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A good ending...(21 posts)

A good ending...Kristin
May 18, 2001 11:30 AM
Thanks for all the great tips/info on my fl*t tire situation. I'm back up and running (er...cycling) now. By the by, for those who asked... I have Campy Montrea(??) wheels and the rims are cloth lined. I just wanted to let the board know that this Delia chick is tough as nails! We went for our weekly Train-For-The-Club-Ride ride (where we secretly ride the club course to improve our speed :). There's this kinda crazy left turn across a 50mph road onto a steep climb. Of course the entrance to the road is covered with sand. Lady Luck was not on Delia's side last night and she went down. Now, you all know that I'm on the prowl for a sacrifice... (I'm kidding). She lost some skin and a pair of tights to the road, but refused to let it defeat her. She climbs back on, and starting at 0mph, conquers the hill. Now thats character!!! She's a great ride partner. Yours truly climbed the hill the old fashioned way--one foot in front of the other.
Do you mean...boy nigel
May 18, 2001 12:43 PM
that you walked up the climb? Or that you simply went up slowly and painfully?

Does sound like she's a real trooper. Nice bonus that you managed a good riding partner from the board. Great when that happens. I met up with "Ostimu" through the board; we've gone on a couple of Central Park jaunts thus far, with plans to do some long distance this weekend.

Good on ya (and welcome back!). Take notes! :)

Just my luckmike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 12:56 PM
the only people I run into on this board who are from my neighborhood lived here about 20 years ago and haven't been back since! If so many people are leaving here, why do we have so many more people than we used to have?

So, I shall remain the Lone Wolf, rolling along the highways, backstreets, and paths of the San Fernando Valley unencumbered by companions. Geez, I'm starting to sound like that dude who was a regular poster for about 2 weeks: the one who was always talking about how he was "sailing like an eagle across the Golden Gate Bridge" or "pouncing upon unsuspecting prey (roadies) like a hungry lion." Remember that guy? What did he call himself? Where did he go?
Just my lucknorma
May 18, 2001 1:20 PM
hard to believe that you ride by yourself....
Wasn't thatCliff Oates
May 18, 2001 2:40 PM
Chuckie the MTBer who was buying his first road bike, a Serotta, "the best bike in the whole world." I was wondering if he'd ever bought the thing. As I recall, the deal was supposed to happen in February or March.
Good callmike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 2:54 PM
If I recall correctly, Chuckles declared the Serotta the best bike in the world after one test ride and probably without test riding any other road bikes. I could never get a handle on whether all of his rambling about his exploits on the bike were tongue in cheek stuff intended to goad others on the board, or whether he was taking his own crap seriously. If it was the former, he did a nice job. If the latter, he was a good candidate for electro-shock therapy. Funny, now that he's gone, I kind of miss him. Come back, Chuck, and let us know about how you're stealthily swerving through the bay area fog like a silent assassin on your new Serotta. ;-)
Just my luckdustin73
May 18, 2001 3:50 PM
i feel your pain, man....
Are you really gonna make me say it?Kristin
May 18, 2001 4:27 PM
I walked, all right? There, I said it. Are you happy now? I'm not proud of it, but I did it. :) just kidding with you. I did walk up though. *hangs head in shame*
Neosporin and Road Rash.Delia
May 18, 2001 3:01 PM
Well as you've all heard, I had my first real fall. It's kinda annoying trying to do work and type while avoiding any sort of contact with my arm.

