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Old 11-10-14, 09:54 PM
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It pays to keep at it!

Hi folks! I just wanted to check in to say that I have finally made it back onto the big chainring on my venerable commuter bikes. I've had multiple walking problems, and three an a half operations: two on one foot and one and a half on t'other one. Also frayed peroneal tendon on one foot. Oh and OA in my right knee. My last operation was over two years ago, and I've been riding to work in no more than a 58 inch gear for the longest time.
Anyway, I finally strengthened myself to the point where I can sustain a 72 inch gear, even up slight rises. Now that my quads are gaining tone, my knee pain has subsided to a whisper of its former self. It may not sound like a big deal - and I know that many here have even greater challenges than I have had. But it does make me feel good to reach this point.

Perseverance furthers, dear friends!

Now, here comes the dang winter.
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Old 11-10-14, 10:01 PM
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Hi folks! I just wanted to check in to say that I have finally made it back onto the big chainring on my venerable commuter bikes. I've had multiple walking problems, and three an a half operations: two on one foot and one and a half on t'other one. Also frayed peroneal tendon on one foot. Oh and OA in my right knee. My last operation was over two years ago, and I've been riding to work in no more than a 58 inch gear for the longest time.
Anyway, I finally strengthened myself to the point where I can sustain a 72 inch gear, even up slight rises. Now that my quads are gaining tone, my knee pain has subsided to a whisper of its former self. It may not sound like a big deal - and I know that many here have even greater challenges than I have had. But it does make me feel good to reach this point.

Perseverance furthers, dear friends!

Now, here comes the dang winter.
Well done. Many people just let these challenges take over their lives. You obviously did not.
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Old 11-10-14, 10:06 PM
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Old 11-10-14, 11:08 PM
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This is why I love bicycling and cycling-oriented support groups such as this. Thanks for the report, and best wishes for your continued progress.

I was born with unstable kneecaps and have dislocated the left 2.5 times (one was a fleeting out-and-back excursion). Knee stretches and exercises targeting the medialis member of the quad group have helped immensely, as has bicycling, which has also been helping me through Achilles tendinosis.

Keep up the great work and update us periodically on your progress.
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Way to go getting back on and getting on. Overcoming limitations our body throws at us surely makes for a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

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.........Now, here comes the dang winter.
There's always SW Fl. where we cherish the approach of winter weather.
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Old 11-11-14, 05:01 AM
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Way to go, Franky.
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Great news to get some positive feedback from you, Frank. sounds like you are ready to roll again, weather permitting.

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Sounds as if you've earned the right to pursue n+1 or at least some bike bling.......
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Sounds as if you've earned the right to pursue n+1 or at least some bike bling.......
I hear you! But I already did that, earlier this spring. Kind of willing myself to get better - I'd been lurking in all the usual places hoping to pick up a good used Ti bike. I did, and then it was so good, I had to get a similar one for my wife! So the household went n+2 really. Even though the wife doesn't have the bug like I do, I just couldn't in good conscience fail to get her a modern bike. Both 10-speed triples. Yowser!
The next one will have to be a 'bent.
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Originally Posted by CrankyFranky View Post
It may not sound like a big deal - and I know that many here have even greater challenges than I have had. But it does make me feel good to reach this point.
Perseverance furthers, dear friends!
Now, here comes the dang winter.
Great to hear that you're back to commuting! Sorry about the dang winter; we don't have that here! I'm also impressed that you know the gear inches of your commute bike.

Mine . . . I have no clue . I know my fixed gear bike is 72.5" but my commute bike is just one chain-ring and a seven speed freewheel (i.e. pre-cassette) so very basic compared to yours!

And yes, will practice tenacity!

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Welcome, Franky. Glad to read about your improvement.
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