So, a few updates... I was out on a training ride with a couple of buddies yesterday and I was following behind my friend about three or four bike lengths on a descent after dropping the other guy on the climb
and as we were descending we came through a left hand turn pretty dang quickly, around 35-40mph. As we exited the turn my friend saw two large dogs on the side of the road, as we came up to them they jumped out into the road, presumably to chase us (they were not fenced in or constrained at all, just running free) My friend in front had just enough time to swerve and miss the first dog, but I was not so lucky. I hit the second dog square in the side of her chest at speed, I didn't even have time to brake at all. I went head first over the bars, did a full flip in mid air and landed on my back/butt on the road and slid about 15 or 20 feet. I really don't know exactly what happened but when i slammed into the road my bike ended up another 30-40 yards down the road. Overall it was by far my worst crash to date, quite traumatic. The bike is trashed. The downtube totally compressed into itself with 2 major breaks on the tube and one at the bottom bracket junction, the head tube cracked all the way around from both sides to the back, the steerer tube snapped but not at the fork crown but up in the head tube. All in all the bike broke exactly the way it was supposed to, it is a real testament, to me at least, of the design and engineering that goes into these frames. I can't imagine what might have happened if the fork had snapped at the crown, I would have probably gone face first into the tarmac... Other than the frame, some other components need replacing; the front wheel actually has a flat spot from the impact with the dog, and has a visible crack on one of the eyelets, the shifters, bars and stem are all being replaced, the saddle, my shoes and helmet are also done. Fortunately I came out all right, some road rash on my back side, a little on both elbows and a bloody right hand. My left knee is a little sore as is my back from the impact with the road, but none of it feels serious, just muscle soreness. Luckily I was out with 2 of my close friends who were able to take good care of me, and the owner of the dog came out to check on me pretty much immediately. The owner was very kind, very concerned and has been quite gracious about the incident, and everything is being taken care of. Another random blessing was that my Dad was actually in town visiting a friend of his that happened to live less than 5 miles from where the crash happened, so he was able to come pick me up and take care of me. So now, I'm in the market for a new frameset... Oh, and i had my iphone in my jersey pocket, so of course it got smashed up pretty badly. Bummer. But I am so thankful that everything has worked out the way it has, I am OK, the dog is OK, and stuff can be replaced...
Heres a link to the flickr set with a few photos of the bike.http://www.flickr.com/photos/65325354@N ... 974705793/
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