Thanks for all the replies, I've come to the conclusion that, as I suspected, it'll likely be fine. The rider that gave it to me rode it for a few years post impact and reported no handling issues (I've known and raced with him for years and I trust him) so I'm comfortable with putting $50 into paint and upgrading my fixed gear from the venerable '72 Peugeot PR10L to something a tad 'sportier'.
Now I just need some clear images of other Bevilacqua bikes before I go off and spend some type creating some new decals (too much time on my hands it would seem)!
David -- David Bilenkey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada firstname.lastname@example.org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sheldon Brown [mailto:CaptBike@sheldonbrown.com]
> Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 10:21 PM
> To: David Bilenkey; email@example.com
> Subject: Re: [CR]Front end impact question
> Frames with mild front end damage are not at risk for breakage, the
> issue is that the handling may be compromised by the changed head
> Before you put money into paint, build it up with some usable parts
> and ride it around for a while. If it handles OK, go for it.
> Sheldon "Ouch!" Brown