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Old 05-08-07, 05:00 PM   #1
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What am I in for?

I've been of the bike with NO exercise at all for 7 weeks, will be 8 weeks next week. (Edit, longer, but it was fractured, and then was re broken.. Attn 619 fixies..)
After I get my cast off, I plan to get back into the swing of things. I've noticed that I've lost a lot of wieght, leg size (very dramatic, actually), and I can't imagine what else. I run a large gear (48x15 and 49x15) on a long ride (30 miles daily).. and am getting all the internet rumour worries about knees, etc. Also, my brake hand is the one that has been in a cast (broken wrist)..

I've begun stretching again.. which has been painful.

Any insightful fixie folks got ideas or helpful hints on how to get back into action?
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I can't speak to your exact situation, but I recently (a month ago) started training for a trail running race after not running for almost three years. I'm finding that it's not doing less distance that makes the difference, it's going slower. Going out for less time frustrates me, but for some reason, if I do the same distance at half the speed, that's ok with my brain. My recommendation would be to ride your 30 miles, but understand you might be slower.
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stationary trainer helped me thru knee surgery.
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Just get out there and see what happens. Set your expectations really low, then be pleasantly surprised.
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stationary trainer helped me thru knee surgery.
I was not/am not allowed to exercise in the cast.
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geez, you dont need hands for the stationary.
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88"!!!!!

drop down around 70" unless you were a monster you will be a better rider for it in the long run anyway.

switch your brake or put a second one on too.
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If you're only running 1 brake, I would move it to the unbroken side until you've built up your broken arm back. After I fractured my wrist, my forearm muscles atrohpied enough where it was difficult to squeeze anything for a while... and if you're only running one brake for emergencies, I wouldn't want a handicap or pain on the brake hand. Get a squishy ball to work it out a while before switching back.
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geez, you dont need hands for the stationary.
Doctor said NO exercize. Period. I kind of have to do what they say.
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If you're only running 1 brake, I would move it to the unbroken side until you've built up your broken arm back. After I fractured my wrist, my forearm muscles atrohpied enough where it was difficult to squeeze anything for a while... and if you're only running one brake for emergencies, I wouldn't want a handicap or pain on the brake hand. Get a squishy ball to work it out a while before switching back.

Thanks, I bought one the other night, at least I'm thinking on the right track.

How long did it take you to get back and comfortable?

How much pain did it cause you to simply rest on the bar?

What did you fracture?
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88"!!!!!

drop down around 70" unless you were a monster you will be a better rider for it in the long run anyway.

switch your brake or put a second one on too.

I'm not much one to understand the whole gear inch thing. Not to down play your advice, but I just don't get the whole conversion to inches and then back to gears.

Besides, I'm stuck with 48x15. The 46x16 was 3/32 and the new stuff is 1/8th. The old rear cog was destroyed during removal.. and I don't have the money/heart to kick in for new **** right now.

But, now I'm more concerned... Hmmph.
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What speed do you usually ride at with your bike at 48x15? Or do you not have a computer?
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What speed do you usually ride at with your bike at 48x15? Or do you not have a computer?
Fast as I can go until I get there, or slower.
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Thanks, I bought one the other night, at least I'm thinking on the right track.

How long did it take you to get back and comfortable?

How much pain did it cause you to simply rest on the bar?

What did you fracture?
I was younger, and had issues for a couple months... it was a compound fracture. I didn't ride as much then so I can't say how long that took. If it happened to me now, I imagine it would take a while longer. Occasional pain (nothing worth medicating... just my arm telling me to quit pushing it) for about a month AFTER the cast came off doing anything from wiping my ass to holding a pencil. I didn't exercise it a lot and it took maybe two months to get anywhere near normal strength-wise. But my fracture was pretty bad... so I'm sure yours will be different. If you're thinking of doing anything your doctor says not to, I wouldn't do it, but if you had to I'd get one of those wrist braces just in case... immobilize it... while doing contraband activities. Otherwise, if you hit a pothole, even just resting on the bars and BAM, you're back to square one.
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i rode home yesterday for the first time in like four months yesterday while it was almost 80 degrees. it was the most miserable ride ive ever had.
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you will feel horrible

then you will feel a little better

then you will feel great

keep at it
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yeah my hand acts up everynow and then. i fractured the karate chop part of my left hand. it sucks to ride on the flat of the bars. i couldn't really ride for a little over a month.

just try to take the most un-hilly route possible. you'll be fine going on modest terrain but it's gonna suck how much it hurts to pull up on the bars mashing a hill.
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oh, ps, stationary bike def helped me. i'd set it on hills and a high level and mash the **** out of it. it won't help your hand but it'll at least get your legs back in order.
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I would say a good portion of the regulars on this forum have busted something major and had to rehab. We ride bikes, it's not like playing golf. Bones are going to brake (intentional misspell).

