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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    The Grouch is Back

    The good news is I didn't miss pie ride day this year. The bad news is that the apple pie that I had was hospital food. Mrs. Grouch and I toppled our Screamer tandem over on Labor Day and I broke my hip. During my recovery I was tottering around with a walker and couldn't get up the stairs to the room that houses my primary computer. I just started using a cane yesterday which made it possible for me to climb the stairs and post this.

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    Holy carp! I'm trying to learn how to ride a SWB 'bent and stories like this make me nervous. Glad you are doing better. Will you be back on a bike anytime soon?
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    Landing gear not working again?

    I know Practice makes perfect but how much Practice do you need before you get it right?

    Heal quickly.
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    I have noticed that the forum was a bit less grouchy the past couple of months, but I could not figure it out.

    Now I know why. Welcome back and heal quickly.
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    I'm so glad your recovery is well underway, and that you've made the climb to your computer. Those first steps are big when you can finally do them. Any sense of how the path looks between today and being back on a bike? And, how did Mrs. Grouch fare in the accident?
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    And the bike? Heal well and quick!

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    The hospital is no place to go for apple pie

    Sorry to hear about the broken hip and hope it heals quickly.
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    Your bentrider clone has been seen inquiring about trikes. There's worse things to ride. Like motorcycles.
    Or scooters.
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    Welcome back. You'll be pedaling in circles in no time.
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    Glad you are healing. The ad by your entry is for a Terra Trike. Do you think BF is trying to tell you something?
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    Welcome back. You were missed. Hope you heal quickly and the hospital food has no lasting effects.
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    Ouch, Grouch!!

    From "One Hip Dude" to a one hip dude.

    I do hope the healing process goes well.

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    I am sorry to hear of your accident. I hope you heal well.

    Nos88, I am happy to see you are back, as well!

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    You've become a little disaster zone, Retro. Didn't you fall and hit your head just before this episode? Hope you don't have anymore and the hip heals fast.

    You've been missed, as has NOS88...
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    Glad your back. Heal up quick! Or err take your time and heal up completely...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    You've become a little disaster zone, Retro. Didn't you fall and hit your head just before this episode? Hope you don't have anymore and the hip heals fast.
    Yup, it's good that I took up bicycling rather than skydiving. In a 25 month period I had 3 bicycle rides that each ended in the back of an ambulance. Mrs. Grouch refuses to ever again get onto a 2-wheeled tandem with me. We're considering buying a pair of recumbent delta trikes that will link together. Anybody want to buy a well spec'ed but lightly used Rans Screamer?

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    Glad you are OK... and on your way back to putting foot to peddle, not backpeddleing..
    keep up the good work

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    Quote Originally Posted by teachme View Post
    Glad your back. Heal up quick! Or err take your time and heal up completely...
    Yeah. My doctor says I'm not out of the woods yet for AVN (a-vascular-necropathy). It means the blood supply to the bone is compromised and the bone dies. If that happens I'll have to get a total hip replacement. What my doctor didn't tell me is what I need to do, or need not to do, to avoid getting AVN. I don't think I'd be very good at basketball or volleyball while using my cane so, for now, I'm just avoiding the bicycle.

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    Hey Grouchy one,
    Sorry to read that you were injured and had some hospital time. Glad you are doing better now and can post again.

    While you were away we voted you a chapter President and Sergeant-at-arms. You now get to do all duties and jobs that pop up here. Should have never missed a day here, you got elected.

    Hope everything heals well, take your time and heal completely. Hope you can still enjoy Thanksgiving and some family time.

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    Welcome back and its good to hear that you are recovering. I have enjoyed reading your posts over in the Road forum. Now that I am an "older guy" I can continue to do so over here

    Hope you are back in the saddle soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Yup, it's good that I took up bicycling rather than skydiving. In a 25 month period I had 3 bicycle rides that each ended in the back of an ambulance. Mrs. Grouch refuses to ever again get onto a 2-wheeled tandem with me. We're considering buying a pair of recumbent delta trikes that will link together. Anybody want to buy a well spec'ed but lightly used Rans Screamer?
    Must be why they named it a Screamer?

    I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist.

    That AVN sounds pretty scarey. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Man of constant sorrow Dudelsack's Avatar
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    Just got off the Rans site. That bike was not inexpensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Just got off the Rans site. That bike was not inexpensive.
    His has S&S couplers. Did you figure in that cost?
    A Screamer can cost more than a Santana. Or less, depending.

    Bikes are almost always much less expensive than cars and motorcycles, though.
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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    His has S&S couplers. Did you figure in that cost?
    A Screamer can cost more than a Santana. Or less, depending.

    Bikes are almost always much less expensive than cars and motorcycles, though.
    ....AND Phil Wood hubs and bottom brackets and IPS. I've got almost $100 in the (really nice) leather handgrips. Yesterday a co-worker asked me how much I paid for it. I told her that I couldn't answer while there was anybody in the room who had a history of heart problems.

    Bicycles are the ultimate status symbol. Park a $30,000 boat and trailer in your driveway and your neighbors might not even notice. Casually let it drop that you paid $7,000 for a bicycle that you still have to pedal and they'll think that you must be made of money.

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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    While you were away we voted you a chapter President and Sergeant-at-arms. You now get to do all duties and jobs that pop up here. Should have never missed a day here, you got elected.
    No way.

    Denver's the President and I'm not qualified to usurp his seat.

    I'll do Sargeant-at-arms. I can hardly wait to start calling names at the under 50 interlopers who keep creeping in. I drive a school bus so I've developed a good vocabulary of names that I can use.

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    Wow. That's terrible. I'm sending right back at you, with interest, all the good wishes you offered me after my tumble a couple of years ago.

    Strength and courage, pal

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