As in anything that you do and you like it, the learning curve moves fast. Well, my learning curve just shot straight up yesterday with a HARD CRASH!! Luckly, I am okay, the cheap Wal Mart helmet was worth its weight in GOLD!
I am commuting in traffic, on a decline and it had just finish raining, with the street being wet and very damp. A metal strip is in my lane, and for some reason I am on the other side of it. I come this way all the time, and usually I am toward the curve the other side of the metal strip. Okay, I know traffic is coming and I need to get closer to the curve. I looked at the metal strip, a caution sign hits me. Shucks, the strip is no more then 5 inches wide, I can cross it in a snap.. After about 3 runarounds in my brain to cross it, I do.. Wham/Bang I hit the ground so fast and so hard, it must have been a millisecond!! Now, I am sliding and then BANG again, that was my head hitting curve HARD and that stopped me from moving!
I am up very quickly, and just like any bike nut, the first thing I looked at was the condition of my bike!! Okay, bike doesn't seem to be messed up. Front brake lever bent in, I needed new hoods anyway. Oops, got a flat tire too. Bike okay. Now back to me. Skinned elbow, on my right side a pink bruises. Could have been worse. Can't give enough praise to the Wal Mart Schwinn Helmet. I think I paid $20 to $25 for it.. When I came off my body slapped the ground and contiuned to slid. My head banged into the curve is what stopped me. I don't even want to think of what condition I would be in if I was stupid enough not to have on a helmet.
The crossing of the metal strip while wet was one of the dummest moves I have ever made. I thought about it 3 times before I did it, and the forth time, I said what the h*ll. I paid for that learning bit big time.
Just wanted to share this tale of "stupidity"..