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Bartali

Bartali's etape ended by Mondeo

Well guys .... it looks like my etape dream has come to an end two weeks before the start in France! Six months of hard training and my pride and joy ruined by a prat in a green Mondeo. What was it he said ... "I didn't see you - you were going so fast". Yeah right ... must have been really going fast ... around a roundabout ... as you do. Bastard!!!! I'd exited the roundabout and was going in a stright line before the t**t plowed right into the back of me.

Picture this. One cyclist wearing a CSC maglia rosa writhing in a pool of blood and who is the first on the scene .... bloody drugs squad!!! What irony!

Anyway ... I'm gutted. Just got back from a four hour trip to hospital - never been in an ambulance before. Fortunately I am alive - obviously. Left leg has a very deep puncture wound (probably from my crank?) and a very painful swollen knee!

Worse still - my Ghisallo is a total write off. Top tube, seat tube chain stay and seat stay all ..... well snapped. Campag record chainset broken, AX lightness saddle broken, Rear wheel broken .... and frankly my spirit is broken.

Riding the etape was a nice dream ... Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad







shimouma

Aww...man, Bartali. The Bike and the Etape. Really sorry to hear that.

You must be feeling like sh#t and also like killing the twat in the Mondeo.

Don't let the b#stards get you down - I don't know how serious the injury is but ride it next year, or do something Vuelta related...
Bartali

Thanks Shim. Cuts and bruises mostly. My knee is all puffed up and hurs like hell, but nothing broken! Anyone know if there is a Vuelta etape?
chasm

Rotten luck, B. I hope you're taking him (or his insurance company) for everything you can get, anyway. And there's always next year. Meanwhile, there are sportives galore on which you can use the fitness you've developed in the last few months.
cardinal guzman

Sad gutted for you B. Sad I hope the Sportive participants have escaped without incident on the Kentish roads today.
Slapshot

Bloody fucking hell!!!!! Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

the most important thing is that you are ok!

there will be another etape next year, and even that you love your bike, there are plenty more to choose from!!!!

I donīt know is there is a Vuelta Etape, donīt think so, sorry!!!
berck

Sorry to hear it Bartali. These are the type of things that if they are to happen, you hope its at the end of the season. I broke a collar bone once in May, and it ruined my whole riding schedule that summer. The doc wouldn't let me ride my bike for three months.

I just purchased new bike. I got a great deal from the local bike shop. I now have two great bikes (one has a lot of wear on it currently). I'll post a picture in the next day or two. I still haven't been able to take it for a spin yet. Looks like tomorrow at this point.
cyclingtv

there's fecking idiots all over the place.. hope you're ok all things considered..

the problem is that idiot has no clue what he's done.. really..
looking to excuse away.. he own stupidity and incompetence..
uttering noises that it wasn't of his own doing.. they do it everytime..

you had your helmet on.. I bet.. sorry this happened to you.. chin up an get well..
headwind

Bartali! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Im so sorry to hear this...and after my firend got plowed into a couple weeks back. Yikes. My first word of advice is not to rush returning to intense exercise. You need to heal properly, and a knee issue is something you dont need. Please mind your recovery and all here will be thinking of you. I hope that the person has the insurance to replace your trusty stallion. dont reuse anything on your bike...a wreck like that is a total loss.

Again....soooo sorry.

hw
Bartali

Thanks to all of you for your good wishes. It really is much appreciated. As fellow cyclists and enthusiasts I know you all know how much it all means to me.

Rehabilitation starts tomorrow .... as does calling Mondeo man's insurance company!

When I am in a better mood, I'll start a Bartali's new steed thread - and you can all offer me your thoughts on what could replace my trusty Ghisallo!

