The 56-year-old man was riding along a street in Mooloolaba, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, at about 5.40am on Sunday and was knocked off his bike when he collided with a hose that was strung up across the roadway, police said.
Due to the low light the cyclist could not see the hazard, which authorities say was tied to shrubs at chest height on Goonawarra Drive near Quondong Street.
He fell from his bike and was taken to the Sunshine Coast University hospital with fractured ribs and a broken collarbone.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or similar ones in the area, to come forward.
Residents living on Palm Drive, Tombarra Street, Pettigrew Street and Kalinda Ave who may have CCTV or dashcam are also being urged to contact police.