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Old 06-19-09, 06:22 AM
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You are in trouble. In the worst case, not only the car owner sue you, but your friend sue you for running your bike brakeless. Might as well go incognito and see if you can get away with it. In a meanwhile, buy a set of tools and fix the bike yourself. The bike looks fine. My bike is considerably more busted and I still ride it like a king (well, OK ... a squire).

I kinda understand your predicament. I learnt this waaay early in my life, but you should NEVER let your "friends" borrow things that are really important to you. Your "friends" can't really really guarantee that you get it back; because they can break it, crash it, or simply lose it. And, as a friend, you can't really have him pay.

In addition, some people offer you "friendship" for "favors" like this. These guys/girls are NEVER going to be your friend. Whether they are doing this willingly or unwillingly, it doesn't really matter because end results are the same, your new bike busted up.

You are lucky though. I am absolutely sure there are other people in the same condition, but they got their bike stolen (because their friend "forgot" to lock).

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Old 06-19-09, 06:35 AM
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I feel bad for you, but at the same time i can only think that you were trying to be cool by buying that bike and setting it up with no brakes or clips when you don't know how to ride it, secondly letting your friend ride it with even less experience is beyond foolish- i never let anyone ride my bike unless they've got a fixed of their own and i actually think they can ride it.


You're in a super tough spot now, i'm leaning towards what a lot of the other posters are saying- may want to lay low and take your lumps because you're going to have a huge f-ing mess to deal with if it goes to court. You've sort of put yourself in a more liable spot now just because of how the situation has played out since the accident. It sucks you let the adults push you around though, gotta grow up in life at some point and realize everyone has a motive.


edit: oh and don't ride that bike- if the tire touches the bottom tube your **** is ****ed no going back, buy a new one.
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Old 06-19-09, 06:59 AM
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Lol.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Deez0 View Post
Wasn't really sure to put the thread here but I figured it's about a fixed gear so why not

So I finally got the Kilo TT that I ordered from BD on Tuesday. Loved it! Unfortunately... yesterday my friend took the bike out for a ride. He came back pretty mad, and the bike looked a little 'off'. Turns out he was riding up the street on the right side and a car (facing towards him is driving on the left side) makes a left into his driveway. The car apparently didn't look and made the turn. My friend couldn't stop in time and ran right into the car flying over the hood grand theft auto style. From what my friend says he was close enough to the guy's driveway that brakes wouldn't have made a difference.

So the fork is bent, the back wheel is bent, the seats a little ripped, the side of the grip tape is scratched up, and the tires walls have some damage (maybe not but you can see where it hit).

After everything we talked to him and his wife about how to go about it. I have absolutely no knowledge of bicycle laws, accidents, and insurance so I really didn't want to go that route. Both parties wanted to just go through cash and forget about it, but THENNN they realized how expensive the bike is (at least compared to what they thought bikes were worth $50-100). We tried to negotiate and the most they said was $150. The wife was starting to get a little stubborn and saying how she's not going to pay more than $100 for bike repair (her husband was the one that was going to give us $150). So I thought **** it let's just do $150.

After talking to my brother and mom about everything, they were pretty mad that I would even consider the $150, and let me know that insurance was the best way to go financially and just in case my friend ever got injured down the line. So yeah ended up going back and getting her insurance information.

Well I guess after he got hit, my friend got into the dude's face and was yelling some things that got some neighbors to come out. Apparently somewhere in there he said how the bike has no brakes (the neighbors even heard it). What I'm wondering is, can that be used against me (actually my friend) in anyway to prevent us from getting anything out of the situation?

Everyone I talk to about it basically is telling me: "He was on a bike, and that guy is in a car, whose fault do you think it is?!" I mean I understand the situation and I feel that as a driver he needs to take responsibilty, especially since my friend wasn't doing any tricks or riding stupid, but things like having no brakes, or the fact that he made the turn THEN my friend ran into him (not the other way around), or that my friend "could have slowed down or swerved" i feel could be used against us.

Also what I thought was wierd was when we came to her and changed our mind about taking the money she didn't seem like she wanted to do it. She kept saying how "My insurance isn't going to help you guys out, I only have automotive accident coverage" (or something like that). And she kept asking if we're sure that we want to go through with this instead of just taking the money. I admit I can be pretty gullible, so the thought of just taking the money came back. At the same time though I thought it was fishy of her to keep mentioning it so I figured she might have been scared. She also kept mentioning how the car got scratched too so WE'RE going to have to deal with that. AND she said that MY FRIEND ran into HER HUSBAND, so it's not his fault (it seemed like she was getting more stubborn at this point). Do you think that she's right when she says it won't be covered? I'm sure we won't have to deal with the scratch and dent on the car, I mean if you hit someone walking you can't expect them to pay for your paint. All I really want is my bike to be fixed. Yeah I could also just blame it on my friend and tell him to give me money but yeaa..

Could you guys give me any opinions or thoughts on the situation? Any recommendations on how to handle this (besides not letting other people ride my bike in the future). We already decided to go through insurance but just thought I'd see your guys opinion.

I thought it was kind of ironic that her 8 year old son was riding his bicycle in the front also. I don't think she would have cared who hit who, or anything about brakes if it was her son

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Since you chose to ride without brakes I think you should just suck it up and get over it.

Think yourself lucky that the stupid car driver didn't run completely over your ass.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:16 AM
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I don't buy that having brakes wouldn't have made a difference one bit.

Also riding without brakes AND without foot-retention is just asinine.

You should not have let anyone ride that bike. If I were the car owner, I would not pay a dime and I would go after you and the rider for damage to my car.

Your friend could probably sue you as well for letting him ride such a dangerous bike.

You and your friends sense of responsibility is in question here. Because of that, the facts of the incident are in question as well.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:22 AM
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My guess is that the OP is approx 17 years old.
If I am correct, nuff said!
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Old 06-19-09, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by eMwolB View Post
My guess is that the OP is approx 17 years old.
If I am correct, nuff said!
how open minded of you.
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Old 06-19-09, 02:07 PM
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don't hesitate to call insurance. The odds of this "going to court" are like 1/1000. Insurance will happily write you a check for the full value of the bike
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Old 06-19-09, 04:36 PM
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I have had one insurance claim due to being hit by a car in Manhattan and it was hell trying to get the insurance to pay for repairing my bike and my claim was for $350 or something.
It took a year to settle and an ungodly amount of phonecalls and personal restraint when dealing with the insurance rep who during EVERY phonecall was trying to get me to lose my top so that she could have it on tape... Was a nightmare. The accident /cracked rib was nothing compared to the insurance co.
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Old 06-19-09, 04:41 PM
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when i got hit, the illegals just gave me 400 cash to keep quiet
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Old 06-19-09, 06:50 PM
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Like others have said, I'd drop it, and consider it a lesson learned. Replace any parts that need replacing, get some clips, and put on a goddamn brake (or two even!) until you're confident and skilled enough to ride without them.

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