Thanks again.
headwind

Believe me amigo...I KNOW WHAT YOUR ARE GOING THROUGH. Between my finger and hearing loss, Ive had to replan, replan, and replan...it sucks, esp after the months of intense hard training. I hope you can find a way to laugh a little, because swarming in all the potential negativity wont change the present outcome. Hang in there bro. Good things will happen.

hw
headwind

and hey if you want another litespeed and want to visit the home factory...give a call and you can stay with me...Litespeeds made right near me! (and so are Lynskey's!)

hw
Slapshot

yes take it easy, donīt rush!!!!

I can speak to the Spiuk guy if you want, maybe I can get you a good deal!

But first is recovery, we will be here to back you up!
Bartali

Hey HW - that's really kind of you!

I know you can empathise as you've been through a heck of a lot yourself this year!

Still think its funny that the police drugs squad were first on the scene. I kept telling them I was clean, but I don't think they got the joke!

All the best

Tim
Bartali

Cheers Berg' - I feel like part of a big family! Smile

Will I see you next week at the prologue? I'll be the one who's hobbling! Wink
Slapshot

of course you will!!! Very Happy
MerlinGuy

Bartelli,

Sorry to hear about the crash. I hope you get better fast. From the pictures of your bike it must have been one hell of a tumble.

Funny thing is I went for the TI bike because I heard so many stories of carbon fiber bikes getting ruined in crashes. My TI weeps for your bike. If you are still thinking titanium try looking at Merlins. They are owned by LiteSpeed now but I believe the manufacturing is still separate.

Ouch again. Sorry to hear about the crash. And remember bad cyclists can be just like geese. Wink
Hetchins

broken bikes always better than broken bones matey ! ... take it easy Shocked
kellyrocheearly

genuinely gutted for you Bartali.
Just get well and back in the sadlle for next years. As for a replacement bike, look no further than an Orbea Opal
bbnaz

Bartali,

dagnabbit for your rotten luck. Here is oversized best wishes for a full and complete recovery. Don't push the knee as you don't want it to be a long term reminder....be prepared for the Mondeo's insurance to fight you on the value of your steed, let alone whatever expenses you are out of from cancelling your etape. I would ask for anything that is non-refundable. You are entitled to them thanks to that idiot.

damn damn damn
crash48

Fucking Mondeos. That doesn't surprise me at all. Them and rovers Smile

Bloody hell mate, what can you say?


There are some very good French and Italian sportifs in august and september so all is not lost, and some great British events as well.

Maybe you should aim (if you are up to it) for the Lombardy event which gives you plently of time to recover and rebuild.

Don't let the pricks win mate!
sheeponabike

Jusus fucking christ. When will we be free of stupid selfish car drivers.
Keep yer chin up Bartali. Recovering from this will give you time to reflect and plan for the future.
sheeponabike

Don't forget to give us updates on insurance outcomes and new bike etc.
Morstar

Seriously bad news Bartali. I'll second what everybody has said and at least its the bike and not you!

Is it really acceptable that we have to put up with this??

On the plus side Bartali, by the time you're back on the bike the roads might have dried up.
crash48

'On the plus side Bartali, by the time you're back on the bike the roads might have dried up'.

morstar

I don't know about that... Smile
MAILLOT JAUNE

Really sorry to hear about your crash Bartali, but at least you're still alive and kicking! And still posting!
cardinal guzman

crash48 wrote:
Fucking Mondeos. That doesn't surprise me at all. Them and rovers


All rep's cars and volvos - why do they make cars with a 360 degree blind spot? Confused
Slapshot

Bartali,

I will ride the legbreaker challenge in you honor!!!!

Is not Līetape but.....

www.legbreaker.co.uk
CapeRoadie

Bartali, I am very sorry to hear this news. I cannot imagine the disappointment you have been feeling. Setting new goals is the only thing to do! I have always wanted to do l'Etape, and hope to one day. Maybe we will do it together!

Speedy recovery!
Bartali

bergaretxebe wrote:
Bartali,

I will ride the legbreaker challenge in you honor!!!!

Is not Līetape but.....

www.legbreaker.co.uk


Laughing Laughing Laughing

Many thanks Berg' - it's a very appropriate name! A lot of climbing for a UK sportive - should be a great ride!

