Or in this case a bolt!
I had my first crash today in a good long while- years at least. Evidently I lost the bolt fastening the brake arm to the chainstay, so the brake rotated around the axle, wrapping the brake cable around the hub and causing the rear wheel to stop suddenly and with extreme prejudice, depositing me on the road, sideways.
I was very lucky in that I was going slowly, in a bike lane, and I mostly just tipped over sideways. My knee is scraped (although my tights were hardly snagged) and I'm sure I'll have a heck of a bruise tomorrow, but otherwise I'm fine. I disentangled the cable from the hub and rode home without a rear brake. Will have to order another of the VO braided silver brake cables, because I don't think anyone carries them around here
Just a reminder to check all those bolts and nuts and to be a regular user of Locktite or star washers or both!
Off to soothe my knee and bruised ego with some New York Super Fudge Chunk, my cure-all of choice!