We’ve all done it.
We’ve all fallen off our bike and tried to play it cool.
I have two memorable occasions. The first was in Birmingham. My dad was visiting and wanted to go jogging. Me being a don’t-like-using-my-legs-unless-it’s-for-cycling kinda guy I took the executive decision to follow on the bike. Lazy I know and feel free to judge me if you have never done anything lazy in your life.
Anyway, I was following along playing it cool. One hand on the handle bar, the other waving around uselessly. At some point during focusing on anything that entered my eye line my one hand forgot how to steer a bike. I veered off and quickly tried to steady myself ending up falling over spectacularly. My dad of-course continued jogging. I guess the man likes to jog. I got up inspecting the damage. Small gash to ankle and huge unrepairable damage to my pride. What was rare about this occasion was there was no one around to witness my stupidity. The pedals clipping against my ankle has left me with a lovely little scar for life.
The second fall can be attributed to trying out toe straps for the first time. As anyone who is used to cycling with plain pedals and then makes the switch to clips or straps will know, the transition can be a little hazy. I was cycling near Limehouse and stopped to cross a busy section. Of course I forgot my foot was strapped in. So, when I went to put my foot down, I simply pulled down the bike. I fell onto the road and it was rather painful. I still think straps are worth it but they have a learning curve to them.
I have one piece of unbeatable advice for anyone that is expecting to at some stage fall over. Make it as spectacular as possible. If your going to amuse people around you then at least maximise their enjoyment.
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