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Old 08-27-12, 10:04 AM
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Greetings from Seattle

I had a rough start to my 2012 summer, with a motor vehicle accident that busted my collarbone in 2 places, collapsed lung, and broke a bunch of ribs. After a few months of recovery, and some time to think about what is really important in life, I've decided to get into cycle touring.

I've always loved bikes. I was raised on Freestyle BMX in the '80s, and moved on to road bikes and single speeds in the early 2000s. I bought a Casseroll in 2007 with the intent of doing some longer rides and light touring. The geometry is great - like a Caddy, but I had trouble getting the bike comfy ~ I have a broken back and some disc issues, so it's been tricky getting a more upright/flat lumbar position.

Last week, I took the Salsa to the shop (Plug: Hello Bicycle on Beacon.) Sam helped me gear it much lower. He replaced the 12-24t cassette with 12-36t + MTB RD to help me spin up some hills. It's made it much easier on my back, since there is less power/muscle/leverage involved in schlepping myself up some of the steeps in the area. They set me up with a stubby stem that moved the handlebars back toward the seat by about 3 cm and up a bit. Big difference - I can comfortably use the drops again. Under $250 turned the bike from a Cadillac feel into more of a Mac Truck. I'm up high and geared low.

I've been riding 10-20 miles / day the last few days, enjoying some of our great regional trails, and regaining some stamina. My goal is to ride a century this year, and do a bit of bikepacking.

This site has been a great resource for getting myself geared up... and geared down. Thanks!
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Old 08-27-12, 10:06 AM
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Hello Lugger,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

Touring is great fun.
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Old 08-27-12, 10:41 AM
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You can't ride in Seattle without confronting the hills and even though the tough young riders will say that you don't need low gears, it's sure nice to have them. Your recent injuries sound horrible and I wish you a speedy recovery. Seattle is a great place to ride but watch out for the usual, buses and cars that want to own the road. Good luck and welcome to the forums from a fellow Seattlelite,
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Welcome to Bike Forums! Good on you for getting right back out there after the accident.
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Inspiring story. Hope you ride well this 2012 and better in 2013
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