So yesterday, I grab my 5-spot and hit the trails. I have been off the bike for a few days, so I was ready to ride. It must have been the right combination of caffiene and energy gel, but I was riding really aggressive and felt light on the bike, just having a blast on the same boring trails I ride all the time. Then, due to watching too many vids lately, I started thinking about how fast the Pros are, and how they ride. And how guys like Sam Hill can corner so fast etc..... Which led to me ripping into a section with a right hand corner, which then drops down into a sweet sweeping left with a tree at the end. I go into the left knowing I was about to write a check that my azz can't cash. Bike goes into tree, and I slide on my knee and elbow for about 12 feet straight on a trail so hard it could be asphalt. It was the kind of pain that makes a grown man skip. Yep, I jumped up like Mary Poppins and skipped 100 yards while making animal noises. So, covered in blood, I pick up my bike to continue, and my back brake was blown up, straight to the bar. So, I got to turtle back to my truck, all the while thinking about how you can go into a corner like Sam, but you are gonna come out of it like Jeremy. Nice reality check. So, I gotta try to race tomorrow now. Putting pads on my skinless knee should be SUPER! Oh, I do have one question out of this thread. Having used Hayes for about 7 years now, and never losing pressure in all that time, I don't know what the problem is. When I crashed, I checked and no fluid was visibly coming out anywhere on the brake. Yet, with the lever on the bar, the pads barely move and don't even touch the rotor. Any ideas?