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Jumps- A warning from history

Ska1975Ska1975 Posts: 48
edited March 2016 in MTB beginners
When I was about ten I have a vivid recollection of me and my friends stacking about 10 breeze blocks on top of each other, running a scaffold plank up them and taking turns jumping off them. It was great. In those days there were no videos showing you where to look, how to position your body or how fast to approach the take off and all that. You just PLF and held on. If any one got injured badly I can't remember it.

Fast forward 30 years and I've watched every beginners guide to jumping I can squeeze into my working day. I have rolled past, and stopped on the lip of, more humps lumps and jumps than your average porn star until finally I found the perfect lip. Slight slope in, tiny elevation (50cms tops) and acres of roll on the other side. I was primed. First run in- tentative but with such an easy take of and landing who cares? Over the top I go and to be fair- for my first red bull moment it wasn't bad. But I did know the front wheel hit the ground first and hard. Now I'd seen YouTube videos covering this. The old pogo stick effect when the front wheel hits the ground at 45 degrees or more and you do the old Ironman over the bars. Not cool (unless it's on camera). In fact so aware of this was I that I remarked to my cycling buddy on the way back to have a better go at it that having seen those videos I wasn't about to go into orbit myself.

Now before I go on I should explain that I hadn't been on my MTB for two years and on retrieving my bike from the darkest recess of my shed I had to fit very new, very springy front shocks.

Can you see the punch line yet?

Of I go for the second run with the warning not to screw it up because we didn't have a camera. I know it's the last run of the day so I give it some welly- easily 8-9 miles an hour. I hit the take off perfectly (probably) and as I rise majestically it feels like some has grabbed my back wheel and pushed it in the air like I have gone over the top drop of a Roller coaster. Unlike when I was ten I knew this going to hurt and as I sailed up onthe rebound from my shiny new forks something inside me knew I was too old to get away with this.

Laying on the floor I felt relieved it didn't hurt too much but knew I was buggered because I couldn't move at all and when I did I had the intelligence to know my arm shouldn't be in that position.

I was gutted to later learn that being able to move your fingers doesn't mean you haven't snapped the humourous (sp).

On the upside I have got 6 weeks to sit at home and watch videos showing me how else to crash. Bikes fine BTW and I can recommend the A and E department in Frome and Bath.

Another upside was they didn't cut my jacket off but they did slice up my stinky base layers ( which at least made the Mrs a bit happier)

Also in the vague chance the fellas reading this thanks to the range rover man for getting me out of the woods- always carry a first aid kit with sling kids (I was the only one who did that day)

Oh and finally please remember LOOK UP AND HANG YOUR censored over the back a bit- I know there's more to it than that but I'd rather have tyre rash on my balls than a bike up my bum and six weeks watching deal or no deal!

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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Bad times. Hope you heal up quickly. The difference when you were you was no suspension and censored all weight. Both make jumping easier. Start getting jumps right and it's an amazing feeling. That floating feeling you get on a big step up jump as amazing.
    You must be local to me, I'm in Frome.
    This was my last jump session at Longleat
    https://youtu.be/EN44KsgBC0o
  • Sorry but I had to laught at your story (not your misfortune!).

    Similar here but with enough common / lack of ball not to attempt jumps nowadays!

    As a kid I lived on bikes, both mtb & bmx, talking 25 years ago. We used to go on bmx / crosser tracks, off-road (tried riding down thors cave once), built a big 1/4 pipe in the fields etc... Now in my mid to late 30s I'm back on a bike and wouldn't dream of attempting jumps, I firmly draw the line at bunny hopping off kirbs and with good reason by the sounds of it :D

    Hope you're in the mend... If It were your kids doing this I bet you'd be saying " I hope it knocked some sense into you!"
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Don't let age and lack of confidence stop you jumping. There's actually very little technique involved. I'm in late 30's and still love a good jump.
    Try a bit of coaching.
  • FishFishFishFish Posts: 2,152
    I'm in late 30's and still love a good jump.


    Ahem! :roll:
    ...take your pickelf on your holibobs.... :D

    jeez :roll:
  • Ska1975Ska1975 Posts: 48
    Bad times. Hope you heal up quickly. The difference when you were you was no suspension and censored all weight. Both make jumping easier. Start getting jumps right and it's an amazing feeling. That floating feeling you get on a big step up jump as amazing.
    You must be local to me, I'm in Frome.
    This was my last jump session at Longleat
    https://youtu.be/EN44KsgBC0o

    I am in Beckington- my little 'off' happened in the woods above Shearwater.

    I am 3 weeks in now and I'm hoping that in another three I should be someway back to full speed!

    That's some nice footage- I struggle with commuting to that kind of thing!
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Was that on the opposite side of the road to shearwater? Those jumps are small but really shonky. They've got a weird shape to them and the lip is springy because of the rotten wood. There are some better jumps to the west of the lake.
    If you want to learn to jump, there's one of the best freeriders in the UK in Frome, he's also an excellent coach. He was the one on the sideways yellow bike in my video!
  • Ska1975Ska1975 Posts: 48
    Was that on the opposite side of the road to shearwater? Those jumps are small but really shonky. They've got a weird shape to them and the lip is springy because of the rotten wood. There are some better jumps to the west of the lake.
    If you want to learn to jump, there's one of the best freeriders in the UK in Frome, he's also an excellent coach. He was the one on the sideways yellow bike in my video!


    Ha, the jury's out as to whether I am going to have another shot at jumping! What's his name for future reference?

    They were really small jumps near the back fence of centre parcs,
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    I rode those yesterday, they're quite nice, you can hit them REALLY fast! It's actually best to hit them fast.
    It's Chris Smith I've used for coaching. Top bloke and great coach.
    This was one of his recent videos https://vimeo.com/146939605
  • Ska1975Ska1975 Posts: 48
    I rode those yesterday, they're quite nice, you can hit them REALLY fast! It's actually best to hit them fast.
    It's Chris Smith I've used for coaching. Top bloke and great coach.
    This was one of his recent videos https://vimeo.com/146939605

    Cheers, great weather for riding today, getting bored now. :(
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    It was. Good day for digging as well. Longleat will soon have a big sender jump with a long fade landing. Go small or go massive, it's all going to be good.
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