13.07.11

“I am sorry, very sorry, but a bicycle that has suffered this degree of damage cannot be repaired by any means that I know of.” *

(Subtitle: “Banach-Tarski! Banach-Tarski! Why isn’t this thing working?”)

My year-old road bike, now with a frame broken at the join point with the front stem, with the front wheel twisted around above its normal location for dramatic effect
Yes, I'm fine enough now — wasn't so great at the time, but it could have been much worse.

You might (and I think should) have a right to be stupid. That doesn’t mean you should use it. I repeat myself: wear a helmet. Don’t be an idiot.

Also amusing this long after the fact: this is what the police report describes as “moderate damage to the frame”.

Also relevant: this, although the mangled sound track makes me want to do violence to the current state of copyright law that doubtless makes it hard to find an unaltered copy.

* I don’t really know that it can’t be repaired. Although when I was walking back from retrieving the bike from the Palo Alto police, I stopped by Palo Alto Bicycles just for giggles to ask if it would need a new frame. I’ll give you one guess at the answer. I’m unsure exactly what I’m going to do with the bike, or to replace it, just yet.

4 Comments »

  1. Doh! What happened?!

    Comment by Justin Dolske — 13.07.11 @ 22:05

  2. Only the duct tape can resolve it

    Comment by besr — 13.07.11 @ 22:09

  3. Essentially, the bike and I were in a crash with a car a week and a half ago. For now I’ll leave it at that, although I might post more details at some point.

    Comment by Jeff — 14.07.11 @ 23:47

  4. When I saw the bike i thought you’d disassembled the headtube assembly and put it back backwards, with the wheel going towards the sky!

    Comment by David Ascher — 19.07.11 @ 00:28

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