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  • Premier Icon njee20

    You shouldn’t have used them in the first place if you couldn’t afford to replace them IMO.

    You need to talk it over with him, if he’s sponsored he can presumably get things at a heavily subsidised price? The trade price on a DT XRC330 (assuming that’s what it was?) is gonna be a fair bit more sensible than the retail.


    I have always worked on the basis that if you borrow something and its damaged you replace it like for like….. Sorry but thats what I would expect. The fact that it was caused by someone else is not really your mates problem.
    I know thats not much help but I can understand why he is pissed as he lent you something he wont get back.


    don’t borrow stuff you’re unwilling to replace


    can the lad that crashed into you give you some money? thats where id start, but i suppose its difficult with the accident happening in a race.

    what does your mate want?


    if you borrowed them are n’t you responsible for them?
    if you can’t get the person whose fault the accident was perhaps you should get it repaired of buy a new one

    that said, if your mate is sponsered is it such a big deal to him if he loses one wheel?


    I am with the others here – borrow something the usual rules are “bend it and mend it”

    Be honest with your pal. Tell him you feel guilty as sin but are two skint to replace like with like and ask him what he wants?

    I suppose no chance of getting owt off the other rider?


    I think your mate has every right to expect you to return his wheel in the condition he lent you it. If that means a new rim then so be it. It’s your problem that someone crashed into you, not his. I’d be pretty pissed if I lent someone a fancy carbon wheel and got something average back though.


    I can see where you guys are comming from and agree with some of the points, but I’ve asked other people who seem to think that when he handed them over, especially for a race, then there is going to be a chance that they could get damaged.

    As for the rim in question, it wasn’t a DT XRC330, but a hand made one, it had a chaps name over the top of a little sticker.

    Replacing that like for like is out of the question I think, the wheels were from a swap, and are extremely rare.

    Premier Icon njee20

    I’m with IA, I’d rather wait 6 months for a replacement carbon one then get a 717 in the mean time.

    I would also far rather have an Olympic, or ZTR Race as he’s a racer, than a carbon rim anyway, but that’s beside the point!

    Whether there was a risk of damage is also immaterial, there’s always a risk of damaging a bike component, but he obviously trusted you not to break them. You failed.


    why should the other rider have to stump up any cash? accidents happen – it’s mountain biking ffs


    pac up and move to aussie 😆


    Paddy, I still think it’s implicit that you’ll replace them if you damage them regardless – it’s just one of those unwritten rules…


    then there is going to be a chance that they could get damaged.

    your right but you should take responsibility imo.

    chat to your mate – if you can’t replace see what your mate would like.

    Premier Icon paulosoxo

    Agree with Nina


    I had a word with the guy after the race, he was apologetic and knew he was at fault, but in this instance, that means very little. He was with his family after, and I felt it would have been inappropriate to ask for some money towards a replacement.

    And, yes I know its me who is responsible! I’m just trying to get other views on it.

    If I rode into someone, through my own error, and damaged something of some other riders equipment, I would actually expect to pay in part towards a replacement. But maybe thats just me.


    If borrowed your race bike and brought it back as a car hit me-should I replace it with an Apollo piece of $hit?

    Treat those how youwant to be treated.

    Legally you would have to replace the wheels then if you could-get the money from the guy who hit you.

    If you were all insured for racing including equipment, own damage and 3rd party.

    You did cover yourself? Pass it on to the insurance. Accidents happen.

    Or **** your friend over and lose your friends and respect/reputation.

    If he can get them cheap then pay for that.

    I won’t borrow my friends carbon bike in case I trash it as I’m paying my mortagage.

    You’ve learned a lesson in life too! bargain.


    As others have said, ‘you bend them, you mend them’.

    TBH though, you’re going to have to talk it through with your mate: if the rims weren’t brand new and say a season of racing old then I would not necessarily expect you to give him the new cost in return…suggest you pay him the 2nd hand value based on their pre-race and pre-crash condition?


    It hasnt broken the hub, most of the spokes will be fine, you just need to buy a rim and pay for a wheelbuild..

    Find out what the rim is exactly, the maker will still be around, get another if possible or something its equal.


    2 points
    as already said – You should replace the damaged rim like for like
    Races are – by their – very nature competitive with accidents & errors all the time, you can’t expect the other competitor to foot the bill even if he did cause the crash


    Are you their friend or not? Can’t believe you’d try to get a mate to stump up the cash for something like this, particularly if it wasn’t their fault.


    I can see where you guys are comming from and agree with some of the points, but I’ve asked other people who seem to think that when he handed them over, especially for a race, then there is going to be a chance that they could get damaged.

    It was a accident and it’s not entirely Your fault, but You were given the wheels and You were made responsible for their condition. I doubt he handed them to You and thought that there is a chance of getting them damaged, he’s Your mate and probably trust You enough to let You race on those wheels. If I would break something than I would feel obliged to bring it to the condition I received it in. And with my luck I just don’t borrow any expensive stuff. Thing is, if he`s Your mate than have a honest chat with him and see what You can work out.

    Now You probably won’t borrow anything and stick to racing on Your own parts 🙂

    Premier Icon njee20

    Indeed, was it really worthwhile around Sherwood!? Aero wheels would be more useful than super light I reckon!

    I say you talk to him and suggest buying him a ZTR Race, cheaper, lighter, faster. Sorted.

    And if I’m any good as a stalker you didn’t even finish the race by the looks of things? Pah, you may as well have ridden on it and totally ruined it. Do a job properly man!


    as others said, you have to replace them, you borrowed them.


