Yesterday I hit an SUV which pulled out in front of me from a business driveway near a busy intersection. I was hauling a small load of groceries...saw it coming, braked...but could not stop in time. I tried to to turn and take it sideways but ended up with my front wheel wedged between his tire and bumper. Might have been OK at that point but...he instinctively began to back up and mangled my front wheel before I could get him to stop.
So. Today I did damage assessment on my Dahon '08 Mu XL Sport. Front wheel, taco'd to un-salvageable. Front rack strut slightly bent. Generator hub hard to turn...probably toast.
Here's the bad part. Both front fork blades appear torqued symmetrically about an inch to the rider's left. Don't see any frame damage; headset looks OK and steering turns smoothly.
What to do? Can they be reliably straightened? Can they be replaced? I sent a message to my usual bike-drug pusher Thor.
Mu XL Crash.jpg Mu XL Crash 2.jpg Mu XL Crash 3.jpg
Oh my. Oh my.