If you ride, its never a question of if but a question of when.
I had my first spill on my bike this past week. I was in the middle of a turn at around 30 mph when I came across some gravel on the road. My rear wheel went out from under me and the next thing I know I am sliding on the asphalt.
I ended up with a bruised ego, bruises on my leg, a tweaked knee, and a road rash on my arm.
I stopped traffic on both sides. People were asking if I needed an ambulance. I was able to get right back up and get going on the bike.
The interesting thing is that I was watching the Laguna Seca Grand Prix race the day before with Kaleb. We saw how the pros crashed by sliding on the asphalt.
As I was sliding across the asphalt, I remember specifically thinking, "Hey, I'm sliding on the asphalt!". I never knew you could do that. And then the next thing I was thinking was, "Oh crap! This is going to hurt!"
After gaining my composure I got back on my bike and road around before going home because I didn't want the crash to scare me.
Had I not been wearing my helmet, this could have been a very dangerous wreck. I have some road scars on my helmet. I hit the ground pretty hard with my helmet and had I not had it on, I probably would have cracked my head. No telling what kind of damage that would have done to my brain. And for sure I would have scraped my face on the asphalt.
Always wear your protective gear. The gloves, boots, and the helmet did just exactly what they were supposed to do. The only thing I didn't have on was my jacket because it was over 100 degrees. Never ever ride without a helmet. It could be the difference between a bruised ego and a cracked skull.
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