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    Was riding WC at about 7am Wednesday morning last week and had my front tire wash out going into the berms at the end of Powerline Flow. I fell in some new and creative way that caused the end of my handlebar to attempt penetration of my chest cavity a couple of inches up and to the right of the bottom of my sternum. HURT like a MOTHERF*CKER at first but much better now. Might get back out there early-to-mid-week this week.

    But I decimated my elbow earlier this year by going OTB at Brushy Creek. And now, after 3 months of physical recovery and 1 month of only road bike, I am falling off my MTB every other ride (it seems) (no, wait, that's accurate). And it is starting to take its toll, mentally. I mean for f*ck's sake, I'm getting my ass kicked by dust on the trail at Walnut Creek. Not a great summer so far, from an MTB perspective.

    Yeah, this is a first world problem. Yeah, I'm having a pity party over here. My pu**y hurts; sue me.

    That is all. Thanks for listening.

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    Wrecked Again - Chest Nearly Impaled by Handlebar - Hurts - FML

    no pics! I guess itís good thing u didnít make that loop at GT a couple weeks ago in mid day or things could b way worse if ur having that kinda luck, but we all have those spurts where nothing goes right for a while, I know i do! For sure!!! But get up ride on! Nice thing about a bike is that I never look back, always forward


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTheCatLady View Post
    Was riding WC at about 7am Wednesday morning last week and had my front tire wash out going into the berms at the end of Powerline Flow. I fell in some new and creative way that caused the end of my handlebar to attempt penetration of my chest cavity a couple of inches up and to the right of the bottom of my sternum. HURT like a MOTHERF*CKER at first but much better now. Might get back out there early-to-mid-week this week.

    But I decimated my elbow earlier this year by going OTB at Brushy Creek. And now, after 3 months of physical recovery and 1 month of only road bike, I am falling off my MTB every other ride (it seems) (no, wait, that's accurate). And it is starting to take its toll, mentally. I mean for f*ck's sake, I'm getting my ass kicked by dust on the trail at Walnut Creek. Not a great summer so far, from an MTB perspective.

    Yeah, this is a first world problem. Yeah, I'm having a pity party over here. My pu**y hurts; sue me.

    That is all. Thanks for listening.

    -cls
    Sorry man, I went OTB at Brushy almost exactly 2 months ago. A maxed out deductible and 4 screws in my elbow and I still don't have full ROM. I haven't even ridden a bike since it happened, I can barely take more than 15 minutes on a spin bike right now. I'm looking forward to getting back out when I can, but dang it sucks.

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    Just sayin', Dirtbike armor sounds better and better...
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    Try adjusting your front tire PSI or your suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTheCatLady View Post
    My pu**y hurts; sue me.


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    1st off you prob should change your login name..it has pussy all over it..I mean really? 2ndly, it sounds like you need a dropper if you donít have one or learn how to use it if you do..turdly, whatís your address for my personal injury lawsuit due to my eyes bleeding from reading your crying? Bitch, get a tampon..lol. You started it
    Edit: Iím assuming youíre a man..but if youíre a female then I apologize. Otherwise, toughen up buttercup
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    RE: Dirtbike armor...I've been looking into those armored long-sleeved jerseys/jackets for MTB but i can't decide if they would be hotter than a short-sleeved jersey + the pads I already wear. The skin coverage would be about the same, but of course there is more substance to those long-sleeved things.

    RE: suspension setup and tire pressure...this is a new bike and my first 29er so I am still working on these things. I have the suspension setup OK I think, but I'm probably not a good enough rider to determine if it isn't. I've looked at guides online, and this one:



    looks pretty good, but it bugs me that his fork setup technique is so synthetic...it is not based on any sort of riding situation at all. (Unlike the shock setup technique, which at least involves riding off a curb.). For tire pressure, I have an Ardent Race 2.2 at 24 psi on the rear and an Ardent 2.4 at 22psi on the front. That's down from 25 front/23 rear, which is what I have had them at for the 10 or so rides I've been on since I got the bike. I am planning on reducing pressure in both by 1 psi per ride until I feel the sidewall start to give, then go with 1-2 psi above that.

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    From over 50+ years of Dirtbike riding/racing, Roadbike riding/racing and MTB riding, I have found that for some folks, they're better off learning to crash, than to focus on learning to ride. You might be one that fits that category. On top of that, work on your body strength. You'll survive crashes a lot better the stronger you are.

    Of course none of this applies to me, I don't ride fast enough to bother with any skills or strength any more.
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    Was that a yes or a no on the dropper post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    On top of that, work on your body strength. You'll survive crashes a lot better the stronger you are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTheCatLady View Post
    Was riding WC at about 7am Wednesday morning last week and had my front tire wash out going into the berms at the end of Powerline Flow. I fell in some new and creative way that caused the end of my handlebar to attempt penetration of my chest cavity a couple of inches up and to the right of the bottom of my sternum.
    -cls
    My 8 year-old did this last week on a washed out rut heading to SCT...90 degree swerve OTB and the handlebar stuck him below his sternum. He threw his helmet down, hollered for 5 minutes then got back on the bike. Like an 8 year-old should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    From over 50+ years of Dirtbike riding/racing, Roadbike riding/racing and MTB riding, I have found that for some folks, they're better off learning to crash, than to focus on learning to ride. You might be one that fits that category. On top of that, work on your body strength. You'll survive crashes a lot better the stronger you are.
    That's a really interesting observation. Most of my MTB experience so far indicates your suspicion is correct. Dang it.

