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    Any one think I have any recourse?

    So I love riding to work, I love the ride, the people I pass, the fact that I have a rack right outside my door when I get to work, but I hates asshats.

    I'll explain. I work on a major university campus in the SF Bay Area. I do not work for the university, but manage an on campus eatery that is corporately owned. This weekend, in the same complex as where my restaurant is, there is a World Craft Festival. I think this means crap from all over will be in one place for a limited time. They were setting up tonight. Sometime between 12 and 5, someone drove into the area where the bike racks are, hit my bike, bent the hell outta both rims, and left. This is my "new" bike, I've had it less than a week. I had to call my wife, who had to stop making dinner, load the two screaming kidlets into the car, drive 20 mins to come get me, and make my life generally difficult. I can get to work tomorrow, only because I still have the "pig", my old heavy mt bike.

    I'm supposed to go introduce myself in the morning to the woman who runs the facility where my store is located since I am the new GM here, my second day, and I am tempted to tell her that one of the people setting up for the fair in her facility hit my bike, caused serious damage, and I would like restitution. And I will have an estimate, because right next to me is the campus bike shop. I've already made friends there, in the third hour I was at work yesterday.

    Do I have a shot at getting anything from her other than a "gee, that's too bad"?

    And how much do decent rims cost for a roadie these days? I'm currently running 700cx25c and love them, but the rims are probably 16 years old, like the rest of the bike.

    This sucks though, I don't want to ride the "pig" to work.

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    You can get cheapo 700c rims from sporting goods stores or an LBS for probably $80 or so for the set. If your wheel is a freehub, you can pull the cassette off of it. If it's a freewheel, you can probably get a wheelset even cheaper (and I'd have the bike shop move the gear cluster for you, freewheel clusters aren't as easy to swap)

    I'm talking low-end Dimension or Alex wheels that will get the job done just fine, but they aren't gonna be Bontragers or anything.
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    I would be looking for a car with the some paint that matchs the color of your bike. Then call the cops on them for a hit and run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CigTech
    I would be looking for a car with the some paint that matchs the color of your bike. Then call the cops on them for a hit and run.
    Yeah, fortunately they didn't hit the frame, they just ran over the rear tire. The front tire got tweaked because it was still attached to the rack by my lock. And this is a busy university campus, there are far to many cars, and far to many bad drivers.

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    I would talk to her a bit and then mention it tactfully. You never know. She may react very positively. Other than that, without knowing for sure who did it you will never get any restitution from anyone, and she seems like the person that could most help you find out who it was.
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    Let's see... uhm... SF bay area, university, festival, crafters. Got it! Put up a huge sign at the spot indicating that if the owners of the vehcle that hit your bike do not reimberse you, that you reserve the right to place a "Bush/Cheney" bumper sticker on that car and that they would assume the responcibility of any damage that probably would occur to that car. Yep, that should do it. If it would work anywhere it would be a bay area craft festival.

    What the hell. Might as well just place a few of those bumper stickers on random cars. Find a good observation spot, open a beer and sit back and enjoy the show.

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    I will presume that the area in which you park your bike is not normally open to traffic. Find out who was authorized to drive in that area for the special event and that should help you narrow the search. Video tapes/security cameras/webcams? If anyone was recording that would help. You can also post a large REWARD poster near the rack asking for information about that hit-and-run.
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    Unless there's a security camera near the bike rack that would've caught the action on tape or witnesses than can identify the car, I doubt you'll get anything from the property manager. You assume a certain amount of risk for locking your bike up at the rack and the university can be held at fault for property theft or damage. Check you lbs for whatever spare wheels they have lying around or check out the local bike co-op for a good used wheelset.
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    You really should have called the police to report the property damage. I really don't see what responsibility the manager of the facility has to you. It is like if you get into an accident in a parking lot and you try to get money from the parking lot owner. It makes no sense.
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    About the only way you could make a claim is if you have a good argument that the owners of the bike rack were negligent because they put it in a place that they knew, or should have known, would expose bikes to being hit by cars, but its a stretch.

    How do you know it was a car? Could have been some idiot bending your wheels on purpose.
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    I bet the person who smashed your bike has no idea he did so. You should tell the organizers--maybe someone will fess up. I would.
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    I got a pair of 700c wheels (deore hubs, sun rims) for $84 on ebay....course shipping adds up.
    Also nashbar had (couple of days ago anyway) a set of wheels about $100

    good luck

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    And how much do decent rims cost for a roadie these days? [/quote]

    If you're looking for just rims (not a wheelset) Nashbar has Mavic 700c Open Sport rims for $22.95 ea.
    in their latest mailer. The Open Sport is a fairly rugged piece, great for a commuter.

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    this happens every day in NYC. i see so many bikes with tacoed rims that have been run over and left by careless drivers.

    i highly doubt you'll get anyone to pay up.

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    Are you sure those Deore hubs will have the right rear spacing?
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    I work a 5-minute walk from that very same building, and am glad that I can keep my bike in my cube.

    Definitely report it. A buddy of mine had his car hit by a golf cart while on campus, and he reported it and they paid.
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    I would imagine that the crafts fair people must have to carry some sort of liability insurance. Check with the university.
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    What about your home owners insurance? That's what we pay them for after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by capejohn
    What about your home owners insurance? That's what we pay them for after all.

    His bike is 16 years old....essentially worthlesss unfortunately. It wouldn't even cover most deductables.
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