Watch the Chain! Bikers Crash into Chain Across a Trail

Mar 1, 2015
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  • 258 10
 Too bad it wasn't Danny Macaskill riding out front. He would have landed the flip and kept going like nothing happened.
  • 65 3
 This trail definitely warrants the use of a chain guide, yuk yuk.
  • 2 1
 they used to do this up rosewall hill @identiti124
  • 66 5
 :26 seconds. They are trespassing on private property. This was not a public trail.
  • 22 1
 its just some joeys riding of someones trail should be of fail of the month.
  • 5 2
 Pretty clearly stated in the blurry but recognizable "private property" signs. Dummies.
  • 24 0
 I think if his bars were shorter he would of not fallen
  • 6 1
 Now we know why people wear fullface on flat trails.
  • 7 22
flag BullseyeXer (Mar 2, 2015 at 4:42) (Below Threshold)
 Haha the guy blue and black did a scorpion in 00:12
btw his clothes are they black and blue or white and gold!? xD
  • 1 1
 Tiny bars
  • 1 0
 man you guys got good eyes cause I cannot see that sign anywhere. Not saying it isn't I just cant find it.
  • 1 0
 Edit feature is not working here right now. So I paused it and I see it now, too bad it was facing the opposite way they were travelling. So now I realize that they were trespassing but in this case I don't feel the punishment fits the crime. l think a stern talking to by the property owner would have been enough. Maybe he could actually spring some cash for a gate if he doesn't want people on his land.
  • 156 15
 There are some sick people out there that have no comprehension for what they could cause to happen and the massive life changing events that could follow. Glad they walked away.
  • 41 7
 Although sabotage might not be the case here, people rationalize by saying it forces mountain bikers to slow down and ride safer. Yeah right, thanks. This is much safer.
  • 19 10
 teomarse- There is a thing called privately owned land. A lot of good trails can trespass on private land, especially back east. We have to watch out for barbed wire fences mainly and luckily I've only had one really close call. These guys don't appear to be frequent visitors of the trails (total guess off their gear, could easily be wrong), but in areas where you're riding on someone else's property (going down a dirt trail/road no less), you have to be very alert of whats in front of you, especially if there are wooden posts on each end of the trail (which doesn't apply to this video because that chain link was actually very sketchy to be set like that).
  • 20 8
 A chain is clearly sabotage to me. Yellow caution tape or a sign posted in the middle is the trail would warn people to slow down.
  • 26 0
 someone pointed out earlier there are "private property" and "no trespassing signs" which I didn't catch at first

i.imgur.com/ztlzVjg.jpg - his link not mine
  • 49 2
 Is this Pinkbikes attempt to troll it's viewers. Intentionally or not they have misled you by labeling a road as a trail and not mentioning these two are trespassing on private property. As stated below "At :26 seconds. you can visibly see a NO TRESSPASSING sign in the tree." Lastly, I wouldn't consider anything sourced from "eBuam's world" much in the way of news or trustworthy.
  • 6 0
 i think you meant chainging events that could follow
  • 7 3
 @krisrayner

There is a sign on the tree by the chain with the word "NO" on it and three other words. However, the sign was not facing the direction the bikers were headed. Plus it's a brown and white letter sign, on a tree, in a forest, which would not be very visible. You don't even see the sign until the riders pick themselves up @ :43s, just above the guys head on the right.

I can't honestly say it's sabotage from what I see in the video. At least those guys were able to get back up.
  • 9 1
 @XCMark

