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Daspydyr 07-25-13 11:30 AM

This is why!
 
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This is why we ride! I don't know that we are more dangerous than whitewater kayaking! That can kick butt in a hurry!

Who has time to chart this stuff?

ColinL 07-25-13 11:43 AM

Stand Up Paddleboarding is less fun than watching sunsets according to that chart. Hooookay. :D

s0ul_chicken 07-25-13 01:14 PM

Roadbiking less risky than mountain? Last time I checked there weren't 3 ton trucks trying to run me over on the trails...

ColinL 07-25-13 01:59 PM


Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken (Post 15888361)
Roadbiking less risky than mountain? Last time I checked there weren't 3 ton trucks trying to run me over on the trails...

I agree, and it's definitely a matter of frequency versus severity. I have not crashed my road bike ever, excluding 2 tip-overs while clipped in. (One was when I was brand new to clipless, and one was when a car surprised me and I stopped abruptly.)

I don't crash my MTB a lot, but it's definitely multiple times per year. When I do crash it's as likely to be something silly as it is doing something risky like cornering at the limit or trying to clear a slow, steep, rocky climb. When riding somewhere dangerous, like downhill or in an area with lots of big rocks, I wear a lot of protective gear. So when I crash, it's generally trivial.

Road bike crashes that don't involve cars tend to be significant because of the speed and lack of protective gear. Lycra vs. MTB shorts + elbow pads + knee pads is no contest.

And then yes, obviously a car does way more damage than falling off a bike.

Daspydyr 07-25-13 02:31 PM

Not a three ton truck, but still had to hurt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2oymHHyV1M

I've been to the ER and hospital post Mountain bike rides several times. Road biking had some close calls, but so far have avoided even road-rash. Of course I just jinxed myself and should just golf for the next month. Golfing with me does have a danger factor in it!

Sorry had the wrong link there. I think the collision was intentional.

RaleighSport 07-25-13 02:34 PM

I have to disagree with most of that charts fun rating system.. it's obvious what the person who made it leans towards for recreation ;)

Zephyr11 07-25-13 03:47 PM

What is SUP? (If anyone decides to answer this as "What's up?" I'll be sad).

And I don't know, Instagramming can be pretty dangerous. Instagramming your food? Probably low-risk unless you don't wait for your coffee to cool off. Going base jumping and pulling out your phone on the way down? Well, now you've combined the lowest risk activity and highest risk activity (according to the chart), and things become significantly gnarlier!

ColinL 07-25-13 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by Zephyr11 (Post 15888909)
What is SUP? (If anyone decides to answer this as "What's up?" I'll be sad).


Originally Posted by ColinL (Post 15888046)
Stand Up Paddleboarding is less fun than watching sunsets according to that chart. Hooookay. :D

^^ :)

Daspydyr 07-25-13 04:39 PM

How about SUP in shark infested waters with an open bleeding wound? Colin-chart that out for me would ya?

osco53 07-25-13 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by RaleighSport (Post 15888648)
I have to disagree with most of that charts fun rating system.. it's obvious what the person who made it leans towards for recreation ;)

Yeah he left out, Guns, Pickup trucks, Motorcycles, fishing, women, drinking beer, dawgs, yeah the chart Is skewed towards Geekdom :)

davoon 07-26-13 07:38 AM


Originally Posted by Daspydyr (Post 15888642)
Not a three ton truck, but still had to hurt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2oymHHyV1M

Woahhh. Just woaah. :eek::eek::eek:

corvuscorvax 07-26-13 07:46 AM


Originally Posted by Daspydyr (Post 15888001)
Who has time to chart this stuff?


Powder skiing less risky than a crossfit? Wuh?

Looks to me like this chart was pulled wholesale from somebody's posterior sphincter.

swampboy62 08-07-13 02:53 PM

As a mtbr and a ww kayaker I can say that I think the chance of getting injured is far greater on a mtb. Hell, in five years of riding I've broken my leg twice, tore the hell out of my knee cartilage, and fractured my skull.

Never had a serious injury in 15 years of whitewater kayaking. But I did come this close to drowning...

So - chance of injury higher in mtb & chance of death higher in whitewater - that's my take.

Steve Z

Daspydyr 08-07-13 04:00 PM

I do agree that the chart was created by someone with some obvious recreational bents. It would be interesting to see if someone charted actual ER reports of injury related to outdoor recreation.


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