Fall off bike, get back on
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I've been cycling about 2 months of this millenium. I've learned and re-learned all kinds of bike skills. Today's adventure: crossing a street with a traffic light. On the way out, I thought through the entire process: downsift to an easy pedal gear, click foot out of clip-pedal before you get to the light. All went well. On the way back, I was all proud of myself for pedalling strongly. Over confident, anyone? I did remember to unclip before I got to the light. Good, cause I waited my turn. Traffic was light on Sunday morning, a few cars waiting. Started pedaling and realized I was in too high a gear. Leaned to the side, forgot to unclip my foot and Timber! I had to laugh. Landed mostly on my well-padded hip; bruises will help the lesson linger a few days. Got up, went back to the sidewalk, downshifted the bike. Shaky legs as I got back on.
Maybe it's good when those things you fear happen: falling off the bike, on a somewhat busy street, with onlookers, cause it's over and it wasn't so bad.