This probably sounds suicidal, but, in the case of you about to hit a solid object, like the side, front, of a car or the back of a truck what is the best way to minimize damage to yourself, or more importantly the bike?
Was riding home today and hit the back of a truck that was double parked after a cab cut off my go around route. Needless to say, before I hit the truck, I turned the wheel left and my fork was slightly scraped, and 3 spokes were hit, 2 of which now have a noticeable dent in them and the wheel is out of true; it scrapes my brake pads. I hope I don't need a new wheel... I don't think the rim is bent, but will go to LBS tomorrow to have them look at it. Should I be wary if they try to sell me a new wheel?
As I practice my crashes, is it better to hit head on with the tire absorbing the strike (I assume this will more likely cause the rim to bend, a more costly problem than bent spokes) or turn the wheel and risk having the spokes and fork get hit? But then I don't know if forks are susceptible to easy breaking... what do you think?