    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    My 8 year-old did this last week on a washed out rut heading to SCT...90 degree swerve OTB and the handlebar stuck him below his sternum. He threw his helmet down, hollered for 5 minutes then got back on the bike. Like an 8 year-old should.
    I sat down at the side of the trail and made that grunting/moaning sound that us older folks seem to make when we eat sh*t hard, plus expletives. After a few minutes of that, and a few minutes of talking to a nice MTB'er who stopped to make sure I was OK, I also got back on my bike and continued the ride, like a 45-yo HOPES to do after eating sh*t. Unlike an 8-yo, a creature that seems to be able to bounce back after all but the worst injuries (youth is wasted on the young), I am taking it easy for a few days before starting ANOTHER ride. Where I'll probably somehow end up putting one the thru-axles through my eye socket.

    :-)

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    You can't completely blame a tire, but those Ardents do have a tendency to wash out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    You can't completely blame a tire, but those Ardents do have a tendency to wash out.
    Does anything not wash out on dusty hardpack like at WC? Hmmm...I need to look up that thread from a while ago about best tires for the ATX area.

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    Yeah, but Ardents are particularly prone to it. I used to swear by them until necessity made me swap another model on and it was a different world. The problem with Ardents is the gap between the center tread and the edge tread. The center grips ok for a trail tire and the edge grips ok for a trail tire. But when you tilt it just so and try to grip on the area between the center and the edge tread, it's like you are riding a slick. Washout. You are better off switching both. Look into that tire thread for suggestions. There are a ton of combos that work well around here. Just not Ardents.

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    Go back and work on fundamental skills. Most crashes are preventable and are the result of bad trail vision or body position. If you don't nail down the basics, you will not progress because you will be crashing all the time.

    Get a dropper and better tires if you don't have them.

    Lift weights. Helps with body position, bike control and injury prevention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMentallo View Post
    Yeah, but Ardents are particularly prone to it. I used to swear by them until necessity made me swap another model on and it was a different world. The problem with Ardents is the gap between the center tread and the edge tread. The center grips ok for a trail tire and the edge grips ok for a trail tire. But when you tilt it just so and try to grip on the area between the center and the edge tread, it's like you are riding a slick. Washout. You are better off switching both. Look into that tire thread for suggestions. There are a ton of combos that work well around here. Just not Ardents.
    I have just now finished that other thread and YOWZA. Lots of advice. In searching for a common theme, I think I am learning that for my application/problem (flat turns on dusty hardpack), plain old tire width, more and smaller knobs, and uniform knob placement across the width of the tire (e.g. no gap at the "just so" lean), are the important factors. If I were hitting more gnar at speed then a beefier casing would be warranted as well.

    The bike came with Aspens, but those look like they have the death zone problem between the center tread and the edge tread. I might just put an Ikon 2.35 on the front and an Ikon 2.0 or an Ignitor 2.1 on the rear. The Ignitors look cool, but don't get much press, but what press they DO get is very positive. Just too narrow for a front tire I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    Go back and work on fundamental skills. Most crashes are preventable and are the result of bad trail vision or body position. If you don't nail down the basics, you will not progress because you will be crashing all the time. Get a dropper and better tires if you don't have them. Lift weights. Helps with body position, bike control and injury prevention.
    Yeah, I am trying to work on fundy skills actually. I have a dropper installed, but I went riding with a friend the other day and noted that, while he wasn't super fast, he could take corners a lot faster than I can. Sitting down. On his fully-extended dropper. In fact, I asked him why he even has one :-). After seeing this, I am trying to work on seated cornering at low speeds just to get the feel of the bike. Although this wipeout happened standing.

    Also, I think I'm going to go back to flats while I sort all of this out.

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    I don't have a dropper post, you don't need a dropper post. They're awesome and I want one, but people were still flying around Walnut a few years ago without even knowing they existed.

    I also run a 2.4 Ardent up front. I've had it washout once on me and it was a couple months ago at WC. Yes, they have that "dead zone" in the tread, but I guess I just lean in more than that. I love the Ikon as a back tire but around here in the middle of moondust season you need something with full size knobs on the front.

    The middle of summer is just a tough time to ride around here. The super hot temps stress you both physically and mentally and I find that when I'm a little overheated my technique suffers. That combined with our hardpack dirt crumbling in to moondust means you're more likely to make mistakes that could potentially result in your handlebar taking a core sample from your chest.

    Keep hydrated, and lean the bike more. It'll be Oct before you know it.
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    Agreed. Droppers arenít needed. Not until the industry said they were. I have better things to concentrate on then fudging around with the dropper. That said, check mine out for sale over in the sales thread.


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    Stay with the clipless.

    That will be a huge change to suddenly throw in the mix that will offset other progress

    And clipless is just better than flats. Plain and simple. Especially for any type of pedally/XC style riding

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