Not Good News, But Not Bad News Either

I met with an Orthopedic Surgeon yesterday, regarding my left foot. I did some pretty good damage to it back in December of 2008. I was on a motorcycle trip down in Baja, Mexico and crashed. I ended up with a plate in my ankle, two fractured toes and two dislocated toes. It was carnage.

I’ve never really been happy with the way that it healed, so I wanted to get an opinion of a second surgeon to see if there was anything that could be done about it. He said that one of my toes, could benefit from a second operation. There are two issues that could possibly be addressed. Both on the same toe, but in two different areas of the toe. Like I said, it was carnage. However, it is good news that it can be fixed. The not so good news is that I would have to go back on crutches again. I HATED being on crutches before, but now I think I can handle it better. So it’s not as bad as it sounds.

So now, with his help, the hunt will begin for a hand/foot specialist closer to me. He suggested meeting with some surgeons in the next couple of months and then determining when I would have the surgery performed. Another bit of good news is that I don’t need to have it done now, or even in a few months. So later in the year I’ll be able to evaluate where I am with my goals, and determine if it’s a good time for the surgery. If it isn’t, I can postpone it for a little while. I will have to take into account the surgeon’s opinion as well of course.

Anyways, enough of that. Wanna know if you have a cycling problem? Here’s how. Do you get excited that REI is offering a sale on Hammer Products so you order 3 containers of Perpetuem? Then yeah, you have a problem.

A nice new bit of kit showed up for the Salsa Fargo yesterday. A Cane Creek Thudbuster! I was able to score a used Thudbuster for a great deal from one of the members of the Surly Long Haul Trucker Google Group. I’d been considering one of these for quite some time. Both for the Fargo and for Serbrina’s stoker seatpost on the tandem. I installed it on the Fargo to try it out. I had to swap out the elastomer insert for my body weight and then I took it for a spin. It’s pretty subtle but it is noticeable. I can’t wait to try it out off road. I may even be able to put the stock seat back on, which is lighter than the Brooks currently on the Fargo.

Lastly, I built my second wheel today. I didn’t take any pics so you’re just going to have to imagine it. Black rim, black spokes, silver nipples laced up 3 Cross. Sounds pretty good huh? I was able to do this one by myself, with the occasional question to make sure I was on the right path. Then I trued it, yes, all by myself! After my first wheel build attempt, I was very nervous about the truing process, but I had been going over the process for the past couple of weeks, and it worked out. I had a much better understanding of the entire process and how to true the rim and it paid off. Next week I’m planning to build up three more wheels. Two more as practice and the rear wheel for my Kogswell. After that, I’ve got a list of wheels that I want to build for myself. So many wheels, so little time.

  • Bummer about your foot. I hope you can figure out what to do. It’s good that you don’t have to be in a hurry.

    I’ve thought about trying a Thudbuster, so I’m looking forward to your comments on it. I don’t need one for most rides but I always end up in pain during/after my annual 40-70 mile mountain bike ride in the fall.

  • I’ve been there too (my plate was a little smaller, but it was on the tibial plateau, so my screws were all about 4 or 5 inches long – it’s amazing how big the top of your tibia can be). For me the big thing was having it all removed, but it was really really worthwhile for me. I hope you can fit your surgery in where you like it.

    Regarding the Thudbuster, the big one is better than the one you have. I’ve used both, and found that the original (which uses a open-void design with cylindrical elastomers) is far more comfortable under load. Unfortunately it tends to set the seat back an inch or two beyond what a standard seatpost does, so i can’t use it with my Brooks saddle. I’ve put in a year on the Brooks, and although it is way stylish and super comphy, i’m sick to death of listening to it squeak, and have decided to go back into the seat-pond diving for something else.

    Do you happen to know of a brand of seats which are known to have super long rails? I’m going to be looking for a similar appearance to my Brooks, but I’m looking forward to getting back to my Thudbuster.