I'm a 55 y.o. Music teacher. Was once an experienced Touring and long distance recreation cyclist.
I had a rather devestating motorcycle accident in 1994. My left leg below the knee was crushed and partially aputated as well as tendons torn from 2 fingers of the left hand. Duke Hospital fixed me up somewhat after many operations and I'm just getting back into it. Left leg scares small children (is that a good thing)?, when I ride or wear shorts and I have somewhat limited mobility but get by fairly well. Sold my old, too tall Trek Hybrid and bought a 2005 Trek 520 that I'm cutomizing to my liking. Terry Lib. seat, Deore 44/32/22 crank, XT frnt der,Lx rear der., stem extension and Bullseye hubbed 40 spk frnt wheel. Still tweaking. I've owned the bike for 10 days and put 35 miles on her so far. Amazing how out of shape I'm in! For a guy that toured Euope in the late 80's and would do a Metric or the occasional Century at the drop of a hat, I'm a mess but am making slow progress. Goal is to do another Metric Century and a light loaded Tour. Lost 9 lb's in the past 3 weeks. Got another 40 to go. Trying to eat right,take my vitamins drink plenty of water and avoid the Greenpeace whale watchers towing me back out to sea!
"Everybody's 19 in they're head" Richard LaReno