As for me, I am recovering. The day after the day after is always the hardest for me when I go back to the gym and start lifting weights after being away for a while. The day after the first day back, no problem. The day after the day after...OUCH! That theme is holding true with my road rash. It has scabbed over, which, while it is good, presents another issue...for my upper right hamstring in particular. When I move it, the scab breaks open and that hurts. It is still very sensitive but less so each day. I am using vitamin E oil and aloe vera gel, which helps a great deal. A friend recommended a clear bandage but, since it was scabbing over, I didn't think the bandage would help much except with the sensitivity part. Maybe that's what it's supposed to do? A few bruises showed up, too. Not large, but there. I have been back on the bike, yesterday and today, but very short rides. When I have my cycling bib shorts on, I can pedal easier with less pain. So, my schedule will be set back a bit, but, in the midst of all this, I did gain some insight. After adjusting the top tube that connects to the movable bottom bracket and handlebars so my legs were not overextended, I discovered that I had better control of the bike. At least until the chain locked up on the middle chain ring. Now, when I do that move, I'll make certain the cranks can move before pushing hard on the cranks.
The real plus? I have new, WHITE, handlebar tape. I'm a sucker for handlebar tape. Why? Who knows. I just do. And white, handlebar tape, too. Don't like to wrap new handlebar tape. I can do it. Just don't like doing it. And I've wrapped the handlebar ends with black, electrical tape to prevent the new tape from getting messed up whenever the bike falls over. It will. Can't predict when, but it will.
The greatest pleasure of all...RAIN. It's raining now! Don't remember the last time it rained. Thunder, too. It's still overcast and has brought the temp down, which I really like.
Ok. Some photos:
|Silvio with new chain rings and the old black/white handlebar tape|
|Silvio with Jandd front rack used as rear rack with Jandd bag|
|New 26T small and 36T middle chain rings|
|Jandd front rack used as rear rack with Jandd bag for tubes, tools, rag, patch kit, tire tools, Cliff bar, and keys|
|Salsa Everything Cage ... one on each side of the seat bottom to hold my Hydro Flask 40oz Insulated Bottles.|
|The scrape on the WTB handlebars with the torn handlebar tape|
|Another view of the Salsa Everything Cage|
|Another view of the Cruzbike Silvio with the old tape but you can see the Salsa Everything Cage.|
|Cruzbike Silvio with the new, white, handlebar tape|
|Yet another view of the Cruzbike Silvio with the new, white, handlebar tape. Black tape wrapped at the handlebar end is to protect the tape for those times when the bike falls over.|
A tune to exit with and then go enjoy the rain...Lou Reed doing one of his best tunes.."Walk on the Wild Side".