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Old 12-30-13, 03:36 PM   #1
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What is your longest record for being fall or injury free?

I have been riding for 2 years now and I never fell off my bike before, until this weekend. My record was broke.... Yes I have crashed my bike, but every time I have crashed, the crash is so minimal or I am so quick that I always land on my feet. I never fall or get injured. That is until this weekend. For the first time I crashed my bike to the point where there was no possibility of landing cat-like safely on my feet. I crashed, and I slid, and I scraped....

Now that my infamous no fall/no injury streak has been broken, im wondering if there is anyone here that still hasnt had their record broken? Anyone too smooth to fall?
If so, how long has your streak been going on?
If not, what is your record for longest fall free/injury free streak time?
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Old 12-30-13, 03:42 PM   #2
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Old 12-30-13, 03:51 PM   #3
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long time... last crash was while racing... 35+ years ago I ride much slower and more carefully now.

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Well now you did it!!
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Forgot about last week... MTB, new dog on a leash... at least it was on a grass lane.

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I've only gone down twice.

I try to avoid doing stupid things.
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Riding single track on a mountain bike, every time I went out. Sometimes multiple times. Rarely did I injure myself, but it did happen sometimes. Riding road bikes for about 9 years and have yet to go down. I ride well within my skills though.
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An idiot behind the wheel figured prominently in my only bike related injury.
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long time... last crash was while racing... 35+ years ago I ride much slower and more carefully now.
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Me, too. At least 20 years. I was young, fast(ish) and reckless then. I'm old, slow and cautious now.
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Im a young guy but im wise enough to know how to ride cautiously and with pace. I ride like an older guy with moderation. The crash I had recently was due to my ignorance and being careless. Trying to do more then I should have, being too confident in my abilities and riding with a bike that has not been repaired and updated properly after so many miles all resulted in this careless accident that could have been prevented. In short, I was stunting....If one just rides a bike with sense and care, I dont see how one could fall unless it is completely unpreventable...Thats the only exception.
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Riding single track on a mountain bike, every time I went out. Sometimes multiple times. Rarely did I injure myself, but it did happen sometimes. Riding road bikes for about 9 years and have yet to go down. I ride well within my skills though.
Knobster beat me too it. I last crashed on the road bike about 3 years ago, doing an off-camber turn on a wet road. Just some road rash and a bruised hip. Other then that I pretty much never crash on the road bike.

For most of this fall, the only times I wasn't getting hurt was the interval between my mt. bike rides. I had a spinal stinger when I tried to use my head to raise an overhanging branch. A week later I caught a tree with my bar-end and helicoptered on hard ground, chewed up my R knee. Then a week later I missed a log lift-over, fell and caught a handlebar in the upper thigh, the bruise was the size of a hubcap. But I actually haven't fallen in the last 3 mt. bike rides, so Knock, Knock. It just goes with the territory of trying to ride very fast through tight single track, though as I'm 58, my wife thinks I'm crazy.
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Last time I answered one of these was the "how long without a flat tire" thread, I got a flat the very next day. I refuse to answer on the grounds I don't want to fall or get injured.
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Many years ago, I organized a day of mountain biking for a bunch of my friends who belonged to the same road club. We had a great time and had fun chasing my 18 year old son who was light years ahead of all of us in ability off road. At the end of the day one of the women who was with us told me that I rode like someone who had no long term life plans. My view is that to get better at something you have to push the envelope sometimes. Mostly it works out, sometimes it doesn't
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Many years ago, I organized a day of mountain biking for a bunch of my friends who belonged to the same road club. We had a great time and had fun chasing my 18 year old son who was light years ahead of all of us in ability off road. At the end of the day one of the women who was with us told me that I rode like someone who had no long term life plans. My view is that to get better at something you have to push the envelope sometimes. Mostly it works out, sometimes it doesn't
That's true. I ride off road motorcycles as well and the same applies. You have to push a little past your comfort level to become a better rider. That's fine when I was in my 20's, but I'm now in my 40's and it takes 3 times as long to heal from injuries now so I've scaled back to only ride within my comfort level.

Same goes for cycling. I gave up mountain biking. Just to many injuries. Road biking, I listen to my gut. If I feel like I'm going too fast, I slow down. Cooking a curve too hard, I back off. It's kept me injury free since starting road biking. I can't apply it to mountain biking as I tend to lose all common sense when on one of those.
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i have had a fall or crash every few months of singletrack riding since i started in the early 90s

i think i might have gone two years without a crash in the mid 2000s when i was seldom mountain biking
but i solved that by hitting an oddly shaped rock while riding my road bike two blocks from home
then one time riding with my dog and a squirrel ran in front of us

these days with my semi regular outings on the nearby offroad trail network
i fall a few times a year
but have not been actually hurt in a bike accident since the mid 90s
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