Getting my cast off after only 3.5 weeks was terribly exciting. So much so that I prepped my Singular for hopefully my return to the trails.
I put an Ergon grip on the right side as in the basement that seemed more comfortable than a conventional grip. I also installed a huge Maxxis Ardent 2.4 on the front. At 20 psi, it still felt pretty firm. I lowered it until it felt a little squishy, but without risking bottoming.
Leaving the house this morning, the weather seemed perfect for commuting...too perfect.
At work, I was loving the mobility of cast-free-atude. But without the fiberglass support, the joint is still "tender". Weak is an another term that comes to mind. Lifting things like a pint of water, while much improved in the past few weeks is still difficult. Squeezing a bottle, whether water or catalyst remains a left handed operation.
But gripping the handle of a tool is pretty much pain free.
I was hoping the later would transfer to the mountain bike.
At first I thought it was going to be a success. The ergon was not ideal as my thumb is 1.5 time larger than usual, and I couldn't really get comfortable. I think a standard grip will work much better. But otherwise climbing up to the ridge was going well. If I could get comfortable, this might work.
Maybe racing on Sunday?
First time the trail turned downhill that illusion was shattered. I let some more air out of the tire, but still the vibrations that got to the bar were jarring.
Within 5 minutes I was heading for the trail head.
The fracture was/is minor, but the game keeper's thumb is still going to take some time.
Well, on the positive side, riding home from work without a cast was pure bliss yesterday. The lack of support, and resulting soreness were well worth being able to grasp the bars normally.
For that I am truly thankful.