Crashing is inevitable in mountain biking, and the harder you try not to crash, the more likely you are to. Thinking about consequences before they happen is a major contributor to eating dirt, and for most of us we’ll have a particular pet cause of a biff, be it slow, rocky/rooty technical sections, or flat-out and loose trails where increasing speed can sometimes get out of hand.
A riding friend posed The Question to me recently after her latest in a series of low-speed tumbles… do you tend to crash in a certain way, at low speed or when the velocity gets to warp levels?
Regale us with your tales below…
Nearly always OTB and I always land on forearm and elbow first – hence elbow pads for me.
It’s the wide flat places that do me in, biggest scars and largest number of physio trips are from these trail hazards.
Bring on the narrow technical stuff, safer and more fun.
OTB or losing traction in the corners, but either way the elbows always seem to hit first (when the head doesn’t). But my question is what is the optimum crash to ride ratio. Too many and time to take up another sport – too few and not trying hard enough?
If I knew the answer to this I’d be out riding my bike. Not sitting here with a fresh load of titanium in my hand. Usually in the places where I shouldn’t.