Just call me the Fall Guy(cue the music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ1YHkhfCKc)
I had the pleasurable experience of wiping out on some wet leaves this morning. Now before anyone gets on me…yes, I was going slow and yes, I was paying attention but the leaves don’t care.
It happened as I was exiting an over pass. I saw the leaves but did not see the sneaky little one that got me. After I picked myself up off the ground and did a quick look to see if anyone saw me go down, I started riding again and realized that my rear tire is now warped and minus one spoke. Oh well, it could have been worse but it did get me thinking(a jarring impact on cement will do that from time to time).
Do you know how to fall?
Of course, you do but I mean really fall…
Knowing how to properly fall can make all the difference on whether or not you are hurt and able to ride away from a minor accident or hauled away.
If you watch children and some adults when they fall forward(there are plenty of YouTube videos of this), they always put their hands out in front of them and land on their hands and knees. On top of this really hurting, it is not the best way when there is some momentum behind you.
The best thing to do is to tuck and roll. The body disperses the impact better and you sustain less injury.
Here is what I am taking about…http://www.wikihow.com/Fall-Safely
Number 5 is the what I am referring to but the others are important also.
If falling from a height, roll as you hit the ground. This will distribute the force of the impact throughout your body, instead of just on one place… Don’t try to break the fall with your arms…”
Here is a video…this mountain biker does it great. You will notice that he rolls and springs right back up after his wipe out.
So next time you go down remember to tuck and roll.
Have fun, ride safe.