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I've started on my comeback

Old 07-08-12, 10:25 PM
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I've started on my comeback

I've been a road rider for over 30 years. I posted here that I was in a bad crash 2 years ago with a Toyota that tried to take off half of my face. The biggest problem though was a back injury that has taken a long time to heal somewhat. This year I decided enough time had passed and I was going to get back into cycling, but I had family health issues that have occupied most of my weekends for the past 4 months. My nice Tesch road bike is toast and I haven't had an income for 18 months so I can't buy a new bike or repair the Tesch. My father came across a used Trek hybrid and gave it to me so that's what I'm trying to ride now. I put my pedals, seat and computer on it and I've started some training. I haven't discovered if my back can tolerate long rides but I'm working on that. My biggest problem so far is that the OE tires on that cheap Trek are very flat-prone. I was going to do a short ride this morning and 1 mile in the ride I had a flat and had to walk home. I don't have a pump to fit this bike so I'll have to buy one (look back at the part about me not having an income for the past 18 months). I guess it's all a part of the challenge of coming back but I'm making a serious effort to do that. I'm trying to get back to 50 miles by the time for the HHH, at least 40 miles.
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Glad you're back on the bike. It may not be the tire's fault. Check carefully for something stuck in the tire. Spoke holes well covered ? Low pressure allowing pinch flats ??
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Only my prayers to offer for your return. Hope you can tolerate the back issues and that you are able to ride more and more, as you can. Best of luck to you.

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I've been riding more and more. It feels better but I don't have much strength right now. I rode 21 miles today, with a high temp of 101F. Heat doesn't bother me but the headwinds and hills on the way back home, that's a different story.

Here is my recovery bike. I haven't had an income for 18 months so repairing the old bike or buying a new bike would be out of the question. The old bike could be considered to be totalled, at least the frame, but probably could be repaired by a good frame builder. My father had bought this bike used and gave it to me. I suppose it would be considered a hybrid. It came with 700Cx35 tires or else it could be considered a mountain bike. I put my Look pedals on it, my road bike seat, and my CatEye computer. The original tires seemed to be flat-prone so I switched to a set of 700Cx28 Gatorskins that I had bought right before my crash. My wife bought me a mini-pump so I'm set for road riding. It took a lot of effort to get the funky brakes adjusted. It also took a lot of adjusting to get the seat right. It has a QR seat post clamp. I would adjust it and ride, and the next time I rode it would feel funny. I finally realized that the seat post was well lubed and was slipping as I rode. I cleaned it all off and so far it is working.

The last thing it probably needs for this year is a new cassette. The current cogs are a bit too far apart for my taste. There are lots of times in the past that I've ridden around here with just a straight block but my legs aren't quite ready for that now and it would really look kind of funny on this bike. There is a lot of room for improvement with the current coggs and still be a long way from a straight block. I'll probably have to go to ebay for a cassette though.

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