I was house sitting in lower Mitcham so decided to ride my flat bar bike to work as it was only about 7km...
Most of the ride in was great! I was cruising along nicely, the people in the cars were super polite and it was a beautiful day.
About 3/4 the way in my neck started to hurt a lot. I made it into work ok and was super happy and excited about my ride to work. I had to take painkillers almost immediately but figured that was a small price to pay and was happy all day.
The ride home was agony :( I had to stop and get off the bike four times in the 7km home. It's now been two weeks and I'm still just recovering. My hands, forearms, shoulders, neck, lower back and hips have been suffering since. I've been back on the codeine ever day, too.
Obviously this was too soon since the accident (which was almost a year ago now) and I'm so, so bummed. I was so excited about being allowed to try riding again but really think I can't manage it. I'm thinking that I'll have to sell the specialized - if this was how I pulled up on the flat bar I don't want to think about how I'll be after riding the drop bar! Rehab physician reckons it will be another 9-12 months until the injuries stabilize...
Conundrum is the longer I wait until I know if I can even ride it again the lower the value drops as the bike is getting older. I think I have to sell it :(
Wish people would learn to follow at a safe distance...
"Sit up and beg."
A more upright posture on a bike may help avoid neck pain.
Higher handlebars closer to the body = more upright and less neck flexing. A mirror may help avoid some of the twisting to see what's coming to eat you from behind.
There is a case for "slow"-style bikes.
An adjustable head stem, stem extension, and/or riser bars until you are better. I personally can't ride without raised handlebars or I get chronic neck pain.
Ease in to it - have a cruise on the weekend, work commute after you have gotten back into cycling
keep the bike!
Pip, as others have said, ease into the riding, it takes time and listen to your body! If it hurts then stop.
It's been 22months since I was hit, and I am now 95% pain free, it takes time.
Thanks everyone. You guys are saying pretty much just what the physio said this morning. Stay off the roads and stick to leisurely rides on bike paths for now. Stop when it hurts etc. He does agree that the drop bar style is not likely to be something I'm going to get back to. The more upright riding position the better. I'm happy that the prognosis is not that I won't be riding at all, but it is sad to realise that my beautiful bike may need to go. No point holding onto it if I'm not going to get joy from it - even if I eventually get to ride it I don't think it will be far and that kind of defeats the purpose of that bike. Not the end of the world but sad all the same.
Pip I rode today with a guy that has been off his bike for over a year, he had a bike accident and seriously injured his back (broken bones etc). He has been riding the past few days on the Stuart O'Grady bike path, a nice smooth flat path, today was his first time on the road and he was in pain halfway through a 50km ride. Not back pain though, it was legs, triceps, biceps and all the other bits that haven't been subjected to the bumps, lumps and general vibrations of the road and he was a bit puffed at the end of the ride, but he was a happy as he see's it as another step to full recovery. I hope you will persevere. Just a thought I have known a few people who have suffered severe back/neck/shoulder injuries and those that recovered the best swear by Aqua Therapy, if your physio doesn't agree I'd suggest getting a second opinion.
Small steps Pip I had surgery late last year and am still working my way back, so be patient!