My first post here so firstly, Hello all.
Just dropped in for some advice/opinion on how to approach a situation I'm faced with having been knocked off my bike this morning by a motorist.
He has accepted that the accident was his fault (he decided to turn right in front of me whilst driving in oncoming traffic!!). I went over the bonnet and am luckily unhurt however my carbon Zipp bars are now snapped clean in half. The guy agreed to pay for the damage but I just know he's not going to be able to comprehend the price of new carbon bars £100-£200?. I only paid £40 for them when planet X were having a clearout a few years back. I'd like the same or similar bars back but feel its a bit unfair for this chap being faced with a huge bill when I got them cheap. I get the impression he expects the total bill to be less than £50 or so and that he might end up getting funny about paying. I'll also need the wheels trued, bar tape, levers? and anything else that crops up so he could be looking at a considerable bill.
He seems like an honest guy and although he made a stupid driving error I feel a bit sorry for him and get the impression he's not loaded.
Am I being too compassionate here or should I expect my bike to be restored to the state it was in before I left for work this morning?
If anyone's been in a similar situation or got any views I'd appreciate some input.