It truly breaks my heart to have to post this thread and if anyone knows the pain I'm going through mourning for my bike, it's you good folks.
As some quick background, I purchased a gorgeous, well equipped 1991 Schwinn Voyageur roughly 7 months ago as my daily commuter for my 22 mile round trip to work and light weekend touring. I've spent nearly that entire amount of time upgrading and dialing the bike in to my body, my style of riding and my typical terrain. I was about 98% there.
Then, last week, on a dry but cold night, I was struck by a 2005 Nissan Sentra while I was on my bike. I was cut up pretty bad, my left shoulder is sore with soft tissue damage from hitting the car hood then the the asphalt, my left shin (inside and out) is swollen and bruised from the impact and I have some really cool crank marks cut into my right calf, but, I physically walked away from the accident. No broken bones, no separated shoulder, etc. I am very, very lucky.
I was also well lit, wearing a helmet and had just legally stopped and signaled at a stop sign. I made my turn and while in the middle of the intersection struck by a 73 year old woman (!) that later told me that she just didn't see me. She was at the same intersection, turning (toward me) and gunned it as I was in the middle of the intersection, hitting me at full force, without touching the brakes at below 15mph. It doesn't sound bad but the torque from the initial acceleration of the vehicle was pretty significant.
However, my bike was not so lucky. It gave up its steel frame for the greater good of my body by taking the brunt of the impact. For that, I thank it for the sacrifice.
Below, you will see images of the bike, just as it came off the asphalt. Pay special attention, as if it isn't glaringly obvious, to the frame, near the bottom bracket. Note the buckling of the frame and splintering of the paint. Also take note of the bow of the top tube. The crank is also a major impact area with it being bent so far that it doesn't even clear the rear chain stays. What a shame, but again, I am lucky to be here typing about it.
Obviously, my Voyageur is now wall art (which is what I plan to keep it for) but the bigger problem is now that I'm once again on the hunt for a solid touring rig that will fit my C&V mold/desires. So, if anyone out there has any leads on a well priced 57/58cm rig, please let me know.
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