Yesterday I noticed my handlebars were creaking. Sometimes. On one side. Today the creak was quieter, but on both sides and more frequent. There didn’t seem to be any give, on either side, so I wasn’t too worried. Squeaking wheels get greased, but what do you do for handlebars?
I was stopped at an intersection. The light changed, and I was through the intersection and about 20 feet beyond. Suddenly my head seemed to be down near the wheel and then I was on the ground.
I had no idea what had happened. I had a yoga mat strapped to my back and it was all tangled up with bike cables which made figuring things out more difficult.
The metal arm holding my handlebars had snapped through. I had patches of roadrash, but was otherwise fine. And the damn yoga mat was still tangled up.
|The metal arm that snapped was not thin. Maybe ¼inch thick on either side.|
Once I worked out that I wasn’t dead, or seriously wounded, I became insanely cheerful. I was laughing. I wanted everyone to come and see my poor bike. It could so easily have been worse (I had just come down a hill which I usually take between 30~40mph.
The bike now has a new handlebar (and new cables, and other things). But I’m still a little afraid of it, especially down hills…