I picked up a new frame and was on my 4th ride when I crashed. Damage to the bike was one barely scraped brake hood and a lost bar plug.
The bike is a Wabi, set up with a fixed gear. I love riding fixed. i was very much enjoying the moment on Wednesday night, standing and accelerating up a slight rise, feeling strong and purposeful.
in the next few instants, my shoe inexplicably unclipped from my right pedal, my forward momentum carried me to the right and down, my pedal struck the pavement, and I flipped over the handlebars.
I hit the deck wkth a lot of force. As soon as i attempted to sit up, I knew my collarbone was toast. My right wrist was in serious pain, too. My hand had shot back into my wrist, taking out the joint and shattering bones along the way. My wrist will be operated on this Thursday. According to the doctor, my lifestyle won't be affected, although i will lose a little permanent mobility. Collarbone is not seriously damaged enough to operate on and compared to the continuous pain in my wrist, I barely feel my poor clavicle.
The Los Angeles Fire Department team who came to my rescue were great, and so were bystanders who directed traffic around me, called 911, threw a blanket over me, and comforted me. My bike went to the hospital with me, and I picked it up the next day where it was safely parked and waiting for me.
The orthopedic specialist who will operate on me told I would need at least three months before starting to ride again. I hope to prove him wrong (although I don't want to reinjure weakened clavicle and wrist). I might need an early holiday present to myself, a trainer. My two daughters, learning about my accident, both urged me to slow down. My wife knows better. I'm already in training, suiting up and taking lots of strong medication.