Had my 1st road bike a grand total of 9 days. I was riding on an unfamiliar road (mistake #1 ) at night (mistake #2 ) and was over-confident (mistake #3 ) in my ability to control my speed down a ~-30% grade. I was doing 34.9 MPH when I came to an unexpected T intersection. I tried to do what I had read, placing my weight on the back wheel and applying braking force as equally as possible between my wheels. I fishtailed and laid it down on my left side. Results to myself and the bike are below. I have a huge hematoma on my left quad, shoulder damage, and road rash on my left side. Thankfully, I had my helmet on and this probably saved me more than I know.
The bike is in my LBS now getting new (upgraded) shifters, new bar tape, wheel truing and a general tune up. Thankfully, there was not a scratch on the frame and I didn't lay it down on the derailluers. Everything else seems ok. Learned a good, hard lesson in that crash. I'm sure many of you can relate.
UPDATE: Got my bike back from the shop today. New bar tape, shifters, wheel truing and some cleanup later and it's in great shape. I couldn't help but go for a little 2 mile ride @ 10MPH. It feels amazing to be back on it even though it's only been 4 days. I still need to take it easy in order to recover, but I think some spinning will help get my blood flowing and heal me up in good time. Ride safely