Today I Learned: How Not To Die On A BikePosted: May 10, 2017
Drove my bike down my path to work for the first time, in the middle of the night. Another first was having a whole trip where I didn’t stall out. Slow progress.
The exit I usually take back home off Garden State Parkway was closed for construction tonight, and I got somewhat lost…
I tried following some signs for my home town but somehow ended up in some shady looking community. That was a pretty awful feeling, and I just kept going straight until finally I saw some signs for a familiar highway.
I’ve always found it scary going through unfamiliar roads but it was much worse on a bike for me. On top of not knowing what intersections to expect ahead, I just feel vulnerable without car doors surrounding me.
The things I specifically tried today were rev-matching downshifts and reliably setting off from a stand still. I also ran into what I’m pretty sure was a pressure-driven traffic light. Had to make a left turn through a red light. First time for everything?
Edit Reviewing my memory, I realized I was wrong; I DID stall out last night, but I thought it was somewhat forgivable so I forgot it. I was at a light on a hill and my visor was open a crack (I had opened it earlier because it started fogging up). I wanted to close it, and I started to use my right hand, releasing the brake. I began rolling, so I switched hands knowing that releasing the clutch there would kill the engine. In retrospect I could have just used the rear brake and let go of the front brake…