So I'm riding a 49 cm Windsor Timeline and managed to get hit by a car yesterday. This is my commuting bike and I've put almost 1k miles since August.
My fork got bent back and although it works fine, it gave me more aggresive handling which I'm not interested in for commuting. There was once no toe overlap and now there is= no track standing or making u-turns.
It has two decent cracks in the paint from the bending back so I know I'm going to need to replace it. I emailed bikesdirect to find out how much a replacement would run me but under the advice of someone on the forum, I'd like to know what else I should look into getting besides the stock fork from BD. I don't really want to spend too much considering I'll probably need to take it to a bike shop to get the top cut down to size.
The bikesdirect website doesn't give much specs, and I'm not sure if they were affected from the crash, so I don't know if I should just measure myself. The fork runs 700 x 32c wheels (I have a 700 x 23 for now because my other wheel is too out of true to be fixed) and has a 1 1/8" steerer. I'm looking to keep the fork steel considering its for commuting. Anybody want to send me some recommendations? I have the 49 cm frame.
This is what bikesdirect.com says about the fork:
Windsor Custom Drawn Triple Butted and Tapered 4130 Cromoly Aero Road
Drilled for road brake, 1.125 inch steerer
As for the geometry,
SEAT TUBE C-T 49cm
SEAT TUBE C-C 46cm
TOP TUBE 514mm
WHEEL BASE 998mm
STAND OVER 29.7"
CHAIN STAY 405mm
H/T ANGLE 72
S/T ANGLE 75
Here is the stock picture of the bike and a picture of it now.