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I need idea's on repairing my bike after I got hit.

Old 10-12-04, 09:41 PM
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I need idea's on repairing my bike after I got hit.

My bike is a nice higher end Italian racing frame about 12 years old with medium quality mixed components. Itís a odd bike for a now 228# guy commuting 20 miles a day on but itís what I have.
The lady that hit me is really nice and wants everything taken care of. I donít need medical just my bike fixed. And new glass lens as mien were all scratched up. She bought me a helmet already.
Now my bike had a really nice steel matching fork with campy dropouts even. But of course the fork is what got it the worst. My mechanic thinks he may be able to bend them back. But quoted me 740.00 for a new carbon fork and new Chris king headset since mine is a 1Ē threaded. Need a new stem too. The front wheel needs a new rim (man it was only a few months old) and the rear wheel needs trued.
So I am debating on what to get. I am not super worried about a real light fork. I want a good quality fork is all? Aluminum or steel steerer tube is fine for me. I donít know if I could get a good one that would be 1Ē threaded it would save me 125. though.
Is there much difference between a 200.00 and 40.00 fork as long as I get a good brand?
I have been debating on making it a triple as some hills are pretty hard for me. If I donít spend so much I can do it.
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Ritchey forks, he built 1000's of bikes with 1 steerers, my ol' school chromo goes downhill.
I est @ 150 U.S., before ship.

or go Nashbar\ do generic meds and wake smarter- lucky.

Oh crap, its a post about road bikes, my head is off like a Praying Mantis.
'Click!' gush....

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Old 10-12-04, 11:44 PM
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(G) I forgot the forks may be able to be bent back too I had forgotten to add that.
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Really, chromo can be bent.
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Originally Posted by jeff williams
Really, chromo can be bent.
It's steel, so technically it can be bent back. The real problem with doing that is you lose strength in the damaged area. You'd be better off just getting a new fork.

If you're not too concerned about it, a CrMo fork would be just fine. Can't imagine spending over $700.00 on trying to fix a commuter bike.
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Originally Posted by steveknight
But quoted me 740.00 for a new carbon fork and new Chris king headset since mine is a 1Ē threaded.
That price is waaaay out of line for a CF Fork w/ headset. Shop around at the mail order houses and you can get one of the best, Reynolds, for half that. I don't know if they make threaded style. But, converting to threadless is not that difficult.
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Originally Posted by steveknight
My bike is a nice higher end Italian racing frame about 12 years old with medium quality mixed components. Itís a odd bike for a now 228# guy commuting 20 miles a day on but itís what I have.
The lady that hit me is really nice and wants everything taken care of. I donít need medical just my bike fixed. And new glass lens as mien were all scratched up. She bought me a helmet already.
Now my bike had a really nice steel matching fork with campy dropouts even. But of course the fork is what got it the worst. My mechanic thinks he may be able to bend them back. But quoted me 740.00 for a new carbon fork and new Chris king headset since mine is a 1Ē threaded. Need a new stem too. The front wheel needs a new rim (man it was only a few months old) and the rear wheel needs trued.
So I am debating on what to get. I am not super worried about a real light fork. I want a good quality fork is all? Aluminum or steel steerer tube is fine for me. I donít know if I could get a good one that would be 1Ē threaded it would save me 125. though.
Is there much difference between a 200.00 and 40.00 fork as long as I get a good brand?
I have been debating on making it a triple as some hills are pretty hard for me. If I donít spend so much I can do it.
Drop bike off at shop. Have bike repaired. Give lady the bill.
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Totally agreeing with Galen. If the woman has to pay for repairs, it is inappropriate to consider upgrading at this point. How do you figure out how to bill for actual damage vs. upgrades?

Have the bike fixed for now, then upgrade once you've given the bill to the lady. Then come back onto bikeforums and ask for opinions on upgrading.

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As a P.S., I could totally see her not being responsible for the bill if she finds out you upgraded (could happen if the insurance company gets involved and investigates your bill). Then you'd be stuck with a bill you didn't anticipate. And you should definitely give her an estimate so she's aware of what the general cost will be. You wouldn't want to look like you were taking advantage of the situation, especially because so many people hit and run, and don't own up to their responsibilities.

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I am just working out how to spend the money. the price the insurace gets is the quote from the mechanic. I just want to figure out how to spend it. a bit lesser carbon fork in the 200.00 range? do I need a Chris king headset again?
do I need another pair of glasses? I have had two but this is the first time in three years I needed the second pair.
she is nto gettign ripped off I am just trying to deside how high I need to go in quality.
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Originally Posted by MtnMan
That price is waaaay out of line for a CF Fork w/ headset. Shop around at the mail order houses and you can get one of the best, Reynolds, for half that. I don't know if they make threaded style. But, converting to threadless is not that difficult.
thats the total I need the front wheel rebuit and it needs a new rim back needs trued and a few other things need done too. also need a new stem to go with the new fork. his prices are avrage or a bit lower then other bike shops. and if the insurace pays it's no money out of my pocket so I rather give him the buisness.
but I am trying to deside on if I need a 400.00 fork or a 200.00 fork. I don't care if it has a steel or aluminum steerer.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
As a P.S., I could totally see her not being responsible for the bill if she finds out you upgraded (could happen if the insurance company gets involved and investigates your bill). Then you'd be stuck with a bill you didn't anticipate. And you should definitely give her an estimate so she's aware of what the general cost will be. You wouldn't want to look like you were taking advantage of the situation, especially because so many people hit and run, and don't own up to their responsibilities.

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the quote I got was to bring the bike up to the same level it was. it's a nice bike but the fork is orginal and I cna't get an exact replacement. most steel forks are nto all that good anymore this one was a really ncie light fork.
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