It’s not the forts time and I’m sure it won’t be the last time today will repeat itself, but on the afternoon ride today just at the end of one of the courses I complete I has a crash. Quite a big one for an amateur cyclist. The first thing you need to know is about the bike. Rule 4 “It’s all about the bike” is so true in this instance. In the coming week the bike was due to be in for a service and now it looks like the service will be also a repair to some areas of her lovely frame and other parts. However despite the crash she has held up fairly well despite having me land on her which is never a nice thing to happen!
So the action. As previously mentioned I had just finished a course which I get up to about 40kmph at the top speed and I was on a section of road which I use to slow down after finishing the run and I was overtaken by a car. Nothing strange here except the car didn’t give enough room in my opinion and I then clip the kerb in the verge. Bang crash whallop, my foot was stuck in the pedal and I was on the way down. It felt like an age before I actually hit the ground with a crunch right on top of my bike, then the momentum rolled me over and shoe still in the clip-less pedal I have a bike on top of me. A very intimate position indeed for my bike and me to find ourselves in. At this point the world is looking a very strange place. Thankfully I was, as always, wearing my helmet. I still believe it is personal choice if you want to wear one but I always do and today my decision worked in my favour.
After checking the bike over and doing the best repair job to be me the 4 km home I pop back on and gingerly ride home. I have a few scraps and dents in me legs and arms but this will heal with time and rule 4 kicks in here with some help from rule 5! It really is all about the bike and harden the fuck up! Without the bike I cannot be a cyclist or enjoy cycling. Without a bike I am not a full member of the cycling community. I suppose this is why rule 12 come into its own. With more than one bike you can deal with these incidents and continue to get out on the road. Thankfully I have a spare and this will allow me to return to the road once rule 5 has been fully completed.
I am ok as far as I can tell. I can walk and communicate, although you may not know the difference, and despite a few aches and pains which will no doubt make sleeping difficult tonight I know I will be fine for the return to work in a while. Oh yes work, the joys of being employed and returning to work after your summer break. Oh well I’ve had my rest and now it is the turn of my bike to receive some professional pampering as the service and repair job starts mid week. My quest for the London to Canterbury bike ride will not be affected by this timely crash is ever these was such a thing.
The rules are here’s for anyone who is unfamiliar with them.