I was about a 1/4 mile from the end of a century ride waiting for a light to change when a fellow cyclist pulled up next to me. He was unable to clip out and fell on me bringing me to the ground with him. After the dust cleared I found my back rim bent beyond repair.
The guy insisted that he would buy me a new rim and waited for me to walk to the finish and took my info. He contacted me the next day and asked that I send him the receipt when I replaced the rim. I did so and shortly there after I received payment from him.
I was very surprised and thankful that he payed for the new rim. I had no expectation that he would do so and simply chalked it up as an accident, part of the cost of riding.
But it got me thinking, would I have done the same if the situation was reversed? What if I fell on someones Zipps?
What is the "proper" thing to do in a situation like this?