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Bike vs Garage Door

Old 07-08-08, 10:54 AM
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Bike vs Garage Door

My wife was driving home with my bike on the roof rack and she drove into the garage. The Thule roof rack broke the cross beam out of the holder and slide the entire rail back, but I think the bike made it safely. I was to pissed off to check it out when it happened and am a little worried to look at it now, what am I looking for to see how messed up it is. I am new to cycling so I am not sure if there is a lot of stuff that is easily broken if this happens....I have an 2008 Specialized Allez if that helps. If I need to replace stuff would the frame be alright and I just have to replace the hadle bars, Shifters/brakes, stem, head tube, headset, forks and front brakes?
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Old 07-08-08, 10:58 AM
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Take it into a shop. It's the best bet.
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Since you are new to cycling, I'd take it to your bike shop and have them check it out. Good luck.
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Ok man you are in the perfect position...your wife killed your bike...and trust me if it broke the rack your bike is toast...now go get that bike you always wanted and she can't say *****.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:03 AM
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Revoke your wife's driving privileges.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:09 AM
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be damn glad its an aluminum bike and not a CF!
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Old 07-08-08, 11:10 AM
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Go give her a hug, she needs it.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:11 AM
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Use it as an excuse to buy new bike bling
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Old 07-08-08, 11:12 AM
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sell the roof rack. Hang around cycling long enough and you hear this same story over and over. However, I am sorry to hear of your misfortune.......

Good luck and hopefully your frame is ok.

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Old 07-08-08, 11:13 AM
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Take it to a shop but don't hope for a good outcome. I would bet that it is totaled.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:27 AM
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When your bike is on the roof, put the garage door opener somewhere really hard to get to - like the trunk.

Sorry for your loss.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:35 AM
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The fork legs are carbon as well as the steerer
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Old 07-08-08, 11:42 AM
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It's happened to lots of people, tell her not to feel too bad.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper View Post
Ok man you are in the perfect position...your wife killed your bike...and trust me if it broke the rack your bike is toast...now go get that bike you always wanted and she can't say *****.
From the description I'm not sure what exactly happened to the rack. My wife managed the same feat a few years back (with her bike on the roof) and turned the Thule bike tray into a pretty good approximation of a pretzel. Her bike was fine though. Must have been due to it's vertical compliance.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:47 AM
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reason #1,875,231 why to not have a roof rack. The other 1,875,230 reasons are the exact same reason. I've head too many horror stories about this happening. What you can do if you plan to keep a roof rack is install a wooden plank on the inside of your garage door on a hinge so it flips down whenever the garage is opened. It needs to be made of wood so that the driver would actually need to get out of the car to remove it from their path and in the process would check if a bike is on the roof.

Sorry about the accident, depends on how crazy she is driving into the garage the damage will vary but could still be looking at replacing a lot. Or maybe not so much since from what you said it looks like the roof rack may have taken the majority of the force from the impact.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:49 AM
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Go give her a hug, she needs it.
then choke her!!!!!
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Old 07-08-08, 11:51 AM
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i did the same thing a few years ago....thule roof rack with carbon fork. The fork snapped but the roof rack tray stayed put with the dropouts in place. I still have two dimples in the siding above my garage where the brifters hit.

If the force was able to pull off the rack, that fork must of absorbed a huge impact -- I won't take a chance riding that fork again if it's carbon.

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Old 07-08-08, 11:59 AM
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Post some photos, please. I love seeing these.
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Old 07-08-08, 12:00 PM
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Nashbar sells a $5 yellow flag that attaches to the bottom of your garage door as a reminder that, hey... your bike is on the roof of your car. Just an FYI for the future.

About your current situation... while I'm sorry to hear about the damage... appropriate action in my household would be #1: tell wife it's OK, but give a guilt trip in the process. #2: replace damaged goods with upgrades with wife's blessings. #3: purchase said garage door flag from Nashbar.

Good luck... report back with pics of new bike.
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Old 07-08-08, 12:01 PM
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I am taking it to the shop today and having them look at it, one good thing is I spoke with the a guy at Specialized and he was saying that most bike shops have what is called a Crash Replacement so that if the bike is totalled they might do that and I won't be out the cost of a new bike.
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Just mope around and sigh a lot. Make her feel so bad she wants you to buy what ever you want. When she asks just say you will be alright. It will take a few days to eat away at her but in the end you will be getting a new toy.

I would expect the bike is toast. Of coarse what ever wasn't broken could be sold off for parts etc, but take it one step at a time.
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Old 07-08-08, 12:25 PM
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Ok man you are in the perfect position...your wife killed your bike...and trust me if it broke the rack your bike is toast...now go get that bike you always wanted and she can't say *****.
+1

For me, the only way my wife would wreck my bike with her car would be on purpose.
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Old 07-08-08, 01:16 PM
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since when have women been allowed to drive? :O
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I hope it fared better than this one did:

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I hope it fared better than this one did:

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