New Rider... Scared everytime I get on the bike...
(Ottawa, ON, Canada)
I'm a very new rider.
Passed my permit in June. Took the course in July, bought a bike in August. Have been out a handful of times.
First ride, I was heading to the parking lot. Went down my street and around a curve to a stop sign. All is good. However, there were kids playing on the street at the corner. I was too focused on them and not the turn. As I proceeded to turn, I felt as if I was going too fast. I wasn't. I hit the "forbidden" front brake and dropped the bike. No damage done to either of us.
Made it to the parking lot and practiced, then headed around the neighborhood a few times and then home. Phewwwww, glad I was done. Wondered what on earth I got myself into.
Been out a few more times... but each and every time I get on the bike I am sooooo nervous until time has passed. Could be 10 minutes or 15 minutes before I feel somewhat comfortable. I'm always thinking what if I do something wrong.
Took the bike out the other night with my boyfriend following behind. Again..., nervous. We were heading down a back road and going to make a left hand turn. I took the turn too wide... hit the gravel shoulder, hit the gas, probably hit the front brake too... it happened so fast. I went down! Thought I sprained my ankle it hurt so much. No tears! I took off my helmet and got up and walked around. Ankle seemed to be okay. My boyfriend was there to make sure I WAS okay. A little blood on knee, jeans held up well, no holes. I said to my boyfriend... "Well, I guess I need to get back on...". He lifted my bike and the mirror fell off and the signal light was dangling... and there's a few cracks and scratches. He suggested it was best not to ride it just in case there was something wrong with it.
It wasn't until I got home; I realized the blood on my knee was due to a pretty terrible gash. Headed to the hospital.... 7 stitches later. I'm good. I look better than the bike, and I'm thankful for that! I wasn't scared when I fell, or mad. A little frustrated, because I knew I should have laid off the gas and looked harder to where I wanted to go.
My boyfriend sent me a text the other day. "Well considering the dump you had, the bike fared out ok. So get that knee better. You're a tough lil girl! xxoo"
He took a look at the bike for me. No major damage, just cosmetic stuff. He tells me it’s ready to ride. Unfortunately, I'm down and out for at least 10 days.
When does the nervousness go away? When do you know when to pack it in?