The sign wasn't facing the direction the bikers were headed because they were already on the private land and leaving it. They had already trespassed. I highly doubt it is the landowners responsibility to warn would be trespassers that they are getting back onto public roads.
  • 13 1
 Its clearly NOT sabotage. Its a road, so probably not designed for bikes. Out here most roads are chained or gated to keep trucks out. If it was a trail then it would most likely be sabotage, but its not.
  • 13 1
 ^Exactly. Pinkbike trolling its members with this "chain across a trail" headline.
  • 16 0
 Pinkbike just want the traffic like every other ad driven site. I came here from a very 'click baity' style post on their Facebook. Meh, they got my click so well done them. This is like Buzzfeed content lol. Next post I expect will be something along the lines of "These 2 mountainbikers were just riding down a trail, you won't believe what happened next!"
  • 10 1
 If a law passed injury liability to riders instead of land owners you would see a lot less "no trespassing" signs.
  • 4 6
 I completely agree, I don't understand why people would want to cause malice to mountain bikers minding their own business on a clearly marked trail. This is not the way to handle any problem. They could have been seriously injured.
  • 10 1
 questlove- and the messed up part is that if those two got hurt on the land due to a poorly marked object like that chain, the landowner would be liable and he could be sued. My parents have kicked so many random people off their land because if a kid gets hurt playing in a gravel pit for example, then the parents of the kid can sue mine for negligence even though the kid is trespassing. Another reason why MERICUH is such an incredible country.
  • 2 0
 THIS.
  • 7 0
 this isnt sabotage, its a guy putting a chain across a ROAD on his property. its like doubletrack jeep wide. We are a litigious bunch here in the US, but at some point people need to own up to their actions. If I break into your house and your dog bites me, can I sue?
  • 4 0
 ^ Probably could, haha.
  • 1 2
 agree, it must be marked with yellow tape ,or any other sign to warn people.
  • 5 0
 @abarhum so if a burgler breaks into your house and cuts himself when steeling your knife it is your fault for not having a warning sign on the good silver. The land owner is not to blaim that these guys got on his trail without permission. It wasn't a trap. It was to keep jeeps off his private road.
  • 2 0
 paint the chain SAFETY ORANGE.
  • 1 0
 They can, and it would be the extra mile, but can you be mad at someone for not going the extra mile for trespassers?
  • 2 0
 I agree that it likely wasn't sabatogue, that said...

Many of you make the point that the bikers here are fully at fault. I might disagree with you. In my experience I have seen many trails/roads like these that are signed/chained/fenced/gated off at the BOTTOM where the road/trail connects to public trails/roads (which is where the chain here appears to be placed). However, if you were to access those same roads/trails from a different directions (from a ridgeline or from another trail) there are no signs/chains/gates/fences anywhere in sight. I imagine that it is at least possible that these two joined this private road/trail from another direction where there were no signs/chains/gates/fences and therefore were unaware that they were even trespassing when they hit this chain.
  • 2 0
 Good point, but that still puts the onus on the riders. If they came to the intersection and got hit by a truck it wouldn't be the trucks fault for not being bright orange. You have to watch where you are going on fire roads. The statement about how well posted lands are is very valid. It must suck when you own 200-500 acres and have to go around with a million of those Posted signs. My earlier statement about changing the liability law would make it so owners cared less, and might even do things to help bikers improve trail and be safe.
  • 1 0
 Looks 50/50 to me, the riders were clearly on private property, exiting said property I have to believe as the sign is placed on the opposite side of the tree. I think the chain would likely be seen if approaching the road from outside the property the way the sign is intended to stop trespassers.
That said, the chain should be better marked and the sign seemed quite high on the tree for visibility. Likely due to vandals taking the sign down tho.
Still, some due diligence on the property owner would be in line, the chain should be perhaps painted bright orange or have some from of visibility marking IMO.
Again I have to agree with others tho, this is a road, not a trail. That chain was likely put up to stop people from driving up that private road, not for bikers so much.
  • 3 5
 Property owners have the duty to warn (even trespassers) of all known and or should have known hidden dangers. That chain defiantly meets the requirement of being dangerous. The property owner may be liable for any injuries caused to the riders.
  • 5 0
 it wasnt sabotage. Its like 12 feet frikkin long. They riders should be able to see a chain stretched ear to ear on a road. Not hidden, not put into place to hurt people. Its like running into a fence and being mad someone put it up.
  • 5 1
 Oo, and lets put watch for tree signs too. And rocks, and gravity, and bird crap in your eye. . .

Some property owners live 1000 miles away and if the chain was painted it would fade years before they notice. Especially if he has 29 entry points to his property.
What if a helicopter landing on his land illegally hits a power line and crashes? Should he have to paint his power lines orange?

This blaming the victim crap has to stop. These guys violated the rights of another human being. If a rapist gets herpes from his victim you don't let him sue.
These guys should be in the running for crash if the month. They are honestly lucky he didn't have barber wire fencing in case he had livestock or something. Again, being on bikes does not make you special.
  • 1 0
 @skijosh

Good mountain bikers look at county maps before riding in territories were private land runs through. So they know if and when they come across private land. Getting caught by a chain is one thing, getting shot at by a land owner for trespassing is another.