    I just can’t believe you’re thinking of giving your mate something half as good as a replacement. How does that make you feel ? do really believe that is what your mate deserves ?? Is that how you treat people, borrow a tenner and give a fiver back saying well sorry mate but I lost the other fiver ?

    some people…Jeesh.


    AndyP – What are you talking about?

    As for the wheel, he seems to reckon it might be fixable, so fingers crossed. I have already asked him what rims he wants.

    The thought even crossed my mind before the race, that I shouldn’t be using them, but its a bit late for that now.

    The wheels weren’t aero btw, just look like a standard rim but made of carbon.

    Premier Icon njee20

    I never said they were aero (assuming you were aiming that at me), just that around Sherwood aero wheels would have been more useful than borrowing a super light set, passing comment.

    I’m intrigued about these rims though, and who you borrowed them off!


    Keva, calm down. I’d rather you not refer to me as ‘some people’, if you actually read my previous posts you will see that I’m trying to get ‘other peoples views’

    At no point have I suggested to my my friend that a 717 will do as a replacement, that was a passing thought.

    This is one of the reasons i hate to even borrow anything of greater value than a spare tube on a ride. Its 100% replacement or dont borrow them.

    Wether you were racing or not you dont borrow something you cant afford to replace.

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    IMHO – this is actually more difficult than a lot of you are making out.

    Wheels were borrowed and you have a duty of care for those wheels and as such should replace them.

    However – presumably if he is a mate and did willingly loan them too you he may well have recognised you ‘wouldn’t / couldn’t’ afford to replace them should they get broken. So there is some responsibility there too. OK so it is a moral rather than a legal responsibility but it is still important.

    Also worth bearing in mind is the imapact of his loss. How important are those wheels to him? If very important, he would not have lent them?

    I guess it is down to you and him to have a chat and agree on suitable and acceptable compensation. What can each of you do to lessen the impact of the loss?

    There is definately a moral here, and it revolves around the old statement ‘never a borrower nor a lender be.’

    Sorry – probably not helpful but, i hope balanced. Good luck. You do have my sympathy.


    You broke it you bought it. I can imagine it being a bit of an arse especially if the accident wasn’t your fault but in my oppinion you shouldn’t even be asking this question – just replace his rim with one of the same quality. I’ve done similar things in the past and even if I didn’t have the money to buy myself something I would find it to replace something of a mates I was responsible for.


    I can’t believe the subject of what happens if you trash them at the race didn’t come up when he was lending you some bling carbon wheels to race on.

    It’s for sure not the guy who hit you’s responsibility, you were in a race, shit happens.

    Your friend was a bit naive lending you something that has some value to him and not getting an agreement you’d replace like for like (or with cash) if you broke them. Ultimately though even without an agreement you morally should be replacing them (with equivalents or cash value).


    ‘other peoples views’ ffs

    Stop trying to justify yourself.
    You owe him a new wheel exactly the same as you broke.

    I’m not suprised your friend is feeling ‘all awkward about it’ your putting him in a horrible position.


    Afternoon all.

    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!?


    don’t borrow stuff you’re unwilling to replace

    S’true. You break it, you pay for it.

    ou can’t expect the other competitor to foot the bill even if he did cause the crash

    Do motor-racing teams pay for damage to rival teams cars, if one of their drivers causes an accident?

    If I were the crasher, and you’d asked me for money, I’d tell you to get fecked. Don’t wanna risk equipment, then don’t race.

    You’re morally obliged to replace said rim. If you can’t afford it all in one go, then maybe you can come to an arrangement; pay in instalments, do some work for them, go on the Game…

    What rims cost £300 anyway? That’s insane!


    Bumhands – I made it even worse by crying afterwards. 🙄

    Thanks for the ‘views’ people. Appreciate it.


    I swapped bikes with a mate on a ride last week ‘cos he wanted to ride my full-suss on one of the descents, he fell off and scratched the stantion of my brand new forks. Bit of a bugger but at the end of the day there’s as much chance of it happening to me as him.

    What would your mate have done if he’d been the one crashed into at the race? If he’d have bought a new wheel then I’d say that’s what you owe him. If he’d have shrugged as he was given it free by a sponsor, perhaps an apology will suffice?


    I have actually been in a similar situation, just not carbon rims.

    Lent my mate a front wheel for a day DHing – he messed up a double and rode into a tree, pringled it. He was happy to replace the rim, but as he was a mate and I recognised the wheel wasn’t new in the first place I said I’d pay for the new spokes – and he did the build himself with my help.


    you break it, you buy it.

    im happy to lend all sorts of stuff to friends, but that is the rule.


    As above.. you bend it, you mend it.. its the unwritten borrowing law 😉 the other law not on your side at that race is sods law.. sadly sh*t happens 🙁
    I appreciate that people should protect their own interests and not lend things that can’t afford to be replaced, but then you also shouldn’t borrow things you can’t afford to replace.

    If he’s sponsored then I’m sure he can get stuff cheaper than you’d expect, so, ask him to get the stuff replaced and give him his cost back. If he’s properly sponsored.. then you might expect to cover the cost of postage and a rebuild.. or if he’s ‘sponsored’ then you could be looking at RRP + rebuild. Chat with him and ask what its going to cost to get it fixed using his sponsors in the route he’d follow to repair his own breakages.

    If I borrow a bike, it comes back clean and serviced.. if I borrow a car, it comes back full of petrol and washed/polished if i’ve had it a few days..

    Good luck


    Hmm. I don’t think it’s quite as simple as ‘you broke it you mend/replace it’. If you didn’t beforehand explicitly agree or even discuss what would happen in the event of a crash, then I think thats a mistake on both your parts. I would never lend an item of mine to someone if I thought they would have difficulty replacing it, so I think your friend made an error of judgement too.

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