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Jun 13, 2018 at 22:21
Jun 13, 2018
Ryan Leech On How the Risk Paradox Affects Mountain Bikers
A few months ago, I had the worst injury of my life. I broke my leg in multiple places, damaged the nerve the allows me to raise my foot so I'm able to walk normally, and went through six surgeries to put it all back together. I'll be able to walk again, and theres not a doubt in my mind that I'll be riding again, but it could be up to a year until I'm able to do so relatively normally. I've had injuries in the past (lacerated spleen, more minor broken bones, concussions, etc.) but none have come close to setting me back in life as much as this one has. I was scheduled to start medical school this august, but now I will have to postpone until next year. I had an awesome job at a hospital that I had to put on hold. And, my family, friends and loved ones have gone through almost as much stress as I have. This may sound like a complaint, but to me its a realization. I've been mountain biking for over a decade and I love it just as much as the day I started. I've always known the risk involved, but over the years, its been difficult to learn from these crashes because the feeling of riding out of that massive drop was just too good. In my current deluge of free time during recovery, I've had a lot of time to think. I fell in love with mountain biking because it allowed me to be completely in my own world, devoid of the normal stresses of life. Don't get me wrong, I love a good challenge, but the potential of completely messing yourself up physically, emotionally, and just in life really isn't worth the few minutes of pride when you stomp the landing. That was hard to realize before this injury put me through more physical and emotional pain and made me put my life on hold for a year. At the end of the day, mountain biking is about having fun, and so is life. One aspect of your life, whether its biking or school or a job, should not be the cause of you missing out on all other aspects of it. Being able to achieve new things is good, but theres a difference between a challenge and an outright stupid risk. Take this as advice or me just thinking out loud, but seriously, look before you leap. Think about all aspects of your life that you care about before you ride off something that could potentially deprive you of enjoying it for a year, or the rest of your life. Go out and ride your bike, and be safe doing so, I guarantee you'll have fun no matter what kind of riding you're doing (well idk about road riding but thats another story). Thats my rant, take it for what you will. Wear your f*cking helmets kids. P.S. what kills me is that all the bike suffered from this crash was a scratch on the bars...what the hell.
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Fox Transfer 125mm 30.9 dropper post

$225 USD
Used this on my bike for about a month, then decided I needed a longer one. Perfect condition, comes with lever and housing.

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Yeti SB6 Turq - PRICE DROP

$4150 USD
$4150 OBO. Got this bike in September. I've ridden it around my local trails, no bike parks. Mechanic maintained, literally in perfect condition. Only reason I'm selling is because I'm starting school in the summer and I need the cash. Turq frame (highest grade carbon), fox float Kashima fork 160, fox dropper, mercury wheels, chromag bars and pedals, Shimano zee brakes and XT drivetrain. I need this thing gone so shoot me an offer!

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