this is merely a thread to say BE CAREFUL! Beautiful day today, went out for some errands in the loop, riding fast, got hit in an intersection. Following a cab through a yellow light, he made it and I didn't. Cars across the intersection got the green arrow and I bounced off the side of the front car (who gunned it when the light turned green). Broke out his window, bike landed 20 feet away. He was really nice and didn't give me too much **** - I admitted fault and gave him my contact info. He was mainly just concerned that I was ok. Apparently it must have been a spectacular impact because a crowd developed even though I got right up and picked up my U-Lock/sunglasses/bike off the street.
That **** happens so fast - I'm seeing the side of a car up close, then seeing the sky, then seeing the ground. It made a big ****ing noise too. I think I might have broken my wrist or sprained it bad, got glass cuts on my left hand from where my hand went through the window, and I have some nice blood stains on my bike. Regarding the bike, no frame damage.. and the velocity/nashbar wheels I'm borrowing from tristan (sorry tristan) were so strong that instead of the front rim breaking or at least going out of true on impact - one side of the axle just pushed it's way out of the dropout.
I was wearing a helmet, riding brakeless. I'd say that a brake definitely would not have helped, but riding fixed contributed to my riding style, which in turn caused me to go through a yellow light. Had I been riding geared I likely would have gone through it still. Lesson: Be careful. Stopping for 2 minutes at a red light is way better than hitting a car full speed. Coulda been worse. BE CAREFUL ya'll, contrary to popular belief we aren't invincible. (damn)