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Old 06-12-11, 08:02 AM   #1
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First fall, but good ride.

Well, after my venture into longer rides yesterday at 26 miles, I recovered nicely overnite and just did 14 this am.
Along that way had my first bike fall since I was like 10. Had gotten off the pavement to let traffic pass and tried to "ease" my Trek hybrid tires back onto the 2" pavement. Wrong..wrong..wrong..thin hybird Bontragers won't "ease" up that acute 2 inches. Over I went and skidded like a flat rock on the river (shows my area I live in )
Thank God for helmet and gloves, just a lil road rash on a knee and shoulder. I'm good. Got up, adjusted my sideways helmet and finished my ride.
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Old 06-12-11, 08:25 AM   #2
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Glad you are OK. Of course, you now know that the correct procedure is to bring your bike to a stop off the road, get it back on the road, and start again.
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Old 06-12-11, 08:31 AM   #3
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absolutely! It was one of those times it 'seemed' like the right thing to do, but that's not the first time in my life I've made a wrong decision. I'm thankful I wasn't hurt or my bike messed up. Seat is a lil scarred. And all this time I thought gloves were only for cushioning while you rode. They do very well for skidding across pavement too.
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Old 06-12-11, 08:33 AM   #4
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absolutely! It was one of those times it 'seemed' like the right thing to do, but that's not the first time in my life I've made a wrong decision. I'm thankful I wasn't hurt or my bike messed up. Seat is a lil scarred. And all this time I thought gloves were only for cushioning while you rode. They do very well for skidding across pavement too.
And that is their primary purpose. Glad you had some on!!
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Old 06-12-11, 08:35 AM   #5
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Glad you're ok. You can also lift the front wheel up onto the pavement (pull up on the bars) while you're moving and continue on your way without falling.
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Old 06-12-11, 08:53 AM   #6
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Glad you weren't hurt badly. That is a very common bad decision, one I still have to fight not to repeat.
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Old 06-12-11, 08:57 AM   #7
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Surprised it hasn't been mentioned. Hang that helmet on your trophy wall. They are good for one-time use only. Get a new one. Road rash heals, scrambled brains are a different story.
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Old 06-12-11, 10:22 AM   #8
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Sounds like one bicycle manuever that you have learned not to repeat. I have my share of mishaps. Glad to hear that your lesson was learned and the tuition was cheap.
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