Mountain Biking - Crash...and it's my fault too :)
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About 4 or 5 days ago I was doing my normal 9 mile loop at Lost Valley. I do the loop 2 or 3 times depending on how much time I have. The loop is pretty tame and I usually ride each loop in about 45 min. We had a bad storm a day or 2 before so there were alot of trees down and some were crossing the trail so I was careful and either went around or over them. Until the downhill on the gravel road on the backside where a twelve-inch diameter tree had fallen. And because of the way it landed, the end that was on the trail, lay hovered 6 inches above the trail (if that makes sense). By the time I saw it, I was going about 30-35 mph and all I could do was to get my front wheel up in hopes that the back would follow. Well.... it followed, but not quite the way I'd hoped. I flew (airborne- clipless and attached) 20 feet down the trail and skid on the gravel another 15 ft. Of course, as the story goes, I laid there for a minute, realized I was still alive, took inventory of body parts and their mobility. I concluded that I'd broken a finger and possibly my shoulder. Too much adrenaline still pumping to feel the pain yet, so I moved the tree from the path, hopped back on my bike and road the mile and a half back to my car. It was on the way to the Urgent Care Center that the pain kicked in. MOTHER FRACKER!!!!!!!!! I know what you're all thinking. The Yeti is fine. But I ended up with a dislocated and broken ring-finger, road rash from head to toe and pulled tendons in my shoulder, and four prescriptions. Two of which I call Happy Pills ;o) The moral? Always look down the trail, not down in front of you. Lesson learned.
Glad it's nothing serious. How long did the doctor say to stay off the bike? Hopefully not too long. Did you check your helmet for scratches/cracks? 30-35mph is a good clip to be going. Must have been a heck of a downhill.
I ALMOST DID THE SAME THING TODAY!!!
NO LIE, comming down the fireroad a and there lies a tree(wasnt there when i was going up) turned to the side of the trail and hit the brakes, close one.
i hate downed trees. well good thing nothing major, just a digit. and thank god the bike is ok ;)
I have to stay off the bike for at least 2 weeks for the tendons in the finger to tighen back up again. The helmet is fine, no dings or other signs of damage. The down hill is not really steep but if you pedal your ass off you can get going fast. myself and 2 friends(one with a computer) got going 38mph a few weeks ago.
09-30-05, 09:54 AM
Nothing serious? Sounds like a bad one to me. Sorry to hear about your misfortune. I've ridden this trail and all I was thinking on the way down was, "man it would suck to bite it here." I think I maxed out around 25 before I wussed. I came across a small tree, maybe 3" in diamater across the road. I slowed down a bit and hopped over it with no problem. Is this one you hit, or was it a bigger one? I know about shoulder injuries from whitewater kayaking. Some people recover quickly and others take a while. Hope yours is a short one.
I got up after I figured out all my parts were working (except the finger) and moved the tree out of the way. I wish the tree was 3 inches because on a bike with almost 6 inches of travel that would have been no problem :) . The shoulder is healing quickly so I will be on the trail again around the 2nd or the 3rd of Oct. Although this next time around I will ride the loop slow the first time to make sure there are no suprises :) . Thank you all for the well wishes and I am glad nothing really bad happened.
09-30-05, 11:53 PM
dern man, heal up fast. i was just out tooling around today on my rig, going up a relatively steep leaf-covered hill, and somehow got a stick caught in my front wheel...went over the bars--ouch! nothing bad, just coupla bruises and scratches, and thankfully no damage to my bike.
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