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    Unhappy screw tree gates lets talk about limbo branches

    yeah, tree gates may be annoying in most cases, and dangerous in others, but lets talk about another tree-induced trail hazard.

    LIMBO BRANCHES, HEADACHE BRANCHES

    had a super scary event happen at the greenbelt this weekend. a good riding buddy from houston who is a tall guy, smashed his head on a low hanging tree branch so hard that it completely destroyed his helmet and ended the ride for him. we were really scared about neck/spinal injury from impact and spinal compression. he was completely incapacitated and writhing in pain when it happened.

    in my opinion, there are the rare cases where something like this maybe add some type of cool feature to a trail or something, but in 99% of the time, these low hanging branches or features that you have to duck under are nothing but an unnecessary danger. if I had to choose to be vigilant about tree gates or low hanging branches, I would voyage to take out the low hanging branches as priority.

    this is also a great reminder to ALWAYS wear your helmet. the ground isnt the only thing you can hit your head on. he so easily couldve had a life changing brain injury, spine injury, or couldve even died this weekend had he not been wearing that helmet..

    he seems to be ok and have gotten really lucky, just severe neck stiffness after it happened. I need to check on him again and make sure he got medical attention after going home to make sure his neck is ok.

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    Hence the reason I carry a hand-chainsaw to clear those suckers. And, I'm glad I'm short!
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    There is one on the GB at the bottom of mulch hill that I have nailed twice. Because I am an idiot and I forgot it the second time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bike View Post
    There is one on the GB at the bottom of mulch hill that I have nailed twice. Because I am an idiot and I forgot it the second time.
    this happened right on slippery when wet before the left/right fork to go to hammerhead gulch/wash tub
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinerider View Post
    Hence the reason I carry a hand-chainsaw to clear those suckers. And, I'm glad I'm short!
    Why I carry this exact tool in my camelback and use it regularly.
    https://www.amazon.com/Corona-RazorT.../dp/B001RD7LRO

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    I don't think this even needs to be discussed. There is NO redeeming value to low hanging limbs. Seriously, "Hey look at me, I am so skilled I was able to duck under this limb!" Is that a thing? No.

    It is strange how these damn cedar limbs have been "melting" too. They somehow just get lower and lower. Trails that you have ridden multiple times all of a sudden have a helmet cracker on them. Ever Diligent is a good motto to live by.

    I have never felt guilty about "sanitizing" a trail by removing branches. I also have never felt guilty about kicking loose golf ball and softball sized rocks off the trail tread. Again, there is no value in them, at all.

    I recently was knocked off my bike by a limb. Next day that mofo got chain sawed. Yes, it was that big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Next day that mofo got chain sawed. Yes, it was that big.
    My hero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taco Man View Post
    Why I carry this exact tool in my camelback and use it regularly.
    https://www.amazon.com/Corona-RazorT.../dp/B001RD7LRO
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    There was a big, low branch on one end of Bowie Stonewall. I removed it earlier this year, and used it to block a b-line that was forming there. I was afraid to tell anyone that I chopped it down for fear that someone would think I am sanitizing trails. if that's the consensus, you're welcome.
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    We just need better trail signage:

    You must be this tall ________ or SHORTER to ride this trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    There was a big, low branch on one end of Bowie Stonewall. I removed it earlier this year, and used it to block a b-line that was forming there. I was afraid to tell anyone that I chopped it down for fear that someone would think I am sanitizing trails. if that's the consensus, you're welcome.
    I think I hit my head twice on that one during the same ride. Once in each direction. Did it have a little rock or root underneath that would propel you upward as you tried to duck under it?
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    The grnblt needs a lot of work, tons of low hangers & face slappers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bike View Post
    There is one on the GB at the bottom of mulch hill that I have nailed twice. Because I am an idiot and I forgot it the second time.
    ride up mulch..

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    It is strange how these damn cedar limbs have been "melting" too. They somehow just get lower and lower. Trails that you have ridden multiple times all of a sudden have a helmet cracker on them. Ever Diligent is a good motto to live by.
    It isn't your imagination. Cedars are stealth growers, and when the limbs grow, they get heavier and sag. This is especially noticeable after they get some rain.

    Sometimes you need not cut the entire branch, just cut side limbs, lighten the branch, and it will lift right up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post

    Sometimes you need not cut the entire branch, just cut side limbs, lighten the branch, and it will lift right up.
    Yes, I do that, and it's frequently enough. The less cutting the better. Not because I am trying to preserve endangered cedar (yes that's a joke) but to conserve my sawing arm energy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Yes, I do that, and it's frequently enough. The less cutting the better. Not because I am trying to preserve endangered cedar (yes that's a joke) but to conserve my sawing arm energy.
    Exactly. Little loppers are sometimes much better for overhead work, but a bit more awkward to carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bartman View Post
    The grnblt needs a lot of work, tons of low hangers & face slappers
    I'm back in town after a long vacation tomorrow. I'm on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinerider View Post
    That's the exact one I have and it works like a charm. Packs away pretty compactly and weighs next to nothing. One of the best tools you can buy that can fit in a Camelbak. Takes up less room than a tube and can take down a tree or log bigger than my thigh.

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