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Old 08-05-10, 06:11 PM   #2576
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I was not aware an excuse was necessary...
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Old 08-05-10, 06:45 PM   #2577
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Old 08-05-10, 07:27 PM   #2578
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I'm finally back on the bike after a very long "break". My first surgeon told me to sell all of my bikes because I wouldn't be able to ride again. So I ended up selling all of them except for my cyclocross bike and pretty much gave up. My second surgeon has gotten me to the point that I can at least ride. I very seriously doubt that I will ever race again though, my knees just can't handle the abuse.

I have gained a lot of weight and I am in the worst shape of my life. I started riding again on July 4th and I have managed to lose 13 pounds so far. I have a very long way to go though. Climbs that I used to do hill repeats on I now struggle to climb once. I am very happy to be back on the bike but at the same time it is sort of depressing thinking about how I used to ride compared to how I ride now.

I have bought a new road bike, it's an okay bike but it is nothing compared to my SL1's and some of the other bikes I had.
Good news LowCell, glad you are riding again. After I was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 93 I was off the bike for nearly 2 years. I ballooned from 180 to 240 (currently 143). The first six months of riding again were like some sort of bad dream. My mind would say 'go climb that hill' and my legs would just laugh. I was doing 10mile rides and getting off the bike just wiped out. But pretty soon the weight came off and it got easier and easier and the rides got longer and longer. Hang in there it will come back to a greater extent than you think.
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Old 08-05-10, 07:37 PM   #2579
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Good news LowCell, glad you are riding again. After I was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 93 I was off the bike for nearly 2 years. I ballooned from 180 to 240 (currently 143). The first six months of riding again were like some sort of bad dream. My mind would say 'go climb that hill' and my legs would just laugh. I was doing 10mile rides and getting off the bike just wiped out. But pretty soon the weight came off and it got easier and easier and the rides got longer and longer. Hang in there it will come back to a greater extent than you think.
Thank you very much for your post, it really helps. I actually maxed out at 260 (very embarassing). I am currently at 247. Since I don't think I will be able to race again my goal weight is 180. If by some chance I start thinking that I may be able to race again I will re-evaluate my goal weight and shoot for lower. Also at that time I will probably consider contacting USA Cycling about downgrading to a cat 4. I have at least two years before I even have to worry about that though.
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I'm finally back on the bike after a very long "break". My first surgeon told me to sell all of my bikes because I wouldn't be able to ride again. So I ended up selling all of them except for my cyclocross bike and pretty much gave up. My second surgeon has gotten me to the point that I can at least ride. I very seriously doubt that I will ever race again though, my knees just can't handle the abuse.

I have gained a lot of weight and I am in the worst shape of my life. I started riding again on July 4th and I have managed to lose 13 pounds so far. I have a very long way to go though. Climbs that I used to do hill repeats on I now struggle to climb once. I am very happy to be back on the bike but at the same time it is sort of depressing thinking about how I used to ride compared to how I ride now.

I have bought a new road bike, it's an okay bike but it is nothing compared to my SL1's and some of the other bikes I had.
You'll get there man. I'm not sure what happened to your knees, so what happened?

I've been having knee issues for a year now (and back issues) and I've resigned myself to the fact that I won't race again for a while. I can commute to work, lift weights, and run on the knee, so I'm not sure what gives. I'm not whining about my life because I found a happy medium, I just know that in the last few years, I've spent too much time not being able to ride due to injuries and it really sucks.

Stay strong mentally brother, it'll come around!
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You'll get there man. I'm not sure what happened to your knees, so what happened?
I have had knee problems for quite a while, but had learned to live with them. I ended up in surgery because I tore my meniscus while riding dirt bikes. Once I was in surgery the surgeon found out that my knee didn't track right so he performed a lateral release. After the surgery he explained what he did he told me that my left knee most likely had the same problem so I decided that I would go ahead and have the left knee done as well.

After the surgeries I found out that I am one of the people that don't respond well to lateral releases. My knees were worse than they ever would. I could barely stand the pain of stepping up on a curb, riding a bike was out of the question. Any time I would stand up on the pedals the sharp pain would put me right back down, I just couldn't handle it. I decided to find another surgeon and had both knees operated on again. This surgeon didn't promise me anything but he really thought he could help me out. He operated on one of my knees in March and the second knee ten days later in April. My knees still hurt all the time but not nearly as bad as they did before my second round of surgeries. The main thing is that the sharp pains are now very few and far between. I will still have to have some more surgeries down the road but for right now I am happy that I can at least get on a bike.
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Man, that's a sucky chain of events, but I'm glad it's getting better than worse
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That sucks dude--At least it is getting better.
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I have had knee problems for quite a while, but had learned to live with them. I ended up in surgery because I tore my meniscus while riding dirt bikes. Once I was in surgery the surgeon found out that my knee didn't track right so he performed a lateral release. After the surgery he explained what he did he told me that my left knee most likely had the same problem so I decided that I would go ahead and have the left knee done as well.

