Jason S wrote:So I took the Merri Creek Trail/MYT into work this morning, on the hybrid (Scott P-5).
Heading down the Merri CreekTrail, I hit the bottom of the mini-Baw Baw (underneath the Heidelberg Road bridge) and stuck the bike in the small chain ring. About halfway up I was doing it tough and thought I must have damaged the legs the previous night on the way home, but upon further inspection, I saw that the bike was still in the middle chain ring.
So with the chain under enormous strain, I flicked the shifter.
Bad mistake. The chain flicked clean over the small ring, hard up against the frame and the legs were spinning wildly against nothing.
As you can imagine, my forward momentum quickly ended and I began to roll backwards down the mini-Baw Baw.
The brain's natural tendency in such situations is to maintain balance at all costs, and I have to admit, I was surprised at how well I managed to maintain my balance for the first 3-4 metres backwards down the hill. I've never tried to ride a bike backwards before, but if this morning is any indication, I clearly have some natural - albeit untapped - ability.
As I gathered greater speed however, the brain's other natural tendency for self-preservation at all costs kicked in, and I realised that I would have to ditch.
With my brain struggling to process conflicting messages (maintain balance/survive), there was never any chance that I would be able to unclip, so I put an arm out and over I went. Luckily, the concrete and dirt broke my fall.
No major damage, not even a graze, just a bruised ego when the bloke walking up the mini-Baw Baw turned back towards me upon hearing all the commotion and commented, "Walking's safer, mate."
PS. I was wearing a helmet and I'm still alive, ergo... (runs for cover)
davecole wrote:^ camera footage?
Jason S wrote:davecole wrote:^ camera footage?
Thank God, no!
Then again, what's first prize on Funniest Home Videos worth these days? Would have been a red hot chance, I reckon.
davecole wrote:Did not get much rain on my ride home.
I did however get called a C*NT by a FAT C*NT in a 4WD who could not pass me on Banyule Rd because I was riding 1m out from the gutter and there was traffic coming in the other direction for maybe 10 seconds. Made my day.
victor wrote:Just the right amount of rain while I was riding home today: enough to cool me (and everything else) down a lot, but not enough to soak my cycling shoes, which was good, as I'd left the booties at home. I also just passed my annual MCL goal of 17,000km, and my best annual total ever .
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