I was talking to a friend of mine this afternoon, she's a cyclist. As is her husband. He's real serious. Builds bikes, used to race, etc. I innocently asked, "Where's Marcel?" "He's out of commission", was her answer. "Oh, yeah. He sprained his ankle, didn't he."
Well, no. That was a couple of weeks ago. This time, he was going down a hill, one he has done many times before, doing about 45, looked back to see where is buddy was, and BAM! he's down. He doesn't remember a thing. Another rider came upon him, unconscious. He was medi-vac-ed out. Broken collar bone, some back injury, maybe broken ribs. Lots of cuts and scrapes. If he had a mirror, he wouldn't have looked back, etc etc etc.
I have read the threads on this forum about mirrors/no mirrors. Because we don't have much traffic here in Quincy, CA, I never really thought I needed a mirror. This has made me re-think it. My LBS is open tomorrow. A little more weight won't hurt.
The bike is OK. A very light Scott he built for his wife. Needs new wheels.