I got my settlement cheque this week from the insurance company for my car crash last September. Anybody who thinks that getting hit is worthwhile because you are offered a fortune is dreaming. It doesn’t work that way, at least not around here. I got $500 to cover repairs to the bike, plus a replacement helmet. For most of my friends, that sounds like a lot for bike repairs, but it’s an expensive racing bike.
The photo here is the intersection where I got hit. I was coming down the hill on a nice sunny day, about a half hour into a projected 3-hour ride. I clocked it some weeks later, and found that I max out around 50 km/h going down this hill. The driver was headed the opposite direction, and turned left at the corner, right into my path. I hit the brakes, then hit the car. Striking the right front fender, I flew over the hood, landing on the road by the stop sign. I was wearing my spandex bib shorts and replica US Postal jersey, so I think I made a good impression as I went past her windshield. I don’t have a clear recollection of what happened to the bike, but I think it followed me up and over the car. Bystanders called 911, and in moments I had police, ambulance, and fire truck support. I hit the pavement largely with my left hip and temple (leaving a ding in the helmet).
The wheels of the bike looked okay, but were out of true enough to not spin. I phoned home for a pickup. I didn’t let on what had happened, since I know how my wife tends to worry. I remember how that turned out in Slaughterhouse Five. I signed a waiver for the medical attendants indicating that I was declining the offer to go to hospital. Nothing was broken, although my right thumb was bleeding and sore. My guess is that I clenched the handlebars, and when they whipped around, that digit got hyperextended. The thumb hasn’t worked the same since. The range of motion is drastically reduced, so that I can’t fold it in against the palm.
I had the handlebars taped in bright blue. I like it much better than the original white. They saved the wheels. The rims weren’t damaged and just needed a regular trueing operation. A big thank you goes to the folks at MultiSport Zone. Thank you as well to the Woodstock emergency services personnel.