Last night a helmet saved my head
I had a similar off a couple months ago. Singletrack through the woods, quite narrow, grass either side. LH pedal hits a hidden stump or log. Throws me off to RHS. Towards and against a tree on the opposite side of the trail. As fate (not luck!) would have it, there’s one of these short snapped off branches at head height, luckily I saw it at last moment and twisted my head to avoid heard on collision, but it jabbed into my ear !!
oooyahh. pedalled slowly home with blood oozing out my ear, off to A&E for several stitches and a bit of scissor surgery to tidy up my outer ear. It was painful, and nasty, but could have been whole lot worse..Posted 4 years ago
Of course, if you had been on a 29er
I was on a 29er.
If I’d been on a 26er I’d have passed under it without incident.
Wheel size debate is over now. 😉
Alex – on the Long One/Doctors Orders – just before you get to that bit where you go under an old fallen tree/branch.Posted 4 years agoaccuSubscriber
wow..and another vote for “always with good eye protection”…Posted 4 years ago
The end of a snapped off branch hit the front of my helmet.
Looking at how far it went into the helmet I’m glad it wasn’t 1cm to either side or it would have been pretty serious 🙁
It did virtually stop me in my tracks and my neck is pretty stiff this morning.
You can see how much force there was – it nearly ripped the straps out of the shell at the front;
The velcro strap on my lamp snapped as well.
Weird thing is I’ve ridden that bit of singletrack dozens of times and never even noticed this branch as being a ‘hazard’. When we looked at it afterwards it was an accident waiting to happen – very sharp, at head height when on a bike, facing up the trail so you only saw it end on. Snapped it off the tree now – it was a dead branch anyway.
Oh well, could have been a *lot* worse.Posted 4 years agoBlobOnAStickSubscriber
Funnily enough, I did almost exactly the same thing, however wearing a helmet made my injuries 10 times worse!
The end of the branch hooked into my vent holes on the front of the helmet, dragging my head backwards and scraping my face along the bottom of the branch. Cue several deep scratches on my face (I have scars), black eyes and massive grazing.
Had I not been wearing a helmet, I would have had a few scratches to the top of my head (most of the branch would have cleared the top of my head, I would have grazed the bottom of the branch given the reduced height)
Just for balance like….I still wear a helmet when I ride.Posted 4 years agoclantonMember
Glad you’re ok OP! Could have been nasty.
FWIW though I am convinced I hit far more branches BECAUSE I wear a helmet than I would without – it raises my height and I simply don’t see some of them due to the visor. (talking about my local twisty wooded singletrack stuff) I reckon I would also be a bit more careful after the first one bounced off my bare head 😉Posted 4 years agotonydMember
Nice escape OP.
I’ve got a scar round my shoulder and down my back from something similar about 5 years ago while commuting off road. Fortunately I saw the branch in time to get my head/face out of the way but it still caught me. Went straight through my jersey and scraped three grooves into me. I got some looks when I turned up at work torn and bleeding!
As a result of this I now commute in full face helmet with visor and body armour. It’s the only safe way, particularly since my commute is now on road.Posted 4 years agobigyinnMember
fatladridesbikes – Member
Sounds like some trail maintenance is needed wwaswas. Shame all the Strava straight liners have put the trail pixies off from building/maintaining anything as it just becomes a motorway within a few months!Posted 4 years ago
Stop trotting out the BS that strightlining is down to Strava FFS.
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