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Second crash = new bike?(15 posts)

Second crash = new bike?totrod
Jun 14, 2002 7:49 AM
So as I sit here nursing my broken collarbone back to health, I'm thinking my bike is jinxed and I need a new one. Its a LeMond steel, Dura-Ace stuff, etc. Nice ride, but I've had two crashes in 3000 miles. OK, so maybe I'm a klutz. But isn't it all a good excuse to get a new one anyway?

btw, the crash that resulted in the fracture was a caused by being hit by a motor vehicle, and the bike is only superficially damaged.

Any advice? hehehe
Here's some good advice....tronracer
Jun 14, 2002 7:55 AM
Don't ever buy another TREK product. Their customer service sucks!! You definitely need a new bike though. Swap the parts onto a new frame and send the Lemond back to Trek. Get an older steel frame off of Ebay.
re: Second crash = new bike?t-bill
Jun 14, 2002 8:07 AM
Spending tons of money on a new ride is sure to exorcise the crashing deamons. I suggest something seriously weapons grade... like a Seven Axiom Ti.

Best of luck!!!
Just make sure you tell Seven...loop
Jun 14, 2002 8:28 AM
...that you want the bike design to incorporate a "crash-free" feature designed into the geometry. It's a no cost upgrade, I'm sure.

;-)~
Just make sure you tell Seven...t-bill
Jun 14, 2002 8:46 AM
I believe that the top half of the bike is so much lighter than the bottom half, that the bike actually has a weeble effect - it might wobble but it won't fall down. You don't even need to prop it up against the wall when not riding!
;-)
Just make sure you tell Seven...loop
Jun 14, 2002 9:15 AM
I tend to weeble AND wobble AND occassionally fall down when I've had too much Guiness. Maybe a new Seven would help me. ...I wonder if my wife will buy-off on that....
re: Second crash = new bike?totrod
Jun 14, 2002 9:27 AM
Oooooh. Excellent suggestion. My LBS (who I will visit tomorrow to get the LeMond repaired) is now a Seven dealer. I'll give them a look. hehehe This should be fun!
re: Second crash = new bike?t-bill
Jun 14, 2002 8:09 AM
Sorry... I admit I stole the "weapons grade" phrase from the Seven web-site... but I just love the way it sounds!

Please forgive me!
re: Second crash = new bike?novagator
Jun 14, 2002 9:46 AM
As I'm also nursing a newly broken collar bone, let me know if that rule applies...hmmmm, on second thought, my Pinarello is only 3 months old...nevermind, I think in my case it was operator error, I was certain that I could make it through that gravel on that tight right hand bend :). The good news is that the only thing I can find wrong with my bike is that the right pedal is scratched, as any good cyclist should do, I shielded the bike with my body as I was crashing :-).
In time you'll learn to body-shield the pedals too (nm)Crankist
Jun 14, 2002 9:54 AM
won't insurance buy you a new bike?ColnagoFE
Jun 14, 2002 9:51 AM
i dont think i'd ride a bike that has been hit by a car.
Homeowners's insurance did for meStraightblock
Jun 14, 2002 10:24 AM
after a kid on a bmx hit me head-on on a M.U.T. The frame was broken, and the LBS considered it totaled. My insurance replaced my 12 year old bike at current replacement value less the deductible, plus my helmet, jersey, sunglasses and gloves. I bought a new bike and bought the wrecked bike w/full Ultegra 8 speed back from the insurance company at salvage value, about $50, I think.

Even though the crash was clearly the fault of the boy and his mom, their insurance company didn't budge, so I'm glad mine covered it, plus my medical insurance covered my doctor bills (>$15,000). Still, I'm disappointed the mom never realized she and her son were responsible, and I would have liked to recover my deductibles, lost wages, etc. I consulted a lawyer, but the next step would have been to file a lawsuit, and a grown man on a racing bike suing a little kid and his mommy wouldn't get much sympathy in court, I'm afraid.
What is a M.U.T.???? NMtronracer
Jun 14, 2002 10:41 AM
Multi-Use Trail NMbikedodger
Jun 14, 2002 11:32 AM
won't insurance buy you a new bike?totrod
Jun 14, 2002 10:27 AM
It was really a glancing blow as related to the car... he was pulling out of a parallel parking space and I kinda bounced off his LF fender and went splat in the street. I, too, shielded the bike from serious harm, and even the banana I had in my backpack survived without a bruise.