Sometimes when you ride the unexpected happens and you end up on the pavement. If you’re lucky you get up brush yourself off and worry about what happened to the bike, if not you end up not walking for several months (or worse).
When you do crash it is very important to know why. Chances are good that there were things you could have and should have done differently to have avoided it entirely or at least reduced the damage done in the crash. I wrote about taking responsibility for your crashes two years ago, and it all still applies.
One of my riding companions crashed on my valentines day ride. Nothing major he was unhurt, and the bike was fine except for some scratches and a turn signal needing to be replaced.
What happened? Going too fast into a decreasing radius corner (that caught me by surprise) and most likely trying a little to hard to keep me in sight. A couple of other problems he could work on: being more comfortable with leaning more, looking through the corner and I suspect some target fixation.
Rider was shaken, bike was dirty and we continued on. I probably should have headed home afterwards and given up on the ride. Lessons learned.
The real lesson here is the one we always need to keep in mind when we ride on the street.