Things that suck: having an accident on your new bike

So I’m cruising home from work on my bike on friday. I have a pannier with a shoulder strap now to hold my laptop and sundries. I take a sharp turn at speed, maybe 15 miles an hour, and intentionally lock the rear tire to make it skid out, which it does. As I finish the turn I go to apply power again and there is a horrendous clanging noise and I skid to a stop. The shoulder strap got sucked into the chain, which caused the plastic buckle to pop free. The plastic buckle got caught up on the spokes on the opposite side from the chain, making a perfect loop around the tire, wrenching off the bike computer sensor, destroying the expensive rubber dust protector grommet on the rear hub, bending the fender and fender mounting hardware, and generally making a nuisance of itself. It sucked! It took me a while to work it out of the bike. The good news is it doesn’t seem to have damaged the rim or spokes, which I was sure it had done at first based on how tightly it was compressed against the rim. The tires are inflated to 75psi (that’s no typo – I was surprised too), yet the laptop strap had compressed the rubber tire flat against the rim. The bad news is I have to bring the bike in to get the grommet replaced, which will take a while since the part has to be ordered from Germany. It also ripped off several bolts that hold the rear fender secure, so now it rattles like an old jalopy. I tried several hardware stores and Walmart on Saturday morning but had no luck. I’m going to try another tonight.

All in all a major bummer. It could have been much worse so I guess I should count my blessings and move on. I can’t ride it in the wet until I get that part from Germany either.

3 comments on “Things that suck: having an accident on your new bike

  1. Drew April 25, 2007 9:14 am

    That sucks! That’s what you get for hot dogging. Tire pressure is nuts on bicycles. My road bike tires are 110!
    You gonna do some jumps with that thing or what? Make a video if you do. :-) hehehehehe

  2. dlh April 25, 2007 1:05 pm

    The funny thing is, this all happened in front of students studying on the quad, and several of them came over and were like, woah that was cool! This thing is cool! And meanwhile I am cursing and trying to fix it and am like, yeah, um, I wish I could say I meant to do that…

    No jumping. based on its handling characteristics I think I would have to be going really fast, and you can’t manage the bike’s aspect ratio the way you can on a 2 wheeler, by pulling on the handlebars and pushing on the pedals, meaning if I did jump I suspect I would crash. I do want to figure a way to attach a vidcam to the bike though.

  3. Drew April 26, 2007 9:03 am

    You should mount a rocket pod on the back for uphill boost!

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