Originally Posted by fractalsource
Exact same thing happened to me the other night. But I was going a little slower. My front tire just decided to find a groove and slide out.
My Aluminum Pannier, my engine guard, and my huge BDCW foot pegs caught my bike and it spun around on the ground with my shoulder in the dirt.
I was happily cruising along and then "pow" - out of nowhere - I am down in mud. I know it would have been less likely to happen if I were riding with a front knobby. I am definitely going to be more careful in muddy conditions from now on. No significant damage. Picked some gravel out of my footpeg and BMW pannier mounts bent a bit, so it clunked a bit on the way home and the next morning I straightened the metal sliders on the pannier mount - thing a ma jingys with a crescent wrench, and it's as good as new - save a scratch or three.
Glad you were OK. Sounds a lot like what I did. I may try a front knobby for my next set of tires, but I'm planning to do a ride to the west coast later this summer and kind of hate to get one before that since it will probably wear them slick. My current tires have decent tread left but are >10 yrs old. Probably need to do something soon in terms of tires.