Since it was installed for me at the bike shop and I wasn't outside for them to show me how, I didn't know the correct way to put my bike in my new XC Swagman hitchmount rack, and as a result it wasn't ratcheted down properly and the bike hit the highway at 50mph this morning. Luckily no one had to swerve to miss it and I was able to get back to it in less than a minute. Amazingly after tumbling end over end for about 30 or 40 yards the only damage was a slight road rash on the grips and the seat, and the chain came off the small front sprocket. These Electra Townies are TOUGH !!
I am so thankful it didn't cause an accident, or wasn't run over and crushed by an unsuspecting motorist, this could have turned out very, very bad.
Incidentally, earlier in the morning when I got to the Greenway and started to unload my bike I noticed something on my front tire, closer inspection revealed it to be a screw in the tire. I was able to drive to a tire store and get it patched before it went flat.
Seeing as how I avoided having to change a flat tire and avoided a serious accident and loss of my bike I thought it might be my lucky day, and promptly bought a lottery ticket on my way home. I'll let you know how that turns out.