Been back to the hospital today as my knee deteriorated overnight. They suspect the ligaments are damaged, but I have to go back again on Thursday morning - Oh hum ...
Slapshot

hopefully it will, and the weather could be a bit better too!!!!

I hope your knee gets better, in the other hand cycling is the recommended sport when you have a knee injury!!! So you will have the perfect excuse to go for rides now!!!!!!
smarauder68

Just read the news....Sorry to read it...

You put alot into this and though you won't get to experience your dream, at least you can take some satisfaction in knowing you put the work in to be in a position to even consider such a feat....

Just wondering if the driver of the Mondeo will reimburse you for a new bike?
Bartali

Thanks Sm. I will be making a claim on his insurance so hopefully I will get recompensed! I'll be speaking to my lawyer tomorrow!!!
smarauder68

headwind wrote:
Believe me amigo...I KNOW WHAT YOUR ARE GOING THROUGH. Between my finger and hearing loss, Ive had to replan, replan, and replan...it sucks, esp after the months of intense hard training. I hope you can find a way to laugh a little, because swarming in all the potential negativity wont change the present outcome. Hang in there bro. Good things will happen.

hw


is your hearing loss the same thing that Rush Limbaugh went thru? Didn't he make a full recovery somehow?
cyclingtv

that's what insurance is for.. the car hit him and is liable for damage done.. whats to wonder..

know of a guy.. who had his carbon framed bike.. on the back of his car..
was rear ended.. totalled his $5,000 bike.. voila 100% new bke for free..

btw.. the other drivers jaw dropped when he heard what the bike cost..
he had guessed that it cost $500 or so.. what morons.. they're everywhere..
cyclingtv

smarauder68 wrote:
is your hearing loss the same thing that Rush Limbaugh went thru? Didn't he make a full recovery somehow?

no he had hearing implants put in.. still can't hear music at all..
CapeRoadie

Bartali wrote:
Thanks Sm. I will be making a claim on his insurance so hopefully I will get recompensed! I'll be speaking to my lawyer tomorrow!!!


Get an even better bike! Make the bastard pay!
Slapshot

Pinarello Paris

bianchigirl

bartali, I am so so sorry to hear this - we all know what doing the Etape meant to you and what you'd been through to get to this point and then a f*cking stupid c*nt ruins your bike and your plans...

You'll be better than ever next year, and do it an even better time. In the meantime, if the knee and the new bike etc will permit you might consider this:

The Etape de Legende, 23rd September 2007
The TdF organisers will be staging a different classic TdF stage each year - this first edition is from the 1967 Tour - Poulidor crashed on this stage and blew his chances of the overall again...might be worth it. More details here:
http://www.letapedelegende.com/
(it's in French so if you need help to translate, just ask)

Get well soon, matey - we are all absolutely gutted for you - but you're still my hero Wink
Bartali

bianchigirl wrote:
bartali, I am so so sorry to hear this - we all know what doing the Etape meant to you and what you'd been through to get to this point and then a f*cking stupid c*nt ruins your bike and your plans...

You'll be better than ever next year, and do it an even better time. In the meantime, if the knee and the new bike etc will permit you might consider this:

The Etape de Legende, 23rd September 2007
The TdF organisers will be staging a different classic TdF stage each year - this first edition is from the 1967 Tour - Poulidor crashed on this stage and blew his chances of the overall again...might be worth it. More details here:
http://www.letapedelegende.com/
(it's in French so if you need help to translate, just ask)

Get well soon, matey - we are all absolutely gutted for you - but you're still my hero Wink


Thanks BG - it means a lot to me that all you guys are giving me so much support! Not sure I will be up for 23 September (early days at the mo), but it certainly looks interesting. 67 Tour - was that 'the' Tom Simpson Tour? Surprised they didn't go for the Ventoux.

Hope to still get into London on Saturday for the Prologue and our get together. I'll be the one on sticks! Laughing
bianchigirl

and you'll be the one getting all the sympathy pints!
Jackov

I'm relieved to read that you are relatively OK.
Slapshot

Hey Bartali!!!

