4 crashes in 2 rides
philconsequence welcome to my world 😉 in all seriousness though (i haven’t crashed for a long time/i go too slow 😉 i have this problem also though.whatever i try and do/practice e.g guitar,trying to get fitter on my bike e.t.c it just constantly feels like i’m banging my head against a brick wall 😡 you’ll get your mojo back mate 🙂Posted 6 years agoyunkiMember
you’ve just very recently fitted new brakes IIRC..
your old braking habits and instincts will take a while to dial out.. try a much more relaxed approach to your riding for a few weeks.. different trails.. sightseeing rather than shredding.. sharpen your low speed skills.. session some stuff.. play around a bit..
I don’t know about your mojo but it might stop you falling off for a fortnight.. 🙂Posted 6 years agocinnamon_girlSubscriber
Oh Phil, am sorry to read that. 🙁 Are you injured?
Step back … ignore the bike for a few days … then reintroduce yourself to bike. No pressure.
You’re supposed to enjoy it, it’s not a punishment!
FWIW I would love to be able to ride a bike instead of waiting for hospital appt for metalwork to be inserted in shoulder. 😥
Edit: you’re not shit so stop saying that.Posted 6 years agobjj.andy.wMember
What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger and all that. The thing with me is I seem to manage the hard stuff but come off on the easy stuff. Last Sunday was a case in point. Went through a rock garden as if I was Danny hart ( well I thought I was ) but tried manualing a puddle and came off 😳Posted 6 years agocamo16Member
You’ll get it back, dude. Don’t worry. No matter what bullheart says, you’re probably not shit. Having said that I haven’t seen you ride, but if my mental image of you is a good judge, you’re well sick and gnarly!
This kind of thing happens – especially when you get a new bike.
When you’re ready, jump back on, try not too be too rad immediately and stroke that pimp-mobile like it’s your b*tch!
EDIT: Speaking of rubbish, I’ve just spent 35 minutes trying to work out how to change the pedals on Susan the Commencal. Even had to check out an online tutorial (*blushes*). I was about to ask STW, but the humiliation would have killed me!Posted 6 years agokudos100Member
Just go slower and concentrate on being smooth. The speed will come.
I’ve had about 3 months off due to injury and have been riding like an old grandma due to my collarbone healing. I’ve been working on cornering, pumping, braking etc and I’m now regaining confidence on the bike.Posted 6 years ago
wiped out twice on sunday, over the bars twice this evening (once in the garden before even starting the ride)
i’ve lost my biking mojo 🙁 feel rubbish and hesitant to push myself on the bike again…
i hope the whole ‘being able to ride a bike’ thing comes back to me, i really need to be on a bike at the moment for the sake of my mental health.
sorry for the moany post, jsut needed to get it out and feel sorry for myself in an environment where i know other people have been through the same thing and come out the other side, none of my riding buddies have ever crashed riding with me and dont quite understand the mental impact of being so shit, consistently, and the effect it has on your riding the next time you’re on a bike 🙁Posted 6 years agomrblobbyMember
Everyone loses their mojo every now and again. Had such a shit ride earlier in the week that just seemed to get worse and worse, my timing got so bad that by the end of the ride I couldn’t even hop off a curb without completely ballsing it up.
Slowing it down a lot helps. Find some nice bit of flowy singletrack and session it, start out real slow, relax, then repeat building up speed till your flowing nicely. If it’s not working just cut your losses and try again another day. Try that and I reckon the riding a bike thing will come back pretty quickly.Posted 6 years agoElfinsafetyMember
Forget what CG says. You’re well shit.
(Cackles with delight. Jumps on bandwagon to mock, belittle and generally pour scorn on poor Phil)
Apart from Elf. Jeez he’s shit…
Eh… do wha…. YOU SHUT UP YOU YOU’RE WELL RUBBISH YOU EVEN GOT BEAT BY YOUR LITTLE SISTER YOU’RE SO RUBBISH SO SHUT UP!!!!! 😡
(Runs off sobbing)
Posted 6 years agoskiboyMember
I’ve been over the bars twice in the last five rides and got thrown on the floor thanks to a sunken root as well, last Sunday being the most painful , all falls where on simple bits like Sunday’s entrance to nath’s in Woburn , I was doing the big Woburn drops and tech bits in the dark the week before no probs thought I too had lost my mojo but then realised I was not always paying attention on the easy stuff, oh yer and I’m shitPosted 6 years agoTreksterSubscriber
Since last year when I broke a bone in my left hand and most of this year whilst nursing a twisted left knee I have been all over the place some days. All I do is stop getting frustrated with myself, slow down a bit and concentrate. Problem then is I am trying to concentrate on 3 things = riding the bike, nursing my knee and trying to get my left hand to grip the bars and pull the brake at the same time ❗Posted 6 years ago
Not easy some days but when I relax and let the “flow” take over the good days are good 😆mintimperialSubscriber
I had a week like that a couple of months back. After four or five stupid falls I ended up flying over the bars and bouncing about 20 feet into a gully, leaving me nicely bruised and distinctly disinclined to ride anything technical for quite a while. I pootled around different, easier stuff for a bit, and when I felt better I went back to the descent in question when I felt up to it – and I had my best run down it ever. Falling off is just another way of learning.Posted 6 years ago_tom_Member
The only advice I can give is to build up slowly again, trying to go full on back into it doesn’t really work for me. Work out what caused the crash and don’t do it again – use your Jedi skills training, it helps with this part 🙂 Whenever I crash now I know it’s usually because I was looking in the wrong place or because I didn’t have enough speed to clear something!Posted 6 years ago4ndy BMember
philconsequence, I’m right in thinking you had a day with Jedi about the same time I did aren’t I?
