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    May the blood letting commence

    Like a Samurai sword in the hands of an ancient warrior, that must taste blood once unsheathed, as soon as I unsheathe my bike from its garage, my blood must be drawn somehow too...

    As I picked my self up this morning after another tumble up on the hill, and noticed the new grazes on my leg and arm, I mused that I could not remember a ride when I had not seen red stuff leaking from me, if only pinprick amounts.

    Am I alone in this?

    I do live and ride in an environment where both inanimate and animate objects are hostile in some way: cactus lurking on every bend, sharp granite decomposing quietly all around, and general nastiness in the nicest possible way in every vista. My limbs and torso are a constant reminder of close encounters of all kinds, with a pattern of interlaced scratches, gouges and grazes at varying stages of recovery all over. Thank heaven I seem to heal quickly!
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    I suffer an occasional leakage but thankfully the every ride leakage has subsided with experience over the years.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I used to fall all the time and thought it was great thing since it meant i was riding hard.
    Now, some of those falls are coming back to haunt me as im feeling more aches and pains that can only be atributed to all that abuse in the past.
    I dont fall as much now. I'm either better skilled or most likely im more cautious.

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    That was typical when I started riding, mid '90s. Big rocks of Pennsylvania, no suspension, younger body. Now most of my bleeding is caused from switching to platform pedals with pins, but not on every ride.
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    This is fairly common among about 60% of riders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    This is fairly common among about 60% of riders.
    So, you mean the other 50% never fall?

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    Leakage: carry a patch kit.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Briar caught my left arm this morning near the end of the ride. Pretty good red dribble going on while on the bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I suffer an occasional leakage but thankfully the every ride leakage has subsided with experience over the years.
    DJ, I am quite experienced, been riding off road since I was a nipper, jumping around in the dirt on my old Hercules. Raced in the UK for a while in the late 80s early 90s, and ride regularly in steep and unforgiving terrain. Maybe it's because I am getting less sharp with age, while the foliage is getting more sharp as I pass by. Who knows? I think I am just leakage prone...
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    I get some blood leaking almost every ride too, mostly my lower leg area from the yucca sticking out in the trail. It's good for you everybody needs new blood
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    some weird crazed desert dweller.

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    In my younger days I bled a lot due to youthful exuberance but now at my age, crashing hurts, alot. However every now and then, I do go through a period of nicks and scratches I cannot explain. I like to think of it as my blood sacrifice to the trail gods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    DJ, I am quite experienced, been riding off road since I was a nipper, jumping around in the dirt on my old Hercules. Raced in the UK for a while in the late 80s early 90s, and ride regularly in steep and unforgiving terrain. Maybe it's because I am getting less sharp with age, while the foliage is getting more sharp as I pass by. Who knows? I think I am just leakage prone...
    I wasn't insinuating anything about you. Merely stating my experience with leakers as the years pass. You ride in some gnar desert terrain and it's bound to bite back. I know I've become more cautious of a rider with each passing year which may be part of it. Also some people leak more than others. I can get a scrape and barely leak while another person may leak like an old Harley.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    And just like that, this. Not much but i feel better now.

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    I was curious as to when my last real leaker was. It was in October of 2015 on film. A stupid crash on a section I've ridden numerous times. After a long climb I started my descent and I'm thinking I was tensed up ended up on a line to the left of what I normally choose. I got too close to the left edge and washed out.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Nice pins DJ!

    That is almost what I did yesterday, but mine was on this ultra-steep little rock drop that I have ridden down a few hundred times without mishap. There's a couple hundred foot drop after a little jink to the right if you overcook it, but you'd have to be real dumb to do that. If you just weight right back and take it easy right thru the middle, you're OK... usually... for some reason I think I willed myself to go otb this time. I just got that thought as I was half way down and that was it, target fixation of a kind... duh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Nice pins DJ!

    That is almost what I did yesterday, but mine was on this ultra-steep little rock drop that I have ridden down a few hundred times without mishap. There's a couple hundred foot drop after a little jink to the right if you overcook it, but you'd have to be real dumb to do that. If you just weight right back and take it easy right thru the middle, you're OK... usually... for some reason I think I willed myself to go otb this time. I just got that thought as I was half way down and that was it, target fixation of a kind... duh!

