Folks, my apology in advance for a long post, but I've kept it quiet all day, acting like nothing happened at work. I also feel that the more detail I report, the better chance someone will point out some mistakes I have listed but not acknowledged as such.
I've dropped my bike a couple of times before, but never as hard as today. I was going to work a little late this morning, so there was hardly any traffic on my normal route, which is an up and down twistie of about 10 miles, before it hits the interstate. This road constitutes 95% of my total riding since I've gotten the bike, so I've grown complacent and cocky when riding it, and completely misjudged the approach of a 4-way intersection.
The road goes uphill to that intersection, so by the time I saw the trash truck going across, I was pretty much already there. I think I locked both brakes and as the bike started turning sideways and leaning left, I just kept them locked. The low-side began around the stop sign mark, the bike slid across the intersection, past the other stop sign, then stopped, facing the direction from which it came. During the slow motion phase, I seem to remember the bike sliding from under me as I still hung onto the handlebars, kind of like the extreme motocross stunters do. I really did not slide that much on the pavement, just landed really hard on my left knee. I was able to get the bike back up, turn the right mirror back around, perform visual inspection, and then start the bike. When I got to work, I found a rip in my pants that I did not expect, at the right hip pocket, where I had my phone. So it was that and some new scrapes on the plastics and the tranny cover that was my total damage out of this ordeal.
--Riding inattentively, misjudging speed and distances on a very familiar road
--Lack of emergency braking skills
--Empty intersection to slide across (not into the crossing trash truck, had it been seconds sooner)
--FULL GEAR worn, thus no broken bones and no road rash. I consider the rugburn on the knee and the charlie-horse in my left ankle later in the day as extremely insignificant, compared to what could have happened.
Full gear constitutes First Gear HT Air overpants, Sidi ankle-high boots, Lee Parks Sport gloves, Gerbing's Rainier (textile) jacket, KBC Wolf helmet. The helmet had no encounter with the pavement whatsoever, the pants ripped where my phone antenna was, not around the knee, the gloves show some marks of abrasion, but no rips. The boots don't have any new scoff marks. Did I mention that I felt that today was extremely lucky for me?