My friend and riding buddy John Long (Vivalargo) has had some lousy luck these past few months.
#1) It first started with a bad knee injury that has only recently allowed him to get back in the MUni saddle, albeit cautiously.
#2) The next mishap occured just yestersday as we were riding a trail in the Santa Monica Mtns. known as “Rustic Canyon.” We were about 2 miles in when his brand new KH geared hub BROKE on the spot!
One of the cranks just fell off with no prior warning, shearing off the shifting button on that side! So we did what we could to tighten the crank bolt back on, but just as we got back to the car, he noticed that it too, had fallen out and was lost! (So we drove back to John’s house and picked up his regular MUni he dubbed, “Old Faithful”, and we went back to complete the ride.)
#3) Then today, while we were at “Venice Mountain” for some routine practice drops-he’d done them successfully countless times- John fell forward after landing a 6 footer, and because there was very limited roll out area, he reached out his left arm to block himself from hitting a fence, when his shoulder totally and completely POPPED out of its socket! Dislocation and instant pain! OUCH!
So I quickly raced back to my car to come back and take him to the closest ER, but while on the way to pick him up, I thought it better to call 911 and have them quickly dispatch the paramedics, so hopefully they could pop it back in asap, on the spot.
Well, when they arrived (in just a few minutes thankfully) they suggested that I drive him there instead, as it would be faster! Oh well, so I got him to the ER farily quickly, and luckily they admitted him straight away, and literally within minutes, they reset his shoulder.
Crisis averted! After an x-ray determined he was otherwise ok, I dropped him off at his house and he said, “I’m riding next week!” Now THAT’S a trooper if there ever was one!
So if the Uni Gods or whoever are listening, Three’s his limit…now give the guy a frickin break! (Not literally of course!) Ok John, it’s all behind ya now,so it should be clear sailing from here on in!