This evening I took my first ride in over a year!
Last year I broke my left kneecap. I managed to avoid surgery so far, but when the kneecap knitted back together, the broken-off piece didn't line up perfectly with the remaining part - there's a kind of ridge against the bones of the main knee joint where the two pieces meet, quite visible on an x-ray.
My orthopedic doctor says not to worry. If it gives me trouble he'll just open it up, chisel off the offending piece, re-attach all the ligaments, then sew me back up.
I keep telling him it doesn't bother me a bit!
Anyway, it took this long for it to feel good enough to ride.
So last night after work I lubed my chain and put a drop of oil on all the derailleur pivot points, pumped up the tires, and Proofhided my B17. Tonight after work I topped up the tires and went for a short 3 or 4 mile ride.
Felt pretty good - I'd have gone farther but I forgot to bring my water bottles, and was getting thirsty.
Not much, I know, but it's a start.