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Old 06-06-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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How to crash

For those who have been down before, any tips on how to crash? I was down once and gear saved me. Was down alot back in my BMX riding days and tore my ACL and shattered my maniscus trying to stop my body and bike after landing a jump wrong.... Dont want to learn the hard way about big bikes and wondering if there is a "way to fall" when it comes to bikes?

What I mean is this. I used to skateboard for years and I had to really LEARN how to fall on a vert ramp before I stopped getting hurt everytime. Im wondering if there are any tips for us bikers.

for instance, tense up or go limp? pull arms in? ball up? spread out?

obviously every wreck is different....but what do you think?
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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from what I heard on the track spread out keeps you from tumbling all funky ways
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:59 PM   #3
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really hard to say how to fall sometimes you ball up and sometimes your lucky to spread out and slide into the grass. Its really up to the big man upstairs how your going to end up
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:09 PM   #4
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If you rode Skateboards you are ahead of the game.

Just try not to stiff arm/leg the ground, absorb the initial impact like on a skate board.
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:44 PM   #5
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Tuck your arms in; I have broken fingers from having them smacked against the ground in a tumble. Really it happens so fast there is not much you can do about it except go along for the ride. BTW it really is an E ticket ride when you get the chance. LOL
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Practice tumbling and forward rolls in your back yard. Once the crash happens its too late.
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Tuck your arms in; I have broken fingers from having them smacked against the ground in a tumble. Really it happens so fast there is not much you can do about it except go along for the ride. BTW it really is an E ticket ride when you get the chance. LOL
i agree...i know when i wrecked if i didnt hit shoulder first i would have been fine, as soon as i realized what was actually happening i tuck my arms and tried to just let it flow...ive heard that the stiffer you are the more likely you are to get hurt...but its kinda hard to relax when your rolling across pavement with bikes coming around you
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I've been down faaast and the one thing I regret doing in the middle of tumbleling was trying to stop myself. I instantly sprained my wrist when I tryed this.

My advice.... Ball up and tuck in
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if you've already started tumbling, it's gonna be hard to stop and i can you yourself breaking something trying to stop the rolling.. if you got all your gear on, it might be better in certain situations to slide to a stop if you can.. it's kind of hard to say what the best way to fall is.
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