I had my first real fall today, when I was surprised by a big, deep pile of sand extending into the road. I lost traction and slid out onto my left side, into the road. Fortunately traffic stopped instead of running me over. Also fortunately, I had dropped my friend on his DF a while back, so he wasn't there to crash into me. I got myself and the bike out of the road in what felt like seconds. A driver in the opposite lane stopped to ask if I was OK -- I was! Inventory of damages: Bloody ankle Scraped forearm Smashed mirror Shaved brake lever tip Scraped pedal and crank arm Scraped rear quick release lever Shredded shoelace Permanent(?) fear of sand And, that looks like it. I couldn't find anything majorly wrong so I rode 30 miles back home with no drama.