I fell off my bike!
Well, I didn’t really fall. No. I was thrown violently over the handlebars landing in a lump on the pavement.
I had just put a new battery in my cycle computer on my commuter. The Kuwahara. And, reset the wheel size to correctly reflect the new tires just installed. I was on my way home from work on one of my “benchmark rides” speeding along at 25+ kph, feeling strong and happy to be outside after sitting at a desk for 5 hours. 45 minutes into the ride, I decided to stop for water, as I usually do at one of the concession stands in Stanley Park. The one at 3rd Beach. There is a short, steep hill to get to get up to the concession. As I made a left turn to exit from the seawall I geared down, changing to the middle chainring, ready for the climb. That’s when it happened. SPLAT!
Somehow the chain locked, decoupled the brake cable and, can you believe this, dislodged the rear wheel from the drops. The rear wheel came off! The bike stopped abruptly. And, I was thrown over the bars landing on my right knee and right palm. OUCH!
I was all right. Startled. And, more than a little embarrassed. My newly energized cycle computer was also thrown to the ground and automatically reset itself losing the statistics for the ride.
I picked myself up. Rubbed my knee. Put the wheel and computer back on the bike. And, gingerly carried on, albeit, at a slower pace.
I have since carefully inspected the drive train and have no idea what happened. The chain did not come off. Somehow, and this is the mystery, when I changed to the smaller chainring, the chain tangled with the rear brake. On this bike, the rear brake is located on the underside of the chain stays. This has never happened before and I have been riding the bike for over 20 years. The chain is not worn. And, the quick release was secure. It’s a conundrum.
My wife wasn’t sympathetic. No. She laughed uncontrollably. She thinks I need to stop working on the bikes.
That’s not going to happen. But I may get a second opinion. I don’t want this to happen again.