It’s been eleven months since I got knocked off my bike by a car. The result was a busted elbow, and a busted bike.
The elbow has been a source of frustration – it is taking a long time to heal and the end of that healing process still isn’t in sight.
The bike, a 2006 Trek Madone SL 5.2, has been sitting in my basement, exactly as it looked on the day of the accident.
Today I finally loaded it into the back of the RAV4 and took it over to Duke’s Cycle to be assessed and repaired. It’s a carbon frame and fork, so there’s always some concern about having cracked the frame which would mean it was toast.
Six months ago I thought I’d never want to ride it again – to be honest, I kind of hoped it was toast. Today I hope it’s not. I’m looking forward to getting it back so I can start working towards getting back in the saddle.
While my arm continues to heal, at least my bike will be fixed. The guy at Duke’s said he thought maybe the chain ring was bent, and they’d be taking the crank apart to look for damage, but that the frame seemed uncompromised.
Considering the severity of the accident in terms of my arm, I think the bike looks pretty good and just pushing it down the street from the car to the shop left me yearning to hop on and go for a spin.