There is a moment before you tumble off a bike, when you think you might save it, stay upright and continue as if it were a close call but not a fatal one and, in doing so, not besmirch your athletic resume and cycling reputation. Heroic effort comes with a cost. What was bad will often be made worse.

You might as well give a windup toy another half-twist. Put topspin on a forehand. The toy, the ball has extra whoomph and properly struck, explodes when it meets the ground.

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