Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes: Mezzo D9, 2012 Giant Avail 2
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My fault, and it could have been much worse. I steered into another cyclist. He jumped up, checked I was ok and headed off. I didn't. Must have caught my front wheel on his front fork, bent the rim enough to stop the wheel from turning and flew over the handlebars. Landed on my back hard, but still managed to fold my bike onto a bus and get to work only an hour late.
Had the bike checked at a bike store, they mentioned the loose handlebar and said my chain needed replacing as well as the jockey wheels. IE they were looking at the wrong end of the bike! I'm now not convinced they looked very carefully at the bike, so I'm treating it with caution for a while. I replaced the wheel myself as the shop was going to take weeks to get it in, but my LBS ordered it for me in 4 days - big chain with clumsy internal stock system, I gather.
Anyway, back on the bike this weekend and very happy to be so. Took it to work today (short version: ~12km) and slow. But everything seems to be ok. The front fold is a little bit stiff, but the forks look ok, and the wheel is new, so I don't think it's a safety issue.
I haven't found a good place to have it serviced: everytime a professional has serviced it, they have forgotten to tighten a bolt and left the bike more dangerous than before the service, so I have to rely on my own judgement here. I'm learning to service it myself with the help of a local bicycle group.
Oh, and amusing fact: I've never had a puncture on the front wheel in 3 years, so the tire and tube outlasted the rim!
And it was 620km in March.