Awareness is each individuals responsibility!
  • 1 0
 @XCMark I never said these guys were good... haha

My post as mostly just an attempt to play devil's advocate with a theory of why these bikers may not have been aware that they were trespassing.
  • 68 12
 Dear Trail Saboteurs, please choose a different hobby, like maybe sword swallowing or chainsaw juggling or possibly parachutless skydiving. Sorry I'm going a little far out but people who hurt others for fun should be considered criminals. I have dealt with trail sabotage before and i just barely escaped being impaled by about 3 inches. It just really grinds my gears. Kindly, A mountain biker who wants to ride without having to worry about Booby Traps
  • 52 2
 They are considered criminals. And you're right, parachutless diving is a little harsh. Proper analogy would be if trail saboteur went skydiving, but someone sabotaged his parachute bag and packed it w/ confetti instead.
  • 26 2
 Is it bad that i cackled at the mental image of some old ass white dude pulling to cord and the confetti explosion that followed....and then his priceless facial expression? #ifitswrongidontwannaberight
  • 1 0
 Haha powslayer, I did as well.
  • 14 1
 This was not a case of sabotage, that chain was always there and the "trail" is used as an informal shortcut by walkers or whoever in a subdivision. It is not part of any trail system it is on private property and is marked no trespassing, although the sign is quite old and can be missed. That being said the chain should be higher and clearly marked and it's crappy that these guys got hurt.
  • 8 3
 ^^^ Someone's a little testy. Trail saboteurs are criminals. Official placement of chains should courteously be marked. Where I'm from people use barbed wire to mark property boundaries, but they tie cute little pink ribbons on them when they cross the trail. It's just being nice. You should try it sometime.
  • 43 1
 I am not defending trail saboteurs, but after the recent stink on the North Shore, i think we are quick to jump to conclusions.

This is a bright silver 1" wide chain on a wide road that opens to a clearing that looks like a parking lot, or road. This chain is most likely for cars, and 4 wheelers to keep them out .This chain was meant to stop people going the opposite direction as them. This is not a trap, it was hung by another human for a legitimate reason and these guys were just unlucky/not smart for going so fast they couldn't see it in time.

At :26 seconds. you can visibly see a NO TRESSPASSING sign in the tree. While, yes it may have been irresponsible for the land owner to not hang a sign on the chain as well, it is marked.

i.imgur.com/ztlzVjg.jpg SCREENSHOT.

The guys were allready on the private property and were at fault for not seeing the chain. I do think it is horrible that the man was injured and i feel for him, but we cant go grab our pitchforks without knowing some of the evidence!
  • 7 1
 I hear you dude, no I totally agree. In light of the fact that the chain is supposed to be there there's no cause for blame. It's part of our responsibility to be aware while riding, especially on a trail new to us. I guess it just would be nice to attach something to the chain itself, it's not uncommon to add retroreflectors and neon crap to obstructions anyway.
  • 8 0
 This happened near Mount Saint Vincent University, in Bedford, Nova Scotia over a year ago. There are no mountain bike trails there can't stress enough that this is not a case of sabotage. @Questlove967 is thinking clearly.
  • 3 0
 Sorry bent6543. That "testy" remark a little while back was towards a guy that just got banned. You're alright in my book.
  • 3 0
 HA! @Questlove967 some of those words look a little familiar. Like I've typed them before on some other website that also hosts links of various natures that are often posted without context. Keep spreading the rationalism, hopefully it'll spread.
  • 2 0
 @caketown lol sorry man. I probably shouldve put quotes around what i copied. You're rationale was the simplest and stood out. Someone needed to throw some water on this fire quickly. The instant sensationalism of this video is scary.
  • 1 0
 I feel like it should be mentioned that this was not trail sabotage, and they were trespassing, you can see the sign
  • 3 0
 I can't abide putting the onus on the property owner to protect tesspassers by spending money and time to paint their chains and take other steps to guarantee their safety. This is like burglar who sues and gets the family dog euthanized because it bit him when he broke in.
  • 38 2
 Pinkbike you should change the subject of this video...this is not sabotage at all, but two idiots not looking where they are going and entering/exiting private property. You can clearly see the chain is at the start/exit of the fire road (not a trail) before the tree's. You see the signage on the tree itself.... way to provoke unwarranted feelings.
  • 3 0
 Here here!
  • 40 7
 These kind of outlandish attacks on one of the most harmless forms of outdoor activity absolutely must come to an end! And quick. Anyone who agrees that a production video about trail sabotage is a worthy venture, thumbs up this post.
  • 8 0
 Does anyone know exactly why people sabotage trails? From the stuff I've seen and the stuff Pinkbike writes about these people must think mountain bikers are like ax wielding serial killers.
  • 20 3
 I sabotage cutties made on switchbacks, I think it is fair. I poo there put a small flag into the stool with writing "cheating to KOM smells like crap", and post pic of it on local forum with GPS coordinates.
  • 11 0
 @WAKIdesigns this reminds me of a story I heard from my girlfriend about her friend who had to poop in the woods while he was walking a dog.

