I wanted to ask for some advice. I was out on my bike earlier last week and was involved in an almost head-on collision with a vehicle.
I was cycling at a sensible speed, had a helmet on and was on a familiar route near my home. A driver emerged from a junction, and although I had my brakes covered and tried to swerve out of the path, the car carried on and hit me. My bike and I left the ground completely and I was thrown back from the bonnet of the car and into the road where I landed akwardly on my backside/lower back. I also badly hurt my right wrist when hitting the floor. My left leg was also in a lot of pain.
The driver fled the scene but luckily, a member of the public was already near me and took down the vehicle registration number. The police later located the driver and found him to be over the legal alchohol limit.
I was strechered to hospital but, miraculously, didn't suffer any broken bones. I'm bruised, battered and shaken up to the point that I have spent the last five days or so unable to walk around without a noticeable limp. I went back to hospital two days later as I started to develop pains and stiffnes in my next. A doctor examned me and told me that I have symtoms of whiplash. I have a strap on my right wrist. I have about 25-50% use in it but simple things such as opening a jar of pasta sauce, turning on a tap or tieing my shoelaces are not possible at present.
A family friend collected my bike from the scene and I only got round to seeing it briefly a day or so ago. The front wheel is buckled and the handlebars are not in line. It also has some scuff marks and the left hand pedal is badly scratched up.
I've only owned my carbon bike for two weeks and as the only non-carbon components are the wheels, groupset and chain. The manufacturer offers a crash replacement policy and in both their manual and on their website, they talk of replacing all carbon components for my own safety if I have been involved in a critical incident.
The thing is, I just don't feel safe even thinking about riding that bike again and I'm just in such a mess both physically and mentally that I'm not sure how long it's going to take me to get back on the bike. I have to get better first and that's going to take time. My head is a complete blur at times and I suffer from back ache, headaches and loss of concentration.
I know a few people will say that if my bike doesn't show any cracks visibly, that it will probably be ok to ride. I have read that carbon is very good at conceling stress damage and I just wouldn't feel safe on that frame anymore. The handlebars and seatpost are carbon and I just don't know what to do or where to turn next.
It's taken me days to consider putting this together and I just can't believe this has happened to me.