She sat in the garage glistening in her new bike awesomeness. Full of promises. Adventure, improved performance, great times with friends. And another darker promise. The first crash. Sooner or later it bites you and your new bike gets it first scratches, dings and dents. The first one’s painful but as they accumulate they become souvenirs that you revisit to remind you of the time you’ve spent together. Frequently your bike’s wounds are accompanied by your own.

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