… but I think my findings could benefit others
Gravel on cobblestone doesn’t provide the same grip as normal asphalt does when you try to take a sharp turn at high velocity with your bike. This somewhat surprising fact struck me when I decelerated from over 25 km/h to zero within two seconds as I hit the ground.
Also, gravel as a substitute to cereals is vastly overrated. I’ll still prefer oatmeal, despite the bland taste. Sure, gravel is crunchy and all, but somehow it doesn’t cut it for me.
What also came as a surprise was the fact that hitting the ground like that isn’t quite as painless as it looks on Youtube when you’re the one doing it … I was lucky though, that I didn’t wear gloves. If I look at the big slices of skin that were cut from my hand I can imagine how horrible the gloves would look now. They’d probably be wrecked.
Oh, and I know for a fact that a helmet makes sense when biking.