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 Remember trees and posts only hit you in self defence and the Tin top drivers don't "see" motorbikes. A good bang for your buck, a bike can be, but you have  a bit of flying paradise up there on the right day, with your Sky Chariot. Nev

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Bad back brigade !

I  have a collapsed disk as well, In the USA they inject  a filler into the damaged disc to fix the problem.

Australia doesn't & just fits a steel ladder to your bones to stop any movement, fragile bones won't take much to crack with screws in them.

I have to exercise every day to keep my back working, now the hip tells me to sit still so it  doesn't  hurt.

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Better to try and avoid getting a damaged back than trying to get it fixed!

 

At 15, I got the chance to go horse riding with a mate who had a couple of horses, I`d never been on a horse but me being me, I couldn`t let the chance go by! Horse let me get on ( Yeah! had a saddle and bridle ) and almost instantly, it took off at full gallop, no amount of pulling back on the bridle could stop it, it threw me high into the air and I landed, upside down on my neck and shoulders! I got up, dusted myself and that was that! To this day I`m still amazed that I din`t get a broken neck or killed.

 

At 18, I reckoned motorbikes were easier to control than horses so I took up motorbike racing on short circuit dirt and grass track! This day I was practicing on grass, I got a bad front wheel wobble and the bike threw into the air, this time I came down, upside down, on my head and cracked the Helmet, again, I got up, picked the bike up and kept going! Who knows what long-term damage was done but it didn`t stop me from racing... Believe me! flying Ultralights has been one of the safest things I`ve done. 

 

When I was instructing, a big guy who was a truck driver, came to have a fly! He showed me the scar on his back from the operation he`d had on his spine, but what was really bothering him was the operation he was supposed to have next, on his neck...He told me that even though he`d been told by old truckies not to jump down from the cab he continued to do it and he reckoned that was what recked his spine.

 

Frank, Franco!!!:wink:

 

 

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Just past 78 yo and still hold a Class 1 medical with no restrictions. About 6 yrs ago, my cholesterol levels and ratios began to concern my DAME, and, as well, my BSL crept past 5.5, and my weight had been moving up (was 72 - up to 83 kg).  No history of heart or diabetes in known family.  So, I had to take control or my instructing days were over.

 

DAME insisted on statins immediately, and I was on 40mg daily from then on. Then saw the Dr Michael Mosely 'fasting' or 5:2 eating approach story on SBS, and so both bride & I went for it. Helps to have moral support!  Thought we'd die with only 600 cals/day for 2 consec days - but it began to have effects within a month or two. I thought - 'can't do this without serious exercise' - so bought a bike and began to grind out the kms early every morning. Try to burn at least 500-800 Cals per day.  Reason for bike - bad knees, but no probs on wheels!  So far, only 1 low speed accident of my own doing although I cringe when roadtrains pass on one nasty section of port road.

 

Upshot of these efforts has been to wind my cholesterol total & good/bad ratios way back down to happy levels, get my BSL back below 5.0, and my weight down to 73kgs. (Can now wear 32 waist jeans instead of 34!). My knees are a little better too - at least I've gained another 5 years out of them, though a knee replacement looms in next year or so.

 

The interesting thing with the fasting 'diet' is that, although the program states you can eat as much, of whatever you like, on the remaining 5 days............ you actually don't do that. Starvation for these short periods appears to trigger some form of learned response by which your body tells you that you really can survive without rubbish or lots of it. We have cut our wine intake to only 2 days weekly, and then to 1 or 1.5 standard drinks with dinner. Hard, but not impossible!

 

The real problem is how to handle holidays because after only 2 weeks away from the bike, and with 'holiday' level eating & drinking - things begin to slide quickly, especially my cycling fitness.

 

With my medical review falling in mid February each year, keeping the handbrake on all these health indicators has become quite a task over the Christmas/NY period. I know that CASA are 'talking' about allowing instructors to continue on just a Class 2 medical, or even a Basic 2, but it's a point-of-pride that I don't want to drop the Class 1 until it's impossible to maintain. (CASA usually backslide in these matters).  I know it's costly, and often inconvenient to be constantly seeing an audiologist, an ophthalmologist, a cardiologist, a blood pathology lab, and my DAME - but I'm going to beat CASA Avmed if it kills me! Might too!

 

And that's my story. Hope it helps lower your BEW too.  happy days,

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I no longer ride my pushbike on major public roads, after nearly being wiped out by a dopey woman who changed lanes, as if I was invisible. She missed my handlebars by less than 20mm.

Seen way too many good people wiped out by cars or trucks, when riding bicycles.

The problems are, simply - vehicle drivers don't see bicycles, they're looking for cars, 50% of vehicle drivers are distracted - and vehicles sneak up on you from behind, so you can't see what they are doing.

I only ride my bike now on local traffic streets, footpaths, and on dual bikepath/pedestrian paths.  There's inadequate room on most major roads with heavy traffic, for cars, big trucks and bikes combined.

 

These cyclists can whinge all they like about nearly being flattened by a road train - but the simple solution is, don't ride your bike on roads such as this, which are heavily trafficked, have no overtaking lanes, no bike lane, and the bare minimum lane width.

You want to argue with 65-70 tonnes of combination semi, with your bicycle, I know who's going to lose.

 

Watch this close encounter between cyclists and a road train - Perth Hills

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I stopped riding with a local group years ago as I just felt it would be a certain  bad outcome  not "if" but "when" Usually when I go away I take 2 bikes and use dedicated tracks.. The pushbike is easier on the knees than many other exercises using the legs. Nev

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A friend took up cycling when he retired! he was cycling on the highway, a Semi-Trailer going in the same direction passed him, he fell over and later died in hospital... An eyewitness in a car behind the Semi later said they couldn`t tell if the truck had touched him or not... I reckon just the displacement of air by the Semi could have been more than enough to knock him over!... we`ll never know.

 

 

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As a tanker driver in QLD i give pushbike more room and even change lanes and move back over after the pass. its bad for bike riders they can't pass the traffic like motorcycles thats why i would not ride a pushy on the road. 

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