Mountain Bike Injury Recovery Kit

While I much prefer writing about all of the positives of mountain biking an unfortunate thing about riding is injury, it will happen. As a mountain biker, snowboarder, skateboarder, dirt biker, cinder block and scrap wood ramp Evel Knievel imitator and BMXer I have had my share of injuries. Now, I’m injured again! I wish had some cool story how I was racing Steve Peat down a World Cup race track but I was actually going pretty slow and just got off balance a bit. Going 1-2 miles an hour in a rocky downhill switchback after rolling through a snow patch my front wheel slid left and I chest planted to the right, (right on to a cinder block sized rock) breaking four ribs and fracturing a vertebrae. Scary to get hurt that bad going so slow! This is a mountain bike injury recovery kit, not to be confused with a first aid kit. This kit is for when you wounds have been treated and you get home from the emergency room. I unfortunately had none of the items in this kit and would of been much better off if I had had them when I got home. Traumatic injuries do a lot more than break bones and often the treatments are almost as painful as the injuries. The first thing I wanted after being in the most pain of my life for 3-4 hours was something to kill the pain! They finally gave me an IV of something they said was 7 times more powerful than Morphine. It took my pain from off the charts down to a manageable 4 or 5 (on a scale of 1-10) but unfortunately it had one big side effect, nausea! As with the last time I visited the emergency room the second I was released I was wishing for more pain and less nausea. I threw up five times on the way to Dante and Jackie’s house and four more times on the way to get my prescription filled. Not fun with four broken ribs and pretty messy in Jackie and Dante’s van! By the time I got back to my house the next day I was feeling surprisingly good for a guy who slept for only a few hours while sitting up the night before. After a few hours getting a fair amount of work done the pain came back and I took my first Percocet. This was a big mistake as it created both nausea and gas (I felt like I was going to explode! the worst stomach pain of my life). Thanks to the help of two loving friends I made it through a pretty terrible night but would not wish that pain on anyone. Now to the kit that could of saved a lot of pain. My new Mountain Bike Injury Recovery Kit contains: Gas-X (to keep the bloating down!) Laxatives and stool softeners, there are many great home remedies to but you still need the ingredients.  (Pain killers block you up and many injuries make going poo even more painful.) A neck pillow (8 days later I am still sleeping sitting up, this really helps my neck!) Dramamine (I haven’t tried this yet but should help with the nausea) A Tens 3000 electro stem device (great pain relief) A Netflix subscription! Also, if you, like me often ride without your wallet it would be a good idea to at least have your id and insurance card on you when you ride, especially if you ride alone. Having my id would of saved me the final four bouts of barfing and would have gotten me to bed an hour earlier.

Can a Bike Company own the Name of A French Town?

If you haven’t noticed I really believe in sticking up for what I believe to be right. I learned of something today that has simply blown my mind, Specialized has some how trademarked “Roubaix” which is the name of a town in France. The town is famous worldwide for the Paris -Roubaix bicycle race, a grueling spring classic. Famous for it’s rough cobble stone sections, rain, snow, cold and injuries it is perhaps the toughest race in road cycling.

Well, some how Specialized has managed to trademark the name of a town that has been used in bike culture for years before Specialized existed. Not only that, they are threatening to sue a bike shop owner if he doesn’t change the name of his shop,

In a short google search I found a Roubaix Bicycles in Greeley Colorado, a Fuji Roubaix bicycle, quite a few tires with the name “Roubaix” in them, handlebar tape named Roubaix and Santini Ray Roubaix Road Bike LS Thermal Winter Baselayer Black! I believe Rock Shox used to have a Roubaix fork (short travel road bike fork) and bet there is a Roubaix Bikes in the town of Roubaix.

Turns out Specialized owns the word “Epic” too and has flexed their  muscles quite a few times enforcing their right to various words they own. Even a 150 year old nickname for Portland, Stumptown used by Mountain Cycles was fought against by Specialized who claimed the name could confuse the public into thinking it was Stumpjumper. The legal costs of Specialized’s law suit against Mountain Cycle may have been a big cause of their failure. More on Epic and other cases of Specialized flexing their muscles on questionable trademark lawsuits here:

Well what do you think? Should an American company be able to trademark the name of a French Town that has been used in the cycling industry since before Specialized existed?

12/10/13 Update, turns out Specialized doesn’t even own the trademark “Roubaix”, Fuji bikes does and they licensed the name to Specialized in an agreement to allow Fuji to use Specialized’s Horst Link suspension. Which, in my humble opinion make Specialized look not only mean, but pretty dumb too!  “We are in the process of notifying Specialized that they did not have the authority, as part of our license agreement, to stop Daniel Richter … from using the Roubaix name,” Cunnane said in an email to BRAIN*. “While ASI does have the authority to object to Mr. Richter’s use of the name and while we at ASI understand the importance of protecting our bicycle model names, we believe that Mr. Richter did not intend for consumers to confuse his brick-and-mortar establishment or his wheel line with our Roubaix road bike. And we believe consumers are capable of distinguishing his bike shop and wheel line from our established bikes.”  * quoted from Bicycle Retailer Article, read the whole article here:


Mountain Bike Handlebar Height and Body Position

Coach Andy’s informative and detailed article on mountain bike handlebar height.

Hi there, this is Coach Andy W. and the following is an email response that I sent back to a confused/frustrated rider.  He was having some issues concerning the height of his handlebars and was also the victim of some bad bike-advice from arguably the most common source of bad bike-advice: a riding buddy!
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BetterRide founder Gene Hamilton's first mountain bike

Rigid Mountain Bikes Are Better To Learn On? Another MTB Myth?

I read an article last week that claimed that rigid mountain bikes are the best bikes to learn on. I couldn’t disagree a more! While I agree that it is amusing to see riders who are struggling to ride sections of trail on their $10,000 carbon full suspension bikes with carbon wheel sets that cost $2,800 I don’t agree that a rigid bike some how “teaches” you to be a better rider. I bought my first mtb in 1989 and it was fully rigid and I had a blast on that bike! Unfortunately, a bike can’t teach you anything and just riding a bike (without the knowledge of correct skills and drills to practice those skills) tends to get you better at your instincts (which are old, hunter gather type instincts, mtbs have not been around long enough for us to be born with mtb instincts. Read more