So I tore my acl and mcl coming off in traffic after 6 weeks on the road. I bounced up at the time, the bloke behind me helped me get the bike off the road, and I felt okay, though in shock. 9 weeks later the brace is off, the bike repaired, but the knee is weak and hurts like hell. Lesson? I was on my way to give a presentation (I'm doing post-grad study at night) and was thinking about what I was going to say, not about riding the bike. I had felt comfortable up until that moment, so I learnt In one agonising moment that the bike and the road require all my attention, all the time. I still can't believe it happened. I'm now feeling strangely nervous about getting back on the bike, not because of the accident, but because I want to get back on so badly. I wonder if I should temper my enthusiasm in light of what occurred, or go with it? Time will ultimately tell. I enjoy reading the experiences of other learners on here, and wish no one to be put off by my experience. I loved my brief introduction to riding, and am hooked, bung knee and all. I think I may have used the bike as a commuter, when I bought it for pleasure, confusing my original motivations. No matter I suppose. Now to rehab that skinny leg. Cheers from the Cheekster.