I think I can join this club now. I just got clipless pedals and was riding around in the local park trying to get the hang of it. Once I got confident I started riding around and rode up to the back of my house in the alley. Unfortunately the alley is really up hill and sloped to the right (I unclip and lean with my left. I fell - nothing bad though. Was basically stopped.
The bad part is...I did the exact same thing 15 minutes later! I guess I don't learn my lessons quickly.
Wednesday night ride came close .... we were coming out of the lot and someone did not warn of car. I had to lock up brakes and had a hell of a time clipping out. I finally did and hit my knee on the aero bars but I did not fall
Well...I have to report that yesterday I took a NASTY spill and have road rash on the right side of my body...I pulled out quite a few pieces of gravel from the side of my knee and my elbow.
I rode 4 miles to go see a friend on a road that I have been travelling almost daily...I was coming down a hill trying to get maximum speed so I could take a fast right turn and have enough momentum to make it up the steep hill...I turn on this road fast all the time...I never even thought about the possibility of gravel being there after the severe thunderstorms we had...
It was NOT pretty...I bled alot...my bike is OK, some minor scratches, the handle bar tape got chewed up, and I dented my helmet because my head bounced off the pavement
I am bringing sexy back!
"Never had such a good time in my life before, I'd like to have it one time more...One good ride from start to end" Grateful Dead
Yes, the machine is the bike. The bike is the machine. For what other reason would wo/man exist, but to have a machine. Glad to hear the bike's OK. They can take a beating, but sometimes little things cause annoying problems.
I have fallen so many times, I lost count. I had a good no-fall streak going, but it came to and end last weekend. During an organized ride I saw an older lady stopped on the side of the road, so I pulled over to see if she needed help and failed to clip out on one side. I ended up being the one that needed help!
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At the very end of our ride this morning my son toppled over as his bike rolled to a stop. Luckily there was a building and a flowerbed to catch his fall! He didn't get hurt so laughing at/with him was completely acceptable!
I have just started wearing clips and have been out once so so far I'm 1-0 for not falling;-) I plan on riding today and tomorrow yet so I might be able to be 3-0. But I know my time will come and it is only inevitible that it will. I just hope I can get up and walk away from it and still ride home bloody???;-) LOL
Today I decided to ride on the trail since it is a beautiful day. When I stop I unclip my left foot and put it down. Well, my bike started leaning to the right and the next thing I knew I was laying on the ground.
My right hand and shin have a few scrapes. Nothing major. So, lesson learned. Unclip both feet.
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