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V-Shaped Rut
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Take one computer guy/partime DJ (DJ-MO) who is new to riding, a half awake mountain biker and a big hill.

Rode through the local meadow next to my house, a short road ride and started up round hill in south lake tahoe. This is actually meant to be more of a hike, you rarely see bikes on this trail. There is a reason for this, that reason being that its a ***** of a climb with some steep sandy sections that if you stop on you end up hiking. DJ-MO isn't in great shape and didn't appreciate this part of the ride at all.



The bushes are kinda close in some areas as well:



The good news is you get some great views from up there:



The pic below shows nevada beach, about 3/4 of a mile walk from my house.



Happy to be at the top, but not nearly as happy as DJ-MO who had to take some time to rest before he was able to use the camera.



Now the fun part, what goes up must come down! You can see some of the wonderful sandy crappiness in these pics.



DJ-MO is a lot happier going downhill!







No more pics of the rest of the descent as I had to have some fast downhill fun. ;) Discs would have been nice, but I had some fun anyway. DJ-MO took it a little slower as he has only been riding two weeks and was on a hardtail. The good news is he's pretty hooked and has been out almost every day since I sold him the bike two weeks ago.
 

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Great pictures - looks like nice weather too.

I wouldn't want to bang my head on those rocks though, particularly if I had only been riding for a week. Helmets are the way to go on trails...
 

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V-Shaped Rut
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I know, and I'm a horrible example for the guy. I only wear my helmet about half the time or less when I ride. Dunno why I have no problem wearing a full face helmet on my motorcycle but the little bike helmet bugs the hell out of me.
 

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big_slacker said:
I know, and I'm a horrible example for the guy. I only wear my helmet about half the time or less when I ride. Dunno why I have no problem wearing a full face helmet on my motorcycle but the little bike helmet bugs the hell out of me.
Thought of a skull fracture bugs the hell outta me! Nice pics!
 

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I am an advocate for helmets also. When I was fifteen, I went over the bars at speed and got 18 stitches in my head and four in my shoulder. the doc said I was lucky and my head looked like a jigsaw puzzle. Some food for thought.
 

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When I started I never liked to wear a helmet, but...

My girl , years ago, buuged me so much that I began to wear one. I bit hard soon after on my first full ride. My head barely hit the ground, but as Iaid there I couldn't help but see a big rock roight in front of my face. If I had not been wearing the helmet and fell just inches in that direction I would've been in big trouble. I don't fall often, but I do and the helmet is insurance for those times.

Wear the helmet more often and you'll get used to it!
 

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I really dont care if I see other riders out riding without a helmet. Some ppl just like to enforce their views onto others..but I would really look into riding with a helmet around rocky terrian as I see in those pics.

Where I live I never used a helmet till I started to race ( mandatory thing ya know) and kept wearing it just so I'll get used to it. The only time I've actually hit my helmet is on low branches and me not watching out for them. Other then that I never really need to wear one. Body armor is another thing though....
 

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SuperNewb said:
I really dont care if I see other riders out riding without a helmet. Some ppl just like to enforce their views onto others..but I would really look into riding with a helmet around rocky terrian as I see in those pics.

Where I live I never used a helmet till I started to race ( mandatory thing ya know) and kept wearing it just so I'll get used to it. The only time I've actually hit my helmet is on low branches and me not watching out for them. Other then that I never really need to wear one. Body armor is another thing though....
I'm not being a smartass, but-

If you see a need to wear body armor on a ride, but not the need to wear a helmet, then you are an idiot, IMO.
 

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body armor - no helmet = statistic

Adirondack Blues said:
I'm not being a smartass, but-

If you see a need to wear body armor on a ride, but not the need to wear a helmet, then you are an idiot, IMO.
Totally agree... I've seen this on several occasions at Galbraith. Bunch of young guys on Stinky's, full leg and arm armor... and no helmet. Much rather loose some skin than drop some gray matter on the trails.

just an FYI for you boys and girls... if you don't ride with a helmet, don't post photos... you will get flamed on each and every reply.

HOW FREAKING STUPID ARE YOU TO TAKE A NEWB ON A TRAIL LIKE THAT WITHOUT A HELMET???
 

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ditchdiver56 said:
This might be a little off the original topic but your brother was wearing his helmet in the car?
No, Sorry i guess i meant bike wreck when he got hit by a car, he wasnt wearing a helment in a car.

-Sam
 

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V-Shaped Rut
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Wow, didn't realize so many people cared so much about helmets. Enough to name call over the net even. ;) After all, I hurt no one but myself if I get injured without one.

PS-I am an organ donor, so when I crack my head open on the rocks you can have my heart, eyeballs and whats left of my liver if you're in need.
 
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