My bike frame took a hard fall on the weekend. Picture the frame in a fully-extended, Ultimate Stand. I had the bottom-bracket up at about chest height. All parts off the bike for cleaning. Stand and bike out in the driveway. I remounted the front wheel (and tire) and walked back inside to clean some of the parts. I came back out to discover that the wind had (apparently) caught the front tire like a sail, spun the bike in a way that threw the stand off balance, and the frame and the stand had gone crashing to the ground. The biggest paint chip is at the bottom of the seat-stay, just two inches from where the derailler hanger mounts. Other scratches make it obvious that the rear-triangle on the right-side took most of the hit.
Now I can't get the rear wheel back into the dropouts. When I insert the wheel into the left dropout, the right-side dropout wants to come down onto my smallest cog.
Is the frame hosed?
Frame is aluminum, leading me to think that bending the frame back into position is a bad idea. Dropouts appear to be forged, but they are awfully thick -- bike is a mountain-bike.
I'm going to try and get in to my not-so-local bike shop tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm interested in any opinions or suggestions from people more familiar with frame problems than I am.