Saturday, December 13, 2008

Seppuku

Almost committed seppuku on this morning's ride. First time that I can recall in 20+ years of mtn biking of having an accident of this type.

I was riding with a big group. As I was approaching this third world storm/sewer drain. Name:  g1.jpg Views: 10 Size:  289.4 KB
Note the missing grating on the left. A rider was stalled on the right side, taking up the best line. I tried maneuvering around his left.

Something happened. I got crossed up and started falling towards that big hole.
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So instead of falling into the big hole, I think I leaned forward, then discovered my handlebar was right there. I landed square on the bar end with my gut, about halfway between sternum and bellybutton.
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Fortunately I am using WTB Trials grips, and that kept me from committing hari kari.
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Another look at the hole I was avoiding.
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Lesson learned...make sure you have your handlebar ends properly plugged or have grips that cover the end of the handlebar.

2 comments:

SS:Mtn Biker said...

Wow,Mims,that woulda definately hurt!
Steve

Mimbres Man said...

kind of knocked the air of me. I sat there for a minute or so before I got back up. No big deal.