Category Archives: bicycling

– Back to Bicycling

The Chief Geek returns to Bicycling - click to enlarge

The Chief Geek returns to Bicycling - click to enlarge

I’ve previously blogged about my bicycling accident on June 3rd, my hospital experience at Harborview Hospital (aka Seattle Grace Hospital of Grey’s Anatomy fame), recovery and observations about the whole experience including the technology involved.   Today – September 3rd – I bicycled home for the first time since the accident.   New bicycle, new helmet (the old helmet was untouched in the accident), new pack, new stainless steel holding together my shattered right arm.   The arm is about 80% – still can’t lift more than about 10 pounds, still hurts, still doesn’t extend all the way, but on the way to a full recovery in about a year.

Thank you Harborview, Dr. Roberts, Aaron the Physical Therapist, the crew of Fire Station 36, and modern medical science!

P.S.  The new bike has disc brakes.

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– BTB (Back to Blogging)

Bill's broken arm before Surgury

Bill's broken arm before Surgury

Original post:  12 July 2008

I’ve taken an hiatus from blogging after splintering my right arm while bicycle commuting. The full story with x-rays and a couple photos (“parental guidance advised”) is here, along with an update as of 12 July. Now it’s time to get Back to Blogging (BTB). New entries above …

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– Blogging from a Hospital Bed

Original post:  6 June 2008

I’ve had a few days of enforced rest after splintering my right humerous at the elbow in a bicycling accident on my commute home Tuesday June 3rd.   Of course that painful experience has led to a few insights (for me, at least) about bicycling, medicine and technology.  You’ll find those in an essay on Medicine, Technology and Bicycles elsewhere on the site.   Oh, and I’ve got a very new and personal appreciation for the 911 technologies I wrote about on May 18th in the entry Dedication to a Safer Seattle!

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– Bike-to-Home Day

Bill Running in the Snow

Bill Running in the Snow

Original Post:  16 May 2008
Today – Friday May 16th – was bike-to-work day.   In my usual geeky contrarian fashion I took the bus to work and bicycled home.   Ok, so maybe it is not that unusual – I invariably take the bus to work because I can’t stand to be sweaty from a bicycle ride when I get to work.   And in Seattle the Metro buses all have bicycle racks on the front.   Actually, I vastly prefer to run (job) home rather than bicycle and have been doing that running commute for about 25 years.  The photo at right is from December, 2006, when I was stupid enough to run home in a snowstorm.  But the 25 years have been taking a toll on the body, so now it is bicycling every other day or so.  And I’m pretty proud of the people of Seattle, because 20,000 of you joined me today to “bike to home”, and to work, as well!

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