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I took a spill on the bike today while out on the Mount Vernon Trail. It was misting, and the wooden bridges have these yellow signs at either end that say “bridge slippery when wet.” I thought I was being nimble, but let me advise you not to shift your center of gravity off of the top of the bike, or you will become one with the cycling surface. I was just coming off the end of the wet bridge and turned into a curve, and my back wheel was still on wood. Next thing I knew I was looking at trailside plants. I’m okay, I’m okay. Geez, gotta be careful out there. Unfortunately for you I wasn’t recording at the time, so I have nothing to show you.

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  • James Gorman June 3, 2015, 6:15 pm

    Jim- great post. Sounds similar to riding on ice. As you may know, with the Land Zeppelin, I have been driven to ride 365- including winter. On ice sounds like on wet bridge. Keep it straight with no change in CG or speed. I’ve hit the ground twice in 2 years and thankfully, due to the ice and being in the LZ at the time I simply slid along- no scrapes.

  • jgarlits June 3, 2015, 11:32 pm


    I’m curious. Did the LZ take on any damage when you hit the ground? We’re going to have to get a cup of coffee when I come home on the weekend of the 13th and I’m gonna have to try this Land Zeppelin of yours!

    • James Gorman June 4, 2015, 5:43 am

      Interestingly no damage. Glad to let you take it for a spin- and discuss things “cycling”.

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