He then said he lost his balance trying to pull his foot out of the pedal loop. On the bike ride with his wife Jill, Biden wanted to stop near their beach house in the state of Delaware to talk to passers-by. The two drove on five minutes after the incident.

According to the White House press distribution list, the result of the fall was “a wild mess between the Secret Service and the press”. Biden suffered no visible scratches or bruises. “No medical treatment is required. The President looks forward to spending the rest of the day with his family,” the official said.

Biden is the oldest US President in history and his health has been a subject of much speculation. In November 2021, his doctor had certified him to be “healthy” and “robust”.