To me it means you don’t catch yourself with your feet and stay upright … you actually go down in one way or another. I have no interest in getting lawyerly and technical. If you feel it was a fall, and you live to tell the tale, that is good enough for me.
I don’t care about your bike… I mean, I do care, but not for this prize. If your bike magically stays upright in a snowbank while you topple over the handle bars, then that counts too (and I’d love to see the video ).
I hope you do not get hurt… I hope everyone falls into nice deep fresh snow! But I know a lot of us are getting banged up, bruised, scraped, cracked…. It all counts.
Be safe! Happy riding. w&w
I'm on one. Bike came to an unintentional stop on a gentle uphill in snow/slush about 10 feet into a ride. Didn't unclip in time. Hopefully my next door neighbors didn't see it.
I believe per the definitions offered, one for me.
I put a foot down on invisible ice. Foot went sliding one direction, bike went sliding the opposite direction. Bike wound up on the ground and while I kept most of my body off the pavement, I had to catch myself with my hands (and maybe put a knee down) and carefully crabwalk off the slippery part before I could stand back up again and then retrieve the bike. It was all slow enough that it was more of a gentle lowering to the ground rather than truly falling, but it was certainly unintentional and neither me nor bike remained upright.
I really need to log off the internet and go for a ride.
I went down twice on Snowmaggedon Friday on my commute home from DC. Once on 4MR where I failed to navigate the S turn leading up to the sewage plant (right shoulder is still a bit tender from that one). The second fall was after I hurried to cross Lee Highway on the WOD, and couldn't brake fast enough after clearing the busy intersection (wounded pride, as I was out in the open and had a line of cars staring right at me). Luckily I was on my steely hybrid, El Gordito, and he didn't care one way or the other.
Oh, and my real name is Bruce, and I'm from Nu Joisey, too.
Last edited by Boomer2U; 02-01-2016 at 03:52 PM.
Also, given our definition, I will rescind my one fall since I don't feel it really counted. I'm more cautious since my last fall involved stiches, then again that was on a beautiful warm day without any snow.