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Old 01-02-05, 08:37 AM
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Thank GOD for helmets!

Well, temps soared to 60deg F yesterday so I decided to take my partially finished bike out for a ride through the trails. I have only the rear brake right now Because,I swapped on my new Marzocchi MX Comp ETA and couldn't see setting up the Vbrake again when I have all my avid mech parts that have to go on shortly. The sweet temps creeped up so fast...anyway, back to the story.

Due to all the recently melted snow the terrain was soggy and traction minimal, that coupled with the mud buildup and one rear promax V brake slowing down my 270lbs was a disaster in the making! I am constantly reminded of my lack of skill and experience every other ride and this was NO exception. Following my buddy moving at a nice clip we veered right onto the black diamond trail off the main trail, intentionally of course. On this diamond there is a steep downhill with two log drops about ten feet or so apart the first is a drop off about 1.5-2ft and the following required a bunny hop to clear, then the trail narrows between to trees. I came into it a bit too quick and hit my brake that was caked with mud and did little to slow me, a little more squeeze and locked my rear up. By this time I was hitting the first drop off and still moving fast and a little out of shape because, I had locked the rear a second earlier and with the soggy terrain drifted the rear out a bit... Over the first OK time to hop the second log... Timing OFF hopped too late, cleared the front tire... Bump! Hit the rear tire hard sending me flying forward completely out of control, a split second later I'm over the bars and head first into one of the trees that you are supposed to ride between. All I saw was a blinding white flash when I hit... No damage to myself aside from a sore neck but time for a new helmet as it cracked a nice chunk out of mine. I have no doubt that I would have been seriously messed up if I wasn't wearing one! I would post a pic of the helmet but I tossed it into the trash can in the parking area before loading the bikes... Fun day but, I'm out a nice chunk of change now for a new lid... But things could have been worse.
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Old 01-02-05, 08:42 AM
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You may be out some change for a new lid but thats a lot cheaper than hospital bills.
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Old 01-02-05, 08:45 AM
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That reminds me of one of my crashes from a few years ago. I was coming around a turn hot and fast and missed the center-cut of a large fallen over log. I actually barely clipped it but it was enough to send me out of control and the result was me flying headfirst into a tree. My helmet saved my head that day too. I'm glad to hear that you're okay although you probably should get checked out for a concusion regardless. Luckily (if you can call it that), you did this now when stores have sort of restocked. I once broke a helemt in late fall when stores hadn't gotten their new stock yet and were pretty much sold out of their old stock... plus that was the week of Interbike so no one who could special order stuff was around. I rode for a week wearing my wifes helmet. Riding around with someone else's helmet feels odd... it's like borrowing someone else's underwear.
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Old 01-02-05, 01:59 PM
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Glad you are ok...and glad you are still riding
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Old 01-02-05, 02:23 PM
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I did that once.....except I kinda pulled off a roadgap, without the bike, landing into a tree. Right infront of a bunch of people that were coming around the corner, one of the guys came running down to help me up and such because it was a little uphill to the road and such. I hit something before I made it to the road, and it sent me over.....god its scary going that high without anything under you
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You only realise how bad the crash could have been-- if you are still around to think about it.

Don't throw the broken helmets. Give them to the idiots you meet on the trail that don't wear one.
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Glad you are Ok. Of course never ride off-road without a helmet and no more steep downhills without front brake, OK!? Skidding is bad for the trail and not being able to slow down is bad for your helmet!
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Originally Posted by qmsdc15
Glad you are Ok. Of course never ride off-road without a helmet and no more steep downhills without front brake, OK!? Skidding is bad for the trail and not being able to slow down is bad for your helmet!
Dually noted.

I've been wanting to replace it anyway with one that fit a little better... It was an internet purchase.
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Old 01-02-05, 10:15 PM
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yeah, i got a netti thing for 60 aussie, with all adjustable stuff, good ventilation, etc u are very lucky that u didn't break ur neck
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disc brakes might help your stopping problems
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Old 01-02-05, 10:27 PM
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Hmm, this will probably make me want to wear my helmet more. I hardly bother to wear it for my 5 minute commute to school but I wear it for any longer rides. I suppose even 5 minutes could be dangerous...or worse. Once when I did wear it, I did an endo and had it not been for the helmet or even more so the visor I would probably have had a broken nose and some missing teeth.

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I've always wanted a full face helmet instead of the normal ones. Sure, my helmet will protect my skull, but what happens when you get clotheslined by a branch, or wreck and hit your face on a rock or something? I was going to ask for one for Christmas, but I decided not to leave it to my mom to get me anything that has to do with my bike.
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Old 01-03-05, 02:08 PM
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For most XC type riding, a regular bike helmet works well and is lightweight.

Unless you are hitting a lot of drops or big jumps, and doing a lot of downhill, a full face is overkill. HOWEVER, they DO protect you much better.

I have two full face helmets. (I just got another one for Christmas). The confidence that a full face provides is almost worth the added weight and heat. (most aren't as vented).

I have a Bell Ballistic and just got a Fox Pro Pilot.

The biggest difference is that most regular cycling helmets are designed to withstand one major impact. Most full face helmets can withstand repeated impacts. That can be the cost justification when calculating expenses.
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Old 01-03-05, 05:04 PM
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What helmet were you riding at time of crash?
Sounds exciting!
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This is like the weekly post from someone

Helmets are so common place now, it's great. I remember about 10-15 years ago when I was a kid riding my first bikes and my parents tried to make me wear my helmet I was so resistant to it because it wasn't 'cool' and not many others wore them.

Now, on the trails I ride I've only seen one guy not wearing a helmet since September. Never seen a roadie without one. Of course, I hardly ever see any kids tooling around their neighborhoods with one on, but thankfully lids are common place now.
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^It still isn't cool with the kids.

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It is here. No kids ride without a helmet.
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It's mandatory here in FL. If under the age of 16 you MUST wear a helmet while on public roads.

What pisses me off is when I see a family riding together and Mom and Dad DON'T have helmets, but the kids do. Great way to lead by example M & D.

Or, when the helmet isn't strapped. A lot of good that's going to do.
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Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
It's mandatory here in FL. If under the age of 16 you MUST wear a helmet while on public roads.

What pisses me off is when I see a family riding together and Mom and Dad DON'T have helmets, but the kids do. Great way to lead by example M & D.

Or, when the helmet isn't strapped. A lot of good that's going to do.
I've got a better one when the kids have them on incorrectly. I've seen some with them on backwards, tilted off to the side and I saw one little girl that wore here expensive skate helmet on the back of her head like a freaking Yamika.
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I work for the local school board in their construction department. I was talking with one of the school's resource officers (on campus Sheriff) and she and I were kevetching (sp?) about improper helmet use. Some parents just don't get it.

That disgusting video clip from the other day comes to mind.
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