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    Grab brake = break a rib?

    This goes in the 'getting too old to try new things' category:

    I got a 29r this winter & , being new to mountain biking at the tender age of 4-0, I've been taking it out more as the weather improves.

    After 3 hours trying to ride as difficult terrain as I can handle, I took an easy MUP toward home when I managed to flip over the bars. All day, I'd used the 'front brake/butt back' for descents like they tell you to. But here I was relaxed standing upright, saw a turn that I wanted to take at the last second, and a split second later I'm eating gravel.

    So besides chalking this up to noob-ness, now there's the fact that I can't pick up anything heavy like, say, my bike up a couple of flights of stairs). All weekend I've had pain in the upper right side of my chest (I landed on my right shoulder & that side of my chest) & its way worse when I take a deep breath. Basically its bearable but not ignorable.

    So we shall see what the doctor tells me Wednesday. But broken rib or not, I hope this doesn't mean stay off a bike (mountain and road) for a month or so. Cause if it does, I'll be hurting since I need to ride 7-10 miles a day for my commute.

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    Bummer, man.

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    big 4-0? Sheeeet suck it up princess, 4 t ate dirt yesterday and love 'n it.Juss kiddin man, it's all good in the wood.

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    Rear brake for control, front for stopping.
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    Broke 2 ribs last year............took 1 day off the bike.
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    i busted up my ribs real bad a couple weeks ago. i had to pay for x-rays out of my own pocket because i have no insurance. there was nothing broken but i got some narcotics out of it atleast. i am still riding like nothing happened, thank god for full suspension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meaculpa View Post
    This goes in the 'getting too old to try new things' category:

    I got a 29r this winter & , being new to mountain biking at the tender age of 4-0, I've been taking it out more as the weather improves.

    After 3 hours trying to ride as difficult terrain as I can handle, I took an easy MUP toward home when I managed to flip over the bars. All day, I'd used the 'front brake/butt back' for descents like they tell you to. But here I was relaxed standing upright, saw a turn that I wanted to take at the last second, and a split second later I'm eating gravel.

    So besides chalking this up to noob-ness, now there's the fact that I can't pick up anything heavy like, say, my bike up a couple of flights of stairs). All weekend I've had pain in the upper right side of my chest (I landed on my right shoulder & that side of my chest) & its way worse when I take a deep breath. Basically its bearable but not ignorable.

    So we shall see what the doctor tells me Wednesday. But broken rib or not, I hope this doesn't mean stay off a bike (mountain and road) for a month or so. Cause if it does, I'll be hurting since I need to ride 7-10 miles a day for my commute.
    You ride in Frick? Heal up, quick. Iron Grate in Frick is where I got cellulitis after a nasty crash & got admitted to the hospital for 4 days.

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    I feel your pain, meaculpa. Hope nothing's broke; or that you mend quick if it is.

    BTW, you're never too old to try something new. I started MTBing at 44, started downhill racing a couple years later and have had my share of ouches: broken collarbone, three cracked ribs and a punctured lung; and am on week 4 of nursing a collarbone break right now (guess the other side needed it). None of that would happen if I stuck to golf but I'm havin' lots more fun .

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    My doctor had some time after my shift ended so I headed over. He doubts there's any fracture & just gave me the 'take it easy for a couple of weeks' I'd expected. So a big fuss over not much apparently. It still hurts like hell to haul my 40+lbs of commute bike & gear up & down the stairs so I'm going to risk keeping it in the garage for the week.

    I hear you dminor. Its been 10+ years since I rode a mtn bike and that was all super-easy stuff. But I'm addicted to the ride now, big fat Kenda tires that roll over everything. Still its total beginner rides, I wouldn't want anyone to see the noob-goofs I'm making. I've been taking it gradual, practicing on shallow steps, logs & rock piles as well as riding curbs. And its not like building skills isn't fun all by itself.
    Ka_Jun you got it right, I was riding all over near & around the Fire Trail, crossed the crick & climbed up to the baseball field near Beechwood. Those trails are a blast both up & down.

