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  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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A bit on the sore side....

Tree Crowd,
I managed to slowly ride home lastnight after my rather stupid crash!! Note to self:- do not try adjusting proppedal setting while going down a very slippy, muddy "downhill". Both shoulders, neck and back are rather stiff this morning to say the least!!

Hope you enjoyed your beers whilst I was recovering in a hot bath!!


p.s. the Trek is back with Grafham to try and continue the investigation to find this damn creak!!

Re: A bit on the sore side....

sounds painful Nige, hope you feel less sore soon....

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Hope you're feeling better Nige. We ended up in the Three Horseshoes in Stapleford - warmer pub with better beer than the Tree - we should go thee more often.

Re: A bit on the sore side....

Nige, you might be pleased to hear I crashed as well. The northeners (one of whom tagged along) will think none of us down here can ride a bike. :-)

Mine was a much less painful slo-mo crash when my front wheel got stuck in excessive mud.

At least I impressed Pasty. I was wondering whether he would take a picture, but I guess he saves his memory card space for pictures of Pat crashing.

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Not this week, he didn't.
Hope you feel better soon Nige.

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Hope your felling a bit better now, tell them to check the pedals.


Re: A bit on the sore side....

I didn't want to get mud on my screen, Riaan! It was a wonderful slo-mo off, though. You didn't appear to put any limbs out to stop yourself as you tipped over. It was like the world suddenly tipped sideways!

My note to self is to get a Go Pro camera and leave it on permanently.

I had my own close shaves, as did Tony. Only Luke hadn't changed his tyres away from mud tyres; prescient given the rain.


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Were Luke's mud tyres a left-over Christmas prescient?

Bad luck, Nige. Pesky mud... I thought we'd seen the last of it for a bit.

Re: A bit on the sore side....

Hi Nige,

Sorry to hear of your prang - hope you are feeling better by now.

Re damned creak. As mentioned previously: Pedals. But saddle rail clamps, have fooled me in the past.