Especially that part just before the exit to PIE towards Tuas, where I had to move two lanes to the right to get out of the left-turn-only lanes leading into the expressway.
I am sure riders of road bikes hit these speeds very often. But commuter riders like me, on a foldie with 16-inch wheels, only enjoy these speeds once in a while. So excuse my enthusiasm.
You'd think this was the kind of thing that got me into Tan Tock Seng Hospital for X-rays the next day. at 11pm on a Sunday.
But noooo, it was a silly careless moment fiddling with my bike computer with my right hand while riding out of Sunset Way carpark on a Sunday afternoon, reacting to a sudden increase in speed from a slope by braking with my left hand... yes, that's the front brake.
Over the handle bar I went, landing heavily on my right shoulder and hitting my right ribs on the bar ends. Oh, and I also polished the carpark tarmac with the skin of my palms and right arm. Had to forget to wear the gloves that moment. I lay there for about 20 seconds having a little difficulty breathing. It made swearing at my stupidity a little harder too. Picked myself back up and completed my trip.
The doctor saw me after an hour and a half. Not bad. Nothing broken, the doctor said to me, after looking at the X-rays. Just rest and take the painkillers, she said. I left for home at 1.30am.
As I was getting into the cab, I was thinking to myself, damn midnight charge.., if I had my bike with me, I wouldn't need to pay so much for the cab home.
I laughed at the thought, only to wince from the pain at my ribs. No more fiddling with stuff on the saddle next time.