Ok, I leave from work planning an enjoyable, if a bit hot ride home. As I pedal easy through the parking lot my front wheel picked up a stick that jammed in my fender and locked the front wheel. Although it seemed like slow motion, it happened so quick that I could not react and over the bars I went. I was only going about 10 mph at the time so I guess it could have been worse. I had a few scrapes but the bike needed some attention to get home.
The kicker is that I intend to tear down this bike (a 1973 Raleigh Competition) for restoration this coming weekend and had been ordering parts for a older frame that I wanted to reconfigure for commuting. I had ordered a set of Planet Bike fenders that came yesterday. The front fender had the small plastic "breakaway" dropout mountings. I took a look and said to myself, "Cute, but really. How often does something jam your front wheel?" I reckon I displeased the cycle deities who obviously wanted to reinforce their presence!
I have to say that this was a positive experience. I learned something and I did not hurt myself significantly. I only wish someone was there to record it, I would like to see the replay.