When you fall off, try not to land on your face
Ouch. Came off on narrow singletrack yesterday when it gave way under my front wheel and I supermanned OTB and landed square on my conk and chin. My chest took a thump too.
Bloody nose, grazed chin, arm and chest and a sore wrist. Dazed for a while too.
I do have pics but they’re rubbish! Ouch. How do you shave when you’ve got a scabby face?Posted 6 years ago
Nosedive – up in the Howgills – but yes I’m in Sheffield. What trail did you come of on?
GW – no time to even think about it! The trail fell away from me at about 20mph otherwise I’d have tried!
Jane – the sticking to the bedsheets has undone any of the potential coolness from having scars – at least in my house anyway. I’m in trouble as ‘they were just clean on, get a sponge or it’ll stain’.Posted 6 years agoBagstardMember
Slow-mo over the bars for me, thought I was popping off a kicker, turned out to be a double and I didn’t make it. Full face on luckily, but I just landed on my head and arms, rolling over. Still have a slightly stiff neck, but I’m grateful it was a fresh cut track woth loamy soil for a softer landing. Good fun on the next run though, nice jumps!Posted 6 years agoneninjaMember
I’m trying to develop my jumping over the front of the bike and running technique as the bike pitches over after a heavy OTB a month or 2 ago.
It worked a treat on a rocky Grizedale bridleway last weekend. How I didn’t trip on the rocks I’ll never know. It was sufficiently rocky and steep that my mate thought I’d be an ambulance job when he heard my bike go over. Got away with a jarred foot.
I doubt I’ll be that lucky every time.Posted 6 years agonosediveMember
Pook – I was on the crags path at the far end of wharnecliffe, not sure if you know it, a rocky path that the climbers use. I had lost a bit of speed and let my front wheel fall into a front wheel size hole. stings a bit across the belly this morning.
I’ve not used my face as a brake for a while though. After the last incident I bought one of those Met parachute things. next time i faceplant I will put on post on here to let you all know if it works or not!Posted 6 years ago
I feel your pain brother.
My last excursion over the bars ended in a chin/nose/gravel track interface. I wasn’t half shifting too.
Cue dazed phone call “Babe. I’ve had a bit of an accident. I think you may have to take me to hospital. Where am I? Haven’t a clue who I am, never mind where I am!”
The words “Hmmmmmmm multi-directional lacerations. Don’t know how were going to stitch that lot up. Blimey! What a mess!” are not what you want to hear from a surgeon on a Saturday afternoon.
Chicks dig scars though? RightPosted 6 years ago
cynic-al – Member
Wow…GW can fly? It’s not always possible.
possible? that implies to me you’re thinking about it, not surprising from you really. 🙄Posted 6 years ago
how many times would you say you’ve crashed an mtb in your life? closer to a few? a few hundred? or a few thousand? and how many times was it an unexpected OTB compared to making the choice to bail?
crash/bail often enough and it does become a natural instinct, there isn’t always time to conciously think about what’s possible during the crash but some people do naturally manage to get away with big crashes often and consistently and it isn’t down to luck.
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