I was in a minor collision this evening. Guy on a bike decided to go into the intersection while I had the green light and was pushing 25mph. Needless to say, I wasn't pleased. I did manage to brake and steer enough that I only clipped his back wheel. Still sent me flying, but could have been much worse.
I was surprised that my front wheel wasn't even flat afterward, as I thought we hit quite hard. I was expecting it to be severely deformed. It still spins true (very slight deviation, but i may have been there before) and smoothly. But something just doesn't feel right. My forks and stays are steel, so could the front fork be bent? Or would this be quite obvious? It seems to still ride fine, just feels a bit different, even after readjusting the bars and seat. Maybe it was because I was hopped up on adrenaline and bleeding. Or could the alignment be off? How would I check that? I guess the overall question is: what are likely mechanical problems from hitting something?