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We all know that it’s a good idea to avoid rid­ing over fallen tree branches on the road – and, for that mat­ter, on the trail – but what about ap­par­ently in­signif­i­cant twigs?

A few days af­ter a par­tic­u­larly in­tense wind­storm i n On­tario i n early May, the coun­try roads north of New­mar­ket, Ont., were strewn with tree de­bris. On a ride, I was aware of a small twig in my path – around 5" long and less than an inch thick. I eased my front wheel to the left to avoid rid­ing over it. In an in­stant, I was on the ground bleed­ing from my face and, as de­ter­mined later in the ER, had a bro­ken col­lar bone, wrist and fin­ger. Sea­son over.

My 18-year-old cus­tom steel (Colum­bus Foco) frame fared no bet­ter with bent and cracked top and down tubes, but with no dam­age to the front wheel and spokes. So the ques­tion is – what caused the sud­den brak­ing and the re­sult­ing bone breaks?

I can only con­clude that some­how the twig flipped up­ward and fol­lowed the tire to the top of the fork, and then jammed the wheel.

Les­son learned – and passed on for the ben­e­fit of all cy­clists – avoid woody de­bris no mat­ter how small and in­signif­i­cant it may ap­pear.

An­drew Darke New­mar­ket, Ont.

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