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Elefantino's back on the road! (sort of)(20 posts)

Elefantino's back on the road! (sort of)Elefantino
May 20, 2002 3:01 PM

The Serotta finally is born ... and built. It was finished at the LBS, and I did some final tweaking (great shop; they let me use their tools), and then the shop manager asked me if I wanted to take a spin before he helped me load it onto the car.

My wife, mother, son and daughter were not around to scold me, so ... I RODE!!!

OK, so I only got it up to 16.8 miles an hour in the little parking lot, and it was only two laps that lasted for a total of about a minute and a half, but after 10 months, seven days, eight hours and a few minutes, give or take, off the bike since the first accident, it was absolutely magical.

The grin will take WEEKS to get off my face!!!

Blantant plug: The Serotta is everything it's said to be, and more. I could feel it almost immediately. (My spine, with as much mileage as it has on it, is very attuned.) Here's what's weird: The wheelbase of the Serotta is almost THREE INCHES bigger than the Trek, yet it seems more comfortable, position wise. Go figure. The Campy wheels seem nice. (The rest of the bike is: Campy Chorus headset, Deda Newton bar, Dura-Ace drivetrain, Ultegra brakes, Speedplays, Axial Pros). I think I really scored on this one. And the Trek is already jealous.

Anyhow, it was an incredible rush for yours truly. No, I didn't wear pink. But that will come in time. In the meantime, I bought a 1up and will pound myself back into shape with the 6-pound flywheel. I still have to wait to heal completely for the doc to give me the thumbs-up.

Oh, and by the way: I did get that personalized "Share the Road" license plate after all. It says: "SVN LFT"

GREAT!! - all wear or eat something pink to celebrate ;-) NmSpirito
May 20, 2002 3:09 PM
"eat something pink..."Ahimsa
May 20, 2002 3:52 PM

go Elefantino!!!!!!! nmweiwentg
May 20, 2002 3:10 PM
Sounds great, good for you! (nm)mwood
May 20, 2002 3:19 PM
May the wind be at your back! (nm)Crankist
May 20, 2002 3:22 PM
Congraulations Cap'n persistance!Len J
May 20, 2002 3:46 PM
Great tag also, I like it.

Let us know when you get on the road

In the words Monty Burns: "Exxcellent, Ehhhxcssellent." (nm)Sintesi at home
May 20, 2002 3:55 PM
I dedicated tonights ride to you. Congratulations (nm)Dave Hickey
May 20, 2002 3:55 PM
8 replies in first hour - fastest growing thread of all time? nmmduell
May 20, 2002 4:03 PM
Congrats, E!jtolleson
May 20, 2002 5:09 PM
I've been there, so I know. Solidarity bro!
Great to hear!!!!Scot_Gore
May 20, 2002 5:08 PM

This internet thing is amazing. Most of the time it's just silly drivel and if it was gone tomorrow you wouldn't miss it much. But every now and then it can really move you.

So, I must say to hear that some stranger in Florida climbed back on his bike today made me cheer (and tear).

Stay well, get strong.

May it always be 7 left.

re: Elefantino's back on the road! (sort of)BikeViking at home
May 20, 2002 5:19 PM
If the Serotta is a'rockin'
Don't come a'knockin'!!

Yeah Baby!!

Good luck!
it took ten months to find the mythical magic ride.colker
May 20, 2002 6:10 PM
the one ride that brought you back to cycling!
re: Elefantino's back on the road! (sort of)MVN
May 20, 2002 7:42 PM
Congratulations!! Did you wipe the smile off your face before you walked through the door? Don't wanna get grounded ya know! My morning ride tomorrow is dedicated to you. Here's hoping you'll be back flying down the road with everyone else soon!
There's light at the end of the tunnel! Congradulations!Me Dot Org
May 20, 2002 8:54 PM
If there is anything better than riding a bicycle, it's riding a bicycle after you haven't ridden for a long time.

...And if there 's anything better than riding a bicycle after not riding for a long time, it's riding a f)cking Serotta after not having ridden for a long time.

Way to go!
YEEE-HAAA!!! nm MikeMike P
May 21, 2002 3:01 AM
That long road back is almost at an end... Great news!!! -nmTig
May 21, 2002 7:09 AM
Cheers to Mike! You'll be 100% in no time. . .js5280
May 21, 2002 9:30 AM
Cool, congrats, and I hope it's not too long beforedjg
May 21, 2002 2:32 PM
you drop the "sort of." But take it easy please--of course you don't know me and it's your life anyway, but it seems to me that you've been through too much to be other than careful about your recovery.

Nice little testament to the power of imagination by the way--a couple of laps around the parking lot and the Serotta is everything it's said to be? Glad to hear you like it and are psyched. Recover and enjoy.