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Old 05-06-12, 05:57 PM
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First wipeout/fall

So I have been riding ever sence I made this account (two months or so) so today I decided I was going to get a little ballsy. Going down hills without riding my brake the whole time, hitting certin things like stumps/logs that most times stop me in my tracks and I have to walk the bike over. Well all went amazing, I biked all the way down the mtb trails and into town, went to the **** wall and rode all the way home. Got a lift back for round two and I was just messing around the lake where a little dirt shelf is, hit a stump and fell into a pile of skinny willow trees (I only fell off my bike not 100% to the ground) so this is the first real time I actually fell over and im sure glad it was soft. Do you guys remember your first little tumble?

P.S. I have 1 wire left on my brake cable before it is going to snap. It only lasted two months and I doubt you can brake real good cables that quick. How much should they run me for a new back brake cable and can I install it myself?
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My first wipe-out was pretty cool. Mostly because I'm sure it looked worse than it was. I came over a little jump that had a turn right after it. Well I hit that jump faster than usual, therefore went into the turn too fast, into the brush outside of the turn, almost made it back onto the trail right when I hit a big dip, ended up going across the other side of the trail which had a very large dip and at that point I was leaned a bit and went over the bars/to the side. I got some scrapes on my face, shoulder, chest, forearm, and knees, but amazingly, not enough that it particularly hurt or anything. Not sure how I came out of that without actually getting hurt at all, really. The scrapes, especially with my face being scraped up, looked like I had some cool bad-ass wreck, so that was cool. I've gone down since then too. One thing I've come to figure out is that we're a bunch of lame dorks when we're all old. It's generally not a big deal to crash your bike. You probably won't get seriously injured any more than you did when you were a kid and always getting yourself into situations with the potential result of bodily harm.

As for your cable - Take the cable off and go to the LBS. Have them cut you one to the same length. I think it shouldn't be more than a few bucks. Then you can just put the new one on and not even have to deal with cutting it.

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You rode for two months without falling?! I'm lucky if I make it two rides without falling. Surprisingly, I do remember my first fall (on a trail...I have no clue when was the first time I fell off a bike, though I'm assuming it was when I was little and my dad took my training wheels off). First ride out, came to a downhill, which in retrospect, was probably not that steep or technical, but I had no idea what I was doing. I was a dumb XC/track runner who had no sense of moving my weight around, so I promptly went over the bars and somehow managed to crack my helmet. Harbinger of things to come, no doubt.
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I guess more than two months, late feb if I remember correctly but yeah im loving moving my weight around on my bike and going down hills, across this one bridge where I pick up speed and whoop over the 2nd bridge, I was cutting it too far on the last curve and skidded within a food of going to the right of the bridge into the creek for a dip (with 1 wire left on my rear brake I decide its time for a new one haha) Seriously interested in getting a gopro
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I actually caught my first Mtb crash on my contour. Went over a rutted area too fast and somehow lost my front wheel. I slid on my left slide. Got up quickly and kept pedaling. Pain kicked in a min or so later. Tore my left rotator in that crash. This was jan 5th.
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Caught it on your contour? Video or it didn't happen.
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"Caught it on your contour? Video or it didn't happen." I guess I didn't have a first fall and my next 500 falls don't count either because I didn't get a video camera mounted until I had been riding for over 25 years??

30 some years ago I was afraid to carry my Nikon FTN 35mm camera on my mountain bike ride and video cameras back then weighed more than the bike! But it was hardly a mountain bike - just an old Panasonic street bike with stronger wheels, bigger tires, and straight handlebars - rode it on all the local park trails until the rangers decided mountain bikers were lowly scum and shouldn't be seen in park.

But I did catch one of my funnier ones on camera recently - prime rattlesnake country, prime time for rattlesnakes and ended up sliding into and under a fallen tree - I'm talking about the snakes as I fall under the tree and end up with my face in a dark cave under the dead tree.

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Originally Posted by TacomaSailor View Post
"Caught it on your contour? Video or it didn't happen." I guess I didn't have a first fall and my next 500 falls don't count either because I didn't get a video camera mounted until I had been riding for over 25 years??
It's just a typical way around here of saying "Please post that video, I'd like to see it." It was directed at the one person who said he was lucky enough to catch his first wipe-out on video. No one is doubting the wrecks that happened during the many, many years of biking before POV cameras were a normal item to possess.

