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Yesterday I was leading a beginner ride through one of our local trails here ...I have lead this ride a lot in the past several weeks to get people into ridng.
There are a built in set of stairs that I ride the stringer of all the time... one side if you go off its about 4 feet down, the other, just the stairs no big deal.
Well today I approach same as usual, and I get on it, almost to the bottom and my front wheel caught the edge heading to the stairs side... then it threw the front wheel over to the other side I went over the bars on the stairs side... these stairs are made of 6x6 pine beams, and I did a face plant on the beams on the way down... my upper lip is cut in three places that I can see, inside my lips is cut in two places, I have road rash on my right arm, right leg and both hands. When I got up off the ground, I felt big chunks of a hard substance in my mouth and thought I had busted all my teeth to $hit... it was friggin gravel
the cuts on top of my nose were from the visor on my helmet.... My lips are so swollen i can't really open my mouth all that well... this morning I got up, with a brutal nights sleep, and my right arm is so sore i can barely lift it, and also can barely turn my head from my neck being sore.
I also have rug burn under my chin from the helmet strap, which under my chin has more swelling then in the pics. Both thigh muslces are really hurting from smacking into the bars.
But luckily I had a helmet on or I probably wouldn't be coherent at all. The front of my helmet has massive dents in it and a couple puctures from hitting the beam... I am thankful it isn't my head.
I wanted to go ride today but everytime I laugh my face starts to crack LOL so I am better off staying home.
 

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eastspur said:
Wow I'm glad you're ok. Post up a pic of your helmet. I'm trying to picture how the visor cut your nose. Makes me wonder if we are better off without the visors.
as requested... when I hit the ground I guess it pushed the visor down which at that point sliced the top of my nose
 

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The Red said:
omg dude, tell me you sough some medical attention.
oh yeah I gave it a lot of attention when I got home LOL
No worries I havbe had worse wounds ( not on my face though) and dealt with it myself...
I cleaned it well and put polysporin on it it looks worse today but feels better.. my lips is still swollen but at least it isn't as numb. Luckily I'm a fairly quick healer
 

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Francine said:
Don't feel so bad:D Have been riding for quite a few months now, but never returned to the trail that I got hurt on. I returned there yesterday for my "one year annivesary".
THat's nasty!!!
I'm total opposite of you. a soon as I ca nsmile witout my face cracking, I'm going back there to the stairs stringer and ride it... it isnt going to win this time.Am I stubborn>>. oh hell yeah LOL IF i know I wouldn't bleed all over my bike I would go and kick it in the a$$ today.
 

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Hmmm looks painfull,

Last time I went riding with my best friend after loosing control in a rock garden he skidded off the bike, wouldn't have been that bad apart from the spike he landed on.
It entered front of right 'love handle' sliced through and out the back shattering his pelvis into 4 pieces on the way through. Needles to say that bled FAST.

Thankfully due to my wife's air ambulance trip a few weeks before I now carry a first aid kit and could slow the bleeding alot.

The lucky thing is, he went down 300m from mountain rescue HQ.

First aid kits are very important, especially emergency dresssings to slow bleeding.
 

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CaveGiant said:
Hmmm looks painfull,

Last time I went riding with my best friend after loosing control in a rock garden he skidded off the bike, wouldn't have been that bad apart from the spike he landed on.
It entered front of right 'love handle' sliced through and out the back shattering his pelvis into 4 pieces on the way through. Needles to say that bled FAST.

Thankfully due to my wife's air ambulance trip a few weeks before I now carry a first aid kit and could slow the bleeding alot.

The lucky thing is, he went down 300m from mountain rescue HQ.

First aid kits are very important, especially emergency dresssings to slow bleeding.
yup gonna get one now...i wear a headrag all the time because of no hair on top of my head it helps keep the sweat out of my eyes... luckily for that, i soaked it in water from my camelback and wrapped it around my face so it doesnt dry out too quickl and can clean it properly when I got home...cleaning it is painful... when someone else is doing it it hurts more though.
 

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Before I realized how slick wet pavement can be I hit the deck riding down Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO....d*mned bike slide out from underneath me. Looking at the pictures today they don't seem too bad. The pain didn't set in until I got home. The road rash hurt like h*ll to clean and kept sticking to my cloths for a month.

Mcdelroy
 

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mcdelroy said:
Before I realized how slick wet pavement can be I hit the deck riding down Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO....d*mned bike slide out from underneath me. Looking at the pictures today they don't seem too bad. The pain didn't set in until I got home. The road rash hurt like h*ll to clean and kept sticking to my cloths for a month.

Mcdelroy
yeah road rash hurts more then cuts for sure... I know cleaning road rash is harsh....luckily most of my wounds are cuts whic i can live with... I know it will leave scars but whatever... prefer scars then a split skull
 

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Fleshwounds.

Sucks, but far from "worst crash ever", like that guy who posted here a few years back that faceplanted in a ditch, fracturing his skull in four places, leaving an M shaped scare in his face, and recovery with a tube in his forehead.

"Worst crash ever" is a term more of us should take seriously, considering we are around death more than we think out there.
 

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Jerk_Chicken said:
Fleshwounds.

Sucks, but far from "worst crash ever", like that guy who posted here a few years back that faceplanted in a ditch, fracturing his skull in four places, leaving an M shaped scare in his face, and recovery with a tube in his forehead.

"Worst crash ever" is a term more of us should take seriously, considering we are around death more than we think out there.
yeah I will never forget that guy ...What I meant was worse crash ever for me... should've titled it that ...my apologies for the misunderstading.
 

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campisi said:
You gave a good show for the 'beginners' on your ride, eh? Bet they're just a little intimidated by MTB now. "Hey guys, watch this!"
Well no I didnt say" hey guys watch this" as they were behind me about two bike lengths.
AS I said, I do this ride constantly and rode the same stairs stringer all the time... all it takes is on screw up and there you have it... and no they are not intimidated... but they do know now what not to do .
 

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Doesn't look too bad, you can walk and talk and you'll heal, that's the main thing. I crashed pretty good three weeks ago, the knee wound is still weeping and healing, but I'm riding again.
I was thinking a couple days ago while riding how much worse it could have been. If you're trail is anything like ours, you can get pretty messed up. Our trail takes us down a rocky roller coaster type descent at about 35 mph with slight turns just inches away from trees which probably won't move if you hit them. A local rider was riding that descent when some hikers walked right in front of him from the woods. He hit the brakes, and the next thing he remembers is waking up 15 minutes later. Spent 4 days in the hospital with all sorts of broken things.
It's a dangerous pastime we indulge in, be careful out there!
 

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After reading this and going to work i seen a ambulance stopped with the lights on, on one of our green way trails thinking of this thread. It not being hot out made me think it was pretty nasty. Be careful out their!
 
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