Hey everybody. I just need to vent, and have a request, too. Read on... So today I was riding my bike home from the movies at around 7:30pm, and was on North Ave and Clark (for you Chicagoans), and as I was stopping at the red light, the car behind me plows in to me. Fun. Other than a seat up my bum, I'm ok, but my rear wheel is totally wrecked, the frame is scratched and bent a bit, and the derailleur has seen better days. The guy gets out, and is pretty apologetic at first. I'm pretty stunned at this point, so I don't remember much, but he kept offering to give me a ride to wherever I needed to go. Well, things were ok, I guess (considering), until I told him that I couldn't afford a new wheel now, and asked if he would help me get a new one. Notice I said help, I didn't say he should pay for it. So he starts yelling "Why you doin' this to me?" and saying it's clearly my fault since I stopped so quickly he couldn't react. I kinda laughed at this, since I'd been braking a while (my brakes ain't that hot) and was going 5 - 10mph TOPS. And he couldn't stop in time? At a red light?! I explained that in an accident like that, if I had been a car, even, he would have clearly been at fault. He keeps yelling and getting mad, and though I try to stay calm, I'm gettin' kinda pissed off that he's trying to screw me over and blame me. SO! I say I wanna call the cops and file a police report, in case I start hurting later or something, and he says fine, whatever, and says he has to go 'park his car" since he was in the bus lane. Ok. So he drives off. And that's the last I ever saw of him. I called the cops, they came, let me sit in the back (it was starting to rain), and took down all the information and even gave me and my broken bike a ride home. I got a description of his car, noted that I had damaged it slightly, and the last 4 digits of his plate. And that's all. If they get him I don't want to go to court, don't want to press charges, nothing like that. I just want him to help with a new wheel. That's it. 50/50, even, I'll do. Was that too crazy for me to ask? ANYWAYS! So! Here's my request from you, loyal reader who has made it to the end. I'm pretty broke right now, and can't afford a new wheel, and I need my bike as it's my only means of transport. SO. The money I was going to donate to the Rape Victim Advocates of Chicago for the their Chicago Marathon fundraiser will have to go to a new wheel. I'm asking that you guys, if you want to help out, please send them a donation. I'm hoping to raise $250 for them, and can't do it alone. So even if you've only got two bucks you could give them, please help, they do great work. Here's a link: http://www.active.com/donate/rapevictimadvocates/alext Thanks for listening, now I'm gonna go back to stripping down the broken parts off my bike.