I was racing at the weekend. NPS at Sherwood. My friend had lent me a pair of his wheels to race with, pretty pimp by all accounts: hand built carbon rims on American Classic hubs. I did have my own wheels, but he's got a fair few pairs of other wheels(he is sponsored) so was happy to lend me a set to race on.
Anyway, just my luck that some fool crashes into me (him being at fault, witnesses seeing what happened, and him apologising), and damaged the rear wheel beyond repair: fracture in carbon and a visible bend not comming out through releasing the spoke tension.
As you can imagine I was pretty annoyed to say the least, not only had my race been ruined, but a £300 wheel that wasn't even mine was ruined..
My friend is now being all awkward about it, and I can't help but feeling some sense guilt, despite the fact some other rider caused the damage.
I'm thinking of just buying him a new pair of rims, 717, DT's or something similar. Obviously not as flash, but I cannot afford to replace the damaged goods.
any advice please!?