Mountain Biking - Met my match. Over the bars for my first time
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08-11-05, 06:21 PM
After doing some heavy trail riding in the past few weeks I finally had myself thinking that I had the stamina to do some serious trails. Ive hit some crazy single track recently and loved it to death, the sharp bends and drops were simply awesome and just the fact that your pushing the bike 99% to its limit is a complete adrenaline rush. Well with that in my head I headed to a local trail with a buddy of mine but decided to change it up by taking different roads. Well sure enough i had bit off more than i could che within 30 minutes of uphill and hard pedaling i was out of breath and my legs were fatigued, here was some serious uphill with loose rocks that were almost impossible to pedal up and if we werent going up we were on flat land going through heavy rocks and thick sand then up another steep hill. Some were so steep that it was impossible to pedal up it because the front end would just kick up or i would slide off my seat. After finally getting up the mountain it was a loooonnnnnggg downhill yet again full of loose rocks that seriously psyched me out. I found myself trying to modulate the brakes because if the rears grabbed the rear tire would kick out if and if the fronts grabbed the shock would compress alot more which would raise my rear end. Sure enough after some heavy downhill I went over the bars for my first time which was a crazy experience hahaha. Ended up with a gashed left leg that bled and some scuffs on my arms. Strangely enough my bike came out scratchless except for a bent reflector. We even hit a downhill that was soooo loose that i could not even ride down let alone carry my bike down so i ended up carrying the bike back up! hahahaha. I just thought i would share my story on how i thought i mastered a local trail but did not! and does anyone have any tips on going downhill on some serious looooose rocks and dirt? thanks
08-11-05, 06:28 PM
Sounds like you were heavy on both brakes. Locking either is bad. Your touch will be more delicate with practice.
You are right to modulate. Just don't let your wheels lock up.
you FIRST time over the bars. i went over my bars/a downed tree 2 days ago.
i think the dh guys can help you on rocky conditions. i get my a** back over the rear tire and just flip my pedals over(there is a platform on one side and clip on other) and then have some fun and just go down it fast as i can. i would invest in a good pair of tires.
'fast as i can' untill i get to the pedestrian part, then i hit the brake.
08-11-05, 11:23 PM
I went dirt-jumping with my friend, didn't check out the jump before i went over it, and didn't attack the jump enough. Turns out it was a gap jump, and I didn't clear it. Anyways, wasn't wearing a helmet because I was stupid, flew over the bars. Other than a nasty gash in my head/mild concussion (the doctor didn't say I had one, but I lost memory, so I think he is stupid), and some bad scrapes, I was alright. Didn't break anything, but I think my muscles absorbed most of the impact. I've been sore for the past three days.
Now the question is: since I wasn't wearing a helmet, did I have anything in there worth protecting? It's a catch-22.
Sure enough after some heavy downhill I went over the bars for my first time which was a crazy experience hahaha. Ended up with a gashed left leg that bled and some scuffs on my arms.
Just imagine what damage you would have had if your kickstand had impaled you
YOU BENT YOUR REFLECTOR?????
Dang, that's a bummer!
At least your mirrors, horn and kickstand were ok!!!
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