After riding four months I crashed today. No injuries, and no bike damage but hopefully a little smarter. My wife had just purchased riding gloves two days before as a gift stating "the guy in the LBS said you will crash sometime and he will be glad he is wearing these". He was right! I ride on a lot of sidewalks, unfinnished developments, uneven pavment, etc. on a hybrid. Today there was a older lady walking in front of me. As I approached her I down shifted and do what I always have done I turned off the sidewalk onto the grass and rode slowly around her. Grass was long, I did not see the sidewalk was above the ground two inches or so. As I tried to re-enter the sidewalk at a thirty degree angle my front tire instantly turned right following edge of the walk. I kept going straight with the rest of the bike skidding on the concrete on my stomach, knee, and HANDS. Other than a nice raspberry on my knee all is well. Finnished the ride.