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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-28-2006, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy My mate broke his neck

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I have been MTB riding with a bunch of guys fairly regularly for ages now.
Wednesday 2 weeks ago myself and 3 others, Adrian, Andy and Steve met as usual for our Weekday ride at the Smithfield MTB area about 5kms from home in the rain forest that borders Cairns.
This is a pretty hard core area once you leave the flat area around the base of the hill and head up in to the trails.
We have a loop 7.5km loop that we have done 100,s of times that takes about a 1Ĺ hrs by the time we chat etc.
We meet around 4.15 and are back at the car around 5.45.
We tend to take it for granted but it is pretty gnarly, you really need our bikes with 5 inches of travel both ends and disc brakes.
Roots, rocks, steep drop offs make sure you need to keep your wits about you.
Of the bunch that does it Steve is a relative new comer to MTB, but heís a big strapping Irish lad about 35. Fit as all hell and about 6 foot 2 tall
Whatís more, and this is relative to what happened, he is an emergency/trauma care specialist doctor that works at Cairns General Hospital.
The first 1.5 Km of the track is dead easy, it follows the access road around the base of the hills before we head up.
However, along this easy section of track is bank that looks as if it was cut out years ago when they built the University which is adjacent to the MTB park.
This bank is about 3 meters high.
There is a short detour track from the access road that takes you up to the top of it.
The hard core guys then ride off the 3 meter high bank.
Itís a heart stopping vertical drop of say 2 meters before the bottom curves out from the bank and you roll out.
I have done it about 12 times but gave up some months ago as I didnít like the feeling of dropping head first off a 3 meter high wall.
Quite frankly It scares me a bit and while the rush is fun I donít do it any more.
You donít jump off, you have to ride over dead slow to stop the bike pitching forwards.
As I said Steve is relatively new to the MTB game and while very fit he doesnít have the skills yet.
2 months ago he tried to ride off the bank with the rest of us but he leaned to far back on the bike so when he hit the outward slope at the bottom the bike shot out from under him and he flipped it over backwards.
His pride was all that was really hurt but it must have shaken him up.

He tried it again on this Wednesday.

Only he remembered how he had failed last time by leaning to far back.
This time he went over the edge too fast with his weight too far forward.
The bike pitched him straight over the bars where he hit the dirt head first at about 40km from at least 3 meters with no attempt at all to break his fall with his hands as he was still holding on to the bars.
He lay there for a few minutes trying to get his shit together, obviously in great pain.
He said his body was ok but his neck was really sore.
We all told him to stay still but he insisted on getting up and walking back to the car.
He actually wanted us to continue our ride!

He was clearly not well, his right side of his face has started swelling, and he had a huge bruise on his neck under his chin from what we assume was the helmet strap.
His helmet was smashed to bits.
When we finally got back to the car he could hardly walk, he had to hold one hand over his right eye due to double vision and could not look down at all, basically he shuffled the last 500 meters.
His Girlfriend took him to hospital immediately as we had called her to meet us in the car park.

X-rays reveled that he had broken his neck in 4 places!

Adrian is also close friends with a Doc, who is also an emergency medicine spec at the Hosp.
He later called Adrian to tell him that Steve was incredibly lucky.
He has snapped off two of the little spurs that your muscles attach to on the side of you neck and fractured two other vertebra.
He was within a millimeter of killing himself outright or at least being a quad.
The Girls gave all us boys heaps, IE why the hell did we let him move!!!.

Heís a bloody doctor for Christís sake! He should know if he was safe to move.
The bottom line was that he spent 5 days in hospital and will be in a neck brace for 2 months.
But he will make a full recovery.
It was very very scary, a broken arm is one thing, but to break your neck???
It served as a very good lesson to the boys that we do need to be careful.
Steve let his ego get in the way, he should not have ridden off that bank and we should not have let him.
He was not experienced enough yet.
I have yet to go back but it will be interesting to see if Adrian continues to ride it, he is the most hard core of us all
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2006, 12:04 AM
 
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THANK GOD HE IS OK..... Praise the LORD... luck be a lady tonight... hope he makes a speedy recovery
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WOW he is lucky!! 2 months that is NOTHING. wow tell him we're all very happy for him and hope he has a quick recovery.
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WOW he is lucky!! 2 months that is NOTHING. wow tell him we're all very happy for him and hope he has a quick recovery.
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My mate broke his neck


Good news that he will recover with no long term problems one would hope.

