Sometimes you’re the nail

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mike, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Slowly rolling up the trail, like too many times to recount or recall. Instantly, the state of climbing meditation is truncated by whatever it is that’s hooked on my helmet, my bean forced backward by my forward momentum. Face up like a mad monster baying at the sky, my bike stops and then inches backward.

    Stymied by a two-inch stub of a branch thinner than a pencil.

    I don’t believe I’ve ever experienced trail rage before, so I had no idea what an effective cardio blast it could fuel. The aerobics ended with the sagging tree broken at one of the roots and pulled away from the trail. Probably not the best method of trail maintenance, but NTB for no tools beyond piss and vinegar.

    No worse on the spine than the many other times I’ve crowned myself riding, I reckon, but this one probably burned a few more calories.

    Takeaways:
    1) Trim the visor
    2) Be the hammer
     
  2. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
  3. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    Thanks for the trail work
     
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  4. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Better to be dragged off at low speed, than knocked off by a Donkey Kong hammer-blow to the crown by that low-hanging branch that sagged a little too low!
    Cost me a new helmet!
     
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  5. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    I did that a couple of months ago on shady descent. I was slowing for a fallen tree and a few feet before that a branch that I didn't see went through the vents on my helmet and it literally brought me to a stop. I had to take my helmet off to dislodge as it was actually stuck in there.
     
  6. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I've had the pleasure of riding with several of the fine folks here and I have seen more than enough of you guys thump your melon on a "low bridge" along the trail.

    I've never been ripped off my bike but I have had my bell rung more times than I'd like to remember. One time, while riding with a circle of AZ & NV buds, one of the more talented guys hit his head hard on a very solid low hanging Juniper during a fast descent. He was cursing aloud for at least 5 minutes after that as we blasted down the mountain. The rest of us were laughing so hard that we all almost crashed. On the next pass down the that shuttle run, I hit my head at the same location. I had to stop momentarily because I actually saw stars.