Too much bike?!
I’ve been watching El Zappoman’s progress toward clocking up 5,000 bike miles this year. He’s nearly made it, but it looks as though the weather will pip him to the post in the end. Cold, icy weather and cycling don’t mix too well.
And I have to sympathise - it’s been a while since I had a real fall from my bike (other than low-speed tumbles caused by outright stupidity), but on Christmas Eve, I did find the cornering limits of my sturdy commuting bike on the wet roundabout outside Whitley Bay’s Park Hotel. The momentary slide of the rear wheel was my own fault - caused by too much speed. In my own defence, I was keeping the speed up to make sure I kept out of the way of the vehicle that was right on my tail . . . and it was only when I got back on the straight and narrow that I realised it was a police car! Lucky not to get pulled over and given a stiff talking to, but luckier still not to have slid under it in the first place.
The thing is that cycling’s rather addictive - even when things do go wrong occasionally.