I've been riding recreationally on an older KHS road bike for about 1/2 a year and have never had any accidents. Yesterday, I decided to go on a 45-mile ride along the Burke-Gilman in Seattle area and fell twice in one ride. I'm a road newbie so I'm hoping to get your input on what I did wrong so that I minimize this in the future.
Background: I'm a heavier rider, 215 lbs. 5'9. The bike is 52cm and I'm riding on GP4000 tires with Candy pedals.
How I fell (both times same conditions) - The burke gilman is a paved trail with some bumps along the way from tree roots and such and in some areas, the shoulder is soft soil/gravel downsloping. I was practicing holding a line as close to the edge as possible since I will be riding along the 1 highway in California in about 10 days and I wanted to stay closer to the shoulder to avoid any car-bike mishaps. As I got to an area with no shoulder, I veered off onto the shoulder and immediately the bike twisted and I clipped out my left leg as the bike fell and I landed on my knee and rolled a few times. The bike was okay and I got a few scrapes but nothing serious. Then on the way back, similar situation I was on the pavement then kinda veered onto the grass and I thought I could just swing back onto the pavement but hitting the small ledge between pavement and grass felt like hitting a wall and the bike twisted again and I fell once more (looking like an idiot). Should I have tried braking instead of steering my bike back onto the road? What's the best way to fall since I was able to free my left leg but my right leg was still clipped in until the bike fell at which point the angle automatically unclipped me. I'm thinking of just using flat pedals on my ride in 10 days since this experience.