(The bike is a 2006 Specialized Allez; Aluminum frame)
My bike was the subject of an unfortunate attempted theft on Thursday, and I've just now gotten to the point of coping with my loss that I can talk, and ask for help about it. The bike was parked at a train station in Chicago, locked to a rack with a U lock. When I got off the train, I could tell from a distance that the top tube was mangled. It appears the someone attempted to steal the bike by fitting a pipe between the ulock and the top tube and prying. There are two large crushed sections, and the length in-between is no longer straight (possibly the thief kept the bottom of the U above the top tube, with the lock part below, fit the pipe through, and tried to twist.
Well, the lock didn't break (Kryptonite wins that round), but I am left with a bike I can't ride. What are my options in dealing with this? Is it worth it to buy a new frame? I don't have the mechanical expertise to switch everything over, so would most likely need to pay someone. Can bottom brackets be switched over like this? Any other options?
I'm a graduate student and living on a very low budget. The bike was my nicest possession (although I think my collection of texts may be worth more) and cost is a very important issue.
Here are some pictures