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Old 05-31-05, 10:34 PM   #1
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My 1st MTB Fall

It was kind of lame, I was riding in Central Park, up these rocks near Sheep's Meadow, I was clipped into my SPD pedals, started going up a steep incline of rocks, I was in the 32t chainring and 14t rear cog and wasn't able to pedal because it was too steep then all of a sudden I started rolling backwards, couldn't get my feet out of the pedals (damn clipless!) and then fell straight backwards onto my back.

Of course as I'm going down the only thing I was thinking was "Oh sh*t my bike is going to get scratched up!"

I was on the ground and some guy walking his dog was laughing at me. I was pretty embarassed. Surprisingly it was painless and my bike didn't hit the ground because I had it propped up with my legs.

I felt pretty stupid.
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Old 05-31-05, 10:41 PM   #2
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When you are on your back and still clipped in, keep pedaling! Its hilarious!
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Old 05-31-05, 10:53 PM   #3
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lol, that'd make a sight to see. Some guy sitting on the side of a trail upside down, pedalling away
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If i had an extra million dollars, i would pay it to see that ^
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Old 05-31-05, 11:30 PM   #5
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When you are on your back and still clipped in, keep pedaling! Its hilarious!
That would be some sight though. "The fall just stunned me so I kept going." Makes me glad I don't have anything to lock me in. I just jump ship and take it. Not to say I still haven't had my good spills.

Like one time, I took this two foot ramp out in the woods jumped it and then hit the second ramp just like it, but after that, it's a 6 foot dip. Well, I hit it slightly off center so my landing put me in on the sholder of the trail. All I remember is the handle bars spinning out of control and me half jumping the bike. Luckily, no big problems.
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If you do much riding, it won't be your last. For me, half my falls seem happpen because I did something new and/or stupid, and the other half it's like, "How in the **** did that happen???".
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I know where you come from there... Usually, I blow it going for some speed on a turn where there is a root sticking out I didn't remember. *BAM* Suddenly, I'm flying off course slightly so either I have to wish for luck or just jump. ...I'm usually hoping for luck though.

Another good thing that you can run into is jumping a gap with two ramps and not getting enough lift. Those cases either I flip the bike or end up flying over it.

As for the stupid moves, I was out behind a Wal-mart with some friends doing some "street biking." But I was trying to go under a trailer locked in the side of the building. First time was fine, then I took it faster and under a different part. Well, this different part was an inch and a half lower. Well, that was enough to get me to freak when I was under. So I tried slowing down but I messed up and ended up sheering off my shift lever cover/indicator. Right now I have that thing rubberbanded now with a little glue. ...then I'll have to cover the missing parts with some tape or something. Not fun.
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If you do much riding, it won't be your last. For me, half my falls seem happpen because I did something new and/or stupid, and the other half it's like, "How in the **** did that happen???".
Yeah, I had one of those "how in the **** did that happen" this weekend during a race. One second I'm cruzing along the next second I'm on the ground with blood running down my leg, the next second I was back up and going down the trail. All I can say is that off cambered wet roots suck!

As for crashes, I've had more than my share. It is just part of the sport so you had better get used to it. The more aggressive you ride the more it is going to happen. The good news is the more you do it the better you get (both at avoiding crashes and crashing with grace).
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"As for crashes, I've had more than my share. It is just part of the sport so you had better get used to it. The more aggressive you ride the more it is going to happen. The good news is the more you do it the better you get (both at avoiding crashes and crashing with grace)."

That sure is the truth! THis weekend I was making my way down a sharp 70 degree turn, a quick 5 foot roller, with sand at the turns apex. I took it much faster than I ever have before and paid for it. Washed out the front wheel avoid going off trail. Rung my bell pretty good. I sat on a bench afterwards thinking, "I don't remember biking out of the trail. Don't remember anything past the fall at all."

All is well, no lasting damage. And I'm pretty sure I can maintain that same speed through that turn if I only adjust my line a bit.

Hang it over the edge- but not TOO far.
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if you are going up hill just let yoursefl roll back down hill. lean forward so you dont fall back.
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if you are going up hill just let yoursefl roll back down hill. lean forward so you dont fall back.
Easier said than done, it's tough to roll back and remember to back pedal at the same time. Tough for me anyway.
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