Graham wrote:It is a long-established practice in the rural areas here to use such minimal "aids" to guide the cows across a quiet country lane.
You must have been very unlucky to have cycled into one unseen, but bearing in mind the low-level of light at dawn these things can happen.
I doubt that I'd bother chasing money for repairs unless the degree of negligence was outrageous and the farmers response was unsympathetic or combative.
. . . but then I'd only need £300 to replace a whole bike.
PS. Your photos of the bent bike bits could be interesting . ???
We encountered same only last week in Cornwall.
TBH I'd take the money and move on, that extra £150 will be a world of pain, I suspect (or go back and say look, ... let's settle at £200, my kit being s/h and all that.)