After the surgeries I found out that I am one of the people that don't respond well to lateral releases. My knees were worse than they ever would. I could barely stand the pain of stepping up on a curb, riding a bike was out of the question. Any time I would stand up on the pedals the sharp pain would put me right back down, I just couldn't handle it. I decided to find another surgeon and had both knees operated on again. This surgeon didn't promise me anything but he really thought he could help me out. He operated on one of my knees in March and the second knee ten days later in April. My knees still hurt all the time but not nearly as bad as they did before my second round of surgeries. The main thing is that the sharp pains are now very few and far between. I will still have to have some more surgeries down the road but for right now I am happy that I can at least get on a bike.
Your story and others like it is the main reason I'm terrified of having a surgery done if I can grin and take it, while still doing active things. I'd rather ride, but I'd also rather not end up with more issues than I have now.
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Old 08-07-10, 03:49 PM   #2586
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Just picked this gem up today...



These are just some older wheels I had. The wheels for this bike wont be ready till tuesday. But as it sits she weighs in at 15.12 lbs, and its a 61. The newer wheels are 300 grams lighter, a few grams less for the skewers and the cassette is also lighter. Ill take some better pics when the wheels are on.
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Old 08-07-10, 04:14 PM   #2587
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Nice rig bro, my buddy owns a training center and he is a jamis dealer, i was looking at the xenith last nite at his place. Seet bikes.
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Old 08-07-10, 04:26 PM   #2588
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@bigsean - nice bike, I like Jamis bikes i've seen quite a lot. Also, they seem to be a high value per price.
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Old 08-07-10, 05:31 PM   #2589
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Thanks. Still have adjustments to make. Everything is set as a starting point. Im hoping to work on getting some spacers out from under the stem, but its gonna take a few months. Tomorrow will be my first ride, and it will only be an hour. I actually got this for just about 50% off.
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Old 08-07-10, 05:36 PM   #2590
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too many classy, reserved bikes in this thread. Time for some gold

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Old 08-07-10, 08:13 PM   #2591
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Just got it a few weeks ago and finally had a chance to race it[IMG]file:///Users/laterzre/Pictures/PICT0147.JPG[/IMG]
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Jamis and Ridley are both super hot.

S-works too, except the seat post kills it.
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Gettin' there, groupo is @ the shop, I've got the wheels, ooooh can't wait.

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awww hell yeah!

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Campy Chorus 10 speed, Easton Vista wheels from several years ago...new. They'll become trainers once I decide on which deeper dish Italian wheel I'd like to run. The final objective is all Italian, and as this is my mid-life little red sports car, I'm allowed heehee. The FSA Super Lights crank will become Campy Ultra Torque and the brakes Record Skeletons. This is the first new bike I've gotten since the 80's and that was a Bianchi MTB for doing messenger work on.

Open to any suggestion regarding the wheels, gotta be Italian though, and I'm thinkin' I'll most likely stick with machined braking surfaces.

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Here is my new Litespeed C2. Rode it once; sweet ride but this is my first road bike so I don't have much to compare it to. Hope I still feel the same way a year from now.
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Here is my new Litespeed C2. Rode it once; sweet ride but this is my first road bike so I don't have much to compare it to. Hope I still feel the same way a year from now.
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Campy Chorus 10 speed, Easton Vista wheels from several years ago...new. They'll become trainers once I decide on which deeper dish Italian wheel I'd like to run. The final objective is all Italian, and as this is my mid-life little red sports car, I'm allowed heehee. The FSA Super Lights crank will become Campy Ultra Torque and the brakes Record Skeletons. This is the first new bike I've gotten since the 80's and that was a Bianchi MTB for doing messenger work on.

Open to any suggestion regarding the wheels, gotta be Italian though, and I'm thinkin' I'll most likely stick with machined braking surfaces.
Beautiful bike!
How about Fulcrums? They're not super light (unless you get the zeros), but they're great wheels. If I'm not mistaken they are on sale at pbk now. I have the racing 3's and like them very much as a good all around wheel. They are only 26mm deep, however, and may not be as deep as you are looking for, but the deep section wheels from Campy or Fulcrum (Bora or Racing Speed) will set you back $3000. Corima makes good wheels, and I believe that the MoST wheels (from Pinarello) are rebranded Corima rims. All of the deep section Italian wheels I know of are carbon, not machined braking surface aluminum. For the latter you will probably need to stick with a medium depth rim.

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Here is my new Litespeed C2. Rode it once; sweet ride but this is my first road bike so I don't have much to compare it to. Hope I still feel the same way a year from now.
I didn't know they could shape titanium like that
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