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    Ho-Jahm Hocam's Avatar
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    So I really suck at mountain biking (Somewhat gory pics inclosed)





    Sorry for the blurr, it was the best my camera on macro mode could do. I count ~10 stitches.

    I went for my fourth ride yesterday on some much less technical trails than I had been doing when a 1' drop-off surprised me. Went over the bars and my face met the frozen ground with more enthusiasm than I would've preferred. I dusted myself off, noticed copious amounts of blood and started turning the pedals back in what I hoped was the direction of my car. The cold air seemed to help numb things up and stop the bleeding on the way. Before they cleaned me up I looked like a zombie that just took a few bites out of someone; so aside from a big triangle of skin hanging off above my lip it was hard to tell how bad things were.

    Teeth, jaws and neck are fine so it could've been much worse. Good thing I don't obsess over my appearance to start with. Face is still swollen, hard to speak/eat.

    yay.
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    WTF is that smell? crackerjab's Avatar
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    My face once got into a fight with the pavement one day while road biking.

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    Hope you look good with facial hair.

    Sorry to hear about your get off. Glad that you did not break anything and that your bike is okay.
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    YOWCH! Glad it's stuff that will heal ok and not yer teeth or facial bones!

    I have some spots I want to try - spots where I've seen some broken bicyclists come limping/carried out - and some badly mangle bikes; however I am not and am chomping at the bit to get in there, my mtb friends seem to have grown up and away and I don't see them anymore to make them come out and play. So I wait, grr

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    oh no! Hocam, glad to hear you are OK!
    i woke up one morning and i stepped out of bed | had to get a bike, had to paint it red
    Of all the treasures I have, itís the memories that are the most precious.

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    Ouch! Classic faceplant.

    BTW, you do not suck at mountain biking. The next time something happens, yell, "First blood!" making everyone else look like a wuss.

    Besides, we don't need any more roadies. Stick with it.
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    You don't suck at mountain biking.

    You suck at face-planting.
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    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    ah deceleration trauma, glad you're ok for the most part...no separated shoulders, or busted clavicles . Now get back out there and jump the drop, show it's who's boss. It only got you by surprise that time, next time it's toast.

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    Dang, dude. Glad you're ok. I've been avoiding crashing on a mountain bike since I started.

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    Thanks all, it's not stopping me but I may or may not go out this weekend depending on how things are closing up.

    I think I must have been braking when I went over the drop and the front wheel just stopped when it hit the ground. Should I have pulled up hard on the bars and landed hit rear wheel first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
    Thanks all, it's not stopping me but I may or may not go out this weekend depending on how things are closing up.

    I think I must have been braking when I went over the drop and the front wheel just stopped when it hit the ground. Should I have pulled up hard on the bars and landed hit rear wheel first?
    yes, do a wheelie off the drop and attempt to land on both wheels at the same time. Landing any jump on the front alone almost always = fail.

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    You might want to wait for some more healing first, sweat and dirt into stitched areas might be a recipe for infection.

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    Damn dude, must've injured yourself pretty good if you didn't mention if the rig was damaged or not. Practice hucking off smaller stuff, first. Did you have enough momentum? A 2 foot jump I had no business attempting dropped me in the hospital for four days this season.

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    Yeah maybe I'll wait til things close before another ride.

    The bike barely got scratched, it practically landed on me because I was still clipped in. Plenty of momentum, just should have pulled up on the bars.
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    So do you have that "I cheated death" feeling? I remember thinking that when I did a faceplant in February.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    I did something similar to my face once. Sadly, instead of mountain biking, I was busy falling off of a porch at a New Year's Eve party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boresville View Post
    I did something similar to my face once. Sadly, instead of mountain biking, I was busy falling off of a porch at a New Year's Eve party.
    I was pushed out a door, planted on a sidewalk and did all sorts of damage ...

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    Geez, glad you didn't break anything. Hope you get better soon bro!!
    " The love you withhold is the pain you carry, lifetime after lifetime."

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    heal quickly dude!
    And remember, chics dig scars.

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    My best 'plant was busting my cheek on a handrail after a bad corner on a fast steep set of stairs in Montreal. I can feel the nerve there when I have a sinus cold now ... heal up and go git that drop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
    Should I have pulled up hard on the bars and landed hit rear wheel first?

    Yes! But if the drop took you by surprise, you may not have had time to react anyway. Practice by jumping off stairs. No wait, don't do that.

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    After a coupla busted jaws and missing teef, most zoobombers now wear full face helmets when they attempt to do stupid stuff like that. I just saw two crashes this Sept where both girls were lucky they had full face helmets on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Hope you look good with facial hair.
    What facial hair?

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    ^^ That gray stuff around my mouth is sometimes considered facial hair.

    ModoVincere is right about the chicks, one of them seemed pretty interested earlier today.

    I'll get the drop eventually...
    Last edited by Hocam; 12-09-08 at 06:10 PM.
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    The blur + carnage makes you look like a zombie.

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