A had a friend ask a favor last week... her husband wants to try out cycling, but she wanted to borrow one of my bikes for him to test out before they go drop the bucks on a new ride for him. So I said "OK"... and decided that I'd let him use my mountain bike for a couple of weeks.
So last Sunday afternoon I loaded it into the van and took it over to their house. The bike is a 1995 Trek 950... I rebuilt everything on it myself and it's a sweet ride. I figured he'd enjoy toodling around his neighborhood on it, and the big tires would eliminate worries about pinch flats or potholes. What could possibly go wrong?
I explained the shifters and such... and he climbed aboard for a quick spin. I expressed my dismay that he was riding it in flip flops... and told him to be careful not to hurt his bare feet on the toe clips. He pedaled down the driveway and back... and zoomed toward where his wife and I stood. He approached us and grabbed a heaping fist full of front brakes.
As he flew over the handlebars, I realized that I prolly shoulda warned him that the brakes actually WORK. He ended up with road rash on both knees and elbows... he also cut his toes when his naked feet got tangled up in the toe clips. He got blood on my shiny new MKS toe clips...
So my friend called me this morning and told me that her hubby was ready to return my bicycle... now dubbed "The Widowmaker"... apparently he is still sore from the crash and doesn't want to ride any more.
Oh well... he's a big sissy anyways.
So the lesson is: When you loan a bike to a rookie rider, you need to tech them how the bike shifts and goes forward. But don't forget to teach them how to stop too.