Let's see I've been road cycling for about 4 years now (primarily centuries) and I must say that it is the best sport I have ever taken an interest in. I think the best thing I like about cycling would be meeting the various people on the organized rides. I've never really been a social person, but cycling has opened me up to actually wanting to talk to something other then a computer. Unfortunately, I have a real decision to make. Last year I was in a fairly serious cycling accident. I was riding one of my favorite routes in Akron, OH and a car decided to turn left in front of me, we were both traveling at 20mph. I hit the side mirror of the car, crushing it with my knee, completed three full end-over-end rotations in the air (as seen by the witness) and hit the pavement. Oh, and I took the bike in the air with me until I hit the ground at which point my feet were pulled out of the cleats. Here is the amazing part, I didn't break a single bone. However, I did need several skin graphs on my leg and had to endure a few months of physical therapy in order to walk again. Here is my dilema, do I get back on the bike or do I call it quits. This is my reason for posting. Sure, the final decision is mine, but I'm looking for some help in making this decision. I've had plenty of support from my family and a ton from my friends. In fact, my dad wants to go and buy me a new bike (The frame on my Bianchi Eros bent at the top tube and down tube. The front wheel is now overlapping the down tube). The kicker is this. My wife and I just recently had our first child, a beautiful baby girl and she was only 6 weeks old at the time of the accident. The only thing I could think of while in the ambulance going to the hospital was that it could have been worse and I may have never had the opportunity to spend a lifetime with my daughter. I'm feeling pretty good these days and feel as though I "could" get back on the bike and make a full recovery. The thought of her will always be in my head when I ride and I wonder if it is worth the risk.