Anyway, after I saw my first Danny Macaskill video, I started trying to pivot my bike in circles on the front & back wheels. I'm certain my first time technically crashing on a MTB was an endo from doing stoppies & the like in the front yard when I started MTBing two years ago. The first time I really ate it was two summers ago biking with my friend John & a buddy of his from church. Tiny little roller at the local XC trails, & I hit it as fast & as hard as I could. I put too much weight on the back when landing, my front wheel came down too hard when I hit the ground, & I reflexively grabbed the front break & endo'd head-first into a small tree (well, the ground first & then I slid into a tree). Bent both wheels beyond repair (albeit they were stock wheels on an '01 GF Wahoo) & cracked my helmet. I'd call that the first real wipeout.

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Old 05-07-12, 08:53 AM
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Fall, that sound painful!

I don't fall, much.
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I don't remember my first fall, but I did have the first fall on my new bike yesterday. On her maiden voyage, tried to shift before a steep hill but didn't get it in time, the chain slipped off the ring and I was spinning wildly and didn't unclip in time. I think I said "here I go" out loud. Sadly there was also an audience, a couple that was on a walk and got to see me fall over. I'm sure they enjoyed the show. I rode clipless for years on my road bike without any falls except for when I was trying to get used to the pedals at my apartment complex. I think I may go with flat pedals until I get used to my bike and get some confidence behind the handlebars.
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Originally Posted by Scotiascotia View Post
... How much should they run me for a new back brake cable and can I install it myself?
brake cables are about 2.99 each. housing is usually about .99 a foot.
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Originally Posted by falconpunch79 View Post
... I think I may go with flat pedals until I get used to my bike and get some confidence behind the handlebars.
Flat pedals are awesome for people new to mountain biking, and also awesome if you've been riding for about 15 years. Dirt Rag, issue 163, page 74.
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I ate **** into somebodys flower bed today, my lace got caught up in my pedal and started to wind up and I fell the way my lace was caught in the bike. Also I bought a new cable, put it on wrong now I need to buy a new one. ALSO my front brake fell off as I was driving on rough train tracks so I need a new bolt for that.

On the way home driving I saw a BBQ on the side of the road (fall clean up) so I drove home ASAP, chucked my bike, jack, 4 way wheel wrench and other junk out of my rav4 to fly back to get the bbq, at about 80 km/h there is a HUGE rock about the size of half a basketball and I hit it full steam (it looked like a burger king bag it was covered in mud and in shadows) I blew my front tire (brand new) and skidded to a hault. The only time I EVER have taken my jack out of my car and I get a flat tire. WHAT A DAY.....on a good note I had an amazing ride until all this drama happened. I got a whole days riding in and saw some nice tail!
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Originally Posted by Scotiascotia View Post
I ate **** into somebodys flower bed today, my lace got caught up in my pedal and started to wind up and I fell the way my lace was caught in the bike. Also I bought a new cable, put it on wrong now I need to buy a new one. ALSO my front brake fell off as I was driving on rough train tracks so I need a new bolt for that.

On the way home driving I saw a BBQ on the side of the road (fall clean up) so I drove home ASAP, chucked my bike, jack, 4 way wheel wrench and other junk out of my rav4 to fly back to get the bbq, at about 80 km/h there is a HUGE rock about the size of half a basketball and I hit it full steam (it looked like a burger king bag it was covered in mud and in shadows) I blew my front tire (brand new) and skidded to a hault. The only time I EVER have taken my jack out of my car and I get a flat tire. WHAT A DAY.....on a good note I had an amazing ride until all this drama happened. I got a whole days riding in and saw some nice tail!
Dude, you are a rolling calamity. Glad you got a good ride in though.
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Originally Posted by Scotiascotia View Post
P.S. I have 1 wire left on my brake cable before it is going to snap. It only lasted two months and I doubt you can brake real good cables that quick. How much should they run me for a new back brake cable and can I install it myself?
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As for your cable - Take the cable off and go to the LBS. Have them cut you one to the same length. I think it shouldn't be more than a few bucks. Then you can just put the new one on and not even have to deal with cutting it.
That would work, but if you aren't careful you'll fray the cable end putting it through the housing and have to go back to the LBS to get another one. If you see yourself getting into bike work, now's as good a time as any to drop $35 on a nice set of cable cutters. The inner cable will only be a few dollars. If you get a Jagwire single-ended cable, the end is soldered so you don't have problems with fraying while you thread it. A good LBS probably wouldn't charge more than $15-$20 to do the whole job, but it's handy to be comfortable doing this kind of thing yourself.


As for the fall, it's a good sign. I'm a slow roadie by background. I got into cyclocross about four years ago and didn't wreck much my first year because I was overly cautious. Then I tried short track mountain bike racing and I wrecked at least once in every race I did. It made me much better at cyclocross.

