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  • #31
    Originally posted by Young at heart View Post
    I wear the helmet, KH leg guards and Hillbilly short gloves. I'm 62 and ..knock on wood..haven't broken anything yet. I haven't taken that many ground falls yet, but I did have one that would have scraped up a palm and another that would have hurt my wrist. It was a little sore even with the gloves. I would love to ride without all the gear, but I am programmed to wear it now. Like wearing my seat belt. Maybe I'll never have a serious fall, but I'd hate to get hurt because I didn't wear gear that could have helped.
    I wear the same things as Young@heart *every* time I ride. I have my kids trained to remind me if I forgot something. So far no real injuries.

    I had the good fortune of getting whacked in the ankle bone with a pedal while crusing around and drinking coffee with only a helmet.
    I had to hop off for a car that wasn't watching and the uni hit the ground and bounced into my ankle. It hurt like a bugger for about a week but it made me aware that stupid things happen when you least expect them & a simple easy ride can still result in annoying injuries.

    @Feisty, Always wearing the leg armour also means that small things you wouldn't notice with armour on *could* have really hurt without it.

    KH leg armour & Hillbillies is the best $100 I ever spent!
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    • #32
      Well if we're doing age and injuries, I'm 42 and haven't broken a bone for almost 20 years (having broken ribs a couple of times and the wrist I mentioned above in the previous 5 years). Lots of soft tissue and overuse injuries from running (though actually rather less than most runners) which does sometimes affect my uni riding.
      Unicycling: great for your thighs.


      • #33
        Originally posted by Nurse Ben View Post
        I'm not trying to be mean here, so please don't take it personal, but we both know you should have been wearing wrist guards, but you weren't wearing them because they are uncomfortable and most of the time unnecessary

        When I mountain biked I averaged a ground fall every 30-90 days (15-45 rides). As a mountain unicyclists I average at least one ground fall every week (3-4 rides). So in terms of ground falls, I hit the ground at least five times more often on a muni than an mtb.

        BUT, I have far, far, far more UPD's on a muni than an mtb, all of which could be ground falls, and when I do fall I tend to land harder and tend to land on my hands, whereas on an mtb I land on my shoulder, hip, or knee.

        In all the years I have ridden BMX, road bikes, and MTB I never had a hand injury outside of a palm scrape. Since riding muni I have had six finger fractures and multiple wrist sprains. The only thing that has kept me from breaking my hands worse is wearing the Hillbillys.

        A quality wrist guard does protect against hand and wrist fractures, esp the double sided guards like the long fingered Hillbilly. I no longer ride with a set on a day to day basis; now I'm using a lighter weight wrist protector because I'm falling less and riding easier stuff, but I keep a set of Hillbilly gloves in my bag and I always wear a set for tech stuff.

        Get some Hillbillys and wear em', breaking your hands sucks!

        And if you think your hand hurts now, wait till it gets cold
        Do the Hillbillys have stiffening up to the base of the fingers? I can't find any information about their internal construction online. I'm still not convinced they would have helped in *this* instance as the force was applied way out at my knuckles and the bone snapped between wrist and knuckle - i.e. it wasn't a wrist flexure that caused the break it was knuckle-to-wrist.

        Either way, your point to start wearing more hand/wrist protection is well taken, no matter if it would have had an impact in this specific instance and also considering your experience with injuries in this area. I've sprained a finger pretty badly while muni-ing and have a fattened finger joint to show for it.

        I would have never expected muni to be so hard on the hands until I got into it. But the number of ground falls seems to be key.


        • #34
          Originally posted by Namlak View Post
          Do the Hillbillys have stiffening up to the base of the fingers?
          I'm not sure they would have helped in your situation. The Hillbillys are great wrist protection, but won't prevent that bend backward motion. I used to use Hillbillys. I use the KH now, but they are not as protective for the wrist. They are good for what I do. They wash better and stink less. If I were aggressive, I would stick with the Hillbillys. I do wear knee/shin and helmet as well. My elbow pads stay home.


          • #35
            for me i wear helmet, gloves, shinpads some times and proper shoes
            Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan


            • #36
              Originally posted by Namlak View Post
              My fingers and wrist are quite dysfunctional after being put in solitary for 5.5 weeks.
              Been there. When I broke my finger they put it in a bent splint. It was in the splint for... I want to say 8 weeks. Bad break, slow heal. After I got it out of the splint it took a good 3 weeks before I got decent range of motion back via PT.

              Originally posted by Nurse Ben View Post
              And if you think your hand hurts now, wait till it gets cold
              Yeah, after about 5 months or so I was mostly back to normal, though the finger swelling is permanent. Now that it's gotten colder out it's starting to hurt and stiffen up again.
              I'm different, yeah I'm different. I'm different, yeah I'm different. Pull up to the scene and my wheel is missing. Pull up to the scene and my wheel is missing.


              • #37
                I'm back!

                Back on the muni for the first time in over 4 months and it felt great! Did a 6 mile up-and-back fireroad ride with 1200 feet of elevation gain. My legs and back are feeling it but not too bad - I've been on the bike for a month now and that has helped.

                The temp was 48 degrees at the end of the ride so pretty chilly and no issues with the hand at all in cold temps so far.

                I was showing my riding buddy where my break was and noticed by feel on the back of my hand that the edge of the break is smoother than it was a month ago - probably a good sign that the bone is reforming itself and things are progressing. I'm holding off on technical muni for a couple more months just to be sure. The doc said 6 months for full bone strength so I'm shooting for that.

                Aside from the bone break, it has become evident that I sprained my wrist and stretched/strained a number of other soft parts which didn't come to light until after the cast was off and I'd worked my mobility out enough to tell. But all that has healed up and I'm pretty much symptom-free at this point other than the odd angle or force on my hand/wrist giving me a little reminder.

                And my wedding ring fits again - barely!
                Last edited by Namlak; 2013-02-06, 07:18 PM.


                • #38
                  Oh, and I also picked up a pair of Hillbillies. That wrist guard really gets in the way of the handle. I'll stick with them and see if I get used to it, especially when it comes time to ride technical again.


                  • #39
                    Glad to see you up and riding again! Hope your hand continues to improve.

                    (My daughter gave me a pair of Hillbillies for a Christmas present. They're great protection, but they are a little "clunky.")

                    cheers, LanceB
                    "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."


                    • #40
                      I agree they are clunky. I never do technical riding, so I don't know how much they will interfere with that. I'm more smoother trail/fire road rider (though I do like it steep). They were never a problem for that. I'm glad that you are back to it.
                      Last edited by mbalmer; 2013-02-07, 01:47 AM.