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Old 09-18-08, 07:26 AM   #1
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What to do with wrecked bike?

So, to cut a long story short, it looks like I'll have a 2009 specialized tricross sport as a replacement for my wrecked (snapped fork, bent front wheel, broken front brake and cables) 2008 specialized tricross sport. Assuming the insurance company doesn't collect the wrecked bike, what should I do with it?

Possibilities:
- repair it (quote was for about $1200, bike was $1800, also the forks are apparently very hard to get)
- strip it (but then what to do with all these parts? why do I want duplicate parts for my bike? Could I really sell them? Do I want to?)

If I had lots of time, I would consider getting parts swapped out on the replacement bike, so at least I could make two different bikes (say one for touring/commuting, one with thin wheels...), but I need it tomorrow.

So...?

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Old 09-18-08, 08:52 AM   #2
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Strip it and sell the parts or keep 'em for backup. At least, that would be what I would do.
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Strip/sell. It's free money, dude!

$1,200 (2/3 of the original value) to fix the old one seems silly. Sell off what you can, and save what you can't sell as spares for the '09. Personally, I can't justify having two bikes that are too similar to eachother. Even if they're set up slightly differently.
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Just curios, did you have insurance on the bike, or did someone hit you and had to pay for it?
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Strip it and keep the parts for when you come across a nice old frame to build up a beater/commuter/rainbike.
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I was able to keep my bike after it was hit. I did what caloso said and stripped the parts off and used many of them for my replacement commuter. However, they are a bit low end so I am slowly replacing them.

I think I may use the frame as a decoration in my bike room or garage.
A form of reminder if you will.
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See if anyone is recycling bikes in your area. Toronto has at least one such group, the Community Bicycle Network, salvaging and tuning-up and patching together old bikes. They used to have a bikeshare program (rather like Zipcars), but now they just recycle and sell bikes, and give bikes to people who can't afford to buy them.
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So, to cut a long story short, it looks like I'll have a 2009 specialized tricross sport as a replacement for my wrecked (snapped fork, bent front wheel, broken front brake and cables) 2008 specialized tricross sport. Assuming the insurance company doesn't collect the wrecked bike, what should I do with it?

Possibilities:
- repair it (quote was for about $1200, bike was $1800, also the forks are apparently very hard to get)
- strip it (but then what to do with all these parts? why do I want duplicate parts for my bike? Could I really sell them? Do I want to?)

If I had lots of time, I would consider getting parts swapped out on the replacement bike, so at least I could make two different bikes (say one for touring/commuting, one with thin wheels...), but I need it tomorrow.

So...?

Steve
If the frame is sound (make sure the impact that ruined the fork didn't tweek the frame), you could always put another fork from a different manufacturer on it. Even with the proprietary fork, a new fork shouldn't be $1200. Someone was just trying to tell you to go away. Here's a Ritchey for $240 and I wasn't even trying.
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Old 09-18-08, 04:30 PM   #9
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If the frame is sound (make sure the impact that ruined the fork didn't tweek the frame), you could always put another fork from a different manufacturer on it. Even with the proprietary fork, a new fork shouldn't be $1200. Someone was just trying to tell you to go away. Here's a Ritchey for $240 and I wasn't even trying.
Hmm, good point. Now that I look closer, the quote is really as follows:

Fork: $425 (they didn't say so, but I believe this would be a full carbon S-works fork, as there really aren't any tricross sport forks left)
Front brake: $60
Handlebar tape: $30 (debatable whether needed)
Gear and brake cables: $70 (don't know if needed, the brake cable probably was yanked pretty hard)
Chain: $60 (dura-ace)
Labour: $210
Front wheel: $180

(Plus $160 for a helmet)

So, imagining that I could do this by myself as a project, it would cost at most $800. (all prices $AUD)

Damn. If I didn't need a bike urgently (like, 4 day trip leaving tomorrow) I would do this. But I'd really need to wait and see if the insurance company is actually going to collect it or not. (It was on someone else's insurance - they were at fault.)

Another thought I had this morning would be to buy an LHT frame or something and move all the components over. The one thing I didn't like about LHTs was the bar end shifters, so this way I'd have STI. Still a shame to not use the frame - the most expensive component. But then, if the only fork I can find is like $425, and an LHT frame is say $800 (guessing), then it's not such a big loss.

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Old 09-18-08, 04:38 PM   #10
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See if anyone is recycling bikes in your area. Toronto has at least one such group, the Community Bicycle Network, salvaging and tuning-up and patching together old bikes. They used to have a bikeshare program (rather like Zipcars), but now they just recycle and sell bikes, and give bikes to people who can't afford to buy them.
Yeah, there is such a place - I guess that's a good fallback option. Compared to most of the bikes they have there, this would certainly be a step up!

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Hey Steve why are you insisting on sticking with the Specialized branded fork? I think even Nashbar has a carbon 700c fork that might work and as cyccommute pointed out there are other fork options.
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I'd get the frame looked over by someone who knows what they are doing, just to ensure that even with a new fork, some stress riser doesn't cause the frame to fail in a bad way, with you on it.
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Old 09-23-08, 05:58 PM   #13
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>Hey Steve why are you insisting on sticking with the Specialized branded fork? I think even Nashbar has a carbon 700c fork that might work and as cyccommute pointed out there are other fork options.

The impression I got from the LBS was that Specialized stuff is pretty, uh, specialised. He's pretty sure even the 09 Tricross Sport fork won't fit in the 08 Tricross Sport frame. Something to do with the location of the bearings.

The other answer is, what exactly would I do with a Tricross frankenbike? I already have my new one, and using a non-standard fork would surely grately devalue the old one, so...

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