Crashing is no Fun!!
During my last race, I crashed and came off the bike. I now have learnt a valuable lesson. Crashing is expensive!Having had my rear mech snapped, cycling kit ripped and a base layer needing replacing. I thought that was all I needed to get fixed and get me back on the bike. While I had the bucket of soapy water out after replacing rear mech, I noticed that the cloth kept catching on one particular part of the frame. Imagine my horror when I noticed my frame has cracked.
Options open to me!
Crash replacement scheme from Felt. Contacted the retailer where I purchased my bike. They have been in touch with Felt and if you ever wanted to use your bike racing your frame warranty will be void. What they have offered is a new frame at a third of the RRP. £550 is the price to get it fixed.
Frame sent off for repair. Having spoken to a company in England and for £240, I can strip the bike and send the frame off to be repaired. This is an option I am thinking of doing as I can save half the cash plus the bike can be serviced and rebuilt for the new season.
New frame. Last option for me is to scour the internet trying to find a frame for less than £200. This way I can then strip down my Felt then re-build onto new frame set. This was something I was looking into as it’s got that “buying a new bike feeling”. Not seeing much under my budget so the repair to the frame is starting to make sense.
Insurance or Risk, you decide!
I went for the risk when I started racing. I thought paying X amount per month/year was not worth it “as nothing will happen to me” (I know). Now being saddled with a big repair bill or replacement frame, I really wish I went for the £170 to insure my Cyclocross bike. Once my bike is back to being a full bike, insurance will be something I will think about again. More cash!
A quick search on Google comes up with these for options.
This is something I will be looking into over the next few months so if anyone has any recommendation’s I would be glad to hear from you.
With a few possibilities on the table about getting my bike back on the road I would love to hear what you would do. If anyone knows of any more places I could get carbon repair work done in Scotland that would be a massive help too.
This is just a little warning to anyone out there thinking of racing or even old pros at it, be careful with your pride and joy. You don’t want to be buying new frames every season. Next time when I crash and I know there will be a next time, I will do my damndest to land on my body and try and hold my bike off the ground as long as possible, as I am cheaper to fix.