This one has been making the rounds on the internet on "funny image" websites and email forwards. No idea on the story behind it, but it looks very painful.
See you all in 2010 with more photos of broken bikes.
I was backing out of a parking space in a small parking garage of a San Fransisco hotel with my bike on a trunk rack when I hear a loud crunch. This is the result. Although I traded up for a Felt F1 for little money, it worked out for the best.
I broke this Zeus carbon fiber seat post while transitioning from a golf cart path to the street. The uppermost fracture is from the event; while the lower fracture was made while extracting it from my Orbea Orca by my favorite bike shop in Peachtree City Ga, Bicycles Unlimited.
Here's a shot of my (insert brand here) bottom bracket that was kind enough to break off. What the photo can't show is that there's a crack extending up the spindle, too, right up inside the bearing race. And yes, that's a shard of BB spindle sticking out of the crankarm!
The bike flew off of the roof of my car at 75 mph, shattering my rear window and bouncing down Interstate 95 in Maine, in the dark, on the way back from a crit in September 2007. The bike bounced into the road and got run over by a Mercedes C-class (my insurance company later found out that it punctured the oil tank of the Mercedes) and was totally wrecked. Luckily no one was hurt.What had apparently happened was that Josh forgot to secure the rear wheel on my roof rack. The bike was facing backwards, and the carbon dropouts broke (they were still in my Thule tray!) and the bike went flying.We collected the bike, put it in the back seat of my car (which was now covered in shattered glass) and Josh kept it in his apartment as a piece of "art".Amazingly, the SRM survived the entire ordeal, and was in perfect shape, and lived on to be used on Josh's TT bike.