yesterday, i was on a short ride to sprint a bit and stretch my legs. i went down on a hill doing about 38mph on the road where some loose gravel was piled up. i broke the fall w/ my forearm and rolled as well to avoid getting too torn up, but i have massive amounts of road rash on my left arm, left hip and leg. i also shattered my collar bone. I weigh 235 so there was a lot of force involved in this crash. i was wearing my helmet. i will not swear that it saved my life and was a miracle, but it did help me avoid facial abrasions and a split skull. my riding clothes were trashed. I need a new rear wheel, rear derailuer hanger, new bar tape, and to re-position my shifters. i will examine my fork further and my front wheel. i cannot ride for 6 weeks. i am considering getting a trainer so i can ride up-right w/o resting weight on my arm. yesterday was a terrible day. i spent 6 hours in the emergency room by myself. i was worried about my bike. it was picked up by the police when the emt's arrived. i will heal, it just takes time.