I was testing out my new rear rack early this morning on local rail to trail path. I guess I let my guard down or something because I missed a horizontal steel car stop in the sun and hit it at full speed (~20 - 25 I'd guess). I had time to say 'oh ****' and enough time in the air to think to myself that this was going to hurt. I think I flipped at least twice. Three sets of sutures on the left leg, a blueberry left hand where the shifters pinched, adios day old leg warmers (they gave themselves valiantly), hola back and bottom pain where I landed. Anyways, not fishing for pity, just wanted to say 1. yay for taking a cell phone on solo rides 2. yay for helmets.
And also wondered if anyone knows how dented an aluminum frame has to be before its not safe to ride. It looks like the drops took most of the impact and then hit the top tube enough to divot it and then the steerer took a hit that continued up as my clipless pedals tried to bring the bike with me on my flight.
I'm going to go to the township and ask permission to paint that bar hi-viz orange - not a very nice thing to put in the middle of a 'bike' path!
Some pics for reference.