- Leg protection suggestion (warning NOT for squeamish)
Whilst minding my own business on Tuesday night I managed to get into an altercation with a fallen tree that had been sawn-off and left poking into the trail.
Two nights in hospital, one general anesthetic (quite nice), 5 days of antibiotics, one bunged up bum (codeine), no prospect of a beer until next Thursday (going to Wembley for semi-final of the cup on Saturday) and no riding for a while means I think I should look for something to allow me to get back out on the bike asap (and prevent it happening again).
What is the best option for general XC and trail riding?Posted 5 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
if it’s just to protect that injury, football shinnies are cheap, light and not too sweaty
if you’re worried about the next freak impalement I’d suggest that you worry about more vulnerable areas than your shins
Is that the back of your calf?
not sure you can ever expect another big injury therePosted 5 years agoSuggseyMember
Is that your shin or back of your leg? Impressive depth for a shin wound. I know it seems obvious but that’s one of the reasons I avoid the ends of fallen trees and stick outy branches! If it’s really low on your leg you will struggle to get any coverage that you can pedal xc in. I’m not sure that even soft pads ala 661 veggie would stop a spear of wood penetrating.Posted 5 years ago
In all seriousness can’t you just put it down to experience and carry on or invest in an extra bright headlight bar combo?
Shin, right down to the fascia, means any crap could have worked it’s way down towards my foot as I rode the mile home (doubled up buff as a bandage) so they had to open it up a bit more to really wash it out. Havn’t seen their handy work yet as its under a dressing/bandage.
Yeah you’re right I could put it down to experience, didn’t have lights on, wasn’t dark, was on my own on a trail I’ve ridden hundreds of times, just one of those things.
Didn’t, hasn’t and doesn’t really hurt as much as you would think.Posted 5 years agorobarnoldMember
Are we really going to turn this in to a contest?
My foot after something nasty got in to a cut under one of my toes during a ski season? Prompted two months in hospital, five ops and a MASSIVE scar now it’s all recovered.
That’s me bottom left after I sent it to Nuts magazine to try and get a grand for my troubles! They gave me **** allPosted 5 years agobatman11Member
Nasty gash there mate hope it heals up quick.Posted 5 years ago
I started riding flats this winter and wanted to protect the old shins! Got the gform ones comfy and strangely enough a few rides in waring them I cracked my shin straight of a fallen trees branch pad was totally fine leg was too just a big bruise to show for it. So for local woods I’d recommend them but would go hardshell for wales and the like.
Just to help these http://g-form.com/products/pro-x-shin-pads/
A good luck should find them in the £30/35 mark
I can’t even go back and look at that foot it is hideous. Wtf happened?
Nasty infection got in a cut under a toe and killed all the tissue in my foot. That photo was taken after they’d operated to remove all the dead stuff. The maggots went in next!
Heavens, that foot is the worst l have seen. I would imagine that is as close to losing it as you could get.
Did the foot work properly after it healed up?
Yes, apparently I was pretty close to losing it, although they didn’t tell me that at the time, I was smacked off my tits on Tramadol so I wouldn’t have paid attention in any case 🙂
This is what it looks like now, bit of a wonky second toe, but otherwise perfectPosted 5 years ago
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