Re: Dumped the bike with a new back tire
Thank you for all the well wishes. I got it x-rayed, and there are no broken bones. I have a "class 2"(?) separation. This means I tore a tendon that ties the clavicle to that bone with the socket. That allows the clavicle to ride up, which is why I have a bump. Not much to about it other than ice it and keep the pressure off of it. A brace was suggested, but I think I'm just going to keep the weight off of it. I spend a lot of time at a computer, so it's easy to put a pillow under it and still type. It's getting better already. There's some numbness in my fingers which is annoying, but it could've been much worse.
As for the rooking riding mistake Joe, what can I say. I've done so many dumb things in life you'd think I'd have run through them all, but I find new ones. The GT is the best performance bike I've owned, so this problem is exacerbated by this damn, powerful bike.
My excitement got the better of me. The bike has been in the garage for months. When I started it up and it was running smooth, the thought of riding it back north (I'm commuting between orange county and the bay area) got me excited. If I'd have thought a bit, I might have remembered I had read of this issue on this forum before, but emotion is a good cure for thinking. And, my wife was watching as I rode away. I wanted to "show off" a little, so instead of just leisurely drifting to the right side of the road, I tried to lean into the turn a bit. So, it's really my wife's fault. That woman causes me no end of trouble.
Maybe I'll be in riding shape in a month. Total healing will take a few months, but I'm hoping I can ride sooner. Bowling may take longer. When I am able to ride again, I'll be a little bit wiser, and my bike looks like it has some "experience".
BTW, any good methods for buffing the plastic to take the scratches out? It doesn't need to look new, but it should at least look dark gray, instead of the streaks of white now in my fairing.
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