When You Can't Ride Your Bike.

11/03/2014   |   Posted by jeremy

When you can’t ride your bike.

We all love riding our bikes here at Preowned Cycles, whether it’s a sportive event, commuting or just a Sunday morning blast along some pretty country lanes. This is the time of year when the days are just starting to lengthen and the opportunities to take a ride are increased.

So what happens if you suddenly find yourself not being able to get your bike out and hit the road? This is an experience that I’m currently having and I must say, not enjoying that much either.

Earlier this year I decided to buy myself a winter training bike. My first, to save my precious Trek from getting destroyed by salt on the winter roads. Last year wasn’t great for me on the bike and I wanted to make amends and was determined that this year would be very different. I had a plan to get back my fitness that I was in a couple of years earlier and the best way to do this was to get a bike that was fairly closely matched in terms of size and gearing to my Trek. This was achieved with the help of Ribble Cycles who delivered my new bike to my door.

I set it up and was keen to get going. A couple of rides out to test the feel of it and make sure everything was in order. I was all set but then something happened on my second ride that was a little bit weird to say the least. Towards the end of the ride I started to lose my balance. I got within 2 miles of home and had to stop. I put it down to the cold air but on the last section home didn’t feel very safe but made it back none the less.

Over the next couple of weeks I have had various attempts to get out again. Each time I was getting slightly worse until last Sunday morning when I only got as far as the roundabout at the end of the road before dizziness kicked in. I tried going a little further but couldn’t even make it up the slightest of inclines as the feeling s of unsteadiness grew. I decided to call it a day once again and return home. This was a task in itself as I couldn’t even clip in in case I went over.

My doctor is currently doing great work to get to the bottom of the problem, probably a viral inner ear thing. Hopefully before too long I can be back on the bike and getting back in shape. For now though I am spending quite a bit of time in the garage servicing other people’s bikes and watching the racing on the telly that is just starting off across Europe thanks to Eurosport.

I’m currently enjoying the Paris – Nice and dreaming of getting out there once again. This will be followed by the wave of spring classics that follow before the first of the Grand Tours in May. With luck in a week or so I will be back on the road inspired by some of the racing I’ve been watching. Luckily for me it is still early in the year so I have plenty of time to catch up on my fitness plan.