Jeff,
I want to get myself another Mountain Bike and so what do you recommend bud? I'm thinking about a Trek or Giant, full suspension (I don't like hard tails at times) and it won't be all up and down hills etc. The other thing, what's your recommendation on good thorn tyres?
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Very lucky guy

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Close call. hope he gets well soon.


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My mate broke his neck


Good news that he will recover with no long term problems one would hope.

Jeff,
I want to get myself another Mountain Bike and so what do you recommend bud? I'm thinking about a Trek or Giant, full suspension (I don't like hard tails at times) and it won't be all up and down hills etc. The other thing, what's your recommendation on good thorn tyres?
Thanks Warp
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First you have to decide what you really want to do with it.
Mountains bikes aint just mountain bike any more.
There are at least 6 groups:
Cross country hard tail
Cross country duel suspension
Jump/freestyle
All mountain
Black diamond
Down hill

Cross country are light and fast but cant handle the big hits, typicaly they only have about 2-3 inches of travel front and rear and often dont have disc brakes.
Jump/freestle have front sus but generally no rear. The frames are built like tanks and they usually only have a rear derailer.
Great for stunting and jumping but crap to pedal up hill or go fast down.
All Mountain are a beefed up cross country duel suspension.
Usually 5 plus inches front and back with 3 front chain rings so you can actually pedal them up hill, but they are heavier than CC so they can handle the bike hits
Black diamond are some where between all mountain and down hill. Harder than all mountain but softer than down hill.
Down hill do just that and that only, go down hill fast.
Long travel sus [up to 9 inches now!] and big hydralic disc brakes but they weight in excess of 45lbs often and you are dreaming if you want to pedal up hill.

If you dont have any really gnarly trails [big roots, rocks, drops etc] in your area maybe a cross country duel sus would suit.
I have a Mongoose Teocali all mountain with 5 inches front and back and discs. For the tracks I ride any thing less would be totaly masochistic.

Brands are not really relevant IMO [with the exception of anything purchsed from Kmart ]
Its is the group set or components that your spend your money on ie brakes, cranks, pedals, gears etc].
All bikes have components from either Shimno or SRAM
It is only the frame that the bike manufacturer actually designs and builds

Shimano components go up in quality and price from deore, LX, XT, XTR
Sram goes X5, X7, X9, X0
X0 and XTR are consider the best but are made very light for racing and can be fragile - considered to be bike porn

Avoid Kmart
Spent as much as you can afford and use this web site to check the reviews of you final list of models

http://www.mtbr.com/

I hope this helps
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Thanks Jeff, very imformative, will keep you posted

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First you have to decide what you really want to do with it.
Mountains bikes aint just mountain bike any more.
There are at least 6 groups:
Cross country hard tail
Cross country duel suspension
Jump/freestyle
All mountain
Black diamond
Down hill

Cross country are light and fast but cant handle the big hits, typicaly they only have about 2-3 inches of travel front and rear and often dont have disc brakes.
Jump/freestle have front sus but generally no rear. The frames are built like tanks and they usually only have a rear derailer.
Great for stunting and jumping but crap to pedal up hill or go fast down.
All Mountain are a beefed up cross country duel suspension.
Usually 5 plus inches front and back with 3 front chain rings so you can actually pedal them up hill, but they are heavier than CC so they can handle the bike hits
Black diamond are some where between all mountain and down hill. Harder than all mountain but softer than down hill.
Down hill do just that and that only, go down hill fast.
Long travel sus [up to 9 inches now!] and big hydralic disc brakes but they weight in excess of 45lbs often and you are dreaming if you want to pedal up hill.

If you dont have any really gnarly trails [big roots, rocks, drops etc] in your area maybe a cross country duel sus would suit.
I have a Mongoose Teocali all mountain with 5 inches front and back and discs. For the tracks I ride any thing less would be totaly masochistic.

Brands are not really relevant IMO [with the exception of anything purchsed from Kmart ]
Its is the group set or components that your spend your money on ie brakes, cranks, pedals, gears etc].
All bikes have components from either Shimno or SRAM
It is only the frame that the bike manufacturer actually designs and builds

Shimano components go up in quality and price from deore, LX, XT, XTR
Sram goes X5, X7, X9, X0
X0 and XTR are consider the best but are made very light for racing and can be fragile - considered to be bike porn

Avoid Kmart
Spent as much as you can afford and use this web site to check the reviews of you final list of models

http://www.mtbr.com/

I hope this helps


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