When you have bicycle damage,
be sure to have an inspection for possible unseen problems.
Recently, The Tour de France saw numerous crash outs. Some observers
say that the carbon fiber fabrication era has led to a tendency for
wheels and frames to break or shatter, versus the bending that formerly occurred with metal
Times TDF story).
Here is one cautionary note:
At the start of July 2014, two friends (& Princeton Freewheeler members)
were road-riding together when the front fork on one of their bikes collapsed. The
rider landed on his face and crushed the orbital bones around his eye. He also
went into cardiac arrest. The resulting loss of oxygen caused severe brain
damage, and he was taken off life support after a week, passing away.
People close to the situation had never heard of a fork collapsing like that,
and don't know why it happened. One clue: apparently, the accident victim had fallen
while on the same bike a couple of weeks earlier. He didn't get hurt at the
time, but perhaps, unbeknownst to him, damage was done to the fork. The
cause may never be known, but this
should be a reminder to everyone to thoroughly check your bike after an
accident, no matter how minor.
Related: See the CPSC bicycle recalls for any defective parts issues here.