I dream of being able to ride into my 70’s and 80’s, but I can’t be getting all busted up along the way or I won’t even be able to crawl, let alone ride. I tore my ACL and MCL some years back when the rear end slid out from under me on a wet/slick trail and I tried to save it by putting my foot down. I ended up doing a split to the side and that was it for both knee ligaments, and I ended up on the ground anyway. Pretty long recovery time. So while recovering, I got to replay my wreck a zillion times in my head---what happened, what could I have done? That’s when I decided as soon as I know I am going to lose the rear wheel, I will not put my foot down to try and save it no matter what my instinct dictates. I have since been in this same situation and had it go very well. Pretty much the handlebars and the back end of the bike took the hit. I have those wrap-around hand guards so no controls were messed up and my leg did not get smashed up either. I don’t have any tidbits for when you know you are going to hit a tree or rock or go over that cliff so I guess just hope for the best on those.