I've basically lost 4 bikes in one semester. Yesterday was the pits when it came to things going wrong... Technically I have 2 bikes... but 3 of my wheelsets have practically been put out of commission. Without getting too emo, here are the details:
1. My old schwinn varsity 10 speed ate it when I ran over a stick which managed to lodge itself in between my spokes and ride up into my fork. It dented my fork and took 3 spokes out of the front wheel on that one.
2.+3. I got a schwinn which I converted into a single speed. I bought a fixed gear wheelset... and ended up stripped BOTH sides of the track hub (that's what I get for buying a ****ty cog.)
4. Yesterday (Friday the 13th... nothing seemed to be going right for me yesterday.) my housemate ran her car into my bike... which was locked up to a pole that supports our front patio... I woke up in the morning ready to ride out for an important meeting only to find my bike lying down on the driveway. It was still locked to the pole... but the backwheel had been dented up/taco'ed. Another indicator of my bike taking a pretty sharp fall was the handlebar tape was ripped up. The pole is way up the drive way... she had to have been driving really really bad in order to smash into it... but I wouldn't put it past her. She admitted to hitting my bike with her car and I am now thinking of how much to ask for compensation.
So my main question is, how much should I charge the house mate? She's kinda spoiled and I haven't been getting along with her of late. My handlebar tape is pretty much gone so I'm thinking of asking about $15 + whatever $$ for a back wheel. Anyone have any ideas how much a 27" singlespeed wheel would cost? The tubulars seem fine... so does the cog... but I'm thinking of how much to charge her + time (inconvenience of not having a bike) + labor.