How was the hospital visit???

I hope good news!!!!

Looking forward to those pints on saturday!!! Very Happy
Bartali

Not great I'm afraid. They suspected a ruptured tendon which would have meant going under the surgeon's knife, but FORTUNATELY ultrasound showed that not to be the case. Best bet is damaged ligaments, but due to the swelling and cuts, they can'y manipulate it to find out what's going on. Still can't lift my leg which is worrying.

Anyway, i have a nice blue leg brace rather than bandages.

Not sure I will make it on Saturday - which will be a shame as I was looking forward to meeting everyone. Still - that's a couple of days away so I'll keep my fingers crossed!
Slapshot

Oh bullocks!!!

I hope that in these two days it will improve a bit!!!!

When are you going back????
Bartali

Cheers Berg'. Back next Thursday. Hopefully the swelling will have gone down by then and they can take a good look at the ligaments.
naspa

Not much to add to what has been said before and thankful that it wasn't worse.

Capul sus!!!
Bartali

Many thanks Naspa and to all my other well wishes!
Slapshot

Hey Bartali!

How is that leg going???

I havenīt been out much since I did the sportif, only 3 times, the weather has been crap.

I have been in spain from sunday until last night, but couldnīt take the bike with me as I had plenty of other things to do!
Bartali

Hi Berg - Still no movement in the knee and still can't raise my leg with my thigh muscle. Back in hospital this morning and shocked by the muscle wasting after only 12 days. I'm working really hard just to get my thigh muscle to twitch - but I WILL GET BETTER! I WILL I WILL I WILL!!!

The rest will probably do you good because you were putting in some heavy miles before your big ride. Is anyone taking up your suggestions to ride some of these UK sportives? I would if I could! Wink
kellyrocheearly

the muscle will come back Bartali, just work on getting that knee moving again and the rest will follow. Took me about 6-8 weeks to get full range of movement back in my knee after breaking my leg and after that i could get back on the rollers and build up the thigh & calf again
Bartali

Cheers KRE - Then I'll be back by my club's hillclimb in the autumn. All I need is a bike - time to bring out my 1980 steel Battaglin!
naspa

I'd have thought your Chopper would be the tool of choice.
bbnaz

Hey Bartali,

You will be surprised. All of a sudden the nerves will start communicating with the quads and voila! The leg will respond.

Keep working at it!
Dr.Wierd

http://65.186.65.233/sounds/televis/six_million/theme1.mp3

The Six Million Dollar Bartali
smarauder68

hey Bartali, make sure you get a good physical therapist and don't get lazy on your exercises....I had knee surgery last year and its amazing how quickly you can get atrophy if you don't get back to working those muscles...
Slapshot

that is what I call great support SM!!
Bartali

naspa wrote:
I'd have thought your Chopper would be the tool of choice.


I'm flattered you think so highly of my chopper Wink
Bartali

Dr.Wierd wrote:
http://65.186.65.233/sounds/televis/six_million/theme1.mp3

The Six Million Dollar Bartali

Laughing Laughing Laughing
Didn't he have only one bionic leg? I always thought that would make him run around in circles!
Dr.Wierd

Hey! What's the status? We need to know your on the mend.
CapeRoadie

Yeah, what's the latest, Bartali?
mayofan

aw man bartali..im gutted for you..next year right???hope youre on the mend anyway..and maybe youll ride the etape next year in a tour with no drugs scandals..thats an even nicer dream
Bartali

Dr.Wierd wrote:
Hey! What's the status? We need to know your on the mend.


Thanks, Dr, Doc and Mayo.

Pretty much A okay apart from a torn patella tendon and pre-patella bursitis. Back to see the consultant on 9 August with, most likely, a spot of knee surgery on the 10th. No pain, little frustrated, but looking forward to a good etape/marmotte next year!

