How to get back on the bike after a crash

Regaining flow and confidence after injury

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Going Down

This is what we call an unplanned get-off. The damage report will be highly dependent on the transfer of energy with the ground.

As you sit in the hospital emergency room waiting for the damage report thoughts race through your head like, “Why me?” and “How did it happen?” Then you wonder, “How much will this cost?”, “Will I ever ride well again?”

One thing constant with high-level mountain biking is crashes will happen. There’s just so many variables that the ‘unplanned get-off’ will eventually happen. Some deal with it every few weeks, others every few years.


Seth’s Bike Hacks chronicles the journey of his friend Alex as he gets injured repeatedly and loses confidence and flow. The path back to redemption if often not an easy one.

Some folks leave the sport forever and some tune down their riding and to ‘eliminate’ most risks. But we’re most interested in enthusiasts and lifestyle folks where quitting is the last option. How do you get back on the horse and enjoy the sport at the same level and progress well beyond that?


Alex of Singletrack Sampler presents the first person view of going back to the scene of the crime and conquering past crash demons.

Mtbr has an Injury and Recovery forum where such matters are discussed daily. What’s your best advice for recovering physically and mentally from a crash? Let us know at forums.mtbr.com.


About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Mizznfizz says:

    This video also has the counter part of Seth’s friend Alex who goes by SIngletrack Sampler on Youtube. He has his own POV video of this exact same instance as well as the video from the original crash on this particular trail. As someone who crashed and broke my leg and destroyed my ankle, had surgery plus a 6 month recovery time just for normal walking, I know the fear of getting back on all to well (see my thread in the Rider down/Injury Recovery forum. Just like anything else in life, isht happens and once the dust settles you gotta pick yourself back up again and get back on that horse!!!

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