I started serious cycling with a hybrid in the Spring of ’08. I bought a rode bike a year later. Last summer, I acquired toe-clips for the hybrid.
While using the cleats and clips I have been able to avoid falling off a bike. I have worked at it. I have tried to pay close attention to what I was doing. I did not want to fall. Period.
This Sunday, Jan and I rode over to Nathaniel Greene Park. Coming home we stopped at a bagel shop next to St. John’s hospital. I pulled up next to the building, removed the left foot from the toe-clip and promptly fell over on my right side, smacking the wall on the way down. This wall is like 13-grit sandpaper and did a number on my elbow, but that didn’t bother me.
I was furious.
I worked hard to never see this day.
We sat on the patio, had a couple of oatmeal raisin cookies, laughed at my pride and headed home.
So now, I am like anyone else who takes up cycling as a serious past time.
Jan said nobody, on one, wanted to see the elbow. I agree. So here is the other side and I leave you with that.
Stay happy, and upright,