Then the dog rolled in it.
  • 3 0
 ^Hahahaha!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns - I've definitely cut off the KOM lines (damn them!) but shitting in them is such a great idea!
  • 1 0
 Yea it's a really shty part about trail maintenance, but you really have to post pictures of it to make impact and show people that it was a really crappy line. Some of them cutties are not even faster, it's just some turd who thinks that he wins a second or something.
  • 16 0
 ive actually done this before but i saw it about five feet before i hit it and locked my rear brake. I ended up going james bond and slid right underneath it. But still got road rash, but as long it looked cool im good.
  • 8 0
 haha shame you didn't have a gopro!
  • 12 0
 Again some you guys are pretty stupid. This is clearly for cars, watch the video again it's a road not a bike trail. The chain is there to stop cars from driving on the road. This is not foul play at all, just a couple of bikers riding where they arnt supposed to.
  • 12 1
 These friggin people are on bad crack that do crap like this !! On a side note, did u notice how short his bars were in width ??
  • 2 1
 its the wide angle lense of the camera, it looks like he has 760's at least.
  • 8 0
 *Reaches for the popcorn as the idiots flock*

Some class A trippers making comment about this one.

Nothing even remotely malicious about this video. Two guys who are clearly pretty fresh to mtbing, riding (not hauling, puttering; obviously not on a trail & clearly in unfamiliar territory) down an access road on private land, who happen to run into a length of chain clearly put there to stop 4WDs from driving up the access road. Nothing more. Not sabotage & not trail vandalism- just stupidity on the riders' part & an unfortunate application (or lack of) of common sense. Bet the riders felt pretty dumb- not a bad contender for Funniest Home Videos though.
  • 14 5
 The next time someone is caught doing this the courts need to make an example of them and jail them for attempted murder. This kind of thing would quickly cease.
  • 14 23
flag Extremmist (Mar 1, 2015 at 10:44) (Below Threshold)
 Fuck jails, there are better things taxpayers' money can be wasted on. Public torture and execution. If I found the guy who did this I'd chain him to the tree, beat him half dead and let him there.
  • 9 4
 Ha, wow you user name don't lie @Extremmist but i would probably want to do the same if im honest.
  • 7 2
 Extremist, I feel the same way, but in reality that would do nothing but vilify ourselves and justify these idiots' actions in their demented minds, not to mention probably to the general public. As much as I'd like to bash some skulls in with rocks too, we've got to prove that WE are the mature and level headed ones.
  • 2 0
 Haha bob, you're (take note here) hilarious. Time you went back to watching My Little Pony
  • 3 0
 Hmm, "Your pathetic, learn better grammar." I hope the irony of that comment is not lost on you. Although I agree with you that the whole internet tough guy thing is rather pathetic. We need to take the moral high ground here. Find them, get evidence and report them to the police. If a mountain biker beats someone unconscious in the woods for trail sabotage, regardless of who's at fault which person do you think would be cast in the worst light in the media, seriously? It's not the kind of behaviour I'd want associated with our sport and it will only serve to perpetuate the problem. On the other hand, if someone thinks they might spend 5 years in prison for booby trapping a trail they might think twice.
  • 3 5
 "The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don't ask for their love; only for their fear."
- H. Himmler -
There's nothing moral or mature about letting people get away with acts like this one. Broken arm hurts more than time in jail. What could the poor f*cker do? Report himself to the police and say that he got beaten while assembling a trap in a forest? He'd probably just go to a hospital and say he fell down of a tree or whatever.
Just ask yourself, why nobody does this kind of stuff to Hell's Angels Big Grin
  • 4 2
 As others have said though, this wasn't a malicious act against bikers, it was merely negligence of the property owner for not marking the chain. Yeah, it totally f*cking sucks the guy got hurt, no contest there. But retaliating against sabotage with actual violence is not the answer, man. You can be damned sure if an actual trail saboteur were beaten by the very people he hates, that he would report it to the authorities regardless of whether or not he'd be.incriminating himself. Nobody f*cks with the angels because they are (or were) an out of control gang rampaging while out of their minds on meth and booze. You want that to be how people view mountain bikers? Good luck dude.
  • 1 0
 As long as people stay out of my way and let me ride my trails I don't care how they view me.
  • 2 0
 The lady saboteur in North Van is certainly facing some punishment and public shaming, I'd say that's plenty to dissuade like minded people.

