Smited by the finger of god1. That’s the only excuse, I can’t possibly have been clumsy enough to pull up at a traffic light, pause as I saw it change from red to green, then have my foot slip out of the cleat as I rode off. Tipped over to the left, flicked the wheel to the right, and down I came on my knee on the front wheel!

Total damage? Potato-chipped front wheel, a little skin off the knee, and a medium-sized bruise to the ego.

Extra points to the second motorist to pass, he tooted me for lying on the road in front of him, at least the first one just drove around me.


1 What is the past-tense of smite. Is that smited or smut? Yeah, yeah, smitten.