A 'lil jittery after getting hit
Last August I was riding in traffic and got hit pretty hard. I ended up in the hospital for a day recovering from various aches pains. Since the accident I have been 'super aware' of traffic -- even just walking across busy streets.
So, good riding weather is back in MI and I just bought a shiney new bike with my income tax refund. 'Cept I'm beginning to wonder what it will be like riding on the streets again...
Actually -- I'm almost afraid that I'm gonna be riding afraid and really get it good.
Oh well, guess I will find out this weekend. Anybody got advice or experience?
Be careful, but get some miles under your belt at a pace that you're comfortable with. I've been jacked up a couple of times, and it takes time to be comfortable again.
the bike made me do it
Sucks that you got hit. I would say take it slow, but do not play it safe by riding a different style then you are used too i.e. VC, or on the sidewalk.... Ride how you always do and just work you confidence level back up.
What they said. And get one of these...
I have riden a bike since 15years old. I am 58 now. I have had every conceivable thing happen to me, including being hit by a car. Your hesitancy to ride is normal and will take time to overcome. I remember after being hit by a deer, that I used to see deer behind every bush. That lasted over a year. But it is gone now. Time and continued biking overcomes all problems eventually.
flying on 2 wheels
Originally Posted by babydee
A while back, I collided with a car that stopped suddenly and then tried to make a right turn - directly in front of my friend and I. Luckily I had no serious injuries, although my bike had an extended recovery in the bike hospital.
It took me a while to get comfortable riding in traffic again - you just have to get out there and do it at a level that's right for you. Even so I made my first 'successful' commute 3 days ago and I was a little nervous until it was done. Mission accomplished - a nice commute to/from work - no rescue vehicles or law enforcement officers involved.