Well, as of about 8:30 this morning, I am a real bicycle commuter. I biffed it big time.
I was riding along on the road, which was getting a bit busy, being a weekday morning. I threw my chain, pulled over, fixed it and headed back into the fray. I rode along happily, enjoying the coolness of the morning. I slowed a bit for a turning car and then stood on the pedals to regain my speed. Just as I was reaching a nice cruising speed my chain slips off again. Well, this wouldn’t have been a big deal except the chain threw just as I was putting my full weight onto my right foot, resulting in me throwing myself, quite energetically, from my bike. I landed on my right shoulder, elbow, and hip. Probably hit my head but that’s what helmets are for so I don’t really know. Luckily, the car behind me was able to stop without plowing into me. The female driver even had the grace to not looked pissed that I made her stop in the middle of the street. So I pushed my bike into the shade, straightened the handlebars and walked home.
By the time I got home, my arm was shaking and to be totally honest, hurt a lot. I hopped into the shower, rinsed the road grime off and took a picture to share with my loving family and friends. So, send me flowers and chocolate.
I feel I have joined the ranks of true bicyclists everywhere. (And if there are any real bicyclists out there please don’t tell me differently.)