Yes, yes, I know. But in my defense, I was left unsupervised.

So far, my bike falls have been at very low speeds. This one was on a steep downhill with loose rocks and I was fiddling with the seat lowering lever and tipped over. Need to set up the lever so I can activate it while still squeezing on brake pedal.

Brings to mind the idea of propulsion: those of us who love to propel selves through space — cycling, surfing, skating, snowboarding, running. An important part of our lives. Falling is gonna happen. Surfing has the huge advantage of not falling on a hard surface.

I wear knee guards, and in closing barn door after horse has bolted mode, I just ordered elbow guards.

I continue to love my Specialized Turbo Levo pedal-assist bike. It never fails to be a thrill when I take my first pedal stroke and the bike jumps ahead as if I have super powers.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

6 Responses to Yes, yes, I know. But in my defense, I was left unsupervised.

  1. Golly Golleeeee Lloyd..grin…
    ah well, Just enough of a scrape to let you know your nerve endings are in fine order !!!!

    (would you consider a leather shirt/jacket and leather pants?)

    Nice feature on bike. How long does charge last? How heavy is it?

  2. Always better to keep the soft, fleshy side up and the rubber side down, but you gained another active-life war wound to add to your collection.

    Good to see the blog posts resuming (I hope!)

  3. It was a warm day and I had taken off my shirt.
    In closing barn door theme I now wear elbow guards as well as knee guards.
    Bike is heavy, like 50 lbs., can go for about 3 hours, is fantastic on trails. You have to pedal—no throttle function.

  4. all’s well that ends well…Glad re the elbow/knee guards. I see you had good gloves on (in pic), and no doubt
    that aided in “saving” yourself fr worse…You would’ve been able to safely use hands to “land on”..

    I wondered, thought those bikes were heavy. Although, thinking read somewhere they’re coming out with light (er) ones..

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