somewhat daily mutterings

/Cycling It Only Gets Worse

Due to the squonking coming from my bottom bracket the morning of my abortive "worst commute ever" I took my beloved Serotta commuting bike to the shop to get the bottom bracket replaced, ASAP. Well, they couldn't really do it ASAP since they didn't have the appropriate BB on hand. So I left with my bike with the understanding that I'd try to find one elsewhere, then bring the bike back for the install.

As I loaded my bike back onto the rear rack on my car, a thought entered my stupid head, "wow, what if someone rear-ended me while my bike was on here -- that would suck." As I was soon to find out, yes, it does suck.

That's right, someone rear-ended me on the road right in front of the bike shop. I was sitting in the "straight" lane. Everyone was stopped at the light, including my attacker. However, she apparently misread the green left turn light as a general green light and stepped on her gas. Her forward progress was hindered only by my Serotta's right crankarm and my car's rear bumper.

After the thump, I sat there for a second shaking my head. I really couldn't believe I'd just been rear-ended at a stop light with my bike on the back of the car, not to mention that I'd just thought how much it would suck to have it happen. What were the chances? I hopped out of the car to look at the damage, which wasn't obvious at first. Then, with closer inspection I realized the right crankarm was bent in so far that it couldn't clear the chainstay. The left crankarm had left a crankarm-shaped impression in my bumper. Her license plate had a pedal-shaped impression in it. We did the usual exchange of info, and parted ways. All I could do was wonder what I'd done lately to piss off the cycling gods.

Won't be riding this for a while

I took the bike back to the shop today to get the repair estimate. It's a total of about $250 or so. I wonder what the estimate will be to fix my car's bumper. Oddly, I don't really care all that much about that: my commuting bike is out of commission until at least Wednesday, and so I have to ride one of my other bikes (which I'm fortunate to have), but with a stinking backpack full of my stuff, rather than in a nice rack-mounted commuting pannier.

Oh yeah, we're supposed to get lots of rain next week, too.

Posted: Sun Apr 24 21:03:34 -0700 2005

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