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Some mistakes are good for learning from, others good for laughing at. Just thought it might be fun to start a thread to share ones you've made.

Yesterday I took my newly-purchased Boulder SE to a local power line right-of-way where the locals often ride quads and dirt bikes. First time I'd taken it off road, and the first time I've ridden in dirt since I had a BMX as a kid (and even then I didn't try tackling anything difficult). This one had a low, flat-topped hill. One side is about six feet tall and sloped at nearly 45 degrees. I thought I'd see if I could get my bike to climb it.

Well, like some other low-end bikes, mine has the seven-speed Shimano Mega Range. And that first gear looks so big that I thought I'd have enough torque there to just muscle up the hill. Well, whatever the Mega Range is built for, climbing a 45 degree incline is not one of them! Instead of going up the hill, pedalling in first just lifted the front wheel off the ground. :rolleyes: I nearly flipped the bike completely over attempting that one.
 

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One of the first places I rode off-road was a chunk of forested land formerly used to dump old cars and recently turned into a forest park. A paved bike path was built through it, and the dirt bikes got kicked out. I rode on the old dirt bike trails a fair bit at first. This piece of property is on a floodplain, so it gets pretty swampy. On one ride with my buddies, I buried my bike up to the hubs in mud 3 times (each time resulting in an endo into the mud). That was the last time I rode there.
 

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Here's a few

And the first two are sooooo cliche:

Several chain ring tattoos, including some on white tube socks

Falling over sideways while learning to clip out of clipless pedals

Falling over sideways while trying to overcome large, exposed roots on an incline. First day on my first mtb, a fully rigid hardtail. Didn't have enough momentum, and was too stupid to realize that I had to lift the front end up. I figured, hell, it's a mountain bike, and tried to just plow through. The roots won the battle, I fell sideways. To this day I still have the battle scar in the form of a crease where I landed on my right glutius.

I'm sure there are more, but my memory chooses to suppress them.
 

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Call_me_Clyde said:
Falling over sideways while learning to clip out of clipless pedals
+1

I went out to ride around the block trying to get use to clipping in and I thought I would check the mail, I pull up to the mail box and fell right over.
 

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Clipping out of clipless pedals
Actually this happened yesterday (though I do not consider myself a begginer now). It suck'd. I was doing wheelies after a ride in the parking lot. I got some pretty nice ones but then I did a very low-quality one. I got angry for doing such a bad wheelie so a tried hard to do a good one - TOO hard. I fell flat on my back on hard concrete because I could not unclip on time. :mad: OUCH. It hurt like hell. Actually I could not get up for about a minute and I started getting dizzy. Fourtunately, I had my camelbak on with a sweatshirt on the bungee straps. The pain faded away and I was able to ride today :D
Lesson of the day: Drops to flat suck :mad:
 

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ditto on the mud one went riding after work one day...thought hey there must be some good trails in here....took me 2 hrs to cover what would have taken 5 minutes on the road and this was on a Dept. store bike...with fat 1.95 rubber on it i thought i was all that... anyway between the rocks and the mud i ended up never riding there again
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Some mistakes are good for learning from, others good for laughing at. Just thought it might be fun to start a thread to share ones you've made.

Yesterday I took my newly-purchased Boulder SE to a local power line right-of-way where the locals often ride quads and dirt bikes. First time I'd taken it off road, and the first time I've ridden in dirt since I had a BMX as a kid (and even then I didn't try tackling anything difficult). This one had a low, flat-topped hill. One side is about six feet tall and sloped at nearly 45 degrees. I thought I'd see if I could get my bike to climb it.

Well, like some other low-end bikes, mine has the seven-speed Shimano Mega Range. And that first gear looks so big that I thought I'd have enough torque there to just muscle up the hill. Well, whatever the Mega Range is built for, climbing a 45 degree incline is not one of them! Instead of going up the hill, pedalling in first just lifted the front wheel off the ground. :rolleyes: I nearly flipped the bike completely over attempting that one.
2 good ones I can think of. Like the others- not getting out of the pedals while learning to ride clipless. The other was riding wheelies clipped in while waiting for a ride to begin and going off the back in front of about 30 people but not coming out of the pedals...
 

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where to start.... riding in a foot of wet snow, not a smart idea, thinking you can beat the foot of snow and hit jumps, not a good idea, when falling down rocky hills do not try to stop your fall with your wrists, when landing its always best to have your weight back, as to not endo, when going down steep hills do not lean to far forward or hit the front brake hard, reuslts in a cool endo, if you go up a hill really fast and see that it doesn't go any where make sure your wieght is back before hitting the front brake this results in an endo and ripping your pants, hopefully all the fun of learning isn't over :D
 

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2 good ones I can think of. Like the others- not getting out of the pedals while learning to ride clipless. The other was riding wheelies clipped in while waiting for a ride to begin and going off the back in front of about 30 people but not coming out of the pedals...
Heh, clipless pedals are a great source of non-stop humor and pain. It's not beginner related but I once ended up so jammed in the bindings that the only way out was to flop over and pull my feet out of my shoes. Why is there never a tree or anything else large enough to grab on to around when you need it? Anyway, once detached from the bike I was able to unclip my shoes using a little elbow grease. Lesson learned: SPDs of the time weren't so good in mud.
 

