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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by legalize, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. legalize

    legalize Chimp

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    Went to give downhill biking a try with two friends, long story short... we all went to the ER. Nothing too serious though and only one broken bone between us three.

    I was the first to fall, left the bike and landed about 5-6 feet ahead and from about as much in the air... rough landing I must say, took a few minutes to remember where I was and why :rofl: Nothing crazy, sprained shoulder and just banged up from the knees to the ribs thanks to the great availability of rocks on the trail... thank you helmet, knee pads, elbow pads... though my shins took a few bumps even through the guards. Also almost injured something very dear to me, but got away with just some bruising on the groin. So I basically got away pretty lucky aside from some cuts and bruises.

    Coming down the mountain to get checked out, my two buddies picked up some speed... nothing but gravel and rocks down. I was barely moving and couldn't really function all that well yet. They didn't hear all the helpful riders we passed tell us to walk down, or even walk the trail instead of said rocky road. They were not barely moving... One fractured his clavicle and is missing half his skin on his back, one got away with a couple of bumps and bruises.

    Yes, we don't know how to ride, but it was a hell of an experience... try again next year. I'll just stick to my xc for now.

    Two hour drive to the park, 30 minutes on the trail, 2 hours in the ER, lunch + beer, 2 hours drive back. Fun :thumb:
     

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  2. Scrub

    Scrub Turbo Monkey

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    Why wait til next year? You guys need to get more time in the saddle to get experience otherwise you should just expect the same results "next year". just sayin'
     
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    bdamschen Turbo Monkey

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    Haha n00bs!!!
     
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    rpet Turbo Monkey

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    MCBP is not a great place for beginners...
     
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    Yes it is! MCBP is for all skill levels!
    How do you know they were at MCBP?
     
  7. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    When I was a kid scars WERE our knee/back/head pads.
     
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    AzToJrse Monkey

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    We took a first timer to Mountain Creek this past weekend who is a beast on 20". First run went down under crap shoot, knee pads slid and and his knee had some nice new mud flaps installed. It is a tough place for first timers, even with the green trails.
     
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    You take greenhorn to domboo. It doesn't get easier.
    That trail network is devoted to newbies. I've seen kids riding it age 8 or younger on Walmart bikes and guys older than 70 riding it!
    It doesn't get easier than domboo and greenhorn when it comes to downhill
     
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    Green horn xcers had 3 foot of seat post sticking up :p
     
  11. legalize

    legalize Chimp

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    I agree with all of you! It was sorta tough, or not, I didn't ride for more than 5-10 minutes to really rate the whole green trail, plus I might've crossed to the blue one as they intersected. I blame overconfidence, not having a feel for the bike, and the extremely grabby front brake... oh yea, speed might've been a factor :P

    I'm eager to go back, but when I do I'm going to be crawling down that trail.

    By the way, how did you all figure out where we went ? :D
     
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    Scrub Turbo Monkey

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    The Force is very strong here.
     
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    kazlx Patches O'Houlihan

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    Sounds like you're lucky this isn't a skydiving forum.
     
  14. captainspauldin

    captainspauldin intrigued by a pole

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    There's XC trails at MCBP also now.. i imagine those are even easier than greenhorn/domboo?