Riding to work this morning, I came to a short but steep hill on the MUP I regularly travel. I could see a patch of ice crossing the path, so I got off the bike to walk around it because I didn't dare try to crank up a hill on ice. I got around it and mounted the bike, but realized I had left it in a fairly high gear. So I stood up and just let my body weight push the left crank downward and then *SNAP*. I heard metal hit the ground as my foot landed on the pavement. I assumed my pedal had broken, but I looked down and saw this:
And then this:
They were 1994 Shimano STX cranks with probably about 4-5000 miles tops. And for the record I weigh between 185 and 190, probably close to 200 considering how many layers I was wearing. Luckily I avoided injury; I just had to walk home and get another bike. So, have you ever experienced this? It was a terrible sound!