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I do two things.

1) I have some experience(very limited) in martial arts. Just several sessions of falling with rolling over the shoulder. Also keeping a guard.

2) I always carry a backpack.

When shit hits the fan, I try to detach myself from the bike (all of my damaging falls were due to getting stuck with the frame or the handlebars). Then I assume a fetus position, with the hands over my head, forearms protecting the face (I haven't had a helmet, but then - I ride cross-country), navigate my body weight to hit the ground backpack-first and then roll, avoiding hitting the ground with elbows(and breaking them).

With this technique, I have ruined several backpacks, but have walked away from flying several meters and then hitting the stones. I never learned how to jump and run off the fall, however :(

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Also, while being aware of your surroundings, in the city it is essential to be aware where the sidewalk is. Falling on the street isn't dangerous, it's the speeding car behind that can be fatal.

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So if you have the martial arts experience and she does not, just teach her! Forward and backwards roll, over left or right shoulder. Over level grassy field should take no more than several tens of hours! And being able to run, then jump face-down, then stand up unharmed is such a confidence builder.

I do two things.

1) I have some experience(very limited) in martial arts. Just several sessions of falling with rolling over the shoulder. Also keeping a guard.

2) I always carry a backpack.

When shit hits the fan, I try to detach myself from the bike (all of my damaging falls were due to getting stuck with the frame or the handlebars). Then I assume a fetus position, with the hands over my head, forearms protecting the face (I haven't had a helmet, but then - I ride cross-country), navigate my body weight to hit the ground backpack-first and then roll, avoiding hitting the ground with elbows(and breaking them).

With this technique, I have ruined several backpacks, but have walked away from flying several meters and then hitting the stones. I never learned how to jump and run off the fall, however :(

I do two things.

1) I have some experience(very limited) in martial arts. Just several sessions of falling with rolling over the shoulder. Also keeping a guard.

2) I always carry a backpack.

When shit hits the fan, I try to detach myself from the bike (all of my damaging falls were due to getting stuck with the frame or the handlebars). Then I assume a fetus position, with the hands over my head, forearms protecting the face (I haven't had a helmet, but then - I ride cross-country), navigate my body weight to hit the ground backpack-first and then roll, avoiding hitting the ground with elbows(and breaking them).

With this technique, I have ruined several backpacks, but have walked away from flying several meters and then hitting the stones. I never learned how to jump and run off the fall, however :(

ADDED:
Also, while being aware of your surroundings, in the city it is essential to be aware where the sidewalk is. Falling on the street isn't dangerous, it's the speeding car behind that can be fatal.

ADDED2:
So if you have the martial arts experience and she does not, just teach her! Forward and backwards roll, over left or right shoulder. Over level grassy field should take no more than several tens of hours! And being able to run, then jump face-down, then stand up unharmed is such a confidence builder.

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I do two things.

1) I have some experience(very limited) in martial arts. Just several sessions of falling with rolling over the shoulder. Also keeping a guard.

2) I always carry a backpack.

When shit hits the fan, I try to detach myself from the bike (all of my damaging falls were due to getting stuck with the frame or the handlebars). Then I assume a fetus position, with the hands over my head, forearms protecting the face (I haven't had a helmet, but then - I ride cross-country), navigate my body weight to hit the ground backpack-first and then roll, avoiding hitting the ground with elbows(and breaking them).

With this technique, I have ruined several backpacks, but have walked away from flying several meters and then hitting the stones. I never learned how to jump and run off the fall, however :(