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Discussion in 'BMX & Dirt Jumping' started by dan wask, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. dan wask

    dan wask Turbo Monkey

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    I broke my knee cap on my stem jumping into the pit at Ray's. First and last time I'll ever be using a foam pit. 6-8 weeks in a full leg brace.
     

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    They can be a bitch. That's why you need to get back on the bike before landing. Oddly enough, the only time I got hurt at Rays was in the pit - stem to the nose on a front flip. Then again, being able to dial in your muscle memory before moving to dirt/another ramp is key to many tricks.
     
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    Ouch.
     
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    yea dude. i got taken out once in the foam at woodward. you really need to pad up more in the foam pit when learning oddly enough.
     
  5. dan wask

    dan wask Turbo Monkey

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    I'll be cutting it super close to my whistler trip. My flight leaves on the 28th of june, so we'll have to see how this pans out. I'll be drinking lots of milk, eating lots of vitamins, and doing everything I can to get back on a bike.

    I'm gonna freak out by the end of week one.
     
  6. j.les

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    That sucks dude. I cracked a helmet in Ray's foam pit when my bike got away from me and landed on my head.

    Just curious, what kind of stem was it? I run Thomsons or something with rounded corners so I won't bash my knees.

    One of my friends crashed really hard and his sternum ran into the top of his stem. It left an imprint for a long time.
     
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    Many people have the misconception that a foam pit magically allows you to do whatever you want with no consequence....
    Fact is, you can get hurt just as easily. They sure are a blast though. :D
    I hope you heal up fast, Dan.
     
  8. jonKranked

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    shouldn't the thread title technically be "fvck stems"? :busted:


    heal up quick yo. I cracked myself one good in the knee cap last night - I was on my back in my driveway w/ my bmx bike practicing barspins. Nothing broken thankfully, but boy did that smart.
     
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    Dan, I am sorry to hear that!

    I guess you didn't get a chance to visit Duquesne? I didn't head up to Ray's cause we were digging one of our alternate DJ places on Saturday!
     
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    damn, sorry to hear, heal up quick! no fun being off the bike rolling into the warmer months...
     
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    Mulch landings and commitment for the win. :(
     
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    take your fish oil!
     
  13. Strauss

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    I'm not sure about your feelings on this but I wouldn't blame the foam pit.

    I'd blame your kneed pads. If you had them. I know a lot of people do not wear them, including me. I wear the 661 veggie knee pads every once and a while but they definitely will not save my knee with a hit to the stem.

    Pro-tec makes some really bulky knee pads that are bullet proof. I have a set but they restrict movement alot, however I think they would save my knee from just about any impact.

    I'd honestly try to get back in that pit if I were you. Just pad up.
     
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    Bummer. Yeah, foam pits can get you. My wrist still hurts from nosing into one from a flip a few months back. That same day, a guy got hauled off on a stretcher after landing on his head in the foam. I also witnessed a kid almost die trying 360s into the pit... he kept carving off of the lip and getting close to the side. We warned him, but eventually he carved so much that he landed straight on his hip on the wood retaining wall... bike fell into the pit, he fell out. Amazingly, he was fine.
     
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    Trying that sh1t on dirt would have been safer :rofl:
     
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    Cracked rib, sprained shoulder, and a tacoed rear wheel courtesy of the foam at rays. Have not been in there since, and that happened 2 years ago while learning suicide no-handers.
     
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    Yeah, foam pits do suck:



     
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    Holy moly. 50 foot ragdoll onto a bobcat.
     
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    I racked my flesh balloon so bad it turned purple in one. I'd hit one again though
     
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    I wore full DH pads and gear when hitting the woodward pit and still got jacked.

    good times
     
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    I tore my MCL in Pastranas pit landing on the bike/on the pedals. couldnt move my knee for 2 weeks or so aha
     
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    I broke my knee cap a few years ago, luckily i didnt need surgery cause the bones were still aligned. Still took 3 months to heal, but its perfect now.
     