When you guys fall (if you do) how do you treat your road rash i.e. do you put a large bandaid on it or let it breath? I want this thing to heal fast so any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Neosporin and Road Rash.mike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 3:11 PM
I read recently in a reputable source that it is best to keep road rash treated with ointment and covered. The old theory about letting it "dry out" apparently only prolongs the agony. You're lucky you only have to avoid contact with your arm. In addition to road rash on my arms, I had some nasty road rash all over my right cheek (not my face) and up past my waistline from a crash in '95. I was reminded of it every time I sat down, lay down, bent over, put on pants, etc. Don't worry; it only feels like it's going to stay there for ever. On the bright side, you now have your first battle-scar. My four-year-old daughter is fascinated with the scar on my shin where I got stitches in the previously mentioned '95 crash.
I always have found that wounds heal faster lathered with somebill
May 18, 2001 3:15 PM
sort of anti-bacterial ointment and bandaged (keep it dry, change the bandage). I've heard the "breathing" thing from doctors, but my experience is otherwise. By way of perspective, doctors also have told me that my babies will NOT develop fevers from teething, but, dadgumit (sort of a pun, heh, heh), they did -- mysterious fever followed by tooth, time after time. My pediatrician also smoked and died of heart disease. So, doctors are wrong once in a while.
Hey Del...Kristin
May 18, 2001 4:06 PM
Last year when I ground up my shin, I used antibacterial neosporin. I covered it with non-stick gauze and wrapped the whole thing in an ace bandage. The ace bandage might seem like overkill, but I'm telling you, it felt sooo much than just taping the gauze on. It kept the bandage firmly in place and also kept the muscle from giggling around. My Dr. looked at it two days later and approved of my method. Then gave me a painful tetnis shot. ouch!
Neosporin and Road Rash.O. Gull
May 19, 2001 2:29 PM
the face? how's the face?
I just knew someone was going to ask.Ian
May 19, 2001 7:35 PM
I am just surprised it took this long.

Delia, get well soon.

Kristin, keep trying, you will make it up that hill.
Elbow healing well...thanks for the advice.Delia
May 20, 2001 10:13 AM
Thanks guys for all the tips. My elbow is healing nicely...a little sore but under control. Made for interesting conversation this weekend.
Look here!!!Lazy
May 21, 2001 11:30 AM
Welcome to the club. I'm sure you've heard the old adage about how there's two types of cyclists....

Anyhow, there was a thread las week about treating road rash over at the velonews forum ( Check it out. It seemed like some good information.
I've got to knowSpoke Wrench
May 18, 2001 4:41 PM
I thought you lived in the Chicago area. Where'd you find a hill around there?
Mountains and Mole HillsKristin
May 21, 2001 10:49 AM
I'm finding that the a "hill" is a very relative thing. Personally, I think there are hills in Barrington, IL. I mean, I'm pedaling and my legs hurt and my breathing becomes labored. This is my definition of a hill. But if you drive out here from Cali or Colorado and join me for a club-ride, you'll tell me I'm full of it!

A while back someone posted that there is NO SUCH THING as flat. This appears to be true. You're always going up or down, though the degree of up and down varies.

On Saturday, I went for a ride with a well known person on this board who was terrific company. (Thanks 4bykn, I had fun!) The ride occured in a very FLAT place, but I experienced my hardest climb yet. We crested a hill and began to descend. When I looked to the other side I uttered some thing like, "What IS that??" Followed quickly by, "Ugh.I'm gonna fall!" Didn't fall, but definitely hyperventilated. This "hill" was only about .25 miles long. I can't imagine climbing a mountain!

Someone said once that they climb to Crater Lake once a year. I get nausious just thinking about it. On a fresh day, I could probably do a mile of that. :-)

~No where to go but up...
Mountains and Mole Hills4bykn
May 21, 2001 11:38 AM
Interested in making the ride an annual event? Bring Delia along, maybe we could do the long route. Gotta warn you though, there are some serious (for me) hills on the longer ride. Nothing very long, but some are quite steep!
A good "hill" here in ColoradoErik W
May 21, 2001 6:26 PM
One of the rides I like to take is just north of Boulder up Left Hand Canyon to the town of Ward. The starting elevation is around 5600 ft. Ward, which is about 16 miles up the road, is at 9000 ft. The steepest part of the ride is just above town (literally), if you go to the Peak to Peak highway. That is a bit of a workout.
A bit of a workout?4bykn
May 22, 2001 9:01 AM
A hill here takes all of 1 or maybe 2 minutes to climb. How long does yours take.