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Need options and I have a stem question(10 posts)

Need options and I have a stem questionKristin
Jun 17, 2003 2:01 PM
I'm scheduled to ride the Menominee ride in the upper peninsula on June 30...just 12 days from now. No way I'm going to be doing any amount of milage on the road bike right now. Yesterday I had a 1 inch range of motion in my neck and in 2 weeks I've only completed 15 miles. I start PT on Thursday, but I'm not hoping for a miracle. (Even if I got one, I wouldn't be ready to do 50 miles on the Bernardi.) I looked into renting a comfort bike, but that will cost me $70. The friend who is doing the 50 miles with me--and who can probably be talked down to the 30 mile ride--owns a comfort bike.

The Trek900 CammoCommuter will arrive next week and I can see how it fits. But even if it's perfect, it still may not be wise for me to try 50 miles. Thoughts? If anything needs to be changed on the bike, I expect it to be the stem. So, what kind of stem is this? I'll shop now and be ready to make a quick purchase if need be.

Or I can just cancel the trip and slink back to my home with my tail between my legs for another a video marathon. But that option really bites.
I'll put it this way...Fender
Jun 17, 2003 2:07 PM
being 22 and having had more than my share of injuries, (fractured collarbone, splinted toe, splintered shin, torn muscle, tendon and ligament (same ligament 3 times) to mention a few) here's my recommendation.

Do the ride on the comfort bike, and end up having to twice as much PT and delay your recovery by at least a month or two, or...

skip the ride, watch some flicks and do PT. You'll be like new in a matter of weeks, as opposed to months.

your choice. =) hope you have insurance.
agree; skip the rideDougSloan
Jun 17, 2003 2:36 PM
50 miles sounds like way too much right now, given your mileage and physical condition. We care about you too much to see you in that much pain and agony. ;-)

an option, thoughDougSloan
Jun 17, 2003 2:38 PM
Might consider doing it on a "comfort" tandem (like a KHS), and you stoke with the bars set really high and close, if you can. That might get you through it. Still iffy, though.

Thanks. Sounds very....err....wiseKristin
Jun 18, 2003 5:43 AM
I hate wisdom. Actually, right now I hate my situation but what can I do? I'm trying to walk that line between accepting what is and not giving up on something. But sometimes, giving up is the best option. I've put $3000 into this bike since 2000, when I purchased it, when I add up the purchase cost, costs to tweak the bike to fit and medical bills. One of these days I'll figure out what the right thing to do is. But somehow I doubt that will be today.
an option, thoughbrider
Jun 18, 2003 6:53 AM
How about a Counterpoint tandem? "Stoker" is actually in recumbent position over the front wheel.
LOL. That sounds like a big purchase to makeKristin
Jun 18, 2003 6:58 AM
just so that I can drive 6 hours to a bike ride once. I think I'll just take a few weeks off. Dammit!!!
Very upright, flat bar road bike you are welcome to borrow…TFerguson
Jun 18, 2003 12:33 PM
We have just the bike and you could pick it up on the way by. I assume you are going up 94.

It has a 30 inch stand over height and the saddle can go down far enough for a 24 3/4 inch saddle height. The other fit criteria don't really apply for something this upright. I built it for my wife who has a pinched nerve in her neck.

Picture below.

If you should decide to chance the ride stiff neck and all, let me know. I might even have found your seat bag by then to go on it.

Thats your wifes Landshark?? I've seen it on
Jun 18, 2003 1:25 PM
I've seen it in the Landshark photo gallery--I'm really interested in his bikes. Its a very nice bike. Its a tremendous offer, which I appreciate greatly; but are you sure you want to lend out such a beauty? If so, I may take you up on it. Though I insist on "renting" it. I'll talk to my PT and see what he says. If he thinks it will be okay to do the ride and the new MTB is too stretched out, then this would be a very nice option.
Airborne Carpe Diem that needs riding....TFerguson
Jun 19, 2003 4:35 AM
Let me know.

Sue has had a shoulder injury so she has limitted herself to just her karate which is her primary sport. The bike has not been ridden this year.