Stay safe when hitting the trails. Had a big scare this last weekend, a friend hit the Leap of Faith at Gisburn - a good 10ft gap jump, panicked at the drop in, hit the brakes (nono, pedal through it), still attempted the gap and fell a good 4 ft short of the goal.
He went OTB, head and shoulder first into the ramp on the other side, he landed on the ramp but the bike did not. 2 hours later incl. 3 Bowland Mountain Rescue teams and 1 helicopter, he was flown to Blackburn and later moved to Preston Trauma unit. Unsure of his injuries at the time we had to keep him dead still. We were fortunate to be beside fire road and be in an area of Gisburn Forest that has signal, as well as with first-aid trained bystanders who's kids were hitting the gap. I don't know how it would have turned out had there been nobody near & no signal. Extremely fortunate.
Initial injuries suspected by the hospital were severe, C1 and C2 vertebrae breaks, shoulder dislocation & fracture, as well as a broken back. A few days later with neck supports, it was downgraded to a fracture in the C2, C1 is fine. Shoulder and back remain the same. He's seriously lucky. He's sat up with neck support finally and is getting his final X-rays today and hopefully discharged, at home and on his feet albeit with a long recovery.
He's keeping the bike, and can't wait to be on the trails again, just likely that he'll stay clear of Gisburn. "It gives me the ***** to think about it". He is laughing and joking though, "think there was more faith than leap" - indeed there was lol.
Thank **** he's gonna be alright. Stay safe, make sure you aren't riding alone, and BAIL if you aren't sure on anything. Panic took over, he should have bailed, but did not. It happens, accidents happens, but just stay safe at all times boys (and girls).
Am I right in thinking you bought a road saddle before, did you not like that in the end?Got the Magura MT5s today but forgot to order the pad retaining screws so those are on their way too. In the meantime I will install the brakes on the stock pads but have Nuke Proof organics ready and waiting once the screw pins arrive.
I heard a number of people say how tedious Magura brakes are to bleed but I cam across this video which shows a super simple method to get the bite back and any air out the system using the Magura syringe
Also got a new seat post and saddle. No more butthurt - It's a NukeProof Sam Hill Enduro. The gel feels super comfy.
Got the Magura MT5s today but forgot to order the pad retaining screws so those are on their way too. In the meantime I will install the brakes on the stock pads but have Nuke Proof organics ready and waiting once the screw pins arrive.
I heard a number of people say how tedious Magura brakes are to bleed.
Which pads do the MT5's come with? If it's the Performance pads I'd just use them as they are pretty good. If its the Comfort pads then I would swap them out.
As for bleeding, other than not having a bleed nipple on the caliper, I've found bleeding magura brakes very easy. I like how you just press the syringe into the master cylinder. Also once bled they seem to last for ages
Aye I will definitely be keeping the Nukeproof pads and Magura rotors to one side for the time being whilst the stock MT5 pads bed in on the Tektro rotors. So far I'm liking them. More modulation even pre-bedding in than the bedded in Tektros were on Nukeproof pads, and those brakes stopped me in the same distance it took my mate to stop on his MT7 as we did some brake tests side by side last week. He does weigh 3 stone more than me though for full transparency!
I might fly off my bike next time on these
You could stop half the distance to anyone with the right breaking technique and/or tyres to be fair. I've just went through another set of pads :/ All this riding is fun, but it's expensive. £400ish on servicing/broken parts recently. Then bike park costs on top of that, fuel and food!
Shoes seem to be lacking grip too, has anyone tried Ride Concepts yet? Getting bored of buying a new set of Five Tens every 12 months.
Also for anyone new to the sport/or not Ben Cathros series of 'how to' on youtube/pinkbike is aboustly amazing. The best I've seen anything explained on videos ever.
Yeah they look good actually, had my eye on them too. I do like the idea of some mid/high tops too though.
The Adidas terrex mid goretex ones have been available for £105 with codes. Pretty cheap considering. I have the terrex flats but they are really no good for wetter months cos they are basically mesh.