Frame repair - straightening question
So this he Sedan hit me while I was crossing a fourway stop intersection. It was clearly my turn, the guy in front of him went ahead and it was my turn to go. He hit me dead on the right side, landed on his hood and made quite an impression. I was fine, got a very minor roadrash on my right elbow and a huge bruise thats healing pretty nicely on my left knee.
As for my question, I want to know more general infos about straightening a chromoly steel frame. I would get a new bike, but I want to do as much as I can to keep this one because most bikes with this geometry now comes in Aluminum. I hate aluminum.
Anyway, there was no visible bending to my bike at all. I can't even tell if its bent or not, but my mechanic says I should get a new one. Even the headtube looks fine. I find it odd since I can't find any cracks on the tube itself or on the welded parts, some aesthetic scratches yeah. And it is chromoly steel after all. Steel is supposed to be more flexible than aluminum. Why is he insisting on replacing the whole thing? It's odd, since many more fragile roadbikes involved in worst crashes can be fixed. Is it adviseable to get a second opinion? whats the general cost of straightening a frame? Can it only be done on the dropouts and not on the maintube itself?
What exactly should I look for in the frames to determine wether or not it is still fixable? And while we're at it, how do I become a paying subscriber to bikeforums?