Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Carnage from Sunday's Crash
Last night, I again worked on the bike. Sunday's crash left me with two bent rims, a few bent spokes, and a broken handlebar. Thankfully the rest was OK.
As I was replacing the handlebar, I started thinking about all the bikes and bike parts i've destroyed over the years. BUT the one part i never broke was a stem. I've only heard of one person actually breaking a stem.
Aside from changing the frame, I think the most annoying broken part to change is the handlebar. I just wish there were an easier way to change it. Usually, one side of the bar is still perfectly fine. Very often even the bar tape is completely intact. It just makes no sense that all the work i put into setting up these bars go to waste. I wish they'd have clip-together bars where you can just remove the defective half of the bar and replace it with a new one so you don't have to re-do both sides.
Here are a couple of photos from Sunday's debacle. The gross body shot is the most PG-rated of them all. (The others are just too gruesome to inflict upon unsuspecting readers looking for some light internet perusing from the office while dining on their morning bagel and coffee.)