Then again, you could always beat her to within an inch of her life, and leave her tied to a tree to die.

And the whole "stay out of my way, let me ride my trails" thing is a good way to polarize people against our sport. Inclusiveness and respect (not to mention trail building and stewardship) is a much better way to get people to accept our sport, and even gain a few members in the process. But alas, it's not particularly 'extreme' though.
  • 1 0
 hhahah trying to get some sense into a guy's brain that cites Himmler... good luck...
  • 9 0
 The guy didn't walk away apparently. The guy broke ribs and vertebrae if I'm not mistaken. I can't remember the source where I read this.
  • 1 0
 His son posted it to Reddit recently
  • 10 1
 can anybody tell what the sign says. looks like it is a service road through a park, and the chain is to keep cars out.
  • 2 0
 I agree, the trail doesnt look like a bike trail either
  • 1 1
 I DL'ed the video and put it in VLC and used VooDoo magic.

From what I can make out the third word down says "NO" in caps. Judging by the size of the "NO" font, the forth word down has too many letters to be the word 'vehicle', but I don't think it says 'no trespassing' as those signs are usually brighter colors than brown.

If this is a municipal park the city is capable of being sued for damages.
  • 8 1
 There are signs in the trees. I'm guessing they were passing a border between two properties. Nonetheless, there should be a sign on the chain to make it more visible.
  • 5 0
 My cousin was fatally injured several years ago riding on his dirtbike and hitting a chain across a road. There was no malicious intent as I understand - but the chain wasn't flagged or very visible as I understand. Anyway, be careful out there.

He left a wonderful legacy though. RIP Nicky.

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  • 6 0
 can we be sure this is some sort of saboteur and not just a chain on a trail? we have them all over exits and entrances in georgia to keep out motorized vehicles.
  • 4 0
 Might be that was not a trail, but a road in forest, might be that chain was not set up for bikers, but to do function of gate. Unfortunately they must mark it with some signs on it, or I would drive trough it even with a car.
  • 8 1
 So the crazy anti-trail lady returns...
  • 3 0
 Well that is what you call over the bars, good thing they were not going much faster. This has happened to me too, luckily the chain was fixed to an old tree which broke. Rusted chains over brown soil are simply nearly invisible!
  • 3 0
 Chains strung across access roads is pretty common....i bunny hop over one that's at one trail I ride at. Not knowing the back ground of this video, nothing too alarming about it...good to see they didn't get badly hurt.

We have lots of public (multi use) trails and plenty of private land so chains blocking vehicle access is really common around here. And I don't expect flashing lights..neon signs at every single one of them.. if those guys were poaching. ..that's just something that you gotta watch out for. I highly doubt someone is going go through the trouble to actually buy a chain like that and string it up in the hopes they hurt someone. . Sure, there's some wacky peeps out there but I doubt it applies here.
  • 4 0
 That wasn't a trail it was an access road on private property and the chain is there to block cars. People do this all the time.
  • 5 0
 i've watched something similar but with a motorcycle driving about 60-70km/h and the driver got split in half...
  • 5 0
 That's so sad it's not even gross.
  • 4 0
 Some damn bullshart.. Let me catch someone trying to set up something like that!!!! I will knock their ass out and leave em in woods!
  • 3 0
 I've been through too many injuries and I know a lot of other people have. it sucks being off the bike from an injury, part of your daily happiness goes out the window when you're having to be laid up. So for somebody else to cause potential injury on purpose like that,,definitely needs to get their ass beat.
  • 4 0
 yeah, where I live they will cross barbed wire at neck height, I wanna be sensible and say this is unacceptabe, etc... but really what I wanna do is shoot these bastards
  • 2 0
 I've heard of this happening several times in my area as well.. people hanging wires at neck level. It's ridiculous.

