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Old 11-05-11, 07:42 AM   #1
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My Beautiful Young Bike

Just visited the basement for the first time since I had my fall down our second floor stairs and ended up in the hospital. I saw my bike where I had left it that day. It looked so young and vital and carried so many memories of the past two years of health and exhilaration that in my present broken state it was a wonderful psychological lift. The thought that at age 75 I had accomplished so much wonderful riding; had expanded my personal universe so widely; had felt such freedom and youth on that bike. It was a very happy moment.
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Old 11-05-11, 07:45 AM   #2
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Old 11-05-11, 07:50 AM   #3
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Old 11-05-11, 07:50 AM   #4
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Old 11-05-11, 11:25 AM   #5
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Old 11-05-11, 12:24 PM   #6
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That is inspiring to me sitting here wondering if I should try and ride in the cold today. Sometimes we don't know how blessed we are until something is taken away. Hope to hear that you are riding again real soon.

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Old 11-05-11, 01:54 PM   #7
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Sculptor7:

That's a great looking bike! (And I am not just saying that because it looks a lot like the Trek I am now riding.)

Use those happy memories as motivation to heal, rehab, and get back on the bike as soon as possible. Good luck!
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Old 11-05-11, 04:24 PM   #8
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Just visited the basement for the first time since I had my fall down our second floor stairs and ended up in the hospital. I saw my bike where I had left it that day. It looked so young and vital and carried so many memories of the past two years of health and exhilaration that in my present broken state it was a wonderful psychological lift. The thought that at age 75 I had accomplished so much wonderful riding; had expanded my personal universe so widely; had felt such freedom and youth on that bike. It was a very happy moment.
In one paragraph; you have captured the essence of cycling... Truly beautiful!
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Old 11-05-11, 04:58 PM   #9
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I just went through a similar scenario so I totally get what you are saying! I took a bad fall off my mtn bike and busted my right upper humerus in for places. It laid me up for most of last summer which truly sucked.

While I was on the mend I would go out to the garage just to be with my bikes to keep the flame alive and well!!

But I got through it and am riding well again! You will too soon enough!

Keep the faith and ignore the nay sayers! They lie, they truly lie!!
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Old 11-05-11, 05:13 PM   #10
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Old 11-05-11, 05:33 PM   #11
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You have the same bike as my hub.
I remember looking wistfully at my bike this summer after I fractured my arm. Keep looking at your bike; it will keep you following doctor's orders so that you will be able to climb back onboard and enjoy it again!
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Old 11-05-11, 09:14 PM   #12
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It's amazing how attached we mature, grown-up people can be to our bikes - young or older. The memories of all the great places you've been together is enough to cheer you up and motivate you to get well so you can keep on having fun together. A great bike isn't just a simple machine.
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Old 11-05-11, 10:50 PM   #13
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Boy, do I feel lucky. The only thing I broke this year was my tandem bike. I had it repaired and I'm buying another one so that I don't have to do without again. I wonder if my bikes are looking for a back-up human so they don't have to sit idle in the event of mishap on my part.
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Old 11-05-11, 11:25 PM   #14
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I went over a guardrail on a motorcycle (See my Avatar)
They didn't think I would live long enough for them to get me out of the ravine. ... fooled 'em.
They didn't think they would be able to find a blood match for my (multiple unit) transfusion ... fooled 'em
They didn't think they would be able to save my legs ... fooled 'em
They didn't think I would ever walk again ... fooled 'em
They have me classed as Permanently Disabled ...I plan to fool 'em again.


Sculptor: Don't let your bike down. It is patiently waiting to take you for a ride again. When I got back on my Trek it was the best therapy I could have. Good luck in the future.
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Old 11-06-11, 05:03 AM   #15
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Keep on kickin' Sculptor.
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Old 11-06-11, 09:06 AM   #16
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And I'm bit**ing because of a bad knee, shoulder and chronic urethral problems. Ha! That's nothing compared to what some of you guys have gone through. My bike, Lady Xizang is soooo lucky to have me!
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