I went for a rip on the reservoir access roads today. I was absolutely flying. Passing everyone. There is a sweeper corner thats a gentle uphill then it drops to a tight corner. I was flying through it in 4th gear. I then realized i was going a little fast. I hammered the brakes. The back end locked up and slid out dirt tracker style. The back tire cought a baseball sized rock and was thrown off the trail. I was then trown down the hill about 10 ft where i hamered my knee on a big rock. Then I was airborn, then hit a few more times, then landed on a wood bridge. That chest protector probably save my life. I ended up being about 50 ft away from the bike. I couldnt walk for five minutes and now my knee huts like hell. The damage to the bike: the front brake lever is now in two pieces. The bike was just about undamaged. The morale of the story... always wear your gear and knee pads are only $15. So get em.