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Made riding barefoot a bitch!
We still did it though.
Damn right we did. Right off the sketchy ass ramp we made with stacks of bricks and whatever wood we stole.
Damnit. Plywood + Bricks. Right up until the plywood snapped in the center or the bricks collapsed horizontally and you ate pavement.
Took a chunk out of my ear doing that. One of my handlebars was missing the grip. Flipped sideways off the edge because bricks are only in the center of the wide board and I wasn't a smart kid. Handlebars missed my face and took a neat little round piece out of the edge of my ear. Oops. It's barely noticeable now but I feel it every time I wash up.
I gotta scar right below my belly button from where I jumped a ramp and nose dived. I tried to bale but didn’t happen. Ended up taking my bare, scrapped-metal end of the handle bar right to the gut with all my weight. I mean, I never had a chance to brace myself for it cause I was looking at the ground and not the bike.
I was just posting this, are you me?
Still got a circle scar of that Huffy, ride for lyf yo.
Well this is awkward, thought I was unique. I too have been stabbed with the exposed end of the Huffy handlebar. Still have the circle mark almost two decades later.
Lmao hell yeah. You bet your ass once the pain got down to a bare-able point, I hit that ramp again.
It was still, Honestly, one of the worst pains I’ve experienced. I was 15 and rode motocross. At that point, I’ve had 2 concussions, a broken foot, and a broken wrist. I took that handle bar to the stomach and it brought tears. The pain was crazy. I didn’t just try to walk it off, I fuckin ran around. It’s a pain I’ll never forget. Every time I hear about someone getting stabbed in the stomach, I just cringe up because I know I wouldn’t be able to stand the pain of that.
Johnny Knoxville did something similar with a dirt bike. Handle bars hit lower and messed up his dick pretty bad. Used a catheter for years.
Damn I figured it was cause of all the cock and ball torture they did for the movies
Nope, full sack penetration, and some shaft damage too. He tried to backflip a dirtbike.. his first time jumping a dirtbike.. yeah it didn't work out. He bailed like 40 feet in the air, and the bike came straight down on his crotch handlebar first. I don't know how he even stayed conscious, I get woozy just thinking about it
Wow! Same thing happened to me! Then a few months later I don't even know how it happened but the metal end went into my neck. I got two circle scars now lol
Here is a(Not so) funny story
My brother ripped his nutsack open. He was jumping off the ramp we had at the end of the curb. He didnt pull up on the handlebars so the front went straight down and he went over the front. Well the handlebars didnt have the end caps anymore so when he went over, the bars caught him in the crotch. Ripping his pants and ballsack open.
Motherfucker, I felt that
I'm pretty certain this is going to be the worst thing I read today and it's only 7am
We are the superior generation
Broke my collar bone when I was 15 doing a wicked x-up off a home made ramp. Missed all my high school exams and almost didn't get into 6th form (luckily I was a good student and my teachers vouched for me).
Showing off to girls... Who now I understand wouldn't care less, but hey you launch (into a concrete pavement) and you learn.
We used plywood and tires since it kinda gave a little. Did my best air ever on a four tire stack with a landing ramp.
Don't forget the big Wipeout when the front wheel came off in the air since it was loose and we ate dirt. That did not happen to me, surely not.
We learned pretty quickly how to make dirt ramps that wouldn't collapse, and we'd get ridiculous air. like park my buddy's van in between the launch and landing, and clear it easily.
My most common point of failure was the forks. I tended to land front-wheel heavy and I folded up a whole bunch of forks, and would either eat dirt or eat the handlebars.
I got some super expensive (for the day) titanium forks that wouldn't bend ... and they didn't. They fuckin snapped right off leaving huge jagged hypodermic needle type edges. Luckily they missed me but yeah I went back to bending chromoly forks after that.
Yeah, sometimes splitting your skull open, hemmoraging blood. We just rubbed some dirt on it and went home to do chores, like rub dad's back with some castor oil.
Anyone else look back and think; "damn, where were we getting all those cinderblocks?"
I grew up in a new neighborhood so houses were always being built around us. That meant wood. Lots of wood and all the hardware our little hearts could desire. One day we made the biggest, meanest ramp we’ve ever imagined. A kid hit it going very very fast and ate the most magnificent shit I’ve ever seen. I remember taking him back to his house with a few friends and his sweet mom coming out and doing all the motherly things. About a month later she got arrested for plotting to kill his dad. Good times.
