We all know it's coming...sooner or later we're gonna hit the deck. I received my opprotunity to meet asphalt this morning on the way in. I'm trying to figure out what I could have done differently, but I think I've got to hang this one on the pickup driver.
I come to a stop sign, and stop before turning right. While I'm stopped a car pulls on my left and he looks like he is also turning right. I take off to make complete my turn, and 1 second later he does the same. He cuts really close to me while making the turn, forcing me over the margin in into the gutter. They like to chip seal the roads here so there was a good 1"-2" margin between the asphalt and concrete. It didn't help that the concrete gutter was busted up as well.
Next thing I know is my front wheel hooks a crack, hits the curb, and I'm headed over the bars to the deck. Lots of MTB riding has taught me to swing legs, and clear the bars to land on my feet. Toe clips gave the millisecond delay necessary to prevent this from happening exactly as planned. Right shin hit the bars on the way over, and the other shin hit the curb when I landed. The bike also pulled a flip on the way down.
I sit for a second to make sure all my parts are at least somewhat intact. I see the driver puttering off into the distance. I gather scattered and broken bike parts, straighten my bars, hobble around a bit, then continue on my ride to work.
Knots on both shinbones..really really smarts
Bruised palm [gloves saved road rash here]
Both wrists hurt, one feels sprained.
Brake Hood Mirror busted
Cateye TL-1000 blinkie busted
In the end, it hurts, but I will live and ride again. And the slow motion effect while headed down is priceless.