Background: rode a lot in my pre teen years. Was in a car wreck when I was 13 and had a fractured pelvis and arm. I don't think I ever rode my bike after the accident. I bought a 10 speed in my 20's and didn't really like the bike. I could not tolerate the lowered head position and never enjoyed that bike. I now know I have slipped discs and a misplaced vertebrae more than likely from the wreck since my head almost went through the driver's seat and then I was hit by the driver landing back in the seat. 30 years later, I have a hip resurfacing on the side most affected by the wreck. In the next few years, I will have on the same surgery on the right. My hips did not finish growing in childhood and my right knee has osteoarthritis as well. Taking this in account, I am working with my LBS and planning to join a local bike club.
I am looking at the http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_path/fx/72fx/ and at the RAVX T3 for winter use. Summer time, I love to exercise in the pool. (I do own a treadmill, but I can't walk for long distances.) I am interested in getting the saddle on the 7.5. Since unlike most hip patients, my front pelvis bones became unstable prior to my replacement due to OA, I am anticipating history to repeat itself.
1 Any one have any feedback/advice re: what I may need in a bike. Until both hips are replaced, I do not anticipate doing more than street riding and/or rail trails. (WV has some beautiful rail trails.)
2 I know I need a helmet and good gloves, but any other suggestions?
3 Also, what have most of you done re: bike clothes on your weight loss journey. I am due to shift some more weight and I don't want to over invest in sizes that may not last long. I want to be safe though!
4 Has anyone ever loaded a bike in the back of a Corolla with the seat down?
I think with the right bike, that I would love being out again. I know from a friend in the UK which extremely severe osteoarthritis that he is in excellent cardiac shape although he has trouble walking because he has always been an avid cyclist.
I would appreciate any and all advice. I am hoping to purchase a bike and trainer Thursday since it is the late evening at the LBS.
Edited by: WHOZETHERE at: 8/3/2010 (07:43)
Vickie--swimming against the current without progress.
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