RE: Should I replace a wobbly front wheel?
The person who hit me is definitely at fault. No question about that. I entered the crosswalk on a green light and white walk signal, then he rammed me. Didn't check his right side before attempting to pull into traffic. I was able to stand and walk through the pain and after the guy got out and asked if I was alright, I asked for a ride home. Because it hurt. I should have collected info from a couple of drivers who were behind him who may have seen it happen, but I didn't. He loaded my bike into his cargo space and I told him how to get to my place. It was only a few miles to go, but I was in no condition to get back on, especially with one of my brake levers snapped off. When we got to my place, I mentioned the brake lever and asked him if he would pay for it, then I asked for his phone number. He then handed me a napkin from Starbucks with a name and number. I should have memorized his license plate, but, again, distracted, naive, etc. I didn't file a police report or anything, but I'm going to try to call the police and see if they can do anything for the limited info I have. A semi-vague description of the driver and the make, model and color of the car.
I went to the clinic a couple days later, worried that I might have a tendon injury on my left knee, but it was just some really nasty bruising. I feel a lot better now, but am not yet confident enough to ride up and down steep hills for 20 miles.
So, cautionary tale, kids: Trust no one. Collect witness information. Call the police. Collect insurance information. Get that license plate number. There's probably not a lot of slender, short-haired caucasian men with multiple tattoos that drive a light green Honda Element, so maybe justice can still be had.