dmethvin Posted October 25, 2016 Share Posted October 25, 2016 It's autumn here in Maryland, which means the streets and sidewalks are full of leaves, sticks, and acorns. All of them pose a risk to an inattentive or careless EUC rider. Like me. The weather was beautiful last weekend, so I went out. I had a few close calls with acorns and black walnuts which can definitely throw you off balance if you hit them in the wrong spot. but the one that got me was even sneakier. I was riding in the street in a neighborhood and saw a small patch of leaves up ahead, figured I'd ride through it because I didn't see any sticks or other chunky stuff in it. Well, I hit it and it turned out to be a deep hole. I was thrown forward and the Firewheel did its best to speed up, but then in half a second the wheel was ahead of me and I had bounced up a little so I couldn't apply any braking force with my heels. The wheel flew out from under me and I landed on my butt, then fell back on my forearms and skidded to a stop. Thanks to a light jacket and long-sleeved tee shirt I didn't end up with much road rash, I got off lucky. It just goes to show that you can *never* be too careful about any road condition you can't see clearly. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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