How to Fall off an Electric Mountain Bike without Getting Hurt

How to Fall off an Electric Mountain Bike without Getting Hurt

At some point, all of us might fall off our mountain bikes while mountain biking. As a result, there are many things you can do to avoid a crash. In this post, we'll share 4 tips on how to stay safe and injury-free when you fall off a mountain bike.

 

1 Always Wear A Helmet 

Helmets save lives. It doesn't seem real until you are sitting on the side of the trail holding a helmet bashed in from every side and you feel completely fine. There's never an excuse to go without a helmet.

There is a research about the relevance on the helmet use and the risk of head injuries. It indicates that the use of a helmet while cycling reduces the risk of head injury by 85%. Helmets have come a long way in the last couple of decades. Simply put, it adds protection against rotational motion and redirects outside forces.

 

2 Never Use Your Hands 

One of the most important and difficult things about learning how to fall off a bike is to curb the innate instinct of using your hands to brace yourself against fall. If you brace a fall with your hands, you are much more likely to suffer broken bones in your hand, wrist, elbow, and all the way up to your clavicles.

The weight of your body, as well as the momentum of your fall, will severely damage your hands. The best way to fall is to spread the force of the impact over a larger surface area, like your back or your side. If you can get your feet free from the pedals, your legs and feet can absorb impact much better than your hands.

 

3 Tuck, Roll and Relax

Although it may be challenging in the heat of a crash, think tuck, roll, and relax if you know you are going down. Tuck your head towards your chest. That reduces the risk of hitting head first on the ground. Once you hit the ground, focus on rolling. Stopping dead on impact increases the risk of large contusions and broken bones. If you hit the ground and slid the risk of road rash (or trail rash) is greatly increased. Rolling is the best way to avoid serious injury. Lastly, relax. By relaxing your body and muscles, you will be able to move with the impact and avoid injury.

 

4 Push the Bike Away

When you're about to crash, your electric bike is one of the biggest safety hazards around. Having a bike land on top of you or landing on top of a bike will be painful at best and dangerous at worst. Because of this, you should immediately push the bike away from your body when you fall.

 

The truth is that if you ride your bike regularly, you will eventually fall off of it. There is no way to change that; you only have to learn and practice how to do it properly. These simple tips will help minimize serious injuries when you fall off your bike.

Stay safe out there and avoid crashing!


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