Took my new Bianchi Vigorelli out for its first spin Friday. Went twenty miles and all was wonderful. This was my first ride on a "real" road bike (I had been lurking and riding a Hybrid for a year). Also my first time with clipless pedals.
I was on the home stretch, which is a mile and one half hill at a 10% elevation and I was geting tired, so I elected to stop and walk after making about half way up the hill. You guessed it, I forgot about the whole "clipless" thing and fell over on my right side. I hit a relatively soft shoulder and so, although it was quite a jolt, neither myself or my precious Bianchi was hurt. Ok, so I walk the bike up to the top of the hill and I climb back on and I'm going to ride triumphantly to my home, WRONG!. I forgot that I had the thing in super granny gear and when I clipped inon the right, I pushed the pedal and the bike went about five feet and over I went to the right. This time, I hit asphalt, again on my right side. Pretty good bash, but still no visible damage to the bike.
While I am down scrambling to get out from under my bike, a mini-van comes down the road and just drives around me. Didn't even slow down. It seemed kind of comical actually. Anyway, I limped the rest of the way home and I now have a huge bruise on my right hip and left knee. Might be off the bike for a while.
I will not let this get to me, but I really need to figure out this clipless thing. I'm 62 and cant take too many more of these impacts.