So I am on my way to the Earth day ride on Sunday.
I have my newly built cyclocross bike on the rack and I am cruising along at about 70 mph on the highway.
I pass a tractor trailer and merge back into the right lane. I look in the rearview mirror a couple seconds later and see my bike bouncing about six foot off the ground. It’s flipping, spinning, crashing and bouncing again. I can’t seem to take my eyes off of the graceful motion when I refocus on what is behind the bike and realize the tractor trailer I just passed is closing fast on the dancing bike.
Thankfully the driver of the truck had the skills to avoid the bike and allow the poetic motion to continue. But alas the forces of gravity and friction grasped the bike firmly and held it tight to the ground in the middle of the highway. I quickly pulled over to the side of the road, put the car in reverse and backed toward the bike as I watched other drivers avoid the crumpled mass in the road.
I ran from the car to the twisted artwork in the road, picked it up and put it back on the bike rack and drove down to the bike co-op to pick up another bike for the Earth day ride.
I haven’t had a chance to do a thorough check up but I am pretty sure the patient will need major surgery to recover from that little suicidal stunt.
Not sure what happened, I have carried bikes on the same rack for years and never had a mishap. Gust of wind off the lake? Bump in the road? Harmonic motion of the car suspension coupled with flexing of the rack? Cursed bike maybe.
Well I just hope the patient survives and that future rides on the bike are less eventful than it’s maiden voyage.