How are we alive?
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Kids today couldn't form a decent callus if their life depended on it.
I can feel all those little metal spikes in my feet again right now
How about riding with an untied shoe? The shoe lace wraps around the pedal. Can't go forward, foot just mashes further into the pedal. Backward engages the brake. Guess falling over in slo-mo, then scootching in the street while pulling the bike via a shoe lace is the best option.
Utterly trapped in an unbalanced machine and waiting to topple. Good times and education.
Utterly trapped in an unbalanced machine and waiting to topple.
This is America
Or when your jeans leg got caught in the front sprocket. I ruined a pair cutting myself loose.
That happened to me! The tied shoelaces pinned me underneath the bicycle. It was in the middle of a residential street, and a car was approaching.
A random lawn-watering neighbor who saw me writhing in the street felt his crappy grass was more important than my impending vehicular doom.
I broke my little toe because i was riding barefoot. I fell sideways and my toe got between the street and the paddle.
Involuntarily covered half my face with my hand when I read this
But it prepares you for stepping on legos.
Nothing prepares you for stepping on Lego
Why the hell did yall ride on a bike with no shoes on?
Used to work in a bike shop. A rubber block version of these pedals were like $6. We hardly sold any. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I remember trying to position my feet for as little contact as possible. Just pedaled with my heels or toes pointed down the middle, spike free.
Ball of the foot right in the middle, toes lifted. You’re welcome
I used to love riding bearfoot but when the pain got unbearable I shaved them down with my dad's file.
riding barefoot home from the pool at the peak of Australian summer with soft wrinkly feet is what made me a man.
I used to think cooking bacon without your shirt was how you became a man, but I think you might be onto something.
I remember now. You go slowly because the harder you push your feet on those spiky pedals, the faster you go but the more it hurts. You're in no rush anyway because home isn't too far and the sun feels nice, as does the heat off the pavement. You see steam where your swimsuit drips.
He said Australian summer. Slow ride is a sure way to get burns on your feet.
My sister and I used to have competitions who could stand on the concrete the longest after we got out of our ($50 Clarke Rubber) pool.
I always lost because I had soft baby feet :/
My pedals were rubber, specially designed for Queensland riding :) The footbrake was fun though. The crap design meant that the chain would always eventually get loose and come off, so not only no power, but no brakes as well!
I still bare the scars.
Yep my shins have dents...grated dent.
Scarred shins here, checking in.
My buddy had it worse, he went off a ramp and the bike twisted something weird and his leg ended up caught in the chain with the pedal spikes somehow. Polka dot scars round his calf.
Shins? Amateurs. I have a scar on the back of my head from when I was young. Took a small jump. Brother riding his bike directly behind me. I went ass over teakettle and he came to a dead stop lodging the pedal in my freakin' skull! 4 or 5 stitches and i was good to go.
Fuck those pedals.
Jesus, nice. You win.
Oh yaaaa. I have quite a few as well. One incident drew pretty deep into the bone. Had those hefty bmx ones with the giant studs.
I remember looking down at my shin and thinking I’d grazed the skin. Actually I’d torn all the skin off and was looking at bone. I’ve still got the scar from that, with nice little stitch marks either side.
i have scars on the back of both calves
You should probably cover them up then
Those were still the best pedals when it was wet out, and we were never inside just because it was wet. I remember getting a new bike with plastic pedals and man, didn't matter what kind of shoe I had on, they'd slip right off the damn things.
And when you slipped... that was the real pain.
I felt this comment. In my shins.
I felt this comment, in my balls.
Yeah i got it in the balls too. Slipped onto the bar one time. Bike too big so couldn't reach the ground + going fast +too much pain to realise I should just put the breaks on or just fall to one side. Anything wouldve been an improvement on the paralysing pain.
Which really makes me question....
Why do they make the boys have the hazardous nut bar and the girls get away with not having a bar.
Nothing worse than slipping off the front of the pedal. Your foot goes to the ground and the pedal dead stops on the back of the calf. That's a leg breaker maneuver.
