Euro Trim

The trials and tribulations of the two months since my knee surgery have meant that I have been less than assiduous about my recovery exercises. My surgeon had recommended that I use an exercise bike.

Aaron had obtained one for me. I tentatively tried it out today. Since the technical stuff didn’t work on this piece of equipment destined for the dump, I haven’t a clue what I am meant to be reading or adjusting on this static bike rejoicing in the name of Euro Trim. Never mind, after raising the seat as high as possible, I can turn my legs over – very gingerly. Jackie was well enough to act as Assistant Photographer.

The rest of the day was spent on reading and relaxation.

Late this afternoon Jackie managed to take herself to Tesco, where she stocked up on ready cooked curries. We enjoyed the first this evening. The Culinary Queen’s choice was chicken tikka masala; mine was chicken jalfrezi. We shared mushroom rice and a selection of vegetable snacks.


  1. The exercise will pay dividends. My husband has exercised religiously since his hip replacement operation at the end of October and is now better than before and back riding his bike.

  2. That road to nowhere can do wonders for the knees. I ride mine most every day. I listen to podcasts as I ride because, well, that road to nowhere can be a little boring.

    1. That reminds me of a very poorly thought out plot of a Midsommer Murders episode! A professional cyclist is warming down on his bike on a fixed stand a la Tour De France, when an attacker jams a tyre iron lever in his rear spokes and the cyclist is ‘thrown’ over his handlebars and knocked unconscious as a result!!?? Barnaby did not pick up the implausibility of such an occurence! πŸ˜‰

  3. I was going to suggest audio books as an excellent way to make the cycling a little more bearable – it doesn’t matter how fast you go or how far you go – just that you go. πŸ˜€ I’m sorry to hear Jackie is still under the weather, warm hugs to you both.

  4. That looks ideal, Derrick. Cycling is good exercise, but I hope the saddlle isn’t too hard. You’ll soon be ready to take part in the 2019 Tour Of Britain in September. πŸ™‚

  5. Good for you Derrick. The bike exercising will be good for your knees. Just don’t run into any wires like I did a few months ago!! LoL

  6. A good bit of low-impact exercise can be very beneficial for the mind as well as the body. That thing will come in handy on rainy days.

  7. Last time I went on the exercise bike, I switched on the tele to relieve the boredom.
    They were playing ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’. And I had come in just before the charge itself.
    I got all caught up in the walk-trot-gallop and was thoroughly exhausted when they reached the Russian guns. Chris

  8. The saddle seems to be high enough to let you pedal safely so all you need now is the app to let you imagine that you are sailing up Mont Ventoux.

  9. I know exercise bikes are good for one but they are so boring to use! Even with music or audio-books to listen to they are boring! Well done for doing as you are told! πŸ˜€ I hope Jackie feels better soon. Such a good idea to buy ready-meals!

  10. YAY, Derrick! Keep pedalin’ and keep smilin’! πŸ™‚ And, also, keep relaxin’ and readin’…OH and keep eatin’ Jackie’s delicious cookin’! (Wow, I used a lot of -ing words! πŸ˜€ )
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  11. I have a dodgy knee (one small surgery behind me already) and I find cycling helps a lot. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  12. The bike doesn’t look all that comfy, but you are obviously being a good sport about it! Doing your exercises after surgery will pay off in complete recovery and total mobility. Good on you!

  13. Rule One of Cycling : Make sure you pass the drug test. And they don’t accept excuses such as “It must have been a banned stimulant in the chicken jalfrezi”.

  14. Reading your posts and the truths of your life every day, I feel like you are a member of my family and I’m glad with everything make you happy, cry with your pain, I learn from your wisdom and sincerely love you all there!!!!!

  15. I don’t expect the photo opportunities are all that good on that bike either?? πŸ™‚

    Stick with it Kid – just as long as is necessary. πŸ˜‰

  16. Well done , what an excellent idea and I hope it helps.
    My latest idea of getting in extra exercise is to set my fitness tracker to remind me to move every hour! I now march up and down my kitchen every hour in an effort to increase the step count on my fitness tracker! At least it gets me out of my chair and off the computer for a few minutes!

  17. Perhaps that bike could serve the same purpose as some of my friends’ impulsively purchased treadmills. Such gizmos serve quite nicely as places to hang clothing.

  18. I can totally understand how the trials might have thrown you of your rehabilitation exercises, but please throw yourself into them with renewed vigor. I have learned – from the fate of several relatives – that the earlier and more diligently you do those exercises, the better the final outcome of your knee repair. If you don’t, you will never fully rid yourself of the pain, so better ignore (as best you can) the pain in the beginning – your knee will improve rather quickly. All power to you, as you power on!

  19. You’re lookin’ good, Derrick! I have often thought of having exercise equipment hooked up to the TV so I have to exercise to watch it. So, far, that hasn’t happened, so until then, I’ll just do a few stretches here and there before I sit down for entertainment.

  20. That is an effective contraption for teaching the ways of the world to your bionic knees. I notice your food is hugely Indian in content.

  21. Way to go, getting onto that bike!! It is so very hard to begin an exercise program and it must be worse when you’re recovering from surgery. Kudos for doing it! (and putting your efforts onto the Internet!) I really do hope the restoration of your knee comes more quickly now and that in the summer months you’ll be back to jumping jacks and cartwheels!!

Leave a Reply