|69 Centimeters of Terror!|
I wasn't sure about clipping into pedals, but I did have regular pedals on Big Sexy. I think I did that back when I brought rollers to Celebrity Spin as a way to save from crashing if I lost balance. Big Sexy, as the nick-name implies, is a huge 69 cm frame steel road bike from the 80's. Its so tall I have to kind of jump up on board and then scoot to get going. I figured if I could saddle up Big Sexy and not crash I'd be doing okay.
I wanted to get on a road bike to one--see how it felt with the knee, and two--get where I want to go faster. Because there's no pedals to clip in and out of--just regular pedals--I figured I'd be okay if I started to fall. Trouble is that the bike is so tall, you have to lean way over and plant the leg on firm ground--to get on or off--otherwise you smash you nuts. The left leg being weak, I was not sure I could hold my own weight, but ended up I could.
When I first tried to saddle up Big Sexy, I thought I'd use the height of the curb to help me out. This proved a mistake as I ended up almost falling over--my left leg is weak and it strained and hurt for a moment--but I righted myself. I was probably just nervous, mes amis, and afraid. After a couple of tries, I was on the bike and able to pedal, stop (planting my injured knee) and start back up again.
Back up on a big road bike, I made quick work of a few miles to downtown. It felt good to fly down the road again! When I made it to Liberty Hall, my destination to drop off rented DVDs, it was a bit more awkward to stop, go,stop and get up on the side walk. Because of the slope of the sidewalk I found things precarious--plus with a concert about to start at the Hall (an old Opera House) there were people around waiting to get their seats, having that last cigarette, etc. A couple of blokes waiting for the show came over and commented on Big Sexy, the hugest bike they've ever seen, they said.
Physical Therapy evaluation was today. I was disappointed that I wasn't as strong as I thought. Sandy, my therapist, had me do some moves to test my strength--right leg strong, as you would imagine, left leg has a long way to go. The good news--complete recovery back to 100% Gentle Readers of This Blog! Sandy said short trips to work and for errands would be okay, but really I need to wait awhile before going out on the road for any regular riding.