On the plus side, I spent a good couple of hours in a very nice bike shop this afternoon! Even got my hands on one of Pozzato's wheels!! Plenty of bling!
Biosphere

Hey Bartali

Just came across this thread (was trying to find your words of Ventoux wisdom for a mate who's going to give it a go in a fortnight). Gutted for you.

Good luck with the surgery if it goes ahead.
Bartali

Thanks Biosphere - I'll give you all an update on Thursday.

Good luck to your friend on the Ventoux. Mid August - its likely to be mighty hot when he breaks the tree line. Can't remember what I said before, but he should make sure he has plenty of gears and DRINK DRINK DRINK!
headwind

plenty of gears and drink drink drink...sounds all to familiar bartali.

best for your trip to the doc. hoping the surgery is clean as a whistle. im sure youll be hammering for L'etape next yr!
sheeponabike

Bartali, out of interest, how is the insurance panning out. Does the guy accept responsibility?
Bartali

Thanks HW.

Sheep - It's early days with the Insurance scenario. I'm pulling all the costs togther, but obviously the damages ill depend on what happens next week at the hospital. The guy is insured which is a good start. I don't know whether he has formally accepted responsibility ot if the police will charge him with driving without due care or whatever. But the scene of the crime was fairly self evident. Nevertheless - I expect it will be months and months before its sorted.
Bartali

Well - here goes. Off to hospital for knee surgery tomorrow. Hopefully they will be able to stitch the patella tendon back together - then its 8 weeks in plaster.

So, training for La Marmotte 08 and the Etape du Tour 08 starts in November !!!
berck

Good luck Bartali. I hope that those doctors have a steady hand and all goes well.
headwind

May the force be with you bartali.
Dr.Wierd

Hope all goes well Bartali
bbnaz

all the good juju magic headed your way Bart.


Remember though, unlike cycling, there is better living through chemistry after your surgery!
CapeRoadie

Bartali wrote:
Well - here goes. Off to hospital for knee surgery tomorrow. Hopefully they will be able to stitch the patella tendon back together - then its 8 weeks in plaster.

So, training for La Marmotte 08 and the Etape du Tour 08 starts in November !!!


I am thinking of you right now. You must be out of surgery by now, since it's 8 a.m. here and 1 p.m. there. My family is praying for you, Bartali, that you will have a speedy recovery and that you are riding again soon. Do every bit of physical therapy you can and don't skimp on the details. One day at a time! Slowly and steadily, you will return a force to be reckoned with! btw, your new bike is going to be soooo sweet!
Biosphere

Hi Bartali

The Ventoux wisdom in question was your advice about being prepared for the possibility of battling the wind. The gradient and the heat you can anticipate and can psyche yourself up for, but the wind was something he hadn't come across.

I remembered when I first tried the Flanders Sportif and finding the cobbled climbs were "OK" despite my trepidations, but it was the flat and downhill cobbles that really flummoxed me (bloody painful - like trying to sleep on a jack hammer for those that haven't tried it), and it seemed like the wind would fall into that category for him.

Having now "learnt" how to ride those cobbled sections, I really enjoyed them this year as I powered past those who apparently were feeling what I was feeling first time around. I exaggerate "slightly". Laughing
Slapshot

All the best Bartali!!!! Looking forward for the Marmote and the Etape!!!!!

as we said before, maybe we can go for a winter ride together!
Bartali

Hi guys. All done and safely back home. Cast goes from my ankle to my crotch ... but the good news is that I should be out of the cast in only 6 wks.

Thanks for all the well wishes!
mayofan

hope all goes smoothly with the recovery bartali!! any news on the insurance front?
Dr.Wierd

Sounds good Bartali, hope it is 6 weeks or less, then on the road to getting back to normal.
Bartali

Thx Dr W and MF. Insurance will be a slow process, but at least we know what we are dealing with so fingers crossed!
sheeponabike

To think this all comes from some arse of a car driver. Makes me fume it does.
shimouma

Bartali wrote:
Hi guys. All done and safely back home. Cast goes from my ankle to my crotch ... but the good news is that I should be out of the cast in only 6 wks.