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    I hit the pit the first time I was there. I haven't touched it since. I've seen some very close calls. Heal up fast man. The season is young.
     
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    I've been waiting for this to happen and luckily it hasn't - but eventually I know someone is going to ride without the end caps on their bars and get impaled.

    I've seen it happen so many times in my head.
     
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    foam pits carry their own risks...pad up, and dont try somthing completely out of your league. I've bruised my ribs landing on the bars trying barspins. Twisted ankles, etc etc.

    "Real" gymnastics foam pits I would imagine are safer than "tear up a lot of couch cushions and throw it in" foam pit.

    I always try to land either as a huge bellyflop so I dont sink in, or legs/feet together like a lawndart. If you land wrong on the bike or any which way you can hurt yourself.

    The kid who was carving like a motha for 3's is just learning...i was like that too when i started figuring them out. Scary stuff though. My bmx friend kept drifting to the right doing double flips into the foam...kept getting within a foot of the side.

    On a side note, I really like my new 08 TLD T-bones...super solid plastic kneecap, and it stays put unlike certain other rider endorsed kneepads *cough661Straitscough*
     
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    That happened at a local skatepark when I was in high school. Kid landed on the bar with his stomach. He died and the skatepark closed.
     
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    That’s pretty gruesome!

    When we were kids I don't remember anyone in our neighborhood that made it out without a puncture from bar's ends! Hell we always laid the bikes down and it would chunk off the end of the grip leaving a nice hollow point for us to find at the most inopportune time usually in the middle of a yard sale with pieces of bike and clothing flying everywhere!
    jump up "damn look at this hole!" (badge of honor until someone really gets hurt)

    on a lighter note... what gauge piercing would that be?
     
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    Note to self... Stay out of the foam pit at rays this weekend....
     
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    i wreck myself in foam pits everytime i use them. this summer i had my bike come down on my left elbow from way way up after bailing on a double back. had a bump for weeks and couldnt move it for days. put my stem into my mouth and cut the crap out of it and got a black eye from tryin tuck no handers to twhips on the down fall.-that hurt like **** and a bled everywhere. be careful and wear pads in them. feel your pain on the knee cap did mine last septemeber and its still not healed all the way, cant bend my knee all the way close or run long distances
     
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    almost broke my neck doin x-up backflips into a pit. lost my rotation and went head first and knifed thru the foam to the trampoline beneath. spent 4 days in a recliner without moving more than once a day.

    dont know if ill be using a pit again, i almost feel safer just sacking up and doing it off a jump, knowing that i will NEED to get the rotation, else the consequences will be fatal
     
  31. Strauss

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    Nothing beats an old beater bike with a 2 liter taped to the top tube and a lake jump. But thats old school.
     
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    I don't see this as the foam pit's fault. If you had been on a ramp, you would have either: a) not tried the trick, or b) broken your kneecap and several other bones as well.

    When jumping into a foam pit, you still need to get yourself either back on your bike, or far away from your bike, before you hit the foam.
     
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    This pic is me, as I am ejecting my bike. :D As stated above, land right, or eject!
     
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    hah hah. . . i'm about to ride a foam pit tonight... and i hear it's a pretty sketchy one with matresses and whatnot.


    this will be a challenge...as i'm trying to learn tailwhips... seems like a hard trick to eject from cuz the frame's coming right back around at you..
     
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    dude you don't need foam to learn t-whips...
     
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    I think some people hurt themselves in pits simply because they didnt build it big/deep enough
     
  38. kidwoo

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    You don't NEED a foam pit for anything.


    I'll be stoked to finally get in one though. I've been dying to try some one fingered kick outs.
     
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    You should learn pedal spins. They're the new backflip. Almost landed 3 the other day.
     
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    Not without a gymnastics harness and a trampoline bike I'm not!


    I might lose a nail!!!!!