Mountain Biking - Ouch, Bottoming Out
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04-21-04, 04:31 PM
I was mountain biking through a trail, lah-dee-dah-dee-doo.
theres a small man made jump, i figure ill take it, whats the worse that can happen?
i get about four feet of air, but instead of landing back tire first, i landed both my tires at the same time (my back just a little before the front), and my shox completly bottomed out.
Long story short, fractured left wrist.
You may have seen my other topic on me buying a new fork. WELL IF SOME OF YOU REPLIED MAYBE I WUDVE GOTTEN NEW SHOX AND NOT BROKEN MY WRIST. lol. anyways im home for around a week.
anyone have a good idea for a new fork around 150-200 (preferably the lower end of that price range), theres nothing wrong with the fork i have now, its not broken, that just really convinced me to get a new fork.
also i prefer a fork that would either be available at a lbs or that a lbs cud order, because i really only buy through them, (long story).
04-21-04, 05:19 PM
maybe you need a different spring for your fork.... how much do you weigh, and whats your fork rated for?
04-21-04, 05:39 PM
Did you brake your wrist when you fell off the bike after you landed or when you landed? If it is the second option then maybe you just need to learn to land properly. ;)
As for a fork in the price range you are looking at you might consider a used DJ1 or 2 because nothing it that range will be any good if you jump or do drops alot.
04-21-04, 05:59 PM
I broke my wrist when i landed. my shock bottomed out so the pressure began to go into my hand, no problem, but it was like i had no shock, and instantly when i landed i felt a huge pain in my wrist, later doctor said bad fracture.
err my weight. im a skinny kid. 15 - 125 pounds. Its a horrible fork, and someone gave me the advice to wait till it broke to replace it, well that was bad advice. I normally dont do that kind of thing, in fact i normally only go mtb once or twice a week, and even when i do about 85% of the time i dont go off big drop offs or jumps (over 4 feet).
04-21-04, 06:31 PM
How bout the RockShox Pilot Sl or Pilot XC
Anyone know of an approximate price for that?
And is the pilot series any good?
04-21-04, 06:32 PM
You landed on both wheels for two reasons.
1)You did not shift you weight to over the rear wheel.
2)When going off a jump it is a good practice to lift the front wheel by pulling up on the bars.
04-21-04, 06:42 PM
yah i know kona, i cud point out more that i did wrong, but i dont want this to happen again if this kind of situation is avoidable by just upgrading my fork a little.
Also i have been thinking about the Pilot XC (RockShox).
There for xc riders, which is what i normally do, and can handle hte abuse of when i decide to do a little freeriding. One person told me they bought it for $150, and another person told me $300. Anyone know the cost?
04-21-04, 06:57 PM
The point of my first reply is that it was not the fork's fault.
04-21-04, 07:01 PM
The point of my first reply is that it was not the fork's fault.
Thats what I was implying. I used to jump all the time with a ridged fork and most of the guys I know that ride trials use ridged forks. It is all in the technique.
04-21-04, 07:40 PM
yah ur prob right. but my point is, if i had a shock that could absorb more, it might/probably wouldnt of happened.
mainly bad technique by me though. first thing i do wen i get bak on a bike is work on my landings :-P. if only i had shifted my weight back more, bad technique :(. The if's of mountain bikiking, dont they suck?
04-21-04, 08:05 PM
Even with the best of forks, bad technique will always hurt a person.
04-21-04, 08:15 PM
konarider u look amazingly like mr. t
i got a week to think about my technique now.
guess ill just sit here and ponder
if your wondering wat my fork is its a n sync standard trek shock
04-21-04, 09:04 PM
Yes...alway make sure you can take a jump...I took one the other day..landed sideways...and I think i broke my big toe...it KILLS when i walk...meh...ill se eif its better tomorrow....just ride within abilites
04-21-04, 09:10 PM
Ive landed a four foot drop to flat(ledge) with an RST 191 fork(standard Trek 820 fare), and both wrists intact. I usually land back tire first if and when I jump.
04-21-04, 09:26 PM
Drink more milk, your bones are obviously brittle and you could risk shattering all the bones in your body if you ever crash hard.
04-22-04, 09:38 AM
Drink more milk,
Best advice ive gotten from anybody so far. off to the supermarket for 4 gallons of milk.
If you read carefully the original post, i did land my back wheel a bit earlier, and i did say long story short fractured wrist. so now time for the longer story, since i have nothing better to do.
i had a stiff link in my chain that i had realized i had before, but decided to keep going with it, its not that big of deal. as we all no when the stiff link enters the lil gear by the cassette the lil gear pops up, and it causes a brief moment of little to no resistance , (as if you changed gears really fast), anyways that happened, my footing got screwed up and i panicked, and instead of shifting my weight back decided itd be better to fix my footing. it wasnt messed up that much, and people watching (my friends riding with me), said they hadnt even noticed it, but i panicked and thats the whole shibang. not the stiff links fault, not the forks fault, bad technique -- and panicking too much. thats somthing i do a lot :-\
04-22-04, 06:36 PM
people people people *shakes head*
you dont get any of the calcium from milk because the protein in it leaches it all away...
the only reason milk and dairy are on the Food Guide thing is because its PAID FOR by DAIRY FARMERS....so they put in their own prodcut in so they can make money.
04-22-04, 08:47 PM
fine, ill buy calcium pills. Happy dopefish? lol.
I drink orange juice too, thats loaded with calcium wit like no protien, i think.
04-22-04, 10:49 PM
If you fractured your wrist you're going to be home more than a week.
If it makes you feel any better muffinman, I cased a landing on a staircase on campus during the most crowded hour of the day, in front of like 15 people. Its a simple 3.5-flat wheelie drop basically, but I didn't get enough speed or enough of a wheelie coming off it and went up and straight down on the front wheel. Sad thing is I have done this drop 100 times before. The Fox fork didn't help me here :-) Im pretty certain I broke my knee cap and fractured something in my elbow. Still hurts, but got some nice scars from it.
04-23-04, 09:23 AM
lol makes me feel beter. j/w do any of you ride both wheels on the ground down stairs and just lean back, or do all of you wheelie down them. i ride down on both wheels and dont have a problem, i mainly dont do a wheelie because all though i have the strength to do it i cant seem to hold it for more htne like 2 seconds, i either get it up then it falls right back down, or i pedal too fast and the bike flips back and i land off the bike and on my feet.
any reccomendations for helping my wheelie? i cant seem to find spot between falling forward, and falling backwards, will me going on an extremly low gear like 1-2 or 1-3 help me? I normally use like 1-7 or 1-8.
04-23-04, 10:12 AM
I will wheelie down small sets of stairs but I don't know anyone who could do that on larger sets. As for help on wheelieing I would say practice. I know it sucks but thats how you have to learn with those things. keep practicing and you will eventually find an area on your bike where you feel that you can balance the best and then just practice some more :( . Keep working on it and you will get better at it though.
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