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Old 02-13-12, 02:00 AM   #1
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MTB ride with a hamfisted ending (warning graphic!)

Yesterday I rode another one of my old favorites, the Salmon Falls Trail in El Dorado County, CA. This was only my second real mtb ride in 15 years. The first one was in Auburn last weekend.

This trail seemed more difficult than the ones I did in Auburn, due to how technical it is. I intended to climb the 2 mile long Flagstaff Hill, but I overshot the trail leading to it.

On the way out I saw people walking and resting on a climb, so I knew this would be a good climb on the way back. Sure enough, it made me live up to my username! I made it all the way up without walking or resting. I did pick a wrong line and stall out once, but I restarted and continued on.

I saw another cyclist with a GoPro on his helmet. He was riding with a friend. They noticed my chest-mounted GoPro and that sparked a good conversation. One of the guys was riding a hybrid with 700x35c tires!

On the way back I saw a lot of dog walkers and petted a few dogs. Then the hamfist of the day occurred when I attempted to descend the most ridiculously technical section of trail I've ever encountered. It was a slow-speed crash too. Yes, it was caught on video!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/149250811

Raw footage, so my standard heavy breathing on climbs audio warning applies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbdq1zN7Bz4

Sign I should have heeded, at least on the descent. I had no problem cleaning this climb, but the descent was another story!

caution sign on Salmon Falls Trail technical section by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

The section I crashed on

extremely technical section of Salmon Falls Trail by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

The aftermath. It wasn't as bad as it looks, just a few scrapes.

mountain bike crash aftermath 2-12-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

After cleaning up

mountain bike crash aftermath 2-12-12 (cleaned up) by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

View of American River from near the above technical section

view of American River from Salmon Falls Trail by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

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Old 02-13-12, 10:55 AM   #2
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That was either what happens when you take the wrong line

OR

What happens when you don't pay attention to the signs, and try to do more than you should.

Me I am usually in the second group, as I don't care what I can or can't do. I want to learn to do tomorrow, what I can't do today...
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Old 02-13-12, 11:20 AM   #3
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I think like you! Since I honestly can't remember if I used to ride that section or walk it, I figured I'd ride it.

The guy near the end of the video who cleans that section shows us how it's done! I need to study his technique, or walk that section.
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Nice, some of that ride looks pretty harsh...how did your arms/shoulders feel afterwards
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Old 02-13-12, 12:00 PM   #6
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Shoulders are fine. Slight scrapes on my left arm, no blood. It's bruised though, as I found out the hard way last night when I tried to lean on it while laying down. YEOWCH!

Bike has a scuff on the left side bar end, but looks fine otherwise. I will inspect it when I lube the chain, which needs to be done after every mtb ride. Road cycling only requires it every few weeks.
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Looks like a fun place to ride, thanks for the vid!
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You're welcome. Hopefully someday I can post a video of me cleaning that section.
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You're welcome. Hopefully someday I can post a video of me cleaning that section.
Will that be in a fench maid's outfit?
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I know, mtb slang is rather odd. There's been some new words added in the past 15-20 years. "Gnar" is one that comes to mind. I don't remember hearing that back in 1992.
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Yes, thanks for the video.

Looks like a fun ride. It also looks like falling to your left is a far better plan than falling to the right might be. So when are going back to try it again ??? . From reading your posts I suspect that 100 yards has just become a personal challenge.

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The old adage for mountain biking is, " If you didn't get bloody during your mountain bike ride, you weren't riding hard enough". In this case, you were riding plenty hard enough!
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Nice video, but where is the graphic part? When I crashed on my MTB, I was dong about 30 (both times). I'd have to say that even the language was faaaaar more graphic. I went tumbling and the recorded stayed on capturing the tumble and the language. I should have kept it.

But I only bled once. Second time was a separated shoulder.
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To Ken_onabike: It will definitely be a personal challenge, as long as I don't chicken out right before the descent! That's why I need to study the technique of the guy who cleaned it near the end of the video. Thumbs-up to him for a job well done!

Hill-Pumper (love that username!): I have heard that saying too. I wonder if that's part of what people mean by "gnarly"?

I really enjoy the technical stuff, which might be another meaning of "gnarly", but I'm way behind on current mtb slanguage.

Mr. Beanz. Ouch! I agree, you should have kept the footage. It might have become your most popular vid!

I had to give people a heads-up because of the blood. Some people are very squeamish. Like with my raw footage, I think it's a good idea to warn people so they don't click on something they may not like.
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I had to give people a heads-up because of the blood. Some people are very squeamish. Like with my raw footage, I think it's a good idea to warn people so they don't click on something they may not like.
I know, I was just conversatin'....Good thing I didn't have ac amera the first time I crashed. Over the bars into a body slam. If I had a camera in the rear pocket at the time, I'm thinking broken bone somewhere.
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Yikes! Good thing you didn't!

My mother likes to watch my videos. She freaked out watching the last one because of the technical sections and the descent speeds, which look faster with the chest-mounted cam than with the helmet mount.

I'm dreading the email I'm gonna get after she sees this vid!
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Hahahaha! I told my Mom that when we ride GMR we ride down real slow to be safe. She saw my GMR Thunderstruck video and freaked.

I thought you said you ride down slow? I do, much slower than I used to.
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I love that Thunderstruck video! Glad you still have it!

My mom hasn't seen that 50 mph Beatty Drive descent from last February, thank God!

I don't descend really slow, but I'm not reckless either.

I told my father about Mom's freaked-out email and he laughed. I love his sense of humor!
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Mr. Beanz & freighttraininguphill

I would really like to see those downhill videos if you could find me a link please...

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I would really like to see those downhill videos if you could find me a link please...

THANK YOU BOTH
If you are talking about my Thunderstruck video, it's a roadie vid not an MTB but here it is anyways. My MTB crash video was deleted a long time ago.

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If you are talking about my Thunderstruck video, it's a roadie vid not an MTB but here it is anyways. My MTB crash video was deleted a long time ago.

That was exactly what I wanted to see thank you.

How fast were you going? For me the fastest I've done downhill is just under 45mph (I wanna hit 50).
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Yikes -your braver than I. iwould be totally paranoid of going over the edge. Then again, I pull my brakes on road descents over 20 mph - cant break the fear factor.
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I would really like to see those downhill videos if you could find me a link please...

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Mine is also a road descent. Short and sweet, but fast! Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNQ6Jk6aNic
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Do they make cameras and bike computers that will talk to each other? It would be fun to see a little speed indication in the corner.
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Ask and ye shall receive!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkdeSSTY0QE

I used software called DashWare to sync the data from my Garmin to the video.
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