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ditto on the mud one went riding after work one day...thought hey there must be some good trails in here....took me 2 hrs to cover what would have taken 5 minutes on the road and this was on a Dept. store bike...with fat 1.95 rubber on it i thought i was all that... anyway between the rocks and the mud i ended up never riding there again
DMR
Come to think of it, attempting to climb a long, muddy hill that had to have been at least 15 degrees steep (the same place where I tried to pedal up a 45 degree incline) was probably also a big mistake. I had to walk the bike up half of it. No wonder I was feeling drained. I guess some ATV / dirt bike trails really aren't the best for bikes.
 

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My first big mistake was thinking I would get traction on a wet wooden bridge. Thankfully there was a well placed tree to stop my momentum.
After I installed my computer, I thought it would be a good idea to check how fast I was going on a particular section of singletrack. I was going roughly 17mph. I also looked up just in time to see a tree. I washed out my front wheel instead of hitting the tree.
I just installed my clipless pedals yesterday, and gave them a quick test ride around the neighborhood. No clipless related falls YET ;) .
 

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Nope. Won't do it. I can look foolish in front of enough people without posting on the web for a few hundred people to read.
 

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Just last weekend I was very slowly powering up a rooty incline with a 10 ft deep 8 ft wide revene on the right side of me. I hit a root and just stopped, kinda balanced myself for a second right at that point where you can't unclip because you are balancing, fell over to the right and did a COMPLETE somersalt with bike still attached into the revene! Luckily someone had stretched some metal fencing accross it about half way down with tree limbs accross it so that broke my fall. Aparently I'm not the first one to do it! And of course just as I am climbing out of the revene trying to figure out how to get my bike out another rider comes by. :eek:
 

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2nd ever XC race, 1st time clipped in this past summer. Crashed fairly hard and one foot stayed clipped in. I twisted and contorted trying to free myself... and did. The cleat pulled out of my shoe and remained in the pedal. Needless to say the remaining half of the race was slow going one footed and all. Still finished a tad faster than my 1st race. The arch of my shoe looks like it was attacked by a cheese grater. I'm too new to say that will be the only learning mistake.
 

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Slanter said:
Some mistakes are good for learning from, others good for laughing at. Just thought it might be fun to start a thread to share ones you've made.

Yesterday I took my newly-purchased Boulder SE to a local power line right-of-way where the locals often ride quads and dirt bikes. First time I'd taken it off road, and the first time I've ridden in dirt since I had a BMX as a kid (and even then I didn't try tackling anything difficult). This one had a low, flat-topped hill. One side is about six feet tall and sloped at nearly 45 degrees. I thought I'd see if I could get my bike to climb it.

Well, like some other low-end bikes, mine has the seven-speed Shimano Mega Range. And that first gear looks so big that I thought I'd have enough torque there to just muscle up the hill. Well, whatever the Mega Range is built for, climbing a 45 degree incline is not one of them! Instead of going up the hill, pedalling in first just lifted the front wheel off the ground. :rolleyes: I nearly flipped the bike completely over attempting that one.
Let me see... I skidded sideways into a tree cause my friend would'nt give me an opening onto the path.

I was riding a 4 foot high skinny in the rain and fell and landed on a root and tore a ligament in my ankle.

I had jumped up my kicker really nicely and then the next day I tryed again and hit my front wheel on the kicker but some how it came over the edge and I sorta nose manualed down the ramp and then went over my bars and ate it.

And of course went over my bars several times trying endos.
 

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ha, my biggest mistake was buying dept. store bikes, snapping both the brake cables on a jump, and running one of my friends over.

other mistakes include using the front brake while turning sharply, then washing out.

and getting your handlebars caught in a narrow opening in the trail between two trees. this one hurt the most
 

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maybe a bit more on the embarrassing side

well other then the clipless petal thing that we all have done...mine was in front of an intersection of cars at rush hour...i thought i knew what I was doing.
The other was in Jasper, on my Walmart bike,on a first date..hadnt been on a bike in about 10 years and never been xcountry biking ever. It was a nice flat trail (amazing in a mountain town but he knew of one) Of course he was way out in front of me and I bailed..no problem...get up,dust off, keep riding before he comes looking for me...little while later bail again...dam roots when you have no idea what you are doing.....get up,dust off...go to to ride bike..it wont go forward. How did I break my bike?? So when he found me I was walking. he took a look at it....Turned the front wheel around...OH LOOK good as new...roll bars and all...dam that was embarrassing..alway check the front wheel.
 

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over tightening my cartridges in my fork and breaking them..........at $110 each
 

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Working on 180 Endo pivots in a local parking lot with my first bike, a Schwinn Mesa GS! Was doing them fine for weeks until one time I hit the side of the tire a little too hard and taco'd the rear rim badly. Looked up and there was the LBS owner parking his car to do some shopping, saw the whole thing, doh!
 

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i've had a couple.

biggest one would have been when I was riding my first "serious" mountain bike ( 2004 motiv vortex "Disc edition" ) I went off this one dirtjump and I thought "hmm maybe i'll try a 180" and so i got maybe 60degrees of rotation and fell really hard, I got knocked out and was sitting on the forest floor for like 2 hours.
 
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