Glad to hear that, Bartali.

You take it real easy...
kellyrocheearly

6 weeks will fly by and you'll still be able to get a full winter in for next years exploits
Slapshot

as KRE said, 6 weeks will fly by and soon you will be training for La Marmotte!!!
Bartali

Cheers guys!
chardon

kellyrocheearly wrote:
6 weeks will fly by and you'll still be able to get a full winter in for next years exploits


You're in good hands @ Dr. Fuents Consulting Room. He's a magician! Wink

Seriously, Get well soon Bartali! Smile
Bartali

chardon wrote:
You're in good hands @ Dr. Fuentes Consulting Room. He's a magician! Wink


Laughing Laughing Laughing
mr shifter

Since someone mentioned your RTA, I have trawled the threads and found this one so now I've got the mondeo man smashing into a cyclist with the. Now it's original and they all say it "I just didn't see him"
There is something that was not posted here and you are just as Naive as I was.
The motorist has third party insurance, yes so did mine.
I had a CTC solicitor, and yours I hope is a private one, and when this solicitor (a ctc member himself) fucks up (sorry but I'm shaking with anger) then you have nowhere to go.
Some of the vital evidence he keeps which you need to go privately, and you can't'
My IDIOT got clean away with nothing to pay and no police charges, so my advice is get copies and eyerything you duplicate. Remember everything.

Me, I am ruined for life and hobbling about with a walking stick and will be out at the classics and my post vuelta trip to the states is booked and paid for (airport wheelchair so I cannot queue to get in the fortress).
Every morning is a miracle and I shovel the pills and get out on buses (I've done the 5 boroughs nyc on buses even 125th) or put bike in boot and get away from London and traffic for a poodle bike ride. Sorry about this but a favorite is across the channel to St Omer park near the Gare and ride around the canals.

Another tip for the UK is the physio's on the national heath, as they all seem to be young (sometimes dishy) and just out of training and know nothing about PAIN.
We bikies (ex-competitive) do know pain and have a fair understanding of our (what do's clint say) limits so be patient with them as you will know that what you really need is a good masseur.
Bartali

mr shifter wrote:
Since someone mentioned your RTA, I have trawled the threads and found this one so now I've got the mondeo man smashing into a cyclist with the. Now it's original and they all say it "I just didn't see him"
There is something that was not posted here and you are just as Naive as I was.
The motorist has third party insurance, yes so did mine.
I had a CTC solicitor, and yours I hope is a private one, and when this solicitor (a ctc member himself) fucks up (sorry but I'm shaking with anger) then you have nowhere to go.
Some of the vital evidence he keeps which you need to go privately, and you can't'
My IDIOT got clean away with nothing to pay and no police charges, so my advice is get copies and eyerything you duplicate. Remember everything.

Me, I am ruined for life and hobbling about with a walking stick and will be out at the classics and my post vuelta trip to the states is booked and paid for (airport wheelchair so I cannot queue to get in the fortress).
Every morning is a miracle and I shovel the pills and get out on buses (I've done the 5 boroughs nyc on buses even 125th) or put bike in boot and get away from London and traffic for a poodle bike ride. Sorry about this but a favorite is across the channel to St Omer park near the Gare and ride around the canals.

Another tip for the UK is the physio's on the national heath, as they all seem to be young (sometimes dishy) and just out of training and know nothing about PAIN.
We bikies (ex-competitive) do know pain and have a fair understanding of our (what do's clint say) limits so be patient with them as you will know that what you really need is a good masseur.


Mr S - First let me say how sorry I am that you have been left hobbling with a walking stick for life. Words can not express how horrible and frustrating that must be for a cyclist like yourself. Was it a recent RTA?