Go SLOW. You should stretch anyway. Dropping your gearing will help tremendously. You should first try to get your aerobic back (spin fast, don't push gears). After a month or so, then, up the gearing.

Doctors are full of **** and have to coaver their asses. Do what feels right.
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Not to second guess your doc, but it may not have occured to him/her that you can use a recumbent trainer and not put any pressure on the wrist or hand. Scaphoid fractures are notoriously twitchy and difficult to heal because the bone's main artery supply runs through the neck of the bone itself. It's understandable that if you asked about using an exercise bike they envisioned you sitting on an upright and leaning on the wrist and they said no. Check in with them about using a recumbent and if you have access to one, try that to help get yourself going and if it will be any use at this point.

I'm not sure if it's an option, but you might consider running aerobars so your elbows take most of the load even if it's just for resting. At least its an option if you're in the middle of your 30 mile ride and you are too uncomfortable to continue otherwise. Check to make sure your wrist can be properly positioned to use one before you fork out $.

Do you have recent x-rays to assess the healing progression?
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hey man- if i remember right, you're in SD. i'm in SD as well. one of the best things you can do is to use your good hand to brake with. seriously, as one who's been there (rebuilt ankle and foot), you do not wanna f**k up the recovery of that wrist. if you're riding and really have to get on the brake, it'll be a lot of strain on that wrist, which could damage it permanently.
i have a left brake you can use indefinitely. it's just sitting in a box. PM if you wanna use it, and i can get it to you.
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Not to second guess your doc, but it may not have occured to him/her that you can use a recumbent trainer and not put any pressure on the wrist or hand. Scaphoid fractures are notoriously twitchy and difficult to heal because the bone's main artery supply runs through the neck of the bone itself. It's understandable that if you asked about using an exercise bike they envisioned you sitting on an upright and leaning on the wrist and they said no. Check in with them about using a recumbent and if you have access to one, try that to help get yourself going and if it will be any use at this point.

I'm not sure if it's an option, but you might consider running aerobars so your elbows take most of the load even if it's just for resting. At least its an option if you're in the middle of your 30 mile ride and you are too uncomfortable to continue otherwise. Check to make sure your wrist can be properly positioned to use one before you fork out $.

Do you have recent x-rays to assess the healing progression?
the reason for no exercise is that they dont want sweat and moisture in the cast itself. It causes mold and possible skin infection. So no exercise.

when I broke my scaphoid, I had a pin put in it (by the same doctor that treated Travis Pastrana) due to the dubious likelihood of it actually healing in the 8 week period. I got a plaster cast for a week, then after the swelling from surgery went down, they fitted me for a plastic removable brace, and I used coolmax "socks" under it so I could still go running.

I broke my wrist on memorial day of 2005, got back on the bike by august. Looking back, it was probably the most expensive way to have a wrist treated, however, I was still covered by my mom's health insurance...so it was basically free.
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I'm not much one to understand the whole gear inch thing. Not to down play your advice, but I just don't get the whole conversion to inches and then back to gears.

Besides, I'm stuck with 48x15. The 46x16 was 3/32 and the new stuff is 1/8th. The old rear cog was destroyed during removal.. and I don't have the money/heart to kick in for new **** right now.

But, now I'm more concerned... Hmmph.

You can still keep the 1/8" drivetrain and go to a lower gearing, by replacing the 15T sprocket, with a 22T. That will force you to pedal more and build up a bit of stamina, which is all very good - while having less stress on your joints.

A good quality 22T sprocket could cost you anything between US $15 and $35. But how valuable is your health to you? I learned that health is the most valuable thing in life (after my loved ones). Wouldn't you agree?
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hey man- if i remember right, you're in SD. i'm in SD as well. one of the best things you can do is to use your good hand to brake with. seriously, as one who's been there (rebuilt ankle and foot), you do not wanna f**k up the recovery of that wrist. if you're riding and really have to get on the brake, it'll be a lot of strain on that wrist, which could damage it permanently.
i have a left brake you can use indefinitely. it's just sitting in a box. PM if you wanna use it, and i can get it to you.

Thanks: both my fixies are left hand set up: and I broke my left trapezium. I've got spare levers for one bike and can flip the other (it's an inline). I guess my worry now is not the brake, but pulling up. I ride Imperial or Markette. Imperial has some decent climbs (the at the edge of the 15 by the cemetary) is one I pull up on the bars often. Looks like I am going to HAVE to kick down the gearing if I like it or not..
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Tell your sob story to someone who can loan you a geared bike and flip the brakes.

Sometimes gears are best option and if you really have a 30miles a day to ride, over doing at first is a serious risk.
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