So background story:
I had a Subuaru WRX STi.. my dream car since i twas 18.. i am now 30... i had it for 2 years and we just had a baby and our other car is paid in full where as this one is leased.. so to save money and to allow my wife to stay at home after her mat leave we got someone to take over the lease..
i work in Mississauga 3 times a week so it's about a 10min drive ..30-40min bike ride.. (9KM).. i decided with my busy schedule i needed time to work out and exercise and what better way then to ride a bike to work... I was so stoked!
researched on line went to bike shops and got a pretty good deal on a Rockey Mountain Metro 10 with helmet, lock, etcetc..
today was my first day commuting to work .. i rode around on the weekend to get used to riding the bike, since i haven't been on a bike since i was 15...i guess u really don't forget how to ride a bike! i read all the safety rules and laws and i was ready to go..
The route i decided to stick to work is 20% main roads (high traffic) and 80% residential roads.. i was scared to ride along side a busy road so i that's why i chose to take this route..
20% busy roads finished and headed into the residential.. i was on there for 2 mins when i was passing a drive way and before i could get across the car in the drive way backed out and nailed me! he was parked with his car right at the end of the drive way..
i had about 2m to react, so i said "oh S**T" and kinda jumped off my bike.. lucky i did cause the guy kept coming and my bike went under his car..
i got the bike out and from the looks of it the front tire is bent and the front brakes are not aligned anymore.. the rest of the bike seems ok... I am not hurt except for a scrape on the knee..
My question is... what should i be looking for damage wise? i lifted the back tired and ran the pedals and changed the gears and it seems to be ok.. but i dunno if it has any other minor damage..
i am sure when i take it into the shop they do their checks to see what's wrong with the bike..
So now i am scared to ride on residential roads, especially during rush hour when everyone is leaving their house! sigh... not a good start! : <