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Rebuild after crash

mswmsw Posts: 313
edited July 2013 in Road buying advice
I've just had a big crash that broke my frame. The front end of the bike was run over by a car so is pretty much dead, but there doesn't look to be much wrong with the rear wheel, BB, crankset or rear mech.

Insurance will cover a new bike but it seems wasteful not to reuse the salvageable components from the old one, but I don't have the skill to do this myself. My question is this: is this even something bike shops do, stripping an old bike and building the bits to a new frame? And does anyone have good/bad experiences of it?

The alternative of course is to get a full new bike on the insurance and ebay the old stuff piece by piece. But I'd rather reuse perfectly good bits if possible.
"We're not holding up traffic. We are traffic."


  • markos1963markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    If the insurance will cover a new bike then go that route, however I agree about not being wasteful. You could stash the parts and use them as spares for the future or use them as a base of a winter bike build. Use the classifieds on here or Ebay to get the rest of the components you need and then find a suitable frame to use. You can then get a LBS to build it up for you, usual cost around £100 for this.
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    The insurance company will own the trashed bike though ? Not you ? You're getting a new one.

    The bits might be OK - or maybe the crank could be bent - hard to say without checking it.

    If they let you keep them - then I'd keep them for the winter bike build.
  • mswmsw Posts: 313
    cougie wrote:
    The insurance company will own the trashed bike though ? Not you ? You're getting a new one.

    True, but I would be *astonished* if they sent someone round for it. If they do at some point in the future then of course I will gladly take the reused bits off whichever bike they are then on and hand them over.
    "We're not holding up traffic. We are traffic."
  • ct8282ct8282 Posts: 414
    New bike. Thanks. Get riding. Enjoy.

    End of story. If you get to keep old parts fine.
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