Rather than being "on track" with the fixie mob last night (Tuesday night Fixie ride meets at the Exeter in Rundle St at 6ish each Tuesday for a 7ish leave time for anyone with a Single Speed or Fixed Gear bike if you are interested) I ended up lying on the tram track in King William St.
I had to laugh at the time because it was really quiet. All cars had stopped at the lights. I tried changing lanes to turn right and was so focused keeping up with the bunch that I forgot to line my wheels up better for crossing the track and down I went. From the footpath came this very loud voice from a person who was obviously on the phone, "This guy just had a huge stack!"
I turned and watched the guy keep walking without even breaking stride... Voyeur generation much?
I didn't even look at my wounds at the time. I kept chasing those flashing red tail lights through Halifax and Morphett Streets, through the bike path of the parklands and then I lost them. It wasn't until I got to the end of East Ave and headed towards the Mike T overpass that I saw those lights again.
I took off, but they must have been traveling fairly fast too. I watched as they kept a similar distance from me all the way to the tram crossing at Cross Rd. They disappeared for a bit and then I saw them again when I got to Morphett Rd by the Race course.
I should have followed them down Morphett Rd at that point, but thought "we are all meeting at Brighton Rd so I will just keep going that way. Wrong!
I decided to head for home... along Brighton Rd to Oaklands Rd and then up to Marion Rd and home to survey the damage.
Now, this was "just one of those things" since I was behind the "peleton" when I fell and nobody knew I had gone down. No biggie. I had already had a decent ride anyway...
Alex and I had decided to do a warm-up ride... up to Devil's Elbow and back to the city in time for the Fixie Ride.
We made it up the hill (although I must confess there was a short section of hill that I walked up of about 30 or 40m) for a little rest and some sugar maintenance.
Coming back down was possibly the quickest I have ridden, being able to keep up with a car along the top section of Glen Osmond Rd, although I have no real idea of how fast they were traveling.
Anyway, thanks Alex for the encouragement. It was a great new experience and I will be back to try it again.