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    I accompanied my wife on a trip to a conference in Vail. All went well on our stop off in Steamboat at my sister's house. Nice trails, decent bikes. In Vail. however, I decided to ride the gondola up and give mountain biking a try. The first two runs were fine - I stayed on easy to low intermediate trails and kept well in control. On the final run I hit a deep rut or something while braking and went over the falls. I ended up with two breaks in my left wrist which will keep me out of action for a couple of months. I guess it is some compensation that they are hot months lousy for biking in DC. The worst part of the incident was getting down with a next to useless left hand.

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    Ouch

    Hope you heal quickly.
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    Sorry to hear of your injury. Hope it heals quickly and completely. Your story is one of the reasons that I don't do downhill, off-road biking any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donheff
    The worst part of the incident was getting down with a next to useless left hand.
    Yup, been there.
    Hope you heal quickly and without to much pain.
    But at least you do have a good story to tell and lots of sympathy coming your way when people see your cast.
    I'm not totally useless....I can be used as a BAD example.

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    Depending on the cast position you should be able to do rail to trail with a flat bar bike. Drove my truck the second day home with a cast on my right leg even though the doc said I could not drive for 8 weeks. I found that staying active as much as possible helped the healing process. When they cut off my cast the doc was amazed that I had little muscle loss. Helped erect a log cabin by hand the week the cast came off.

    Stay active!

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    Ouch! I've had 2 casts on my left wrist. Not fun but you learn to adapt. I agree with the 'stay active' advice, and your already good physical condition will help the healing process along. Best wishes for complete, speedy healing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    Depending on the cast position you should be able to do rail to trail with a flat bar bike. Drove my truck the second day home with a cast on my right leg even though the doc said I could not drive for 8 weeks. I found that staying active as much as possible helped the healing process. When they cut off my cast the doc was amazed that I had little muscle loss. Helped erect a log cabin by hand the week the cast came off.

    Stay active!
    That is encouraging Oilman. When I get back to DC I am going to a sports clinic to get the cast and followup. I want docs who are sympathetic with getting back in the game - not just nay sayers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donheff
    .... I guess it is some compensation that they are hot months lousy for biking in DC. .....
    That's what sunrise bike rides are for.

    Get better soon.

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    Sorry to read of your injury....Best of luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donheff View Post
    I accompanied my wife on a trip to a conference in Vail. All went well on our stop off in Steamboat at my sister's house. Nice trails, decent bikes. In Vail. however, I decided to ride the gondola up and give mountain biking a try. The first two runs were fine - I stayed on easy to low intermediate trails and kept well in control. On the final run I hit a deep rut or something while braking and went over the falls. I ended up with two breaks in my left wrist which will keep me out of action for a couple of months. I guess it is some compensation that they are hot months lousy for biking in DC. The worst part of the incident was getting down with a next to useless left hand.
    Sorry to hear about your fall and hope your recovery is rapid. At least you didn't ask us for free medical advice about whether you should go seek medical attention or not!!
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    Sorry about the fall and hope you heal real soon. You forgot to tell us how the bike was though....

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    I appreciate this story and will reflect upon it, should I come upon a mountain bike trail while in West Virginia and entertain any thought of riding it.

    Get well!

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    My best wishes also and thank you for the implied warning.

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    Following my Colles' fracture of the right radius, I was given the usual 6-week orthopaedic constant, in my case 3 weeks in a compression splint followed by 3 weeks in a hand-and-forearm cast. After 4 weeks I missed bicycling enough to get on my mountain bike for some casual on-road cycling. The handlebar extension allowed me to hold my arm in a neutral "handshake" position, and having just the left/front brake was essentially business-as-usual, since I normally don't use the rear brake on dry pavement, other than for speed control on long descents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    I appreciate this story and will reflect upon it, should I come upon a mountain bike trail while in West Virginia and entertain any thought of riding it.

    Get well!
    Yes, get well soon, and Tom wear that helmet in WV. From my experience, there seems to be nothing but nothing but rock gardens, baby heads and gnarly, technical singletrack in that state. (Will somebody check a slang dictionary to make sure I used the right phrases).
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    sorry to hear about your accident.
    you have my best for a speedy and full recovery.

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    Ouch! That hurt just reading about it. Given that I am a southpaw, it hurt a little worse.

    I hope you heal rapidly.

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    sounds like a water bar, they are dangerous as sh*t if you don't know how to ride them.
    hi

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    Quote Originally Posted by donheff View Post
    That is encouraging Oilman. When I get back to DC I am going to a sports clinic to get the cast and followup. I want docs who are sympathetic with getting back in the game - not just nay sayers.
    As soon as you get permission......wait, if you don't ask, they can't say no....anyway, as soon as you are ready to do a bit of rails to trails, I would be happy to join you on the W&OD or Mt Vernon or Capitol Crescent Trail, or which ever trail is most convenient for you.....just say when You can send me a PM so "they" don't find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
    Yes, get well soon, and Tom wear that helmet in WV. From my experience, there seems to be nothing but nothing but rock gardens, baby heads and gnarly, technical singletrack in that state. (Will somebody check a slang dictionary to make sure I used the right phrases).
    Tom has already found 40+ miles of gentle rail trails to ride, within 5 miles of where we will be staying.

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