Oct 012014

Today is the start of month three of my recovery.

As you will have read in previous posts, I was knocked off my bike on August the 1st 2104.

One plate and six screws

One plate and six screws

While I had several other, relatively minor injuries, the major one was to my left collarbone. which was broken fairly badly.

I underwent surgery on August the 14th to stabilise it. They inserted a titanium plate and six screws into the bone. For the last few weeks I have been recovering slowly from the procedure.

Unfortunately I am not recovering very quickly, I am struggling with quite badly reduced mobility in my shoulder and severe stabbing pains and muscular spasms when I move the wrong way – or indeed too far. I also have significant pins and needles that stretch from my shoulder to my little finger on my left hand.

I have an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist next week to discuss further options which looks to include additional surgery. Continue reading “Crash – Recovery Month Three” »

Aug 312013

Some time ago I bought a single-speed bike.

I love the idea of a simple, honest bike that needs little maintenance and is easy and simple to ride.

[EMAREN] the bicycle

[EMAREN] the bicycle

So I bought a nice, SE Racing, Draft. It was pretty nice, a steel frame, coaster brake (no hand brakes), nice, simple, easy.

Except that I realized that I did not really like the coaster brake, several very near misses later I added decent brakes to it. which lead to lighter wheels.

This changed the dynamics of the bike.

Some Aero Bull-horn bars with a double layer of cork tape, a carbon seat post with a decent seat made it ever lighter and faster…

The latest changes have seen the crappy original bottom bracket replaced with a nice Shimano unit and the steel crankset replaced with a polished alloy FSA unit.

I added some nice custom graphics as the bike is no longer an SE Draft, it is an [EMAREN] branded bike now 🙂

So, how does it ride now ?

It is fast, but I spin-out at 26mph now. I might have to change the gearing to 44T/15T vs the current 44T/16T. The 16T is pretty much a standard though, so 15T cogs tend to be a special order. Perhaps I will see how it goes on longer rides.

I am pretty happy with it….

Mar 182013

I have recently taken to the idea of a Sunday morning ride.

For the last three Sundays I have ridden one of my bicycles around 22-25 miles on one of a variety of loops in the area. I am not the only one, there are a lot of people out riding. I often catch up with a group or a couple of riders and tag along until we go different ways or I run out of legs, or they drop back. Regardless on my previous couple of rides on my road bike there has been a level of camaraderie among the riders. We all speak to each other and often wave.

What I did not realize is that you need to be a part of the clique. If you are riding a road bike or in my case a ‘bitsa’ Tri-bike, then fellow roadies will wave and smile and encourage you to join them.

Now try exactly the same ride on a mountain bike, albeit one with city tires.

On Sunday I rode a slightly different loop, my usual loop sees me riding north, then east, then south and then west to get home, this time I followed the north trail and it took me towards the cost (west) before I eventually turned left and headed homeward. At about the twelve mile point I encountered a group of riders, they were all in their 30’s and 40’s and all riding multi-thousand dollar road bikes.  They were all dressed in various team replica gear, cycling shoes, ‘sponsored’ helmets, the works. As I moved through the pack I said ‘good morning’ to the rider that I was alongside. They pretty much all look away, or straight ahead or otherwise ignored me. At one set of lights I turned to the rider that pulled up alongside me said ‘I guess I am the odd one out huh ?’ He said ‘you could say that’ and looked away.

The reason that they ignored me is simple, I was not conforming to the rules.

Continue reading “Roadies vs Mountain Bikers….” »