One thing I remember him saying was that the training doesn’t end on the day.
Have a look at your Jedi blog, it might refresh your memory, send him an email or text, he will help you outPosted 6 years ago
cheers guys, a long hot shower and some sleep always makes you see things a little clearer too!
all four crashes were my fault:
1) fist full of front brake on super greasy ground, wiped out
2) same as above 😆 it was about 3 hours later and the ground felt much drier, but again it was my silly mistake
3) got on the HT after a couple of weeks of only riding my newer bike, first thing i did was drop off a 2ft wall with hardly any pace = OTB
4) despite spending the whole ride moaning to myself that i was being a shit rider having crashed before even leaving the house i spent the first half of the ride trying to get my front wheels off the ground, similar to the story above i couldnt even pump off the curb as my timing was shot and i jsut got more and more frustrated….
instead of applying my mental skill-set (like a good jedi stooodent) i got increasingly frustrated and ended up ‘pinning it’ or ‘riding faster’ as you adults would call it. in the dark, over a bit of trail i didnt recognise, like an idiot. went too fast through a section and my front light drew my attention to what looked like a bump i could roll over, but the closer i got at speed i realised it was a drop that had been cut away at a nasty angle… my eyes fixated on it at the last millisecond and i forgot to pump at the right point = front wheel dropped 3 foot, forks bottomed out and over the bars into a tree i went.
little finger on right hand damaged but i dont think its broken, pain radiating down my radius and dodgy right elbow, which nicely balances out the pain in the left hand side of my hip from sunday 😆
all my fault, need to have a little break and get my head back into the right place!
oh and i also need to get that back wheel you gave me mr yeti into a shop, realised before we set off that half the spokes are loose and some are bent 😯 (think that was playing on my mind, but for some reason it didnt stop me pushing on like and idiot).
its binners fault of coursePosted 6 years ago
i blame binners
once in the garden before even starting the ride
this is the sort of skillset I’ve acquired from years of mincing around on bikes.
Accept that you’re rubbish at the moment and ride within your limits, after a while strive for mediocrity and so on, you’ll be happier for it.
We can’t all be riding gods all the time (or, indeed, ever in my case).Posted 6 years agorewskiMember
Its all about mucking around on bikes, its not a competition
That is a very good point TJ, but we can’t help pushing ourselves, we want to go faster, further and ride down pretty much anything that’s in our path, ultimately it will get you into bother, fractured scaphoids, mashed up clavicles and sprained ankles from bailing. It’s takes quite a few months to get back into a relaxed state of riding again, maybe never, your speed may never come back, you’ll ignore the chants of MTFU and take the chicken run, but as TJ say it’s not a competition, have fun and don’t worry about it.Posted 6 years ago
Consider yourself lucky.
You’re just playing at crashing.
I crashed on the 1st October and was properly mashed up.
I’m now toating the latest in NHS polyester cast to support the wrist I have a double fracture in.
Still got lots of pain elsewhere too, but have managed to get to work this week, cos if I don’t work, I don’t eat.
So, I’m glad you’re not badly injured and that you’re feeling better today.
And remember, practice makes perfect.
Rock on Fella.
😉Posted 6 years agobikebouyMember
Phah, hahaha.. falling off.. It’s hilarious, seriously try laughing at yourself it works wonders. I fall or stumble like the rest, but I’ve adopted a “giggle wtf” attitude to it all now, even racing mates. Also if I’m feeling a bit “subdued” when out I adopt the “chill and enjoy the view” mode.
In comclusion then:
1) Laugh at any mistakes, serious or notPosted 6 years ago
2) Back off and enjoy the view
I’m currently having to sit with my knee above my head
Does your GF mind that you still post on here while practising your Yoga ?.
Yes, the road crash. I am now into the serious bike withdrawal phase, not helped by the fact that I have foresaken all alcohol until Xmas.
I’m already starting to have thoughts about clandestine, cycling fixes this weekend.
Being broken SUCKS !
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