Join Date: Apr 2004
Bikes: Schlitter Encore, RANS Seavo tandem, Fisher HKEK, Spec. Roubaix
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Buy or borrow a recumbent trike (Catrike is a nice one) and ride that for about 9mo. It will take months for your shoulder to fully heal internally, strong enough to tolerate a possible fall. You have a hard time falling, on a trike.
My experience? In 2009, 1 major open shoulder surgery (5" ventral incision) involving 6 spyderwire sutures and 3 bone anchors, plus cutting the biceps tendon and moving it back where it belongs. I spend 8wks in the "pillow sling combo" with my arm strapped to my side on the pillow, and another 4 wks in the sling alone before we started ANY rehab. After around 2-3mo of PT/rehab I was fortunate enough to regain 100% use of my shoulder and no pain. At the time, I was not riding at all, but I know had I taken a fall of any kind on my shoulder it would have been devastating to the repairs done.
Whatever you do, be careful with your shoulder and let it heal fully.