whats the most 'dangerous' – mtb, road, track ?
I’d say the probability of “falling off” is much much higher for MTB, but that the vast majority of those crashes result only in minor injuries. In terms of absolute numbers of people dying, road is a lot more dangerous, although how that relates if the deaths are normalised “per mile” then who knows!Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Road due to 1-ton boxes flying around at random.
Track crashes seem to up the horror level a bit- I’ve done myself some mischief on mountain bikes but never melted my clothes or slid along for a very long time with broken bones, or similar. MTB is like a bad-tempered cat, it’ll wound you frequently but usually not very much.Posted 4 years ago
thanks for replies. Personally I rate road as least likely to crash, worst outcome, MTB as most common, often not major, more slow tumbles. Track I think, maybe from personal recent crash, as higher risk of crashing than road by a long way, and injuries likely worse than MTB.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Track I think, maybe from personal recent crash, as higher risk of crashing than road by a long way, and injuries likely worse than MTB.
MTB crashes are almost always your fault. You’re far enough away from other riders that the main cause is you failing to judge something correctly. Injury levels vary from a bit of winding to requiring a helicopter.
Track crashes (or crashes during closed circuit crit races) are almost always the fault of an indeterminate other rider clipping wheels/bars etc and bringing down another 6-8 riders in the process. Track crashes are mostly fairly low impact – most people fall into the track and slide. Occasional broken bones as a result of the impact, that’s usually it. And IME track crashes are very rare, it’s just that when they do happen they can be quite spectacular in terms of bringing down large numbers of people.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Depends, I suspect road is the safest at your nominal “enthusiasts”* level. I’ve known 3 people break bones this winter, but that’s a disproportionate number, and two were matching left clavicles whilst riding a tandem!
Track probably has the most accidents per mile, as a mile is 4-8 laps, and watching the raceing they seem to crash every other lap! But that’s not a fair compaison, does anyone ride track and not race? I know a few roadies who use the local one with road bikes at open sessions as an alternative to the turbo, but I’d not say they were “enthusiasts”.
I’d say average MTB’ing is about as dangerous as average Pony Trecking, people over state the risks of relatively rare accidents.
At a racing level 4X or BMX must win without a doubt!
*I’m taking this to mean, spent a lot of money, but doesn’t race and sit’s middling to average in a group ride.Posted 4 years ago
tinas – yes, I think you’ve pretty much got it there. On your point
does anyone ride track and not race?
, yes, at my local track (Glasgow), a lot do, self included. There are less crashes on non race ‘drop ins’, and most of those that do occur seem to be as a result of varying skill levels on track at same time. yes, everone has to have passed ‘accredidation’ but there do appear to be some who are still ‘bad drivers’.Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
On the mountain bike I wasn’t having a good day if I hadn’t fallen off two or three times, so that would give me a crash rate of approximately one every 10-15 miles. In over 7000 miles of road riding I haven’t fallen off once. However a road crash is likely to hurt or maim me a lot worse than a low-speed tumble onto mud or heather.Posted 4 years agopoonpriceMember
I’d say road although I’m yet to have a bad fall. Wiping out at 25-30+ mph on the road would suck!
Wiping out at 30mph sucks anytime, I came off earlier in the year at this speed on the then baked hard clay, that equalled broken collar bone and wasted 9months of the year.Posted 4 years ago
I wonder why track riders don’t use those undershorts with hard foam pads on the hips..?
some tracks require 2 top layers (Manchester) but not Glasgow. I landed on face and shoulder on Sat – my outer jersey ( a nice short sleeved one) has a big hole that looks like its been burned by an iron. Underneath ‘Underarmour Cool’ LS base layer is ok apart from a wee wrinkly bit. Deffo did its job…Posted 4 years ago
Really good answers, thanks all. I guess I’m feeling a bit accident prone these days after a couple of ambulance ending crashes. At least I got my mug into this months MBR ‘old blokes’ – in the old days that used to get you a free helmet 🙂 TGF Giro crash replacement policy !Posted 4 years agoOmar LittleMember
A crash every couple of races at the track league a few weeks back…its not usually that bad though.
Ive resigned myself that a crash is inevitable at some point however at the same time in the last 14 months ive done about 2000 miles at drop ins and DST sessions and been in 60+ races and it hasnt happened yet, whereas i rarely go more than a couple of mtb rides without a crash of some sort. Most of the time they are harmless though.Posted 4 years ago
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