I remember riding my bike as a kid. I was fearless. My friends and I would ride down steep dirt hills, jump off rickety homemade ramps, and fly around blind corners all without a helmet. Helmets were for babies so we left that at home (it didn’t matter though, we were young and immortal). The only thing that I was afraid of was getting my shoelace stuck in the bike chain. It rarely caused any serious damage, but it was always terrifying to being racing downhill and having my chain suddenly lock up. All I could do was grip my handlebars tight and try to avoid any major obstacles until I finally slowed to a stop. Most times I was successful. A few times I wasn’t so lucky. I never broke any bones from getting a shoelace in a bike chain, though I did have a lot of uneven shoelaces growing up. It happened quite a few times. I don’t know why I didn’t ever double knot them. You live you learn. I don’t know if kids still play outside these days, but if they do please make sure they double knot their laces.
Critically Rated at 6/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young