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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-18-08, 11:06 PM   #1
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so i got hit by a car today and now i need a new bike

I was riding a '71 viscount (frame only with a great amalgamation of shimano 600 parts) converted to a single speed and i got nailed by a car on my way home. The frame split at the head tube and is cooked. I want to buy a decent fixed gear (with flip flop) to replace it without breaking the bank (though no kilo tt's). Probably going to look on Craigslist. Any suggestions what i should be looking for?
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Old 11-18-08, 11:16 PM   #2
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How much you wanna spend specifically?
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Old 11-18-08, 11:29 PM   #3
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First things first.
ARE YOU OKAY?
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Old 11-18-08, 11:39 PM   #4
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yeah, i am fine, small bruise on shin, but nothing else, I am lucky.
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Old 11-19-08, 12:00 AM   #5
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Getting any money from the accident?
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Yeah, is the person who struck you paying for the new frame.....whose fault was it, details please?
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Old 11-19-08, 04:35 AM   #7
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Insurance claim and get yourself a Bianchi Pista!
I got hit about six months ago and the guy drove off. If you are lucky enough to have gotten their insurance info then you need to run to the bank on em for the both of us. Claim neck injury...works everytime.
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Yeah you need a fat check from the driver or their insurance company.
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Claim neck injury...works everytime.
If the driver's at fault, the OP deserves a new bike and maybe a couple of bills for his trouble. Why would someone fake injuries and ultimately screw over the driver?
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Old 11-19-08, 12:51 PM   #10
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Old 11-19-08, 01:13 PM   #11
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If the driver's at fault, the OP deserves a new bike and maybe a couple of bills for his trouble. Why would someone fake injuries and ultimately screw over the driver?
Sarcasm? Jebus.
I agree the OP should definitely get a new bike out of it, but being as that he was riding a vintage bike the amount he may get might be minimal unless there is some cycle fiend insurance adjuster out there that happens to handle his case and knows the true value of it and actually gives him a fair price.
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Sarcasm? Jebus.
I agree the OP should definitely get a new bike out of it, but being as that he was riding a vintage bike the amount he may get might be minimal unless there is some cycle fiend insurance adjuster out there that happens to handle his case and knows the true value of it and actually gives him a fair price.
Not necessarily -- the regulations for such matters vary from state-to-state. Depending on what they are, you can still get a good chunk of cash even for a wrecked conversion.

In Illinois, for example, if your used bicycle is destroyed by a car, you are entitled to a modern equivalent of what was destroyed. So my Trek conversion, which was killed by a 2009 Toyota (thankfully, I was not), is going to net me about $1200. Why? Well, the going rate a equivalent modern lugged frame with a double-butted True Temper tubeset (or similar) is minimally $500-$600, some even go for $800 (I'm thinking of the Soma Delancey). Throw in another $200 to replace the fork, $150 for a new wheelset (my wheels were irreparably taco'd by the car), and we're talking some serious cash.

The insurance adjuster I dealt with was more than happy to accept this claim, especially since I had the LBS write up an assessment that corroborated this figures. Given that they regularly deal with people looking for thousands of dollars, dealing with a wrecked bike is small potatoes for them.
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Not necessarily -- the regulations for such matters vary from state-to-state. Depending on what they are, you can still get a good chunk of cash even for a wrecked conversion.

In Illinois, for example, if your used bicycle is destroyed by a car, you are entitled to a modern equivalent of what was destroyed. So my Trek conversion, which was killed by a 2009 Toyota (thankfully, I was not), is going to net me about $1200. Why? Well, the going rate a equivalent modern lugged frame with a double-butted True Temper tubeset (or similar) is minimally $500-$600, some even go for $800 (I'm thinking of the Soma Delancey). Throw in another $200 to replace the fork, $150 for a new wheelset (my wheels were irreparably taco'd by the car), and we're talking some serious cash.

The insurance adjuster I dealt with was more than happy to accept this claim, especially since I had the LBS write up an assessment that corroborated this figures. Given that they regularly deal with people looking for thousands of dollars, dealing with a wrecked bike is small potatoes for them.
For some reason I purposely want to stand with my bike behind cars that are backing up now.

That's amazing. I kinda wish now that I had chased down that guy that hit me.
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Old 11-19-08, 05:45 PM   #14
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I would claim lugged steel as a distinct feature of the frame and get a kazane or alien. With how much every part costs on a car, you'll see that insurance adjusters don't bat an eye at the cost of most decent frames / parts. You will probably need to find a LBS that doesn't think that non-carbon bikes are garbage to get an estimate, though.
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Glad you're not hurt. A Pista is a good choice, and a pake if you want to save more $ on the frame.
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The insurance adjuster I dealt with was more than happy to accept this claim, especially since I had the LBS write up an assessment that corroborated this figures. Given that they regularly deal with people looking for thousands of dollars, dealing with a wrecked bike is small potatoes for them.
It's really bizarre to have a "good" experience with an insurance claim, but this is the truth. I was reimbursed through renter's insurance for a stolen bike. They asked me the value of the bike brand new (it was 10+ yrs old and pretty beat up) and never demanded a receipt (YMMV). I gave a reasonable estimate, and they cut a check. It's just not worth their time for a few hundred bucks. Maybe if I'd owned a nicer bike things would have been different...
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