I've been lurking around for a couple of years and have only made minor & safe contributions. I've mostly gleaned nuggets of information from you all. That said, just need to type.
Had my first crash last night.
I've been forced to ride at odd times because of work and family obligations. Often times it is after dark. I am well lit up (reflective vest, blinkies, etc...). About 9:30 last night around 3 miles from home out of the city limits I simply lost focus, rolled off the edge of the road and crashed. Tried to save it by pulling back onto the road, but couldn't. Fortunately I was not incapacitated and was able to get to a safe location, but I was hurting pretty bad. Road rash with some elbow and wrist pain. Just a bit scary and needed a forum to, I guess, journal about it.
Got my bike checked out and after some tweaking all is ok. Committed to getting back on the bike as soon as my schedule and body allows. A bit nervous. I'm just new to the whole crashing thing. Being that it was at night and a few miles from town is making me consider a route change.
Really not looking for anything here. The anonymous nature of forums is simply a good place to vent a bit I suppose. Thanks to all you folks who contribute for the general good.