Thanks for the good advice. My solicitor is private and, as you suggest, I have copies of everything, photos of my leg, bike, ripped shorts the lot. I have also kept a log of every visit to the hospital, conversations with lawyers, what the police said at the scene, what the driver said etc. It never occured to me that the solicitor might mess-up. A frightening thought. Mine firm was recommended to me by someone who should know about these things ... but I guess it is in the hands of the gods now.

I wouldn't be surprised if the driver wasn't prosicuted - after all the guy who killed all those cyclists in Rhyl wasn't - now that does make my blood boil!!
mr shifter

Yeh, frustrating and thanks it was a similar RTA to you about 12 years ago, and hit up backside to become the flying dummy. Scraped off the road to helicopter and did'nt get anything from him but some from personal insurance.
CTC not my favorite flavour.

That was then and life go's on (the word is life I still have it)) but without ambition, except little targets (which can be boring) like next feb to Het Volk and L-B-L/Fleche and negotiating 2nd states trip near thanksgiving.
I don't wear a polystyrene hat, then the next time I land on my head that will be it, but in the meantime a little potter on bike which takes the weight of my spine/lumber. I think a folding bike would be easier thro customs so now will have a look at ebay and choices.

The main thing is you and having read the thread I thought my comment would make you more prepared that it may not be simple.
Good Luck and I really hope you get back to putting the miles in, as you will appreciate them even more.
Bartali

mr shifter wrote:
Yeh, frustrating and thanks it was a similar RTA to you about 12 years ago, and hit up backside to become the flying dummy. Scraped off the road to helicopter and did'nt get anything from him but some from personal insurance.
CTC not my favorite flavour.

That was then and life go's on (the word is life I still have it)) but without ambition, except little targets (which can be boring) like next feb to Het Volk and L-B-L/Fleche and negotiating 2nd states trip near thanksgiving.
I don't wear a polystyrene hat, then the next time I land on my head that will be it, but in the meantime a little potter on bike which takes the weight of my spine/lumber. I think a folding bike would be easier thro customs so now will have a look at ebay and choices.

The main thing is you and having read the thread I thought my comment would make you more prepared that it may not be simple.
Good Luck and I really hope you get back to putting the miles in, as you will appreciate them even more.


Many thanks Mr S for your words of encouragement. I had prepared myself for a long drawn out processes, but I hadn't considered I might not even get my bike replaced! To be for-warned is to be for-armed!

LBL - now that IS a classic! Enjoy.
Bartali

Cast off - hooray!

Leg like a pipe cleaner and virtually no bend. pale

Now the hard work starts!
kellyrocheearly

Bartali wrote:
Cast off - hooray!

Leg like a pipe cleaner and virtually no bend. pale

Now the hard work starts!


Progress!
now do them knee exercises and get it going again and it wont be long till you can hit the rollers.
Bartali

Hope so - thanks KRE.

On the plus side, my BTP bottle cages arrived today. They are so light I've had to tie them down to stop them floating away Wink
berck

Wow, 13g. I hope they don't break when you put fluid in the bottles Wink (My carbon cages weigh 23g)
Bartali

23g!! They're heavyweights Wink Apparently Zabel recommends them - what he keeps in his bottles I wouldn't like to think ...
mr shifter

Bartali wrote:
Cast off - hooray!

Leg like a pipe cleaner and virtually no bend. pale

Now the hard work starts!

Really Great News and I'm vey pleased for you, Good Luck.
CapeRoadie

Bartali wrote:
Cast off - hooray!

Leg like a pipe cleaner and virtually no bend. pale

Now the hard work starts!


YAY! Now get to work. Be persistent, work gently, but often. Best of luck in your rehab. Wish I was in charge of your rehab. We'd have some laughs, mate. Still the best medicine. Speedy recovery!
sheeponabike

Good news Bartali - back on the bike soon, eh? Very Happy
(Mind you, have you got one yet?) Ah, just found the 'new bike' thread!
Bartali

I've got a bike on my turbo - so that's where I'll start. Two/three weeks before I can bend my leg enough to turn a pedal maybe? Consultant reckons I'll be on a proper bike in two months.

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