I was cruising down my local high street toady, at around 20mph, surrounded by traffic. Now this street is the main road through town, so I decided to take advantage of the cycle path the good people at the Town Council decided to put a on the sidewalk to keep us bikers out of the way. I saw a side road ahead, with a good place to hop onto the path. What I didn't see was the tiny (like, 1 inch) curb between the main road and the side road. I didn't even make it onto the sidewalk, well not on my wheels anyway. Luckily the bike was pretty much undamaged, just minor scratches on a (hastily repositioned) lever, and a scratch on the back rim, which hopefully won't require a replacement.
My hands weren't so lucky. I now have two quarter-sized holes on my palms, not to mention a big chunk of road rash on my shin. However my head escaped unscathed, despite the lack of a helmet. I'm just glad I'd set the springs on my pedals at their loosest setting this morning.
1. Wear gloves at all times.
2. Helmets aren't always neccessary, but you never know when they will be.
3. Always have as much float in your pedals as you can stand.
4. LOOK WHERE YOU'RE GOING!!!