I think you are on the right track by working with your LBS. They will most likely also let you test ride many bikes, so you can see what you are comfortable riding. But because of your specific medical situation, I don't want to offer advice, other than try *everything*, including those recumbents and trikes.
I can't help with the Corolla, although I can tell you I used to manage to get a bike in the back seat of a convertible. With both wheels off, I could even put the roof up... And I took my bike with me the last time I had to buy a car, so I knew excatly how it would fit. So my advice would be to drive the Corolla to the LBS, and ask them how it could fit in.
In addition to helmet and gloves, I'd recommend bike shorts. Also get a seat bag (or something similar) for your bike and stock it with a spare tube, tire changing levers, and a small air pump or CO2 cartridge pump. Don't forget water cages or a Camelbak. There are threads here dedicated to what we each carry when we ride! A good cycling shirt has pockets, so you can easily carry your cell phone and ID as well.
Glad to see you are giving cycling a try. I hope we are helping you a little. And let us know what happens at the LBS today!
Edited by: DRC2205 at: 8/3/2010 (08:33)
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I have a recumbent that DH bought me to help with the arthritis in my neck and shoulders. It did that, but I couldn't keep up with him (so he got the tandem) and I learned to ride upright again. Recumbents have improved since I got mine and I think you would manage nicely on one.
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I am sorry that you have so many restrictions and can offer no advice, but suggest that you may want to look past traditional bikes and consider a recumbent or recumbent trike. There are several manufacturers/providers of recumbents. Here's where I got one of our recumbent trikes. http://actionbent.com/
I don't know if a recumbent or trike will help, just thought it provides other options.
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)
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