I think its either; older people that enjoy walking and hate bikers using their trails. People that live in the area that don't like the traffic. Or maybe just idiot adolescence.

I'd love to catch someone sabotaging a trail.
  • 3 0
 I understand you anger over trail sabotage, I feel the same.

I'm a country boy, by habitat, and made a few observations of this video I would like to share. In the woods to my SE there are private roads that lead through several properties that go up to a ridge or a few hills. These roads come off the public roads, are usually never marked, except for "no trespass" signs, and will some times not have gates on the public road accesses. 4x4'ing some roads like this we've come across chains stretched across the dirt road I was traveling. Be it, the chains did not look as silver as the chain in the video, because they had been in the weather for many years and no one had gone through the area and taken them out as they were chains that divided property lines, and people were just not using the private road enough, or knew they should not.

I've seen all types of private road fences, from heavy hinged metal bars; chains on either trees or post; elaborate fences made out of the surrounding fauna, chain link or wood and they don't open. Some property owners will even dig a ditch across the road and put the mound of dirt from the ditch on their side of the property line.

From the few people caught over the last couple years, I'm going to assume that the majority of trail saboteurs to be caught will be 50+ years in age. I'll go even further to assume that there is always going to be a woman involved, since those are the last two saboteurs I know have been caught.

Mark,
of the Oregon Territories
  • 2 0
 And here I sit, thinking that kind of stuff only happens in Austria. I don't really have anything to add that hasn't been said before, apart from: Whatever you do, be it on your property or somewhere else, as soon as people are getting hurt, it's not funny anymore. I mean, defend your stuff and all and I'm all for that and no trespassing and what have you, that is all fair and good, but pulling something like this, just because of some mountainbikers? That is just too much if you ask me.
  • 3 0
 I have my own property with DH trails. And all the fun park stuff. And I keep it chained. Not for bikes. For the assholes that think it's a mx track. So I can see wanting to keep people off your land.
  • 1 0
 My friend hit a cable that was strung across a trail. Broke his neck he is lucky to be alive. The scary part is that his eight year old son was behind him. It's only s matter of time before someone gets killed I hope karma visits the bastards who did this.
  • 1 0
 What the f### kind of sick twisted joy can someone possibly get out of deliberately putting that across there. Premeditated and intended to cause an accident seriously would love to see what makes these people tick. I work as a trail builder and see things all the time luckily nothing to that extent but still rocks on jumps n drops etc logs n stuff. But a local forest had a psycho out putting plywood sheets on landings with six inch nails sticking up
  • 5 0
 This is one of my biggest fears that I thought was irrational, until now.
  • 1 0
 I can recall bombing down a trail in Austria back in the mid 2000s and, as it was leveling out towards town, I just saw something glinting in the sunlight. Banged on the brakes and stopped and as i got closer and and focused i could make out the run of barbed wire across the path almost head height. Wifey was behind me, going at a much slower pace luckily, so i had to time to shout at her to stop. I'm not sure if it was intentional, accidental or what and i'm pretty sure we'd not veered off course to somewhere we shouldn't have been. Pure evil if intentional.
  • 3 0
 That stuff was intentional, trust me. Austrians are territorial like that. For all it's beautiful nature Austria unfortunately has some really backwards inhabitants. Just sad to see stuff like that happen oversees as well.
  • 1 0
 this happens all the time in Canada. I was snowmobiling in quebec last week and came accros barbed wire on someones property on a provincal trail. lets just say the police where knocking on that guys door. but everyone needs to be care full these people dont care at all about us
  • 1 0
 That almost happened to me snowboarding once. There's a trail that cuts through a vacation home area... snow cabins. All the locals cut through it. Been doing it for 20 years. Riding back there and wham.... chain.... Seriously... someone put a damned chain across the trail. And this isn't a wide open area... it was between 2 trees for absolutely no reason at all but to shut down a heavily used bypass. Damn near killed me. I saw it at the last minute and ducked it.
