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SBA goes down at Blue Clay

(updated: Apr 3, 2012)

They said that it was for your own safety, that there was nothing to roll-over, jump, ride off of, drop, or balance on anymore. You had to keep both wheels on the ground or within an inch of it at all times, or else ... they would shut it down. But then I found something, and I didn't listen, and now I am paying the price.

Ed and his dog Comet. Ed is riding the sick new Jet 9 RDO:
Jet 9 RDO in action

SBA at Blue Clay. SBA is riding the plain old non-crabon Jet 9 which, after Niner came out with the RDO crabon version, now sucks.
Jet 9 in action

Jet 9 in action

"It wasn't high enough", I said to Ed. I would do it again and really pull up, because there was no lip.

Starts out looking ok.
Jet 9 in action

Then something goes wrong. Can you see what it is?
Jet 9 in action

I think I can just put this down.
Jet 9 in action

Can I pull it off?
Jet 9 in action

Not likely.
Jet 9 crash

Jet 9 crash

What happens next ... Do I (a) Break nose, (b) Break collarbone, (c) Break bike, or (d) Break leg?
Releasing my grip on the handlebar at some point would probably be a good idea.

Jet 9 crash

Probably the funniest part is the look on my face when I realize I'm going down:

The tire was completely folded over the rim. Even Stan's goop is spraying out. Amazingly, the tire sealed right back up (along with some dirt and pine straw) and the rim was fine.

Lesson: Don't jump clipped in -- ride flats (or at least replace your clips periodically and not leave them on until they wear down to nubs). Add a lip -- let gravity and geometry do the work. Jumping with Cross-country bikes is not always recommended -- use a Huffy or a beach cruiser. That way it will just crumple under you and cushion the blow, like modern automobiles do.

Next week I'll be attempting to ride this trail, although I don't know how I'm going to do it with all the hikers in the way.


Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington

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1. Steve said...

HAHA That's great!! So, did you break anything?

Feb 27, 2012 @ 7:18 AM

2. peter said...

its great to see that you do your own stunts

Feb 28, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

3. SBA said...

Just a flesh wound. Although I replaced the cleats on my shoes the following week.

Arthur: Now stand aside, worthy adversary.
Black Knight: 'Tis but a scratch.
Arthur: A scratch? Your arm's off!
Black Knight: No it isn't.
Arthur: Well, what's that then?
Black Knight: I've had worse.
Arthur: You liar!
Black Knight: Come on you pansy!

Feb 28, 2012 @ 5:51 PM

4. Chris Clemmons said...

Did the same thing here in Texas at Tyler State Park during a race. Wrong idea to try this during a race. Ended up with a 2 inch long gash in my righ arm. Really messed my tat up though.

Feb 29, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

5. Mike said...

So, this evening, I did a similar but yet opposite thing, and it would have made great video for anyone who hates me. It was near the end of the trail, where the doos are, behind the pump track. I launched from one of the bigger ones, and immediately something felt wrong. But instead of doing the 'handlebar hump' or the 'saddle straddle', I did more of a .... rear tire ramble. And then sort of a 'grinding' halt. I speak in much higher tones tonight.

Mar 1, 2012 @ 9:30 PM

6. Steve said...

Were these stills lifted from a video? If so, you should post the video so all can enjoy your grace in motion!! :)

Mar 3, 2012 @ 1:40 PM

7. another Steve said...

We want the video!

Mar 4, 2012 @ 5:40 AM

8. SBA said...

This is just a sequence of shots from the camera, and the reason Ed didn't get the last shot of me hitting the ground was the cache filled up. How 'bout I do it again, with video this time?

Mar 4, 2012 @ 8:15 AM

9. Sir Glide Bikes said...

It was great to see in person, I thought for sure I would be flagging down the EMTs. Glad SBA is tough!

Mar 5, 2012 @ 7:42 AM

10. SirComplainsAlot said...

I dont like jumps.

Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:25 PM


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