Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Andy’s hurt his hand

Posted by Matt | November 4, 2009 | 12 comments so far

Andys broken metatarsal in his hand
Oh dear! Andy hasn’t had a great deal of luck this year, what with having his bike stolen and everything. Now, just as he looks set to take delivery of a new Pace RC405, he breaks his hand!

The torrid riding conditions of the 2009 Bordon Enduro no doubt were a big contributing factor in all this. With the weather sheeting down conditions were super slippery and poor Andy came to grief in a Rhododendron bush, taking most of the impact with his hand (it’s not just Roadie-dendron Tony then).

Yesterday, Andy sent me the results of his trip to A&E – an X-ray of his hand and the evidence of a nastily broken metatarsal which may, or may not need to be pinned depending on the outcome of further medical opinion. Regardless, it’s going to be a while before he gets to sample that Pace.

Andy, you have my sympathy, that all looks rather painful. Hope you get well soon, I know just how frustrated you must feel!


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Colin says:

    Andy, I’m so gutted for you.

    Having bust a couple of fingers and a metatarsal I know what its like. Just be patient and do your physio and you’ll be back out with us in no time.

    That new Pace is going to get SOOOOO blinged while you’re unable to ride it!

  2. Andy W says:

    I did much the same thing a few years ago. Its pinned back together with a shiny titanium screw.

    I was back in working order within six weeks thanks to bupa and intensive physio post operation.

    It took a while to get back to full strength but was at 80% strength within two weeks.

    Mental recovery on hitting doubles though is still ongoing.

  3. Andy C says:

    Thanks for the good wishes, guys.

    The good news is that an op is not required. The adjacent metacarpals (not tarsals, that’s your foot) are providing sufficient support, and the middle finger itself is not too far out of line.

    Colin – you’re dead on regarding blinging up the Pace. Just bought a KSi900 adjustable seat post this morning, and a 10mm DT Swiss rear QR to stiffen up the back end.

    Big debate now is what colour for the Chris King hubs ?

    Andy W – fortunately it’s only a half splint, so I will still maintain a reasonable amount of movement which should seriously reduce the amount of physio required.

    The great part was that I could choose from a range of colurs for it, so went for a patriotic red & green to make rude gestures at the All Blacks on Saturday from my seat in the Arms Park (and that must count as physio too)!

    I hope to be back out on the trails in early Dec, but will use a static bike in the next few weeks and maybe risk a road commute towards the end of Nov.

    Time to hit the running m/c too in order to maintain the teak hard physique and race honed muscle definition!

  4. James says:

    Ouch that looks painful mate. Hope you have a speedy recovery and hope to see you soon.

  5. Erick says:

    That’s a bummer. But hey, early Dec is not too far away…

    Which KS seatpost did you get? The remote or the lever one? I got a remote 2 weeks ago, but didn’t get the chance to test it yet…

    Hope to see you back in the trails soon!

  6. Rob says:

    I can vouch that being off the bike for 6 weeks (dislocated shoulder) will no doubt result in the purchasing of new kit! I have managed to buy a whole bike in seperate bits off ebay whilst I have been a non-rider! Just gotta put it all together now that I can move my arm again. I can only sympathize with you and encourage you to do all the physio you’re given. As far as the hubs are concerned, for me, it’s gotta be MANGO with a matching headset and bottom bracket! Sweet!

  7. tony says:

    Andy have a look at the Dust and Bones vid it will make you feel much better about breaking your hand – you were pulling a double back flip when you did it – right?

    BTW KSi900? Niceeeeeee. I have been looking and am tempted. It’s a pity you won’t be able to give an opinion on it for a while!

  8. Dave says:

    I though Andy had a Gravity Dropper?

  9. Matt says:

    This could turn into a very expensive injury at this rate.

    As for not being able to give an opinion on the KSi900, surely you can adapt it and use it as an office chair! That’s what these things started out as anyway!

    That way you can maintain some ‘saddle time’. Could pay dividends ;o)

    @Rob: Ouch! Nasty sounding injury. When I busted the collarbone I remember thinking ‘please don’t let it be dislocated’ as I’ve heard that’s very painful. Hope you back on the trails soon.

    And Mango Chris King components – good call!!

  10. Colin says:

    Dave, your absolutely right, he does have one and it does as it says on the tin.

    In an ideal world you want the thing to drop when you ask it to, not whenever you sit on it, lol !

    Right lads, a call to action – lets see what else we can tempt Andy with.

    Those new Crank Bros wheels are quite fetching and a snip at £800……….

  11. tony says:

    Colin – far too tame.

    Ti bolt kit (all matching colours)

    For the completely OTT

    Ceramic jocket wheels (anodised in gold like on my best road bike….cough….cough)

    Chris King hubs with carbon tubular wheel


  12. Andy C says:

    Thanks for spending my money for me, guys; but Mrs C says I require no further assistance on that score.

    The new, all white, Revelation 150mm fork has arrived to match the white DT Swiss rims. For the hubs, the mango, brown, gold and grey were all seriously considered; but brown & grey (just too dull), gold (just too Dizzee Rascal), and mango (just too ‘tango’) have all been dropped in favour of the green.

    It is a shiny green, and the green Race Face Atlas bars should complement it nicely, supported by a Hope ‘gunmetal grey’ stem with shiny silver brake levers/reservoirs hanging off it. I can’t get a matching headset as the Pace needs an integrated headset that Chris King don’t make, and the Hope colour choice for this is as extensive as Henry Ford’s original options.

    If I could have found a matching mango coloured stem that might have swung it back in favour; that’s your mission, bike bling seekers, should you choose to accept it.

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