I went down
It was a beautiful day here in Nebraska yesterday. I had a hair appointment and decided I would ride my bike there. I did not want to take the highway, so I mapped out an alternate unfamiliar route (1st mistake) I had the directions in my head, but when I got in to the neighborhood, I was uncertain where to turn and made a last minute turn(2nd mistake) I hit the curb at a very low speed and went down. Nothing too bad. Elbow and knee bruised. My foot was caught under the bike, but I managed to pull it out. I was wearing a leather jacket and boots. If not, I am sure it would have been worse.
After a few cars sped by as they were looking at me laying on the ground. A few very nice people and another biker helped me get my bike back up. No damage. Just a scrape on the highway foot peg and the handlebar. The biker asked me if it was gravel that caused it and I said I didn't know where my turn was so I made a last minute turn. He gave me advice I will NEVER forget. It it is last minute or you are unsure you keep going straight. You can always turn around.
Needless to say, I got back on the bike, went to my hair appointment.(only a few blocks away. I didn't say a word about my accident to my daughter-in-law, who does my hair.(She lost her dad a few years ago in a bike accident) But I was sure glad I had a few hours to work out in my head what I was going to do as far as riding home. I did ride home and was surprisingly calm about it. I was made more aware. I did notice that I tended to slow way down when I made a turn. I defiantly need more practice at low speed turns. Any practice advice out there?