Yeah, it had to happen eventually...
Coming home on Wedneday night, going downhill, hit a bump and the left-hand handlebar snapped off,
I let go of it, and it jams the front wheel between the tyre and suspension.
Front wheel locks up, and the rear of the bike goes up in the air, tosses me into the ground at high speed.
Left elbow into concrete first, then head (snapped the helmet into two pieces) then right shoulder then no idea.
Had someone come up and ask how I was. Made the mistake of trying to get up with my left arm - err no. Like rubber.Called my wife to pick me up - chained the bike to a tree, and left it, couldn't care less at this time.
Got straight through triage, got into Xray, straight through there for emergency surgery - 14 pins and 3 inches of titanium strip in my left arm (compound fracture of ulna) dislocated elbow, badly sprained wrist, dislocated shoulder, road rash everywhere. Kept the palms of my hands cause I always ride in gloves.
Doc said if I wasn't wearing the helmet, the outcome would have been much worse - any idiot who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves. The bar gave no warning, just sheared off.
Moral of the story - don't trust aluminium bars, too risky. Wear gloves and a helmet. This is the second one that I have destroyed in a crash. All of the excuses are bullshit. Hit your head on the road at 55Kph, and you lose most of what you have.
Currently sitting on the lounge under the influence of some serious painkillers, 5mg oxycodone (morphine).
The bike - survived better than I did - might be time to retire it for something with better brakes and suspension, its a 20 year old chromolly frame, solid as they come, but my wife is convinced I'm going to kill myself on it - 55 is too damn fast when you crash, trust me on that one... 6000 ks on it this year alone.
New evil decided - GNG offroad build on Craftworks DHR with 12S4P lipo. Aim - Light, balanced, powerful, able to climb a tree.
Project Vectrix restarted. Status - BMS + Charge control redesign (read faffing with batteries again)