First a word to the wise, just because you like a harder ride, don’t over-fill your bicycles tires, like pushing them to 90psi when they’re only rated for 65psi. Do the right thing; swap out the tires for ones rated at the psi level you like. This is a well-learned lesson, just a little too late for me.
Short background; I’m 52, ride my bike to work everyday, all year. Do about 500 miles a month. On my birthday, last week did my first century. Lost over 60 lbs over the last 2 years riding. Own five bikes, no car.
So I just left work at about 2PM and as I’m just cranking up a little hill, suddenly I’m bouncing off the asphalt. Apparently my front tire had a catastrophic blowout. (See lesson above) hit the road hard on my left shoulder. At first I didn’t think I was hurt too bad so I got up fixed the flat, wiped up some blood and rode to Performance Bike shop three blocks away, it’s a good opportunity to show off some road rash, pickup some extra tubes and take a closer look at the damage to the bike. The front rim was badly tweaked but still rideable due to the disc brakes. I was banged up and had a little road rash. Seriously considered riding the 4 miles home but instead in a moment of temporary sanity, I called my son James to come over and pickup poor old dad. The phone call to my wife was fun “Hi love… hay…. I’m OK but!… I had a little crash” she freaked. I handled that well…not.
So my son brings me and my bike home to the waiting loving arms and “eye of analysis” of my dear wife. She’s a wonderful supportive partner and is a bicycle fan, we watch the Tour together every July and have plans to go to the Tour of California in 2011. She even understands my “need to take a ride” thing. We do have a “one bike in the living room” rule. My Internet “bicycle porn” addiction is another matter.
It’s about 3:30, I’m also becoming aware that my pain level is getting higher, not good. So off to the doctor’s office we go. I didn’t want to go to the ER. After all I didn’t break anything. Just wanted to have the doc take a look and write a scrip for something for the pain and inflammation. I figured I’d take a couple of days off and get a ride in on Monday (Labor Day) or just hold off until my commute to work on Tuesday morning. Definitely prefer to avoid the Emergency Room, I know if we go there it will be a good six to nine hours…so the doctor sends us to the ER…bottom line, broken clavicle (collarbone), six to eight weeks off the bike and off work for at least a month. Also I’ll have to scrub my plans to ride the MS Bay to Bay 150 mile ride in October. Oh, we got out of the ER at 11PM