I do remember my first crash vividly. I was a ridiculous newbie taking my GT Timberline (=comfort bike) down the "Easy Does It" trail at Whistler Bike Park. (I was in Whistler and new to biking, wanted to give it a try.) I made three runs without incident and was having a blast. Near the bottom on my fourth pass some experienced mountain biker passed me and shouted "stand up" as I was headed into a rutted section. It would have been good advice if I knew what to do with it, but I didn't. I tried it anyway, just standing up on the pedals without any regard to weight distribution. Almost immediately I put the front tire in a rut and did a spectacular superman dismount complete with faceplant. Good times.
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^ I(and many others I'm guessing since I got the tip from a thread online and others in the thread spoke well of it) actually solder my cable ends when I first install them on a bike. It takes practically no time and I always seem to end up taking cables off for some reason...

I didn't usually have a problem with cables before I started soldering, though. Just once in a while if you're careful.
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Not so much my 'first crash', more so my 'first collarbone'. been riding XC mtb for a few years (break free) and decided to play around on some bmx jumps...on my duallie. lets just say 20 mins in and i snapped my collar bone on the 'little' jumps, and now ive got nothing better to do than to surf forums. What sucks most is I ordered my new bike 2 days before! arrgghh....
At least now that I've broken my collarbone I can call myself a real cyclist
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I think I fell every time I rode or at least every other time. You just get faster and faster and of course more comfortable and then you crash in that section. The cycle repeats itself. Just remember most often the faster you're going the easier the front wheel goes over obstacles. I don't remember my first, but my guess would be it was over the bars due to not going fast enough.
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I had my first fall yesterday. My bike shop finally convinced me to try clipless and I did the obligatory stop and fall over once (on solid rock of course). It was on a technical, rocky uphill. I got offline and hit a little stump and just fell over. I'm sure it looked funny. I laughed.
I nearly did it again later in the middle of a road and I walked a few places I can usually ride, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. Technical uphills are more nerve wracking with clipless.
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Just had my first crash today. I've only been riding a couple months, and this was my first time on "real" singletrack (as in not the local reservoir). I let my front tire go off the trail, and it sunk right into some soft dirt, twisted, stopped, and over the bars I went. Luckily there wasn't any damage to the bike

I only scraped up my knee and my wife hasn't noticed yet!
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I crash just about every time I ride, cuz I just keep pushing, I ride beyond my skills. I say crash, I mean I have to ditch the bike and run out. Sometimes I fall down or run into something. Aikido really helps. I'm 40 and I'm about to get my first BMX bike. I'd better smarten up, I think, I'd hate to be out of work for a week, or six.

I tried clipless, they worked well but I like platforms better, they make it so much easier to bail, which makes it easier to ride beyond my skills, which makes it easier to crash!!! Maybe I should go back to clipless!!

I've been REALLY lucky.
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^ I(and many others I'm guessing since I got the tip from a thread online and others in the thread spoke well of it) actually solder my cable ends when I first install them on a bike. It takes practically no time and I always seem to end up taking cables off for some reason...

I didn't usually have a problem with cables before I started soldering, though. Just once in a while if you're careful.
I degrease the section of cable that I want to cut and then put super glue on it for about 3/4", let it set up good and cut through the glue. Voila!
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Not my first crash but the one I remember the most:

I was having a great day on my local trails, clearing every obstacle, hitting every section perfectly. I got overly confident on a steep downhill section and was going much faster than normal. I came around a sharp bend and there was a new tree down across the path. No time to do anything so I hit doing about 20 mph. The bike stopped dead and I kept going. I did a complete flip in the air before doing a superman slide on my stomach for what seemed like 20ft, raking up a big pile of leaves with my shoulders. I got up and brushed myself off... barely a scratch. There was a dude running up the trail and saw the whole thing. He came up to me with his face white saying "Oh my god, oh my god!". When I told him I was OK he said it was the most spectacular crash he'd seen in person and he thought for sure they were going to have helicopter me out of there.

Then two months later I fell over going about 5 mph, hit my knee on a sharp rock and ended up with 12 stitches.
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Can't remember my first mountain bike tumble, it was so long ago back in full rigid MTB days. I do remember the dumbest one, though. My 17 year old cousin wanted to play on some trails at a local park, but I only had my commuter bike with me. Thought I'd be OK as the trails aren't very technical and it was fun... then we took a rough downhill section, forgot I was on 28mm slicks with no shocks . The tire bit into a rut, planted itself there, and I went tumble ass down the slope. Great entertainment, my cousin loved it.
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