Every time somebody asks on this forum whether a bent steel frame can be recovered, the responses are about 80-20 that the bike is scrap/you'll face plant/only a pro frame builder can repair that/you're practically dead already if you use that bike. Few people seem to think steel can be bent back. Wondering if this response is based on actual experience or most people here are just extremely risk averse. In my time in the bike community I have never heard first hand of a steel frame failing catastrophically and causing a dangerous wreck. In fact, I've encountered plenty of people riding compromised frames with their faces intact.
Care to share any first hand stories? Or is it all hearsay?