Join Date: May 2008
Location: Alexandria, Va
Bikes: '72 Motobecane Le Champion(totaled), '73 Bottecchia Giro d'Italia, '83 Colnago Superissimo, '84 Trek 610, '84 Trek 760, '94 Burley Duet, '88 Pinarello Tre Cime, '88 Masi Gran Corsa, '91 Pinarello Montello, '97 Specialized RockHopper, 2010 Langster
Well, that is a assessment that is difficult to make. I would say yes. Pictures here:
Fractured scapula, broken humerus, broken rib with slightly punctured lung, severe soft tissue damage to the left forearm (still not back to normal), road rash on the left leg, permanent visual damage to the left eye, when viewing a horizontal line, it has a dip in it, and damage to the left sholder. At this point I would assess my recovery at about 90%. I have full range of motion and most of my strength back. I have a tricept muscle that has been displaced due to the surgery and look wierd but functions. The nerves in my left arm are still growing with my left hand fingers locking up sometimes. The vision will never recover. Emotionally I am fine. I got a lot of good years out of this body, not enough riding though!
The loss of the Le Champion was significant and tempered with the finding of the 83 Colnago purchased with a portion of the left over insurance money. Just wish I had the Le Champion back for the paint and detail. The frame is in the storage uint. Just can't get rid of it. I really didn't like the ride that much but it was my first "high-end" bike.
Should I start a "what was your worst experience on a bike?" thread?