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Old 07-06-14, 01:22 PM
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Learning how to ride again! Would love some input!

I have some exciting news, almost a year from when I was hit by a jeep while riding I have been given a cautious "thumbs up" to give riding a try again.

I haven't gone into much detail about the "event" but I suffered a broken neck/back, mild brain injury and severe lacerations of my left leg. It has been an incredibly difficult and challenging time and I am looking forward to the possibility of riding again.

At this time my occupational therapist is having one of my current (modern) bikes made more "ergonomic" by installing upright bars and shifters and platform pedals so that I am not leaning forward as I don't have the strength or mobility in my neck for that position. I also have to ride with my Kinesiologist on a, closed to motor traffic, path.

I am really nervous and anxious and it is still a couple of weeks away but of course I already started thinking of converting a vintage bike or two to sort of a townie/rando style with upright bars. Has anyone used upright bars on brevet distances (further than the bar or grocery store)?

I know that I am WAY ahead of myself, but the last few days have really made me forget, for a moment, the current and think about the future in a positive light.

Thanks!
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OMG! I had no idea. I am very glad to here your feeling better and may be able to enjoy riding soon.
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Your saddle will be important as your weight will shift off your hands.

Also, if you have the cash, one off my co-workers just bought a Trek Townie. Off-topic but a cool bike. She had both knees replaced and has to start off slow. Upright with the cranks way forward allows you to have both feet on the ground hen stopped. As you get stronger, sell that bike and get less upright as you are able.
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Yes, it would probably be easier to do this but a new bike will be part of the final settlement down the road but they can do this "ergo" upgrade right now without any issues so I will try this and see how it feels, if it isn't working I will try the path you suggest.

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Your saddle will be important as your weight will shift off your hands.

Also, if you have the cash, one off my co-workers just bought a Trek Townie. Off-topic but a cool bike. She had both knees replaced and has to start off slow. Upright with the cranks way forward allows you to have both feet on the ground hen stopped. As you get stronger, sell that bike and get less upright as you are able.
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