HERE is the result of our first battle...
Witness authentic battle damage!!!
Here is a huge scuff mark on my BRAND NEW saddle. This seat had been on the bike for less than an hour. Good thing it's a bit more comfy than the last one, cuz there's no returning it now!
It was a tough defeat, landing on the pavement in front of my house. I was worried that this would happen, and for a minute there, I had it under control. Then CRASH! I'm pretty sure the last time I fell off my bike was probably 27 years ago or more. Canon and Paul witnessed the whole thing, and though Paul was probably trying hard not to laugh, Canon was very concerned about Mommy's owie! I was laughing too, though, despite the scrape on my knee and the huge bruises on my butt and left triceps.
Here's a quick rundown of how it all happened. I got these new cycling shoes in the mail yesterday afternoon. Paul ran down to the local cycling shop to get some clipless pedals to go with them and installed the pedals and my new seat while I finished up work for the afternoon. As mentioned, I practiced clipping in and out a few times before taking it for a spin, so as I was finishing up my first trial run, I clipped out of the right pedal, then the left. Unfortunately, as I moved the left pedal down in order to dismount the bike, I accidentally (and unknowingly) clipped back in. Then, once the bike was stopped and I attempted to put my left foot down, instead of my foot going down, my entire body and the bike just toppled over while I was still attached to the bike! Oh, if only we'd been video taping it! I'm sure I'd laugh my head off! But, OUCH!!! The next time my boys come up to me with scraped knees and hands, I'm sure I'll be much more sympathetic, because it really does hurt a lot! I did jump back on the bike and managed to clip in and out successfully a good 4-5 times. The first battle may have been lost, but no way was I going to lose the war!
The saddest part though, is the scratches on my pretty new bike. As you can see, my handle bar and seat got the worst of it. It really is too bad, but I'm not too worried about it. Really, what can you do?!
Anyway, I thought it'd be fun to have the world share in my shame! If you try wage this war yourself, practice more than once, and make sure you're riding near some grass. It's just softer than gravelly concrete.