Don't you hate it when your bike develops a creak ?
Mine did this week, somewhere on the left hand side of the handlebars. It stopped if I took my hand off the brake hoods, so I figured it was there. Nothing serious, I thought I'd spend a few minutes this weekend to check it out.
So Thursday night I was riding home from work....creak....creak... getting pretty annoying but whatever. I hit Enmore road, and as I accelerated up the hill past a car I felt the bars move a bit.
"Ahhh, the stem needs tightening, no problems".
I kept riding, crossing Stanmore Rd and down the hill, "creak....creak".
Some parked cars on the left, so I move over to the center lane, I'm going to turn right into Addison in a moment anyway.
I cross the Llewellyn st intersection and brake as there are some stopped cars in front.
From there, what I believe happened it this.
The left side of my bars snapped off at the stem, causing me to put all my weight on the right hand bar, which of course caused me to swerve right, lock up somehow (pedal strike maybe) and go down HARD, landing on my right side, slamming my elbow, shoulder and head down on the pavement, and sliding and rolling on my shoulder. I ended up sitting on the wrong side of Enmore road, in front of a car waiting to turn right.
As the waiting cars started to beep their horns (yeah, fuck you VERY Much) I stopped up and tried to pick my bike up...by a detatched handlebar and a right arm that couldn't lift. Ouch.
I tried again with my other hand, and a different part of the bike and got myself to the footpath. A couple of people walking, and a guy on a motorbike stopped to see if I was ok and to find out where the driver was, and being somewhat surprised that it was a solo effort.
I sat there for a few minutes, assuring people I was fine while bleeding from both elbows, knees, shoulder and hands trying to figure out what happened before starting to walk home, I ended up calling Sam who bundled the kids in the car and came to pick me up.
I got home, had a very painful shower and decided to get to the doctor. My shoulder and ribs were hurting a lot, and I really couldn't move my right arm much. He checked me out and said he didn't think anything was broken, but gave me an xray referral and a tetanus shot.
I'm slowly starting to regain movement and strength in my arm, so I think I'll be OK, but damn it hurt.
Moral of the story.....in the words of Weiyun on Twitter "respect the creak".
Here are some pics.
Wear a helmet kids!!!! I can feel the bruise on the side of my head, and I suspect my face would have felt this.