So after 4 straight years of going to school by driving, I finally decided to change things up a bit and bike 4 miles to school! I was scared and excited all at the same time!
So after my last class, around 7pm, I started heading to the bus stop. Well, what I learned from tonight is this: Don't be a lazyass and ignore rolling up your right pant leg. Before today, I've always kinda brushed off this valuable piece of wisdom, thinking "it'll never catch onto the chainring, and even if it does, i'll be okay because I have a brake." Well my dumbass is riding with no hands on some rough pavement on campus and lo and behold , my right jean leg gets caught in the chain ring. For 0.3 seconds, I thought in my head "hmm, this situation won't end well". Then my leg was pulled back by the chainring, my bike tilted (while riding no hands) and I can't remember everything after that except trying to stretch out my arms to brace for impact. Hit the pavement, bounced, and came to a stop (or that's what I think happened.) Left a quarter size scab on my right eyebrow, 2 inch dripping scab on my knee and a sprained wrist. Not to mention loads of embarrasment and a damaged sense of pride (just kidding, I'm not that much of a baby). I had sunglasses hanging from my pocket and those snapped during the fall. And when I got up and and started riding again, with shooting pains jetting out from my right knee, at a snail pace along the street, I was showered by city irragated water from a maladjusted sprinkler, and the nasty water got on the fresh scab near my eyebrow. Then i tried to dismount my bike and nearly fell over and some kid in a van laughed at me as it drove by.
But that's what I get for secretly laughing at longboarders/skaters on campus when they rush down a hill and wipeout in front of a crowd of people huh?
So my friends, lets share all of your pant-leg-caught-in-chainring stories or any other things-you-should've-known-but-didn't-pay-attention-to-and-you-paid-for-it-and-felt-like-an-idiot stories. You know you got some.