I was hit by a car two days ago coming down a steep hill. I'm a little beat up but what really took the damage was my bike. The left seatstay was bent inward, along with my rear wheel. Everything else on the bike seems functional though.
Pic of bike BEFORE accident:
Before the accident, I was thinking about converting to drop bars and now, seeing as the frame's bent, I'll have an excuse to take everything off and put it on a new frame.
My question is, will my parts fit on a new roadbike frame (I have a 24 speed, 3 in front and 8 in back) and what frame would be decent for this?
Also, what other parts could I salvage to add drop bars (other than the obvious).
I also read that some places will bend your frame back into shape, but even if that were the case, I'd still want to switch to drops, so any advice on doing that as cheaply as possible would be much appreciated.
Last edited by ScarcelyAware; 06-19-09 at 03:57 AM.
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
The bike is an older hybrid and not a particualrly high-line model. From the pic it appears it's an aluminum frame. If so, there is no practical way to repair it. If it's a steel frame, it can be repaired but certainly wouldn't be worth the cost. In any event, the bike isn't valuable enough to put any real repair money into and 8-speed is pretty much obsolete too.
You could transfer the salvagable components to another frame but the needed replacement parts and converting to drop bars will probably run the project's cost up to the point where a new or good used complete bike would be less costly.
fuzz2050 makes a good point. Go after the driver's insurance.
The frame looks to be AL, if it is it will most likely crack if you try to bend it back into shape with out annealing it first. Which takes skill, and then still not a sure thing. Converting to drop bars would require you to get new shifters and brakes, usually not worth the effort or cost.
Like above if you are not at fault, put in a claim for a new bike with the drivers insurance.
Did you have the police come to the accident secne?
You could get a cheap frame (scattante) from Performancebike and then look for road brifters on ebay. A set of Sora shifters (make sure rear is 8 speed) should be fairly inexpensive. However, the brifters won't work with your brakes. Then again, ebay can be your friend for this. Also note, those v-brakes won't work on typical road frames, they don't have the posts.