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Old 02-01-10, 03:50 PM   #1
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Got doored on my D7, is it still safe to ride?

Hi folks.

I got doored pretty hard on Friday on my way home from work and was pushed into traffic. Luckily it was able to stop and not run me over - this was in one of the busiest thoroughfares in Toronto.

I hit the pavement pretty hard, but was wearing outdoor construction clothes (for -20C) so I fared better than I would have in the summer. I landed on my bike.

The front rim is noticeably bent (rubbing the brake shoe once a revolution) but my concern is for the latches and frame.

Although nothing is obviously bent, would such an impact have been able to damage the frame?

I ask because the driver (a taxi) was charged, and I'm in the process of putting together an insurance claim against him.

What luck that the local constabulary was on hand to take notes from us all. (The cabbie, myself, the woman that stopped an inch from my head, and the woman that rear ended her.)

Thanks for your help in this.


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Old 02-01-10, 03:55 PM   #2
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I don't have any advice for you except to take it to the most reputable repair shop in town and get an opinion from them. If it's no go get it in writing.

I am glad the lady was able to stop in time (Whew!) and you didn't get too badly hurt. It's easier to heal a bike.
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Head on impacts usually have the most effect on the front wheel, fork, and the top / downtube right near the head tube. On a folding bike, this would just be the "frame tube" before the head tube.

Here is an example. I was the rider of this bicycle when it was involved in a collision involving a driver weaving through a gap against right of way, and pulling out in front of me. The impact velocity was approximately 40kph.

In the photograph, you can see 4 things:

1. Wheel has gone out of round.

2. The fork no longer follows the angle of the steerer, it has been bent backwards towards the frame.

3. The downtube is no longer straight and has compacted inwards between the O and the C on the Rocky Mountain logo.

4. There is a split in the paint visible just before the headtube on the top tube of the frame. This split is where the frame bent on the top, following the trauma at the downtube.

When inspecting your frame for damage, pay attention to all of these things specifically. Take good care to look at the condition of the fork, observe it from all angles, check for paint damage around these areas which is indicative of the metal giving way.

Without seeing the bike, I could not say if it were safe to ride. I would advise taking it to a nearby shop, preferably the dealer you purchased it from, and have the bicycle inspected and appraised for damage.

It's good that you weren't hurt too badly, hopefully you can get a full recovery on the losses for your bike. I wasn't so lucky in this instance, and have a permanent knee injury.
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Old 02-01-10, 07:09 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I'll take it in and get it checked out. And myself, too, I think. Still quite sore.
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