Saturday, 21 January 2012
the luck thing
sometimes you just have to feel the inevitability of things, or perhaps that they are just against you. certainly the signs were there....
i was out last week on my regular hard tail summerish bike, forgetting that if i don't absolutely clean the drive to clean room standards that at the merest whiff of mud i'll be getting chainsuck of epic proportions. and unfixable too i'm told (tho only after replacing all of the aforesaid drive)
midweek, i got away up glen almond on the rohloff bike. true, i chosen a wending easy route to see if the 'fixes' to it were working. sadly no. taking some advice on it, it appears that my lbs haven't takne chain line into account at other than the most guesstological level. if i wanted that level of work done on my bike i'm thinking it would be me doing it...
so yesterday i decide to dig out the winter bike. true, last time i was out on it i got a bruised liver but that was something i wasn't thinking about. there's really no such thing as a jinx bike, honest. the drive looked pristine and, aside from a few not being used brake issues, it seemed fine. at least it was until we were butting along, i decide to change gear and, for some reason best known to itself, the chain pops off the outside of the big ring, wraps round the cranks and i'm in an instant faceplant.
the second i hit the ground (on my bad knee of course) i knew all was not well. i think the urge to throw up was a clue plus the look on super g's face when i wasn't jumping up again. even lying on the ground i could feel fluid hosing into the joint. super g raced off for the van and i hirpled back. even one legged pedalling wasn't working but that was nothing coma red to trying to get the clutch working in the van.
t, who is no fan of injury, took one look at my pineapple knee and shouted 'put it away, put it away'. which i took to me a couple of ice packs and let's go out in the car to take my mind off it. doubly foolish. by the time we got back the joint wouldn't straighten or bend. more ice packs.
today it's slightly better but i can't paint because i can't kneel which is going to be causing me significant problems real soon. at least it's bending tho and i can weight bear more effectively. will it need aspirated? time will tell. one thing's for sure - i'll not be back on the bike for a couple of weeks. on top of all last year's injuries i'm feeling just a tad deflated.
on the upside now i have to write because i can't do anything else! hurrah!