“My bikes okay… Oh, nah, it’s just a scratch…”
Years ago I worked in a bike store. After a weekend race a young woman brought in her bike to be looked at as she’d had quite the crash. The bike was totally fine. She had road rash all down one side of her body. I jokingly wondered aloud if she’d purposely fallen in such a way as to take the worst of it to protect her bike and, without missing a beat she said: “Skin gowns back, paint jobs don’t… “
I wasn’t trying to draw her or her bike here. (She was a human, for one thing, not a cat!) I just remembered the incident WHILE drawing this!