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It's mountain biking ... sometimes bad things happen

(updated: Oct 27, 2011)

It's just that sometimes those minute probabilities of occurrence rear their ugly head, and something bad happens to you. But then something else occurs, in the very same spot that the bad thing happened, and you have to wonder if the two are related. Cause and effect? I don't know.

But I do know that he will live to ride another day, just not today, or tomorrow, or even a few weeks or months from now. Best wishes to a speedy recovery.

Like Humpty Dumpty's ankle. How many screws can you find? I hear the surgeon had to make a run to The Home Depot.

Where's the boardwalk bridge? I could have built a drop out of that. According to global warming theory, this crossing will be underwater within 50 to 100 years. "Tell that mean ocean!"

Then other times the freak occurrences serve to remind you how the unexpected can and will happen. In this case, a jersey tucked in a pack, put there to avoid one risk (getting too cold), came loose and fell onto the drivetrain of a bike moving at approximately 25mph, seizing the rear wheel and twisting the derailleur around the chainstay like saltwater taffy.

Aftermath of the escaping bike jersey. You can clearly see the imprint of a chain and cassette cog teeth. Hilarious.


Filed Under: General Entries > North Carolina > Wilmington

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1. Sir Glide Bikes said...

Wish I took a picture of the twisted drive train. At lease I was able to coast down the rest of the was down. The ankle breaker was not so lucky. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

Oct 27, 2011 @ 8:13 PM

2. peter said...

i heard that was the reason the bridges were taken out...ask a surfer how many times they have been hit in the head by their own board, ask a boulderer how many times they hit the pads when a hold popped, ...or how many concussions are seen by doctors in the heads of high school football players. all involve risk, chaos theory does exist..and sanitizing sports is plain old wrong. the difference between adventure and ordeal is attitude

Oct 29, 2011 @ 7:15 AM


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