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.
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.
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.
I hope you heal up fast, Dan.
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.
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.
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.
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*
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?
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
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