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Old 05-03-06, 12:02 AM   #1
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Almost Fell Off A Cliff! doh!

So, I'm doing my usual trail climb, and its probably about a 6% constant with some sections over %20. I'm going up this thing with my hr pegged near 175 and giving it all I got. I'm out of the saddle swaying the bike around, struggling so hard I'm not paying attention. I sway it to the right and suddenly look down and there's a 20 ft straight drop and about another 150 steep decline. I panicked and my rear wheel spun (this was a steep section) and I just leaned as far as I could to the left, even though it'll probably drop me. Amazingly, I didn't fall, and kept going. To be honest, I was too tired to really care about what happened....
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Old 05-03-06, 03:00 AM   #2
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be carefull - you will damage your Bike if you fall that far......!
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As long as we are fessing up I'll share my mistake from yesterday, Went to my favorite trail after three days of rain, and boy was it trecherous. Even the flats required technical manuvering and complete attention. With enough mudd caked to my tires that it was hard to pedal, and even harder to steer or accelerate, I approached a steep downhill section with about four steps (formed by tree roots crossing the trail) Just made it by the last of the steps and my front tire hit a root that runs diagonally across and down the trail. The tire just kept sliding to the left and down the hill rather than going over the root, I try to correct by steering harder and harder to the right and.......... You guessed it. When the tire finally comes over the root it's pretty much 90 degrees from the back half of the bike and over the bars I go! Nothing hurt but my pride.
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So, I'm doing my usual trail climb, and its probably about a 6% constant with some sections over %20. I'm going up this thing with my hr pegged near 175 and giving it all I got. I'm out of the saddle swaying the bike around, struggling so hard I'm not paying attention. I sway it to the right and suddenly look down and there's a 20 ft straight drop and about another 150 steep decline. I panicked and my rear wheel spun (this was a steep section) and I just leaned as far as I could to the left, even though it'll probably drop me. Amazingly, I didn't fall, and kept going. To be honest, I was too tired to really care about what happened....
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I was riding some unfamiliar singletrack in the Malibu canyons once and as I was snaking through the woods at full speed I took a sharp left that opened up into the canyon edge. Easily 80-90 feet straight down. I speed checked and corrected to barely get back on track. I remember thinking "damn that was close" while smiling and riding off.

I later crashed so hard I cracked my helmet on a super easy sand bed. go figure.
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ouch

I was reading about a fall off a cliff earlier today. This may have been posted previously, but read the page, then download the video at the end.

http://www.mountainbikebill.com/MilesCrash.htm
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That video is nuts. You think after the first guys effort he would have changed his mind.

Just imagine the slow motion feeling he would have felt when he started to over balance and went over.
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wow... that is amazing
i hope that never happens to me
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The Miles Crash vid is classic!

Falling off cliffs is only fun if you do it on purpose...and on my Banshee. heh
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Yeah . . . I did it on purpose too. on a ride along the train tracks in Carlsbad, CA, I was showing a guy I was riding with where I went over a cliff more than a year earlier earlier and we both went down to the bottom and--lo and behold--we found my water bottle. I still remember returning to work after my lunchtime ride covered from top to bottom with dirt.
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first words after something like that"did you get it on camera?"
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Camelbak = safeback

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The Miles Crash vid is classic!

Falling off cliffs is only fun if you do it on purpose...and on my Banshee. heh
It only emphasizes the value of a Camelbak as a spinal protection device in a addition to hydration. Some ther brands that "pop" after a hard fall do not work like this.
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