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Day 2 of bike riding...first fall on bike

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

As part of a month-long challenge on the Girls Gone Riding bicycle team, I'll be riding my bike every day for the month of April. The only bike I have available right now is our tandem. I'm normally the stoker on that bike, but I rode it by myself yesterday and today. I'm still working on making adjustments to the captain position to ride it by myself.

Today, I stopped on a side street to make an adjustment to a mirror that out of reach while I'm riding. I neglected to get the pedal in a good position for takeoff afterward and promptly fell off the bike while trying to take off. Fortunately, I only skinned my knee though my pants (no tear in the pants, thank goodness) and since no one was around to see the fall, I didn't even hurt my pride!

I haven't fallen on a bike in years, so I guess I was due for a fall with all the riding I do. It's good I'm getting in some practice biking the tandem by myself so I can be used to being captain on that bike. It handles very differently than my single bike, and I'd much rather get used to being captain without a passenger first, than making these mistakes with someone else on the bike.

The Girls Gone Riding April challenge has been good for me to get me out on the tandem every day this month. I'm happy to be doing it.

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MAGGIE101857 4/7/2013 7:59AM

    It's time to get the bikes out of storage. Hoping the DH will ride with me this year; last year he got all pouty because I was stronger and faster than him and he felt he was holding me back. Nothing I said mattered. Hoping this year will be different and we can just have some non-competitive time together!

Glad you only suffered a minor injury and perhaps a little bruised ego. A cross country trip sounds amazing!! Have fun training and enjoying the fresh air! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 4/7/2013 7:49AM

    Thank goodness you just got a scrape...DH took a bad fall not long ago on his bike. He makes me CRAZY emoticon because he wears head phones and cranks up Josh's music WAYYY to loud! I've told him a MILLION times that it isn't safe. He zones out to the music and then doesn't pay attention.

I think the fall rattled him. He hasn't been out on the bike in a while. His favorite form of exercise is walking but he has a heel spur that interferes with that...so he's a bit grumpy over that. This getting older is NOT for sissys! emoticon But at least we try our best to get some exercise in each and every day. I just ordered a book called "Prescriptive Stretching" I think staying limber is the key to everything.

Saw something on t.v. that said if drivers stay limber they can increase their driving years so much longer. We need to keep our independence and the only way to do that is to keep the body toned like a well oiled engine. Right?

Good for you for staying on top of the game! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSG180 4/4/2013 10:40AM

    I took one of those falls last year, but it was at a busy intersection so lots of people saw me come to a stop and then sort of tip over. I banged my elbow and knee, but couldn't stop laughing at how much I must have looked like Artie Johnson in those old "Laugh-In" skits!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/2/2013 6:04PM

    It's always an adventure, isn't it?
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HILLSLUG98239 4/2/2013 2:19PM

    I fell over at an intersection while waiting for a stop light. I can't blame the clipless pedals, either. I was trying to put my water bottle back in its holder and missed. Fortunately, I live in a place with a lot of cyclists. I'm pretty sure the driver of the car behind me just laughed (once he realized I was going to get out of the way).

My favorite falling over story: When I first started riding, I lived on Whidbey Island. Beautiful, but hilly and too many narrow shoulders (at the time). So I went for a ride in the Skagit Valley. (Flat, and the drivers accustomed to getting stuck behind farm equipment, so they're fairly patient with cyclists.) The Skagit Valley is a flood plain, so the roads are built up, like railroad grades. The roads have a narrow shoulder, and then a steep 8-10' gravel drop off to the surrounding fields.

A car was approaching me from behind, so I pulled over to the shoulder. I couldn't get my right foot out of my new pedals. I fell over in the direction of the field. I ended up head down, still straddling the bike, about halfway down the slope. Once the car driver saw I wasn't hurt, they kept going. The cows in the field, however, seemed very confused.

I have plenty of falling-over stories. Most of them are funny. I don't tell the not-funny ones.



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SLIMMERJESSE 4/2/2013 2:11PM

    Glad you didn't get hurt badly. Yikes! And OUCH! Didn't realize you were going to do your cross country trip on the tandem. That'll be fun.

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