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Old 11-17-04, 07:41 PM
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Another wipeout story (my hardest yet)

I'm sure you guys here these a lot ...Tuesday i decided since its warm to go for some trails that i wanted to check out but never did. I have no idea what got into me but i bailed atleast 8 times in 2 hours. The leaves cover the ground making it hard to see holes and other hazards that send you endoing....Anyway i was comming down this hill fairly rough with logs and rocks. I was going to fast and i couldnt handle it. I'm not sure exactly what happened but i started washing out to the far side of the trail, right on the lip that goes off the trail. I was bouncing all over the place and started to veer off the side and there was a tree like no wider then a inch. Below the tree was a bed of rocks not big boulders but like softball size, jagged painful ones. I was leaning and bashed right into the tree broke the thing down and slid into the rocks. The tree wasent too strong thats why it fell down. The tree wasent the painfull part it was my hip and leg nailing these rocks that hurt. My shoe came off during the mess when the bike fell on me and got stuck right above my shock. My camelbak is the best peice of "safety gear" i own...Its like a airbag for your back. I have a huge lump on my hip and above my knee. Its weird because there isnt even a bruise just a lump it hurts like hell. What bugs me nobody was there to see my wipeout.

did you guys ever hear of any stories of people riding by themselves deep in the woods and they break a bone leaving them stranded?

I just felt like sharing this story
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Old 11-17-04, 07:44 PM
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thats a pretty bad fall, but at least you didnt break any bones.
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Old 11-17-04, 07:45 PM
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Bummer thats why I'm glad I have my own trails that me n a few friends made, but I have personally not heard any storie about people breaking bones and being stranded in the woods or any thing.
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Old 11-17-04, 08:20 PM
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that's why it's good to carry a cellphone... in case something crazy DOES happen and you need to make a call for help.. and amusingly, that's the second such story I've heard of a camelbak being protective gear for the back.
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Old 11-17-04, 08:52 PM
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That injury sounds similar to mine. Its called Hemtoma (spelling?) blood pools under fat or muscle and pushes up your skin. Mine was very serious though and was the talk of the night at the ER, and subsequent visits to the doctor and the MRI lab.

They all couldnt believe I could walk. It was a bump on my right butt cheek a few inches away from my tailbone. Not until SIX hours later while walking around in Walmart did it go nuts and swell up until I grew a third set of butt cheeks and it turned nasty nasty purple. It was really weird.

They were sure I had broken my tailbone, or tore the hamstring connection that ends in your buttcheeks.

Fortunately I didn't. However, I think I have a permanent lump in my right butt cheek that makes it very painful to lay down on my back. I'll know in 5 more months if I will need surgey to take it out.

All this from a bailout in slow motion down a big boulder where I somehow landed on my butt. October 7.. I'm still healing
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Old 11-17-04, 08:55 PM
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Oh by the way

To give an idea how uneven my butts are now... if I want to lay on my back, and have my hips even, I'd need to get a NYC phone book (A-C?) and put it under my left cheek to make it even.

So imagine how painful it was laying motionless for 40 minutes for my MRI ON MY BACK.. it SUCKED goatballs! Too bad I couldn't lay on my stomach, I coulda just napped thru the damn thing!
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Old 11-17-04, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by cryogenic
that's why it's good to carry a cellphone... in case something crazy DOES happen and you need to make a call for help.. and amusingly, that's the second such story I've heard of a camelbak being protective gear for the back.
They are also good if you have gomes on them so you can play them on the ambulance ride to the ER room (personal expierence except without the ambulance).
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Old 11-17-04, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by snowmx14

did you guys ever hear of any stories of people riding by themselves deep in the woods and they break a bone leaving them stranded?
A kid in high school (many years ago) broke his leg while riding his BMX in the woods. Supposedly, he rode home with his broken leg draped over his handle bars...supposedly.
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Old 11-18-04, 12:55 AM
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I rode a few miles home after a crash that sent the chainring through my Achilles tendon, partially severed it. It didn't really hurt much at first...but when I noticed my sock soaked in blood and my ability to walk decreased significantly, I knew something was wrong

It's definitely a good idea to carry a phone, although most of my trails are out of reception unless I'm riding along the ridge.
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Old 11-18-04, 08:21 AM
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Ouch ouch ouch Enduro. Would that happen to be on that $7 rigid?

I have the same reception problem, plus I'm afraid of breaking my PalmOne Treo 600 smartphone.. those things are a tad large to be packed safely for a bike trip.

Maybe it would be good to put in one of those emergency whistles.. Yeah, thats what I'll do. My new camelback resident is going to be that.

So far, the trails I ride all seem to have a few people on it.
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Old 11-18-04, 08:55 AM
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thats why I always carry my leatherman so I can saw through my own leg if I need to
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Old 11-18-04, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by snowmx14
did you guys ever hear of any stories of people riding by themselves deep in the woods and they break a bone leaving them stranded?
Wow! Nasty crash! I think Zinn's Mountain Bike Maintenence book has a short story in the section on safety about a well known rider who broke his leg and had to go several miles out of the woods by dragging himself with just his arms.

Speaking of trees, there's this tree right on the corner of a steep switchback we call the 'skin tree'. No matter how good a rider you are, if you do the corner aggressively you have a 50-50 chance of whacking the tree with your forearm; you can see on the tree where it's wearing down and getting a little bloody.
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Old 11-18-04, 11:42 AM
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cryogenic carries his treo 600 where ever he goes, he get a nice case from krussell? it protects it pretty well
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Old 11-18-04, 11:52 AM
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i put tensor bands and **** like that in my bag, precautions, its nice to know what kinda of crap is useful since im a lifeguard....but cell phone is the best safety tool to have...
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I also worry about falling and getting hurt in the woods. I always ride alone, so if I am unable to move, I am screwed (at least until somebody comes along). So far, I never broke anything, although I occasionally drew blood.

The best way to avoid major crashes is to be conservative when conditions are mariginal. During recent fall rides I slowed down a little because it is impossible to tell what lies underneath all those leaves. My lap times were 8-10% slower, but I always managed to come back in one piece.
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I never try anything new when on my own. I stick to the status quo. If and when I ride with someone I always push it a little more.
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Originally Posted by jallen
Ouch ouch ouch Enduro. Would that happen to be on that $7 rigid?
Haha, it was a few years ago, on a different rigid bike (A Walmart bike! Walmart bikes are dangerous, kids ) It had one of those flimsy plastic chainring guards that broke right off in the crash.
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