    Thanks, LOL. . . It's genetic, my whole family has serious calf muscles. It comes from my dads side.

    And if you think it, it's bound to happen. It seems most of my over the bar encounters have happened just moments after I had a thought of going over the bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Thanks, LOL. . . It's genetic, my whole family has serious calf muscles. It comes from my dads side.
    Huh? Where did that come from? Is pins a new word for calf muscles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Nice pins DJ!
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    Thanks, LOL. . . It's genetic, my whole family has serious calf muscles. It comes from my dads side.
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    Huh? Where did that come from? Is pins a new word for calf muscles?
    When people refer to pins it usually means your calf muscles look like bowling pins.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    You mean like this DJ?

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    Or like this maybe?


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    Or, god forbid, something like this where you've had a 2 men's wedding tackle surgically implanted in your lower legs...


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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    When people refer to pins it usually means your calf muscles look like bowling pins.
    Ha! Ok, thanks for the clarification.

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    Funny, I've never seen most of y'all's faces but I've seen a good number of y'all's legs!
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    Yes, not at all uncommon to get scratched up. unfortunately, lately my bleeding is internal which takes much longer to heal. wa wa. (My finger hurts)

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    those sandals are so 2015.
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Yes, not at all uncommon to get scratched up. unfortunately, lately my bleeding is internal which takes much longer to heal. wa wa. (My finger hurts)
    those sandals are so 2015.
    So how is your finger doing? It took mine a long time to get 100% back to normal. And it was a pinky, I think you dislocated an index (?)
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    I haven't been able to sleep for the last month or so wondering about OneSpeeds finger. Is it healed yet? And for the record I retired those sandals before the 2016 roll over.

    Edit: I just noticed the bowling pin photos RC posted up. Yikers! I'd have to work at to get even close to that ugly mess. I get calf cramps just looking at the photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    So how is your finger doing? It took mine a long time to get 100% back to normal. And it was a pinky, I think you dislocated an index (?)
    it's no bueno. broken, still purple, no mobility, super sensitive, blah blah blah. stupid finger. I can't even ride trails really, well, I just kind of started again on 5" tires with suspension. My finger is an A-hole.

    it's the soft tissue that's soar and taking forever to heal. the bone feels fine (but apparently is still bleeding 7 weeks later?) started seeing a hand specialist and doing PT. bottom line is it's going to take months. yippee

    Good news though, i built up my Dragon frame and it's ready to roll. I also picked up an All-City Nature Boy Disc frame for kicks. that one will go together in a few weeks. And I should be receiving my custom frame sometime in the next 6-8 months. hopefully. It's already 6 weeks overdue. :thumbsdown: I was assured it was getting built last week but strangely I've gotten no news about it. I couldn't ride it even if it was here, I think that's the only reason I haven't lost my mind over it.

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    It's typically the shrubs (arizona plants are all armed with pointy things) that make me bleed but i do bleed on every ride.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    holy sidebar batman. sorry, did I over-share?
    No, not at all, nice break from the eBike Rant and 60% of people are dumb threads I spent way too much time in this weekend.

    Sux about your finger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post

    holy sidebar batman. sorry, did I over-share?
    Nope, but don't get me started on those 'minor' appendages! I jammed and broke the index finger on my right hand last year in a slow speed crash, and it is still twisted. A very painful experience... no blood on the outside of my flesh tho...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    It's typically the shrubs (arizona plants are all armed with pointy things) that make me bleed but i do bleed on every ride.....


    You're not having fun until you urinate blood
    Urinating blood always brings a wry smile to my face... Most blood letting is flora-induced, with rock scrapes and pedal pin punctures running close behind. I did a particularly painful thing last year when I managed to fly headfirst into a chainfruit cholla bush. Now THAT brought a wry smile, and a lot of pain-related drooling. Followed by several hours at the tweezer.
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