12-06-00, 08:44 AM
I have been reading some of the threads on the two phases of initiation into the commuting community. One being having to change a flat while communting and the other being getting into a wreck. I consider myself to be a hardcore commuter and have only participated in the changing of a flat phase many times until this morning. Don't get me wrong, I have had numerours wrecks earlier in my life in my teens, that were "more bloody"(is that correct?) than this one but this is one for the books. I was travling this morning on a one way street on the far right side. The light up ahead was green and traffic up ahead was moving in a normal fashion. The traffic was backed up for a little and I was on the tail end of it. Not really paying any attention to the stopped traffic beside me, I proceeded on since the traffic way up ahead was moving and it was only at matter of time before all the traffic started moving. Little did I know that this traffic a little back from the intersection and 3 lanes wide had stopped to let a lady in a red Baretta go from one parking lot on the left side of the street to a parking alot on the right side of the street. I just keep going on up the right side and as soon as I got to the front of the traffic BOOOMMMM. A NICE AND TASTY T-BONE STEAK. My front wheel hit the front right fender of her car and I T-BONED into her. This sent my "gliding" over the hood and crashing to the ground. I pop right up with a smile on my face that one could see halfway around the world. A RUSH is not the word for it. The lady was taking her daughter to preschool and was really worried. I told her I was fine and gave her a hug to come her down and told her to go ahead and get her daughter to school and I would call in my cavalry(my wife) to come and get me. The worst thing about the whole deal is that the incident tacoed my S-7 Rim on my 1976 Schwinn Suburban. You just cannot pick up one of these at a bike shop or some online shop so I will have to do some searching. I really like this bike since it is the closest to being NOS(New Old Stock) out of my ten bikes I have. Any body else out there had a mouth watering T-BONE steak?