Another Crash

Day’s Verse:
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-7

Crashed again. Fine again. Front fork totaled again.

I emailed a description to myself. Here it is.

At 6:45 am on Wednesday, September 29, I was riding south on Market Street in Kirkland behind another bicyclist. I moved out of the bike lane and into the going-straight lane, fairly close behind the other bicyclist. The other bicyclist abruptly turned to the right while I continued straight, causing me to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting him. I don’t think I hit him; he stayed upright, while I immediately crashed, falling on my left side. Examination of my bike at the time indicated that the front fork had bent severely at the brake dropout, and the front fender had been bent as well. It appeared that the fork bent under the strain of braking. Fortunately, I had panniers on the bike, and they absorbed the shock and protected me from any injury other than bruising.

I consulted Chad at Pedal Dynamics and Chris at JRA Bike Shop, and both agreed that the fork failure was a manufacturing/design defect. Damage to the bike includes the front fork, the fender, the tire (which was sliced), and my helmet, which hit the ground hard when I fell. My next step is to go back to the manufacturer and see what they’ll do for me.

This is where it happened.


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I’m back where I was in March and feeling really discouraged about it. Had to drive in on a gorgeous sunny day, too.

PS –
Broken Fork 1

Broken Fork 2

7 thoughts on “Another Crash”

  1. Sad-face upon hearing of another crash. Very relieved to hear you’re fine, though.

    And I’d agree about the front fork defect – the disc-brake bracket seems to be the point of failure. Possibly the fork wasn’t originally engineered for the stress of that. Or else they just underestimated the maximum force that might be applied to such a… pink… component! 😉

  2. It looks like the brake may be over-spec for the fork. The flange holding the brake could have continued 1-2″ higher, and possibly strengethened an apparently weak juncture. Thicker walled fork tubes clearly desireable, but one never sees a spec for this when buying. Good you can write about it!

  3. Sorry about the crash, but you’re not the first to fold a fork with a disc brake; especially under hard braking, with a load, and crashing into someone or something. Don’t know if “Chad at Pedal Dynamics and Chris at JRA Bike Shop,” are manufacturing and post-crash analysis experts, but I’m sure Davidson will make you a new fork. Bike parts break. Good thing is that wasn’t your bones.

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