A couple of weeks ago I had a small crash as an 81 year old lady turned right in front of me as I came downhill at 30mph. Having nowhere to go I hit her and was thrown over the top of the car - I landed on my face, lost a few teeth and have spent a couple of weeks in hospital having cuts stitched and facial fractures reset. I have the joy of having four teeth replaced in the next few months, but that's not a worry as at least I'm alive.
She admits responsibility and her insurers have told me they will do the necessary - my lawyers may help them in that regard!
The damage to my bike is fairly significant. A pair of badly buckled wheels, the front has a bent axle and skewer, mangled handlebars and headset and my frame is a write-off. The forks are bent far back and the headtube is adrift from the bonded lugs top and bottom. My lawyers have asked me to get a valuation, which would be easy for a modern frame but not something my LBS are really able to do, so I thought I'd ask here.
My bike is a lovingly created replica of Fignon's 1989 Super U TdF ride. She is a Dynatech 600, 2060 Reynolds tubing, and was complete with full period correct C Record Delta groupset - 28 hole BSC threaded hubs, 3 pivot Delta brakes with white bellows and wheel guides, Powergrade levers with white hoods, 27.2mm aero seat pin, band-on front mech, second generation rear mech, BSC threaded headset, BSC threaded 111mm bottom bracket, 175mm crankset, correct pearl-white cable outers for both brakes and rear mech. Other kit is Simplex Retrofriction shifters, Selle Italia Turbo black leather saddle with WCS stripes, 6 speed SunTour Winner Pro freewheel, ITM black 135mm stem (possibly bent in the headtube), Raleigh-branded ITM handlebars, first generation TIME Titan Magnesium Pro Equipe pedals, Specialites TA alloy bottle cages, Benotto tricolour handlebar tape, Wolber aero Profil 20mm tub rims, Schwalbe Milano tubs.
A friend has suggested about £2,000 to put such a bike together again - I would guess that she has cost me about £1,500, and could go through my eBay history to confirm this - what do you think I should be claiming for from the insurance company?
I can't load a picture for some reason, I'll try to add one tomorrow
all the gear and no idea it's not still 1989......