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    Surviving an endo?

    With all the discussions on broken bones, and after a lucky escape myself yesterday, I got to thinking about the best way to survive an endo once you have gone past the point of unclipping and running it out?

    Is there a text-book way to avoid (serious) injury from an endo?

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    Having sufficient upper body muscle mass and strength is one good way to prevent some of the injuries (collarbone, dislocations) you find after an endo. Most cyclists don't do any sort of resistance training at all (especially upper body), so there is very little support for bones like the clavicle. Also resistance training increases bone density, so it would make them tougher to break in the first place.

    I've always wondered why professional roadies don't incorporate some sort of minimal resistance training into their routines. It might not officially benefit them on the bike, but it could save them a race/season ending injury (See Tyler Hamilton).


    For a more direct answer to your question, if you can't catch a tree before hitting the ground, the Sonic the Hedgehog tuck and roll method is the next best bet.
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    Stop, drop and roll.

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    ^ tuck your shoulder under & roll especially if you have a Camelbak on its like hydraulic armor. Sticking your hand out to break your fall is asking for a broken wrist, collarbone etc. especially if your endoing hard.

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    Ride a 29er and don't suck?

    Just kidding. Sort of.

    Watch Bomber for a day. He will teach you how to survive any crash.

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    I'm pretty good about keeping my hands on the bars in a crash,
    so I don't break a collar bone by putting my hand out.

    I guess having slug-slow reaction times is a blessing, in this case.

    Here are some tips on crashing from a (roadie) pro.

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    lean far back, no front brake........ no endo........ best way to survive crashing is not crashing!
    "Less yap more braap"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    Ride a 29er and don't suck?
    +1


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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    Ride a 29er and don't suck?

    Just kidding.
    but you make it sound so easy
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    Best way to survive an endo is to not have one in the first place. That being said I'd say the next best thing would be to take a tumbling class of some sort. It would teach you how to fall correctly and allow for the safe practice of those skills unless you want to go out and practice endoing. Like most have said the combination of not sticking your hands out, upper body strength, and rolling through the endo are ways of surviving it.

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    He will also teach you how to use the F word in a most suitable fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stinkyman View Post
    lean far back, no front brake........ no endo........ best way to survive crashing is not crashing!
    +1 sort of. not so much "lean far back" but keep your butt behind the saddle

    i fyou move your center of gravity back behind the saddle and low over the rear wheel you are less likely to go over the bars in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdM View Post
    Having sufficient upper body muscle mass and strength is one good way to prevent some of the injuries (collarbone, dislocations) you find after an endo. Most cyclists don't do any sort of resistance training at all (especially upper body), so there is very little support for bones like the clavicle. Also resistance training increases bone density, so it would make them tougher to break in the first place.

    I've always wondered why professional roadies don't incorporate some sort of minimal resistance training into their routines. It might not officially benefit them on the bike, but it could save them a race/season ending injury (See Tyler Hamilton).


    For a more direct answer to your question, if you can't catch a tree before hitting the ground, the Sonic the Hedgehog tuck and roll method is the next best bet.
    Agreed!

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    Don't ride anything hard.

    It works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by druber View Post
    Don't ride anything hard.

    It works for me.
    Um...liar. I've seen you ride plenty of super tech stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    He will also teach you how to use the F word in a most suitable fashion.
    I've got that down pat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    He will also teach you how to use the F word in a most suitable fashion.

    It's such a versatile word. Just ask Carlin (RIP)

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    Quote Originally Posted by druber View Post
    Don't ride anything hard.

    It works for me.

    no sir!
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