What Can Brown Do For You? (jeremyb) wrote,
What Can Brown Do For You?

Falling down, 101

On my 20 mile bike ride yesterday, we were at about mile 16, climbing a nasty hill, when I went to down shift.  The front derailler wouldn't go, so I tried again.  Still no go.  I started fiddling with my rear derailler in order to get the front one to go.  I switch the front one, one more time, and the chain popped off.  Of course, at this point, I'm doing about 3mph.  I realize I'm very screwed about this point, as my feat are clipped into the peddles.  I start spinning my feet wildly, trying to keep from falling over, when I realize that my chain isn't attached, and peddling won't help me.  I try to unclip, but realize that without the bike in motion, I'm doomed.  I start yelling, "Crap, crap, crap, crap!" as I try to figure out how to fall over without damaging the bike, or me.  I teeter to the right and fall over.  I scraped my elbow a bit, but since I wasn't moving, there was no road rash.  I managed to scrape my rear derailler though, so shifting is a little wonky.  I need to fix that, but I wasn't motivated last night.  So, I'm ok, but it's not something I want to do anytime again.

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