I went out for a chilly ride before work this morning. It was going ok until I headed onto the quiet back lanes and encountered quite a lot of ice. It was initially just small patches which I managed to avoid, however I then came round a bend and encountered ice right across the road and despite slowing down to a near crawl, I still went down like a sack of spuds, ripping a hole in my leggings and my knee. After scraping myself off the ground I got back on the bike and continued until I found a safe place to stop.
I rolled up my tattered leggings and used my water bottle to try and spray the worst of the gravel out of my knee. This happened about an hour into an intended two hour ride and despite feeling good enough to carry on, I decided that maybe I should just head back home and clean up before the adrenaline wore off and it started to hurt.
I’m not sure what was more unpleasant out of picking bits of skin from the inside of my leggings, or bits of gravel out of my knee. But I sensibly used a red towel after showering to ensure my wife didn’t inflict more serious physical harm on me for ruining the white towels. White towels and cycle people should never be combined.
Assessing the damage a few hours later: most importantly, the bike is ok. The knee hasn’t really stopped bleeding so I may try using a “spray-on plaster” to seal it all up. If I shave off the leg hair around the wound does this technically constitute ‘stepping over the line’ in terms of cycling and leg-shaving? My hip is a bit grazed and bruised but should be fine. The worst part of it seems to be my neck which could be a minor bit of whip-lash. I can’t really remember whether my head hit the ground as I was wearing a helmet, but I wasn’t travelling very quickly. Fingers crossed I should be feeling ok to get back on the bike this long weekend. But I’m now 150% sick of this cold weather. Urgh