Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bellevue, WA
Bikes: 1991 Simoncini Strada
Back in the Saddle Again
Hello fellow cyclists,
While commuting home from my office in Seattle this past summer (July ’09, 105 degrees), I surprisingly woke up in the back of an ambulance with a paramedic notifying me that I had been struck by a vehicle. Numerous body and facial lacerations, broken bones and road rash (not to mention a bad concussion) forced me onto the couch. I’ve been told numerous times by the firefighters, medics and doctors who treated me that I’m lucky to be alive. My helmet saved my life. I left a skull shaped dent in the hood of the guys’ full size van that hit me.
After retrieving my taco’d, 2 month old Trek 1.5 (64cm Triple), I found myself on the couch doing research into my replacement ride. Not surprisingly, I continually ended up reading posts here on Bike Forums. I’ve ridden bikes all my life, but only became serious this past year (my wife is convinced it was my mini mid-life crises).
While the lawyers and insurance companies work it out, I had to find a new ride. I stumbled upon a ’91 Simoncini Strada with full Campy. With a click of the evil “Buy It Now” button, she was all mine. I ended up taking it over from the original owner, who recently reassembled it with some of the original parts and some NOS. She’s really a beautiful work of art and fits me perfect.
It won’t be long before I’m back in the saddle (still training in the living room). I have at least a half dozen friends who are counting on me to ride STP (Seattle To Portland) with them this year. Nothing like an ice cold IPA at the finish line. Yeah baby!