I remember one time I was hauling ass across an intersection and one of the plastic pedals sheared right off and I ate shit in the middle of the road. Fuck those things.
Not the shins. They would hit me right in my Achilles tendon and just like fuck up my whole day. Happened 3 times in one day, I thought I would never walk again.
Hit your Achilles and then roll your foot/ankle as the bike was still going forward.
They only got worse. we call them meat tenderizers at the shop.
let’s not forget about the sides of a scooter
Those old metallic scooters, my ankles remember
remember razor scooters like it was yesterday.
Turns out I’m old, ama.
Razor scooters didn't come out until I already had a kid. You're not that old.
I learned an important lesson about heat and friction when I tried to brake on a scooter without shoes
I can currently feel and hear this
Ahhhh fuck i’ve been there done that
I felt this comment
Mine was the one with the red wheels and had a little tear on the right-side handlebar foam. Don't fucking touch it.
The black caps that stuck in the sides of the handlebars always fell out of mine...
Yeah but how else are you going to get good at those sick spin tricks
Those were the true enemy of the shins. I still remember the deck destroying me after trying to do a tailwhip.
The shins!? Please, it's miracle my Achilles tendons didn't get sliced by those.
How would you pedal be going backwards that fast?
If he is Petaling forward then I assume all it takes is your foot slipping off the front of the petal while it's spinning forward and Bam right in the back of your calf. but normally if my foot slipped it slipped off the back so I always took it in the shin
Bear Trap pedals were the worst.
The 90’s were so fucking gnarley
Yeah the ones in OP's post were friendly by your average bmx standards at the time. Why did we subject our shins to that madness
Grippier than platforms, and lighter, made them good for racing.
I had these exact pedals also in red
I had Primo "meat tenderizers". Still cant grow hair on the front of my shins.
They were great pedals when your feet managed to stay on them! RIP otherwise.
Yep, I have massive scars on my legs from those. Nasty.
or when you were barefooted and wanted to ride the bike it hurt like hell but you did it anyways
Even worse than the occasional shin scrape was when my stepfather put my Xmas bike together himself one year and (unknown to me @ the time), put the pedals on the wrong sides of the crank arms. When they didn't thread properly he forced as hard as he could, and then still put the bike under the Xmas tree.
When I went for my first ride Xmas morning the pedals lasted a few hundred feet while I got to speed. Then once I stood up on the pedals gearing up for more speed, the right pedal broke loose on the down stroke and I bloodied the pavement with the side of my face. When I came back in, my mom shrieked and passed out from the sight of all the blood dripping off my face.
I'll never forget that one.
note: no permanent scarring damage was incurred as I was so young. Just a deep abrasive asphalt face exfoliation.
Most people don't know as much about bikes as they think, particularly about all the reversed threads. I'm sorry you had to suffer
Talk about nostalgia!
To this day, I still have memories of my dad throwing a couple of these in to a pillow case and hitting me in the shin.
Sorting by new gets fucking wild let me tell you
And finding out the hard way that you shouldn’t brake on a scooter without shoes....
That doesn't beat the good ol Razor scooter to the ankles.
But what about that sweet glorious shoe traction?
They don’t make stuff like they use to. No for real, remember Lawn Darts? How could that ever go wrong?
21 years old, memory #3454255
The feeling of professional foot pedals tearing through your jeans after spending your entire paycheck on the bike you always wanted, and realizing you suck at BMX a week later.
I have a permanent scar on my right shin from one of those bad boys. Went to the doctor and they pretty much said there was nothing they could do for it since there wasn't any flesh left to sew back together. Was maybe 12 at the time doing crazy shit on bikes
I came here to say this too...
My shins got out fine, my ankle however was mauled by them
Even as a soccer player who played a lot of left back and center back, I’d MUCH rather run across fucking legos than get hit by these mother fuckers on my shins any day of the week. Just thinking about these pedal bois....🥺🤬
YES!!! Who ever thought these would be a good idea. 30 years on and you can still see the shin scars 🤣
Omg I’m so dumb I thought those were bear traps 🤣
They let me see my patella without the hindrance of skin
Literally have a scar on my shin from where that thing made me have to get stitches.
