It was a cold Tuesday morning at around 7:30am. I was traveling my usual 3 miles to work when I hit the back of along traffic queue. As normal I started to filtered down the right hand side of the cars. I was probably 500 yards from the gates to work when a woman in a silver Peugeot decided to turn right without indication and straight into me.
She hit the left side of my bike and back wheel. Luckily I managed to stay upright and bring the bike to a controlled stop. The driver stopped and we exchanged details. She admitted fault at the scene but I had no witnesses stop too see if I was ok.
The bike was damaged but not too bad. The rear wheel was badly buckled, the half clips on the deals broke, the rear mudguard bent and my right overshoe torn. The cost to repair at the local bike shop was £121!
Anyway, fast forward three weeks and I’ve had the bike fixed and took it out for its first spin this morning. Whilst the bike was in a i had it serviced and had some new tyres fitted. I opted for continental GP4000s 25mm.
I went on a short 10 mile spin this morning and the bike felt good. It felt a bit faster but I think that may have been in my head my head more than anything. I will continue to commute on my bike this week as I’m not letting this close call put me off. I will probably be more cautious of other road users from now on though.