Back on the Bike

Last night’s social ride was my return to cycling, nine days after my knee surgery. Prior to the ride and right at the beginning, my knee felt stiff and sore, but as the ride progressed, things loosened up. By the end, I was spinning quickly with no pain. Unfortunately, I can’t get out of the saddle without pain, but I’m certain that will return. In fact, I’m convinced that cycling has relieved much of my knee pain throughout this experience. I’ve had a torn meniscus for well over a year and found, throughout that time, that a couple weeks off the bike resulted in an increase in pain–more popping and stiffness. On the bike, and the knee pain was greatly alleviated. It’s purely anecdotal, to be sure, but it’s enough for me. Additionally, I’ve noticed a bit of increase in the range of motion for the knee. Prior to surgery, I could not straighten the knee–“locking” it–whatsoever. Now, though it’s not at 100%, the knee does seem a bit closer to the vertical, compared to my other, good knee. Anyway, it’s something.

Here’s my knee. If these were on my head, I’d have had a lobotomy.

Knee stitches

I get the stitches out next week. They didn’t seem to be pulling or tugging at all, but I noticed the vertical stitches had disappeared after last-night’s ride. Haven’t seen them anywhere, and they seem to be completely gone from my knee. Weird. Hope I don’t start spouting synovial fluid like a broken brake line.

I rode the restored Pogliaghi last night for the first time since rebuilding it. It’s a beauty and rides as well as anything I’ve ridden before. Smooth, supple…just buttah. I’ve committed sacrilege for building it with SRAM Rival, but I’m sold on SRAM shifting and 10-speed. Sante would forgive me, and most likely greatly approve, I know. Build photos to follow soon, but here’s the paint:

Pogliaghi Restored - Frame and Fork

I’ve got these carbon wheels still for sale, folks! Someone take them off my hands!

SOLD! Reynolds DV46T Carbon Tubular Wheelset – $950 shipped SOLD!

These are sold, but I’m leaving up the prices and descriptions for people interested in pricing used wheels..

These are barely-used Reynolds DV46T carbon tubular wheels. I purchased them while experimenting with carbon wheels, and rode them only once before I found out how much I like Edge wheels. So, I’ve put about 30 miles on them, and they’re in GREAT shape. No nicks, bumps, scratches, gouges, or carbon weevils.

I’m selling them without tires so you can’t blame me for being a lousy tubular installer.

* Reynolds DV46T wheelset
* White Industries hubs
* 16 spokes, radial lacing on front wheel
* 24 spoke 2x on drive side, radial on non-drive side
* Shimano freehub
* No tires or skewers
* braking surfaces excellent

I’d like $950 shipped, and I’ll take a personal check, money order, cashier’s check, or Paypal (if you’ll pick up the Paypal fees).

Reynolds DV46T Tubulars #1 Reynolds DV46T Tubulars #2 Reynolds DV46T Tubulars #3

SOLD! Zipp 404 Carbon Tubular Wheelset – $1050 shipped SOLD!

These are sold, but I’m leaving up the prices and descriptions for people interested in pricing used wheels. I DID end up going halvesies on a new cassette body for these wheels.

Another of my experiments, these are in great shape. Again, no scuffs, scrapes, nicks, or carbon weevils.

* Zipp 404 carbon tubular wheelset
* Zipp hubs with carbon bits
* DIMPLES!
* 18 spokes, radial lacing on front wheel
* 24 spoke 2x on drive side, radial on non-drive side
* Shimano freehub
* No tires or skewers
* braking surfaces excellent

I’d like $1050 shipped, and I’ll take a personal check, money order, cashier’s check, or Paypal (if you’ll pick up the Paypal fees). If you buy ’em and you don’t like ’em, you can punch me in the face!

Zipp 404 #1 Zipp 404 #2 Zipp 404 #3

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