. Landed wheels on one side while leaning a bit too far toward the other. Slid out sideways. Thankfully wasn't going super fast.

    Heal up man.

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    Going back to Strava it's really easy to see where the crash occurred.

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    13.6 mph. I think my speed contributed to the crash, aka why it occurred, but the impact I think came more from the fact that I basically launched into open air in a steep chute and then accelerated vertically at 9.8 m/S^2!

    This picture from last year captures the setup and steepness of the entrance. I basically launched from where I am in that picture to end of the initial arc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Going back to Strava it's really easy to see where the crash occurred.

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    13.6 mph. I think my speed contributed to the crash, aka why it occurred, but the impact I think came more from the fact that I basically launched into open air in a steep chute and then accelerated vertically at 9.8 m/S^2!

    This picture from last year captures the setup and steepness of the entrance. I basically launched from where I am in that picture to end of the initial arc.

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    Amazing analysis. It made me cringe to read with my own flashbacks jumping in, but I can see how if you washed out your wheel to the left, that would set you up perfectly to land on your right side.

    I have no idea what ultimately took me out but I do know that I hit the drop at a point I'd never hit it at before, which was higher and further left. I'm pretty sure there's a little kicker on that side too. I was going too fast, it was super windy and the landing was flat. I ended up in the grass so there's a chance I landed off the trail, maybe. And it had to happen really fast because I had no time to put my hand out. Not a scuff anywhere else on my body.

    Looks like I could hike in there from a nearby neighborhood to analyze. My ridelog got erased because I never stopped it after the wreck. . . .

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    Hitting the ground while accelerating at 9.8 m/S^2 is the cause of many injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopaminer_09 View Post
    Auto vs Bike?
    There were no people around, so I assume they hiked up the trail to rescue somebody who got hurt on the hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Hitting the ground while accelerating at 9.8 m/S^2 is the cause of many injuries.
    This is true!

    Since my shoulder is pretty sore from yesterday’s big adventure, I decided to work on my sons bike with some minor “bling” upgrades. I put on a new x10 Ti chain, gold Wake bars, and Orange grips. This is added to the gold valve stem caps and gold pedals. I’ve got a gold saddle and gold headset spacer set on the way. Debating gold brake rotors...

    Evidentially, broken collarbones are the devils playthings!

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    The best liqueur I've ever had. From northern Italy, smuggled in!

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    I rode Annadel on Sunday and took my Homegrown hardtail out instead of my old SweetSpot. While climbing on Canyon, I encountered a guy coming down toward me. As he got closer, I noticed he was on a '97/'98 Schwinn Sweetspot. I thought, "Cool, I'm not the only one". 100 yards up the trail, I encountered a woman coming down towards me and she was on a '99/'00 Bassboat Orange Sweetspot.

    I've never seen anyone riding these bikes, since they were deemed to be unrideable almost 20 years ago. Now, I know of three that are ridden in my own back yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    ...carrying a little more speed than I normally would.

    I believe what happened is I clipped or skipped down the red ridge and my front wheel washed / spiked right after I initiated my right hand turn / lean ...
    Took a downhill turn too fast for the lack of traction in the dried out NorCal conditions and broke a bone... sorry man, I did this a couple times recently, and I wish you a speedy recovery. Hopefully your bones will heal and you won't have to wait on tendon/ligament healing slowness.

    Nice analysis.

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    Report from the field...

    Windy Hill OSP, closed:





    Mindego Hill, Russian Ridge OSP, closed:





    White Oak Trail, Monte Bello OSP, trailwork:



    (That is as close to paving the trail as you can get :-/ )
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    Quote Originally Posted by rafekett View Post
    In Truckee for the weekend. First time riding in North Lake. Didn't get in until around 3:30 on Friday, so I rode Jackass and some of the stuff higher up the mountain. I also had a chance to ride the super fun new downhill run parallel to Jackass (I'm really confused about what this is called; official name is A-1 it seems but locals were calling it Donkey Kong?), amazing trail construction out there across the board.

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    Yesterday I did a big loop on the rim trail starting in Tahoe City -- rode down the road a bit, up to TRT, over Painted Rock, and down Glass Mountain. A little ice and snow (less than 100ft total I'd say) on the way up Painted Rock. The descent down Painted Rock was fantastic -- it doesn't really compare to Jackass stuff as that is purpose built for bikes, but it was still amazingly fun and flowy.

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    Big Chief is the target for today.
    I will have to explore some of that


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    Got in a UC lap this morning..perfect weather. Decent conditions surprisingly not much dust..



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