I'm fairly new to cycling. I was bound and determined NOT to fall by not clipping out of my pedals in time to slow down/stop. ALL of my cycling friends chuckled and insisted, "Oh you will fall. We all did when we first started."
ALAS, yesterday I pulled up to an intersection, clipped out the left foot and leaned to the right. My fall was in slow motion! And since I had stopped to let cars pass by they got an excellent view of me toppling over. Suckage and so embarrassing!
I scraped up my knee and got a nice road rash on the front of my leg. My knee was dripping blood. Luckily I tucked my elbow under and only got a slight bruise there. But NSS on the war wounds! Now I have joined the club and I can tell other beginners, "Oh you will fall. We all did..."
Oh did I add that I fell 20 yards away from my house? I was still on my own street. Doubly embarrassing.