How To Bail – 5 Ways To Avoid Injury

Video Seth's Bike Hacks
Date Sep 7, 2016

We practice almost everything on our bikes – but we only practice crashing by doing it. As we all know, this is not a winning strategy. Some of this stuff gets filed under intuitive but research into visualization continually suggests that simply thinking about unexpected scenarios may produce results. And practicing vaulting your bars or clipping out in controlled circumstances has to be beneficial. Give these a try but don’t hurt yourself in the process!

Have you ever practiced crashing?

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Hoz  - Sept. 9, 2016, 3:52 a.m.

I've crashed my bike lots pushing the envelope during the last 30 years….guess that counts as practice….


Jonathan Mahec  - Sept. 8, 2016, 12:06 p.m.

missing tip on how to bail and survive Crabble Hits and on technical high speed unexpected crash 😛


ExtraSpecialandBitter  - Sept. 7, 2016, 11:11 p.m.

I believe that crashing is one of the first things taught in the Sprockids program.
I always figured that being good at crashing was one of the biggest differences between pros and everyday normal people.


jdt  - Sept. 7, 2016, 2:14 p.m.

I find the hardest situations are the ones where you go over the bars at speed. Those the ones with the steepest consequences for neck and head. I always have one thing in my head at those moments to guide my survival. PUNCH! As soon as I realize I am going over the bars, I try to punch…doesn't matter which hand…just a punch across my path of trajectory. My goal here is to get my arm in front of me, but not in a stuck-out straight position. Instead, I want to follow through like a typical "cowboy bar-room" punch. This naturally puts me into a roll to that I can tumble out of trouble and eventually get my feet in front of me, instead of lawn-darting, doing a scorpion, or other undesired outcomes. This tactic has gotten me out of trouble many many times. Yes, I have very little original flesh left on my elbows, but head and spine are mostly intact. Punch!!!!


tuskalooa  - Sept. 8, 2016, 12:43 a.m.

interesting method there jdt


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