Those plus rain is a painful accident waiting to happen. It happened to me. Fucked me shins up
Oh my sweet tender spring child try some Odyssey Triple Traps.
The only thing to drown out the pain was the sound of my baseball cards on the spokes.
God damn it! My shins are hurting just looking at those things!
I still have scars from these things.
I just got phantom pains in my shins from this post. The flashbacks are real!
They're a training system so that when you're older, and have children of your own, your pain tolerance will be high enough you'll be able to handle stepping barefoot on Legos.
for me it was whenever I’d try to spin my razor 360 and it’ll either hit my shins or ankles. That shit hurts
I still have a dent in my shin
The irony is that these were designed to keep your feet from slipping off of the pedal
I had plastic pedals. I hated pedals with teeth. It feels more dangerous to me like my feet are caught int it.
I remember back in like.. '96 or something, my friend had a GT with what I think were called Bear Claws pedals. Those things would eat your lunch if you weren't careful.
This is my post from ages ago. When I posted it, it got pulled. You got my karma, you git!
As a kid I tried out a spinning cycle without knowing what it was. I just assumed it was a normal bike. I went as fast as I could. Then I casually stepped off and assumed the pedals would lose momentum and stop, they did NOT. One of the pedals kept spinning fast as hell and buried itself in my calf. It looked like I got clawed by a tiger, blood everywhere. Then I asked the store clerks awkwardly for bandages explaining how it happened, apologizing for leaving my blood all over the bike and the floor.
I'm 30 and still cycle to and from work, occasionally fuck my ankles up.
My blood pressure just skyrocketed seeing this. I have a large scar as a reminder of those fucking bastards. Thanks, bud.
Yup, got a large "C" scar on my knee thanks to these bastards. I used to be an adventurer too 😭
Why is this a childhood memory? I still ride my bike to work every day and I do get hit in the shins from time to time. Is a bicycle that of a toy to you?
Anyone rock the old Bear claws?
I think my shins just started bleeding from looking at those.
Ahhh, the pain came back
I can feel it now
Those pedals are nothing compared to the damage today’s mountain bike platforms. Talking about eating shins up!
DIDN'T even have to click the photo to view the text... My shines instantly ached up and my nuts may have retracted a little....
Naw man, the upgraded BMX ones with the spikes on the pedals were worse. I think they called them bear traps.
1st glace thought this was an oldschool pencil sharpener
Bear traps we used to call them back in the day
What the fuck is this
I still have divots in my shins.
explains all the bumps in my shin bones
Ever gotten hit by a scooter in the ankles?
Yes the shins hurt. However the 12 parallel cuts on the back of your calf as you fell off the pedals was far worse
My son had one of these pedals rip into his shin and tear it down to the bone! The doctors had to knock him out to clean it. It was a very dirty wound. His leg was in a brace. After a week, he had an infection and was admitted to the hospital. He was there for over a week. The scar, tho! Because of the infection, the scar is in the shape of a pair of sunglasses. Trippy.
No, I refuse to do this shit for another 20 years. This is the kind of thing my parents and grandparents post on Facebook and it makes my soul feel dirty and mortal.
For me, my foot slipped forward off of these pedals and I would gash my Achilles. Thinking about it gives me anxiety.
I now know there ARE redditors in their mid 30s and above here
My bike had these. I had bruises all over the back of my legs because I didn't trust brakes so I would just drop my feet to the ground and get hit with these bad boys. It got so bad my mom got called to the school to explain why I had so many bruises. Needless to say she wasn't happy. She told me I wouldn't have a bike anymore if I didn't start using the brakes. That finally broke me of the habit.
I'd love to See #1 to #260...
Childhood? I did this yesterday on way to work
I have a permanent scar!
good lord i think i got a phantom pain in my shin just looking at this
They look so much more sinister off the bike
I haven't been on a bicycle in many years. So they don't have these pedals any more? What is it replaced by?
youd really think they would reinvent them to at least be still grippy but not rippy. they shreaded like a grater.. lol. worse than skateboarding shin accidents. hahaha
I misstepped on one of these as a kid and the right pedal dug into to my calf and pulled out a decent amount of flesh. Fuck these pedals.
Well, now I'm traumatized.
So much for repressing that memory.
I still have shards of bone floating around in my legs!