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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    First ride since Labor Day

    I'd been doing some work on my fixed gear so I decided to test ride it in the condo parking lot. While a fixed gear might not sound like the best "first" ride choice, the ride itself, while only a couple of hundred feet, went fine. Getting off was another story. I didn't have the strength in my bad leg to support myself while I swung my good leg over the saddle, and I don't have the range of motion to swing over the bad leg. Eventually I got it done (safely) but I almost invented a new way to Tombay.

    Uh - I hadn't bothered to strap on a helmet either. I thought about that as I was trying to figure out how I was going to dismount. It's good that Mrs. Grouch wasn't wqtching.

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    Wow! Be careful out there Retro...
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    baby steps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Getting off was another story. I didn't have the strength in my bad leg to support myself while I swung my good leg over the saddle, and I don't have the range of motion to swing over the bad leg. Eventually I got it done (safely) but I almost invented a new way to Tombay.
    Well, good for you. First of many, I trust. Did you enjoy it?

    We've swapped stories about starting again after injury. I recognise everything in the quote above. Ain't that a kick in the head!

    And maybe, yes, it's in the head. The more I swing my leg over the saddle, the more I can. Including now, swinging my leg over the stoker bars and stoker saddle on the tandem. And doing trail runs downhill on rocky ground.

    'Courage' in the French sense of 'Go For it, Don't think twice it's all right'!

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    Steady as she goes... you can get there!

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    In the words of a past President, I feel your pain. Yesterday I got in my first real ride since November. My conclusion is that this is going to be hard to get back into form. I am fighting a damaged nerve in my right leg. After $1000 out of pocket medical expenses the experts say essentially there is nothing they can do for me.

    Good luck with your recovery.

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    I usually get off my bike from the back, it looks cool.
    The real reason is that I can't get a leg up high enough to swing it off the side. Unle less my bike it at a 45 degree angle, and then still aint easy, or pretty.
    Maybe you can try the tilt-a-bike method and it will work better for you.
    Getting old can be a, you know what.

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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    Never liked fixies-and you have just re-enforced my "Hypothetical" mislike. I had not even thought about stopping a fixie- let alone the dismount

    Many thanks for warning me.
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