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    Bike Crash

    So I just finished putting together my summer project a few days ago, a old Cambio Rino that i repainted and assembled, also my first ever geared, road bike build.

    Today on this bike's second ever ride, I was running some errands and when I was one block away from my home, I had to swerve away from a car creeping through the intersection while i was turning left and ended up smashing right into a curb sending me over the handlebars and into a fire hydrant. I now have a tweaked knee, sore shoulder, assorted scrapes and a really nasty bruise on my side, but worst of all my bike frame is toast.

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    Now admittedly, this was mostly my fault. I was really hammering it approaching the intersection and wasn't really paying attention. I was also not totally comfortable on the bike as I have rode exclusively fixed gear for the last two years.

    While I'm heart broken that a month and a half's worth of work is gone after about only 40 minutes worth of riding time, life moves on and I'm going to start looking for a new frameset to build up. Surprisingly all my components are practically unscathed (including the fork!), except for my front wheel which has a rather big dip in it, although I'll see if I or my LBS can true it back (fingers crossed).
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    Looks like there's still enough room to put a 16" wheel on the font, though you may want to weld up a couple of braces for the bent tubes first.

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    i'm terribly sorry to read and see your misfortune. I hope you mend quickly but what a dreadful sight your frame is. It looked like such a nice frame too.

    I was amazed to read that you are on the hunt for a replacement frame. I really hope you find a magnificent frame soon. Congratulations on such a positive attitude.

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    I myself am actually surprised at how crumpled the frame got. I'd say between me and the frame, it definitely got the worse of the crash. Me and my dad have been speculating that the bike was rusted from the inside out and was already structurally compromised as there is evidence of rust in the cracks of the mangled tubes.

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    Ouch. Glad you're still in shape to type this. Looks like a very nasty crash seeing the state of that iron.
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    Too bad this happened, good to read you've come to the right conclusions. The damage is typical for such a crash and yes, some details might indeed point in the direction of the lug/tube connection not being 100% OK before the crash. Check out the fork, it is usually a little bent.
    The steel absorbs a lot of energy when bending, one more reason to ride steel. Alu just doesn't bend or rips apart and the rider takes full blow.

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    i would have cried. a lot.

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    Sad to see a beautiful frame destroyed, but happy that you are unhurt. Hope you will find a worthy replacement.

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    Oh so sorry to hear this, but luckily you are OK.

    The frame looks/ed lovely so it's a real shame but at least it absorbed some of the impact.

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    Good to hear you're ok, bikes can be replaced. You can't be. Get well soon.

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    Man, I am glad to hear you are okay. There's always another bike. There's only one of you. Good luck with the bike search and take care of yourself on the road.
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    I as well am happy to hear you are OK and on the mend.

    since it has not been said yet "This should buff right out"


    this is terrible, you did such a great job.
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    as spiccoli would say...'i can fix it'



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    ...the forks not bent???

    So sorry for the loss.

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    Thanks everyone. I haven't pulled out the fork yet, but it surprisingly seems straight and unbent.

    Would I be able to tell visually if the fork is bent or not? Or is there another trick (that doesn't involve riding with it)?

    Even my front wheel aside from a bent spoke and a bend in the rim seems to have survived better than expected considering the sorry state of the frame.

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    Thank God you are OK... - Wring out the crying towel - Its great to see you are getting back to work - Your bike part inventory looks complete except for a frame...
    OH - I too am gong to cry when this happens to me and I hope I can walk away from it in one piece...

    Some times its just your turn...

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    Wow, that's some serious damage from a curb. Glad you are in better shape than the bike.

    They really shouldn't put those curbs so close to the road, they are a hazard.

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    let see a pic of the bike before the accident, it sure looks like a nice frame

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    Bummer! But you´re OK and thats what matter. I know you´ll get well but the other hurting will continue, so I hope you get a worthy replacement. This one went to Hall of fame!
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    What tubing, curiously?

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    Glad you're intact after that! Heal quickly and hang that bent frame as Trophy. You'll be able to use all the lessons of that build on a new one.
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    Glad you came out much better off than the bike!

    I can't get over the amount of frame damage resulting in contact with a curb - particularly as the fork looks undamaged and you've stated the rim only ended up with a ding in it (and it can't be that big if you think it can be repaired - right?). I think the frame was rusting big-time from the inside out, too. I mean, the frame even crumpled at the BB end of the downtube. Wow.

    Too bad - she looked like a head-turner.

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    Wow. Glad you're OK. It does look like you did a great job on the frame. Hope the next one is as nice. I too would like to see a picture of it before the crash.

    And definitely save that as a trophy. Not many people can say they've crashed and destroyed a bike that thoroughly!

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    I've never seen a top-and-down-tube bend this bad. I'm also curious to know about this frame's construction. Maybe it was substandard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clubman View Post
    ...the forks not bent???
    That is what I thought as well. Seems like an unusual configuration of damage.

    In any event, better that the frame absorbs all that force than your body.

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