(Well cycling stories actually)... I was just wondering how many of the more experienced cyclists make serious judgement errors from time to time and which has been the worst incident in your experience? If anything, just make others aware of what could happen. Plz fess up.
Everything happened so fast & unexpected that I'm still not entirely sure if this is accurate but...
riding a claud butler vuelta 2 years ago: I noticed the road ahead was blocked by bank holiday traffic. Rather than opt for riding on the outside, I chose to cross what appeared to be a gently sloping grass embankment. The grass looked short enough and on the other side was a quiet country road. I started to plough down the embankment at around 15 mph but the slope became much steeper than anticipated, the rims/pads were getting soaked from all the grass dew. I started picking up speed rapidly & the grass was much denser than it first appeared.
Hidden in the middle of this grass was this long forgotten half-immersed rock. Just when I was right on top of it, I tried braking (without any luck) and managed to swerve & flick the frame away just in time. Unfortunately, I wasnít as lucky with the rear wheel :-z Subsequently, it kissed the rock hard. The collision propelled me with such force, I spun around at some impossible angle & then actually went over the handlebars taking the bike with me (still strapped in).
I smacked down on the tarmac opposite the quiet country road, landed about 14 feet away from a rambler. Apart from bemusement, he didnít acknowledge me or the crash... (heh, people really do hate cyclists).
I only sustained a badly cut finger and numerous grazes but the bike wasnít as fortunate. When I got free from the pedals & managed to pick the thing up, the rear wheel was buckled & punctured, the right bar was bent inwards & right brake lever was totally shredded. I felt like an absolute shamed idiot -wheeling this destroyed thing home for 2 miles & leaving a trail of blood. I've been riding since I could run on a regular basis and apart from a couple of naive inexperienced motorcycling accidents, I've never quite managed to pull anything off as stupid.
Mysterious long grass aside, the lesson learnt for me - stick with mtbs