cycling — a bad day, a good day

Riding to our Wednesday night ride, my chain locked up when the rear quick release hub slipped, and feet clipped into the pedals, I toppled to the pavement like an oak felled by the woodsman’s axe. Crash, in front of about 200 witnesses right on the mainstreet in downtown Naperville. Scrapes and cuts, but glad I had my helmet on. Must be a bad day.

But… none of the many cars around me, ran me over — turning my brains into jello or even worse scratching my beautiful bike. Maybe it’s a good day.

So off I went to the ride, wounded pride and all and we got in a great 33 miles.

The moral: don’t let a setback keep you down, even the most embarassing event can be seen in a positive light.
Learn from your mistakes, check your quick release hubs periodically.

15 Comments on “cycling — a bad day, a good day”

  1. emjayzed says:

    A good day, minimal damage 🙂

  2. nyparrot says:

    Hey there, ride your bicycle safely!

  3. beebeesworld says:

    Thanks for reading the article on my son, I appreciate your kindness-It has been a hard journey to even get to a place where I could talk about loosing him. I will never truely heal, but hope to stop some other mom from facing this hell when it can be prevented. I liked your work and will follow your blog. I hope you will follow mine as well.

    • billgncs says:

      Thanks – I agree you will never truly heal, but I hope you can be as strong as you can for the others.
      I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  4. Shannon says:

    You know…for Christmas I would love a road bike 😉

  5. boomiebol says:

    Glad you are ok…great moral…33miles…WOW

  6. Good comparison! I’m the type of person who when I fall, I get up real quick, even if I’m really hurt, look around to see if anyone saw, and then walk as if there is no pain! Human pride is funny…

  7. Certainly glad you’re OK and I’m sorry, but in the scheme of things, the scratching or even complete trashing of your beautiful bike some way down the list from you getting run over by a car!! 🙂 The bike could be replaced (although at what cost???), but you are irreplaceable!

  8. Eric Alagan says:

    I know what this feels like. Once, at a traffic light junction, I lost my concentration. The light turned amber and red and I braked suddenly. Forgot about my clips, couldn’t slip my foot off the pedal in time – I fell, ever so slowly to my side. The cars did not honk – but my pride did scrape off some…

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