    I've got to say that its scary how every so often I just grab the brake at the wrong moment...I need to develop a new relationship to my brakes...
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    Relearning the learning curve. Iron Grate is fun and typically where I eat it, worst. Tacoed a rim on that trail. Just watch the panic grabs.

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    Meaculpa & Ka Jun - I'm South of Pitt outside of U-town. 7Springs will be opening their bike park on the 23rd o May, planning on riding it? I'm looking fwd to checking out.

    Also there are some good trails in the Laurel Mts - google 'Quebec Run Wild Area' intense xc singletrak that is relatively unknown.
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    TechRydr - I know one of the guys who worked on the 7springs park, a wrench at Iron City Bikes. But, at that was like a year ago & I wasn't into mtn biking yet. Now that you mention it, I want to see what they managed to put together.

    Ka_Jun - Thanks, I do watch out for cellulitis since I work in an animal shelter & one of my coworkers ended up in a pretty bad state after a cat bite. I can imagine that that old gate (up top, below the maintenance shed right?) harbors a few nasties...but then so does all those glass shards laying around in the woods.

    I don't know how Lebowski & Milice get back on the trail w/ busted ribs. All I got is a pleural effusion & gaddam it hurts. I can't even jerk the front wheel over a curb much less trail stuff. But as someone pointed out, I am a princess (technically I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body, but that's just semantics).

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    be thankfull you dont have broken ribs. i can say from experience (5 broken ribs) it was possibly the most pain i had ever been in i had to sleep in a chair for over a month because i couldnt lay down it was so painfull.
    good luck hope you feel better

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    luckily i only "tore and bruised some stuff", i really got the half assed treatment from the doctors. i actually think i cracked a rib. they didnt mention specifics and didnt let me see my own xray. i got dicked around a lot when i was trying to get paper work together to clear me for work. over all i was not pleased after having to spend a great deal of money. i could have gotten the same prognosis for free from a friend and bought the pain killers for a lot less haha.

    desertrat: i know what you mean, laying down in bed wasnt too bad for me, but actually getting up was some of the worst pain i have ever experienced.

    and as for riding with a busted chest, a seemingly endless supply of pain killers really helped. also we are getting over one of the worst winters i can remember, when it gets above 40 degrees ferenheit, theres nothing thats gonna keep me indoors. nothing
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechRydr View Post
    Meaculpa & Ka Jun - I'm South of Pitt outside of U-town. 7Springs will be opening their bike park on the 23rd o May, planning on riding it? I'm looking fwd to checking out.

    Also there are some good trails in the Laurel Mts - google 'Quebec Run Wild Area' intense xc singletrak that is relatively unknown.
    I'd like to, but it's hard to get out (3 yr old & 1 yr old) that far. I'll try to race Month of Mud this year, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meaculpa View Post
    TechRydr - I know one of the guys who worked on the 7springs park, a wrench at Iron City Bikes. But, at that was like a year ago & I wasn't into mtn biking yet. Now that you mention it, I want to see what they managed to put together.

    Ka_Jun - Thanks, I do watch out for cellulitis since I work in an animal shelter & one of my coworkers ended up in a pretty bad state after a cat bite. I can imagine that that old gate (up top, below the maintenance shed right?) harbors a few nasties...but then so does all those glass shards laying around in the woods.

    I don't know how Lebowski & Milice get back on the trail w/ busted ribs. All I got is a pleural effusion & gaddam it hurts. I can't even jerk the front wheel over a curb much less trail stuff. But as someone pointed out, I am a princess (technically I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body, but that's just semantics).
    Yeah, that's where the trail is. I ate it on the first feature, that 1st jump off the wood ramp. Took a bad line and didn't land it. Stupid me, a week later my leg got all red and swollen, I scrubbed it out, too. Love that trail.

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