I had a fall today for the first time. It was a stupid mistake on my part, but fortunately there were no cars anywhere near, and the damage wasn't too bad.
I come over a really rough set of four railroad tracks along my route. I always stand on my pedals and go really slowly (like 4mph), which I did today too. I thought I had cleared the last track, so I put my rear down on the saddle, but I guess the back tire was still on the last rail. The back of the bike slid out from under me and down I went.
Holy smokes did that hurt. Plus, it's really disorienting to fall like that. The only thing I could think was "don't hit your head!" My left hip and shoulder took the worst of it and will probably be pretty badly bruised tomorrow. The bike looks okay. The chain came off and got wedged between the chain ring and the chain stay, but a little patience and muscle got it back in place. Is there anything in particular I should look for when I inspect the bike tomorrow morning?
Anyway, I survived and will be back on the bike tomorrow. Be safe everyone.