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Old 03-29-06, 08:05 PM   #1
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To fix or go new?

Hi Guys,

I bought a '05 Bianchi Volpe last fall and had been enjoying it pretty much this whole time. I wasnt super impressed with a few paint craftsmanship issues, and I wasnt super thrilled with the Tiagra group, but I got it for a really good deal so I couldnt really complain. I switched out the tires for some Maxxis road tires, adde arear rack, otherwise its stock.

Last Wednesday, unfortunatly I was involved in a accident with a automobile. I am generaly ok, but the bike is damaged, now I'm at those crossroads, on deciding on what to do with it.

-The front tire is bent pretty bad(might be fixable, but i doubt it.)
-The crank arm is bent up almost to the frame
-the big cog in front looks pretty bent
-Front deraileur is pretty bent
-Both brakes are pretty locked up, might just be from bent tires though
-The left brake/shift lever is bent over and down on a pretty radical angle
-The seat stay is bent inwards, but not radicaly, but it looks for sure bent
-I cant tell if the chaninstay is bent
-The cork tape is pretty shredded

Other question can I trust a frame that has been hit by a car?

Does this sound repairable?

I did talk to the LBS I bought it from, and he said hed look at it, and give me a honest opinion, and he mentioned these times are good times to upgrade things. What upgrades would be worth it at this point. I paid $600 for it last year on sale it was a $900 bike. At what price factor do you guys think I should consider not bothering and just going with a new bike. If i would go new anything along the lines of the Volpe you guys would reccomend. I have a little bit of time to decide. I really wont be doing anything to at least next week, I'm still on the mend.

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Old 03-29-06, 09:21 PM   #2
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Glad to hear your un-planned event did not cause you major injury.

As for the bike, it is obviously up to you. Minor damage to the Volpe's steel frame can be straightened to a trustworthy state. All the components you mentioned were damaged are most likely better off replaced. If you are unhappy with the Tiagra, the 105 gruppo is next higher offering in the Shimano hierarchy.

To fix or to buy new? I would say find a bike you would be interested in. If the repairs are, say, 80% of the price of a new bike, then go new. If less than that, fix it up. Pick your own percentage.

Some quick numbers from
Shimano 105 Double crank $84
Shimano 105 Double FD $44
Shimano 105 STI Brifters $139
Cinelli Cork tape $10
Mavic MX321 $39 (not sure if it fits your bike, just picked an inexpensive mtb rim as example)
Parts total-ish $316

This does not include labor, straightening the frame, and incidentals. Performance is not typically the best price around, but you get the idea. This is assuming your rear cassette is compatible with 105 components. Again, not sure.

This is a good question to also ask in the Mechanic's forum. Those guys love to fix things.

Good luck mending.

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May be repairable and even taking a few upgrades, May be economic. Depends who's paying. If it not you- then go for a new bike, and work a couple of upgrades. If it is you that pays- then decide if that frame may be too damaged, even with a good repair, for your peace of mind.
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Part out what you can and get a new bike. Over 300 in parts plus labor makes it almost like buying the bike over.
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Fortunately it was steel. But if insurance is paying for it, definitley get a new frame. I'm not sure how i'd feel riding a frame that's been in an accident.
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Thankyou to everyone who replied, much apprecieted.

The more I'm going over this in my mind, I am thinking maybe I am much better just cutting my losses and going for a new bike. At the end of the day even if I get everything replaced, I'm still riding a damaged bike that was bent(by a car no less). I am pretty sure now that the chainstay on the right side of the bike is also bent. I would imagine it would really take someone who really knew what they were doing to bend that straight again without compromising frame integerity.

It was a fun bike, while it lasted, was my introduction into road /drop bar biking, and I enjoyed it. I now know I like classic geometry vs compact geometry, I have begun to discover what type gearing I need and what I dont in a road bike, all these things I didnt know comming in. I have learned various lessons through buying the Bianchi, riding it and then even crashing it. So not all is lost. Some wise person said once that no venture is a waste it you learn something. I have learned quite a view so it was worth it. I still have my Cannondale f400 to rde in the meantime.

Thankyou guys for taking the time to respond to my post and thanks OPC for looking up some of the parts for me, that was nice of you.
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