Still Waiting

I’ve got paying writing work I should be doing, but I haven’t updated here since August, so…

Still no knee surgery. Insurance is delaying things, but the surgery is scheduled now for the end of this month. Looking forward to having it done. I’ve been cleared to ride for some time, just not on trails. But I haven’t wanted to. The knowledge that the surgery will set me back months makes riding feel futile and pointless.

I’m waiting for the bottom, the moment when the only direction is up, when the effort I put into the bike will be a building block that won’t just be torn out again.

That said, I did take the Niner out on some dirt roads last weekend. The saddle needs some adjustment, but overall the bike is as smooth and sexy as Jennifer Aniston in silk. The bumps are there, but they’re a pleasure.

About swampyankeecyclist

I'm Andy Engel, just a middle-aged, middle-class guy from Roxbury, Connecticut. I've been married to my best friend since 1988, and we have two grown sons. I like riding bikes, and my biggest accomplishment is the 180K D2R2. I own 5 bikes but my go-to rides are a 2016 GT Grade gravel and commuter bike and a 2016 Specialized 650b hardtail mountain bike. Additionally, I have a 2000-something carbon-fiber Orbea road bike, a 1990-something Specialized Sirrus that's my old dirt and commuter bike and which now serves as a spare and a trainer bike, and a 1985 Ross Mount Hood MTB. All but the 650b have Brooks saddles. I work from home now, but used to commute 32 miles round trip to work by bike year round. I was a carpenter and still love building things, but regular paychecks, insurance, and vacation time lured me into journalism. I've written a couple of books on carpentry, and I've been an editor at Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, and Professional Deck Builder magazines. Currently, I manage construction events at the JLC Live and Remodeling Show trade shows. Additionally, my wife and I run Transylvania Guest House, an Airbnb. Find us on Instagram. Come stay with us and I'll show you some great cycling.
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