to quote amt27,
"had a little accident when cornering"
russell, my fellow retro mate, latteral thinking i think would be out of order,
hmmm . . . i've had a crash and damaged my bike, sod it . . . i'll make someonelse pay!
you'd be pissed if someone did that to you in your business
people seem to be obsessed with "blagging" warranty, and i'm not suggesting it's you or amt27, but warranty costs someone somewhere, why should a shop pay or cover costs if it wasn't their fault?
trying to think around paying for it? if you go back to a shop and say "had a little accident" within 2 weeks of buying the better shops would help you out keeping the cost down.
if you wander into a shop with a problem but with a good attitude the guy behind the counter will be much more happy to help you, if you are annoying him by argueing he'll be less likely to help you in the future even if he does cover it and whether you buy mail order or local bike shop generally it's not worth pissing off your local guys coz at some point on the weekend when wiggle and chain reaction can't help you you might need a favour and that guy behind that counter won't hold the shop open for that extra 10 minutes to sort you out on the basis that you once chewed a piece of his arse off for something that was your fault not his.
having been on the recieving end for 10 years i know i treat people differently depending on my previous experiences with that customer, others get deals/discount/ quick turn around etc, basically perks of not being a git to me!
please note this isn't a rant but just pointing out the shop guys view! be their mate, it'll serve you better in the long run.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something in your life.