  • 3 0
 BAAAAAAHAHAHAHA!!! Thanks for the laugh gooftards. Gotta be careful with that tresspassin' shit no? Maybe next time you read & heed the signs yeah?
  • 1 0
 Just glad that they walked away and not going any faster, i have seen this sort of thing to many times even fishing wire at neck height, not good, if you are going to a small area to ride just check the trail before you ride, but I understand that is not always possible, their is always someone out their who is against us mountain bikers.
  • 1 0
 Hard to say if it is sabotage or not. But on many occasions while I was ridding xc in Belgium I have come across chains, cables you name it. Mainly on little back country roads such as this. Simply put, I'm not convinced this is actually trail sabotage. But it could be.
  • 1 0
 *Pulls up soapbox* Alright folks, I'm going to go full diplomatic right now!
(1st perspective, bandwagon) These poor riders, the land owner should get the electric chair! How could someone be so malicious? Riders stand up and fight!
(2nd perspective, defend absurd legislation) That poor land owner, the liability of an accident is so large he has every right to protect his own damn land. Stupid riders.
(3rd perspective, diplomacy!) It is so funny to see such extreme sides being taken from a video that is NOT from a neutral perspective. The riders could have seen the chain, suited up in DH gear, and "taken one of the team." I seriously doubt it but if the land owner can be witch hunted for attempted murder, aren't the riders just as capable of being evil? Here is my take:
Whether I am on a legal trail, illegal trail, state park, sidewalk, bike lane, traffic lane, a backyard, a skatepark(legally/illegally), the bike park, etc. I am always looking out for my safety and those around me. The earth does not revolve around any one of us and there are give and take compromises. Yes the chain could be painted or marked, Yes the riders could have not trespassed. Compromises are they not? I am a CYCLIST, since I was out of diapers, and will never not have a bicycle in my possession but that does not mean that I will side with any ole person with a bike between their legs. There is a lot of cyclist activism for good in the county I live in, but I have also witnessed from bike and vehicle absolutely deplorable cycling practices, especially when sharing the road with vehicles. Doesn't matter how you transport yourself around this rock we all live on, use your head, not your transportation. Sucks they got hurt, it's a good thing they were wearing all that gear, but I see no foul play from either party.
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 This wasn't sabotage. This was slapstick comedy as some trespassers weren't watching where they were going. Just because they were on bikes doesn't mean they are the good guys here. Instead they got their comeupings.
Not that I've never trespassed. I just don't blame the land owner when I get hurt. My uncle buries pallets studded with nails at access points to his land because 4wheelers where tearing up his fields and ignoring his signs.they lose their tires for it, but do they have a right to complain? I hear in South Africa you can protect property with leathal traps, and a car thief caught by surprise from a booby trap reached in his pocket and fired his hand gun, blowing his man parts to oblivion. Can't blame that on the car owner.
These guys fall into that category.
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 Unfortunate. But i too have seen many a chain across a two track in the woods legitimately put thwre by a land owner to keep 4x4's and ATV's off private property. Here in Utah they do it all the time because alot of Utards are lazy. When i hunt every fall people will use any means possible to access the woods without actually using human power. I' ve even seen them tear full blown forest service fences down just so they don't have to hike in. In an earlier post it was mentioned that maybe they stumbled into this private land from another trail. Here it is now the responsibiliry of the recreationist to know where private property boundaries are. It ia not required to be posted around the perimeter of the private land. If you get caught on private land then your the one at fault wether intentional or not. Pays to know where your at and is not hard with todays excellent mapping applications. For whar it's worth.
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 He wasn't looking where he was going. Cardinal rule of mountain biking, constantly shift your gaze: close/distant/close/distant etc.

