Today's Cycling Lesson
I took a minor spill today at the intersection of Skyline and the Great Highway near the San Francisco Zoo. If you're familiar with the intersection, you know there's a three-way stop there. If you're headed north toward SF, you take a left at the intersection and immediately start going up a short but steepish hill. Since the cars never like to wait long for cyclists to clear the intersection, and since it helps to have some momentum for the hill, I typically pedal pretty hard there and that's what I was doing today.
I've popped my chain doing that in the past and did it again today -- only this time I was out of the saddle and leaning forward enough so that soon I was sailing over the bars and headed toward a traffic island. I got unclipped and landed with a semi-roll, and ended up pretty much intact except for a few minor scrapes and bruises. My bike looked good too except for one bent brifter, so eventually I got up and started peddling home. Five gingerly ridden miles later, I was at my apartment door, ready to clean myself up and sit in a soft chair for a while. Unfortunately, when I reached into my jersey pocket for my keys, all I found was a little bit of dirt.
And thus today's cycling lesson: If you crash, always check your pockets before leaving the crash scene.
Unless you want an excuse to add ten more miles to your ride.