Bike wreck

First of all, I’m fine.  I scraped a knuckle, and bruised my knee a bit, but it’s mainly my pride.  I was on my way in to work this morning, and feeling pretty smug about having successfully avoided various patches of black ice on the roads, when I got to the intersection of Cape Rock and Perryville.  There was a long line of cars stopped on Perryville before the four-way stop, and I decided to slip along the right gutter past them.

I know, passing on the right is illegal.  Also stupid.  A young woman decided suddenly to make a right turn onto a side street just as I pulled up next to her, and wham!

She was terribly worried and apologetic, and I felt bad for her, especially while handing her side mirror to her.  I repeatedly assured her that I was fine, and it wasn’t her fault.  She finally was persuaded and took off, and about then my co-worker Maija saw me and stopped to see if I needed help.  This made me feel even worse, since she’s always admonishing me about how dangerous it is to ride my bike to work.

My front wheel is now rather comically warped.  I disconnected the brake calipers so that it would rotate, and managed to wobble the rest of the way to work.  As soon as Cape Bike opens, I’m going to borrow Walt’s truck and take the bike in, and hopefully they can true (or more likely replace) the wheel and straighten the handlebars in time for me to ride home this afternoon.

Then Robin can tell me how dangerous it is to ride my bike to work.  Sigh.

5 Responses to “Bike wreck”

  1. Erin says:

    Glad to hear you’re ok — although that hurt pride is sometimes slow to recover.
    I’m confident you’ll be back on your bike riding to work in no time.

  2. K says:

    Oh dear. I hope the bruises heal rapidly.

    Passing on the left is not illegal here, but that was indeed how I got knocked off my bike that one time (a car turned across the bike lane out of slow-moving traffic). If it makes you feel any better, that was nearly five years ago and I haven’t had even a sniff of a near-miss since.

    I think you should not listen to Maija. The roads are for us too!

  3. Allen says:

    Well, I guess it would have been legal if there had been a bike lane. Unfortunately, it was just a street wide enough for one, but with no markings.

    In any case, Cape Bike had it fixed in time for me to ride home, and I should be riding to work again tomorrow. Hopefully without encountering any cars this time.

  4. Reno says:

    Life is dangerous.

    I’m glad you’re not hurt too badly.

  5. Don Hinkebein says:

    Alan,
    Rode 621 this morning hoping to see the green lantern, trust all is well. As we passed the morning of the “incedent”, I was commenting on how cool the ice in the trees looked, I’m sure I was barely autible. By the way the early change to Day Light Savings Time, produces negitive air-pressure (sucks).
    Don

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