It's called paying attention. Still, he looked like he was hurting, which is a tough way to reinforce that skill.
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 damn, if you don't want people to ride a trail that you own or land, atleast put up a sign or something. This could kill someone
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 WTF, these ppl need to be found and charged with attempted murder.
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 Always and I say always on your first run go SLOW! make sure nothing it's set up to harm you. They're is a lot of dicks out their now because of that news story about that mt. fromme now she inspired alot of idiots.
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 These guys need glasses. At that speed it wasn't so hard to see the chain. Also, it was there to prevent cars, trucks and other vehicle to enter to that forest road, so it wasn't trail sabotage.
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 My buddy got a electric-wire round his neck during a mx-run in the woods. He was shakin' Stevens for a while, but he were ok. F-in cows, man.
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 I've experienced some bricks on drop landing today.... and two weeks ago someone destroyed a nice piece of singletrack by a tractor
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 the people who put the chain across
should be put in a big blender Smile
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 Holy shit is that Ricky?
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 Was this a proper chain or sabotage?
Im glad they both got up and made for some funny footage but totally scary if it was sabotage.
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 Actually that sh*t are happening in Portugal, I can't understand these tipe of people, they're not people they're animalllssss !!
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 Bunch of fuckheads here defending the sabatogers because its private property. Like its OK to set traps to harm people just because it is on your property. Oh yeah there's even a sign. Yeah, after its too late.
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 these sabotage things can really go too far. My dad knew a kid who while riding his dirt bike was decapitated from a barbed wire type thing just high enough.
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 how do you miss that huge chain on a fire road. Not like it was around the corner on singletrack hidden by bushes or something. It was in the wide open and a big chain
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 If people broke rules at whistler and got hurt and sued to close the place down all the anti land owner comments would reverse.
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 Jesus. That could have easily put him in a wheelchair. I'm glad they seemed to be OK.
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 I think the guy with the camera crashed just to console his buddy after seeing that wicked scorpion!
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 Should've bunny hopped it.
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 That was nasty, hope all ok.
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 Holy Shit oÖ
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 That's brutal people are unbelievable
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 I have always feared having this happen.... I guess it may not be as far fetched as I had always hoped.
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 there used to be a story of kids putting razor wire head high on trails I used to ride. Was all bullshit but still freaky haha
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 walk up what you ride down
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 I second that, I always hike up. This was after I hit a blownout jump that sent me into a gully wall, head first!
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 sometimes the wind blow bushes and other stuff into the trail
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 Man, I'm gonna have to start wearing my hockey neckguard when i go riding Frown f*cking idiots
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 @boblongcock grow the FUK up, and go ride a bike!!!
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 He got the boot, 10,000 hour ban, hopefully enough time for him to grow up
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 Hes been suspended (check the profile) wonder if he was the instigator :/
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 Make sure you're riding legal trails. Sucks that they crashed but they shouldn't have been there in the first place.
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 Is this what you call an enduro crash? Glad both guys walked away from the crash!!
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 How do these two navigate trails, when they can see a giant chain closing a road in front of them?
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 noobs
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 I literally did this just a few weeks ago! I hammered on the brakes but it still left nasty scratches on my HT.
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 Lets just have more "short yoga routine" videos
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 What an unfortunate chain of events!Wink
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 How come the location of said chain isn't in the description of the video?
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 How do we not know this was a pissed off landowned that didnt want people on his property. But even if thats the case, the chain should be marked with some orange tape.
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 That happened to a friend of mine too, he is blind !
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 glad theyre alright! like it
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 wow, ebaumsworld. so '90s Big Grin
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 how do you not see a 20 ft long chain riding 8km/hr down a road?
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 video not found?
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 same
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 if you are the first rider allways is more risk,but more adrenalin Smile
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 This really grinds my gears
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 It's a good thing they were wearing full armor on that mellow dirt road.
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 That's what I was thinking hahaha
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 The person that did this probably looks at his sister and thinks mmm very nice
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 Did the first guy just went scorpion OTB?
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 The guy filming is rocking some narrow ass bars...
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 It's whatcha call...........

Sh@ty luck
Would suck yep
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 Glad they were wearing their full faces
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 That guy just PR'd the chain flip
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 29er would've roll over that chain already.
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 Look where yer goin idiots!
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 digging the fullfaces and hardtails
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 Seems like a weird place to have a chain stretching across the trail/road
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 omg ive done that haha
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 sweet wrap arounds
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 Sabotaged!!!!
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