The garbage truck was to my left, comfortably scissored such that there was no way to go around it on the street. Behind it was a van, waiting for the truck to move. I dipped right to take advantage of the dip in the curb from the parking lot entrance and my angle of attack was too narrow. My tire slipped and I went over sideways. I didn’t really hurt. At all. To the point where I gave the Buddy Christ thumbs up to the fellow in the van who watched me go down. He smiled. The rest of my ride felt strange and I saw why when I parked my bike: My right pedal had been completely mangled. In addition, my seat had bent and my keys tore through my pant leg in the pocket. All told, the spill cost me about $100 in pants, pedals, and seat cushions.
Falling off of a unicycle was much more painful than falling off of a bike. Mind you, in this case I bit it somewhat gently, but the failure modes are different. On a bike, you’re falling over sideways, which is short, or going over the handlebars which again has some sort of arresting motion. On a unicycle, there’s almost nothing to slow down your fall. The one benefit of a unicycle fall is how it looks. Either you can skid to a stop and maybe roll or the unicycle, for whatever reason, is no longer under you, and for a brief moment you look like you’re riding an invisible unicycle. Win-Win….until you get road rash…from falling off of a unicycle.