broken finger driving me nuts

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broken finger driving me nuts

Postby jules21 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:53 pm

ok fellow cyclists, here's an opportunity to help out a rider in need - by putting your thinking cap on. please.

i have a broken finger, which is on the mend. but i need to ride, as not riding is driving me stir crazy.

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the problem is i can't put a glove on, due to strapped fingers. i'm seeing the surgeon tomorrow, but i'm betting he will restrap them.

i know a solution, apart from not riding which not an option, is to buy those gloves with conjoined 4th and 5th fingers. but i'm heading off overseas next Wed so they wouldn't arrive in time. yes, i know it's only 7 days, but i need to ride. as i'm in melbourne and it's very cold in the mornings, riding with no gloves is not a good option.

any ideas?
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby Tim » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:10 pm

Wool mittens. Try Aussie Disposals.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby Tim » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:13 pm

Boxing gloves. Plenty of protection for the sore pinky if you fall off.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby Nobody » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:17 pm

Don't you own a trainer for when you're injured? If you don't have one, get one...
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby sogood » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:32 pm

You don't need gloves to ride. :wink:

Heal well!
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby R12RT » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:35 pm

Buy a cheap pair of gloves and cut the webbing so that you can get you strpped fingers through.

Alternatively unstrap your fingers. Put on gloves and restrap.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby CommuRider » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:39 pm

Wrap with al foil to keep the heat and plastic wrap to keep the rain off? And calamine lotion so you don't itch.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:26 pm

Two possibilities.

The R12 option with cheapies or a small cup of concrete. :P

First option seems the most sensible...
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby BoardRider » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:06 pm

Could a pair of snow mitts work, no fingers .
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby trailgumby » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:09 pm

Amputate. Three fingers is fine.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby CommuRider » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:21 pm

How about the whole hand?

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Ti version soon....
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby drac » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:53 pm

Unstrap your finger, put the glove on then strap the ring and little finger together with coban.

Should probably check with the surgeon or hand physio first about management though.

Where is the fracture?
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby HappyHumber » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:50 pm

Kinda can relate at the moment. nearly took a good hunk out of my left index finger last Saturday with the secateurs. Nice U
shape cut, partially across & through the nail. 4 stitches later.....

This has buggered up my regular commuting and planned weekend rides because I'm just not confident braking with it. Basically off the treadlie until the stitches are out; probably next Monday :(
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby familyguy » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:59 am

Wait till it calms down enough, then tape it outside the glove. Or try rollers.

A mate of mine is riding with a broken index finger from a motorbike accident and has been taping his fingers outside the glove. It helps a little, but nothing completely relieve pain from a break. If it is still not healed enough to use, the vibrations might see it floating apart.

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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby fatherofmany » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:31 pm

Do what I did.

take tape off. put fingerless glove on. put tape back on. ride

ok, it wasn't winter.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby jules21 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:44 pm

thanks everyone, some useful suggestions. here she is, after the surgeon removed the dressing this morning.

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this will make it easier to fit underneath a glove - i can probably tape the glove fingers together as suggested.

sogood, i'm in melbourne, you're in sydney. i need gloves down here :)

commurider, given that 3 Ti screws cost me over $1k, i dread to think of how much a Ti prosthetic hand would cost!
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby HappyHumber » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:02 pm

jules21 wrote:... given that 3 Ti screws cost me over $1k...


suddenly my 4 stitches and a 2 day Medicare turnaround refund of about 80% don't seem so bad.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby jules21 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:07 pm

HappyHumber wrote:suddenly my 4 stitches and a 2 day Medicare turnaround refund of about 80% don't seem so bad.

sorry.. i'm yet to claim medicare and private cover, and also BV insurance! it won't cost me $1k by then - that's just what i was invoiced.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby trailgumby » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:17 pm

jules21 wrote:commurider, given that 3 Ti screws cost me over $1k, i dread to think of how much a Ti prosthetic hand would cost!


I'll see your three and raise you another four plus a plate... thanks to Mr Bogan Bike Hater :(

Still got 'em 18 months later... I still wince sometimes when someone tries to win the handshake :oops:

Not my finger, though.. was the fifth metacarpal, that runs into the pinkie finger on my right hand.

Best of luck with the healing. :) PM me your address and I'll send you a free cup of cement to drink before you do your physiotherapy exercises. ;)
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby jules21 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:24 pm

trailgumby wrote:I'll see your three and raise you another four plus a plate... thanks to Mr Bogan Bike Hater :(

Still got 'em two years later... I still wince sometimes when someone tries to win the handshake :oops:

i always think of the movie The Star Chamber when i am reminded about your incident. there are few things in life that ever make me want to turn to anger, that is one of them.
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby trailgumby » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:32 pm

jules21 wrote:
trailgumby wrote:I'll see your three and raise you another four plus a plate... thanks to Mr Bogan Bike Hater :(

Still got 'em two years later... I still wince sometimes when someone tries to win the handshake :oops:

i always think of the movie The Star Chamber when i am reminded about your incident. there are few things in life that ever make me want to turn to anger, that is one of them.

I must admit I was tempted to channel Eddie Murphy and go visit him late one night and shove a few bananas up his exhaust pipe. :lol:

The legacy is I don't do moron motorists so well any more. There are a couple of them missing mirrors... :oops: You'd be surprised how easy it is to ... ahem ... remove them if you know which direction to twist. :oops: Time to follow up on those anger management sessions...
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby Nobody » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:58 pm

jules21 wrote:sogood, i'm in melbourne, you're in sydney. i need gloves down here :)
Why don't you just wait for one of the other three seasons to happen in that day and go out then? :P
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby jules21 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:01 pm

trailgumby wrote: I must admit I was tempted to channel Eddie Murphy and go visit him late one night and shove a few bananas up his exhaust pipe. :lol:

i've had trouble with dodgy neighbours that have made me consider that sort of thing, but there's such a risk it will escalate into a war that i am reluctant to.

trailgumby wrote:The legacy is I don't do moron motorists so well any more. There are a couple of them missing mirrors... :oops: You'd be surprised how easy it is to ... ahem ... remove them if you know which direction to twist. :oops: Time to follow up on those anger management sessions...

although i've never done this, i've seriously considered it a few times. frankly, some of them deserve to lose mirrors.
Nobody wrote:Why don't you just wait for one of the other three seasons to happen in that day and go out then? :P

mate we have had fantastic clear weather the last couple of weeks but in the morning it is cooold :)

i rode this morning. it's hard to grip the bars and i popped a stitch, but otherwise i managed..
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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby HappyHumber » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:15 pm

jules21 wrote:..i rode this morning. it's hard to grip the bars and i popped a stitch...

*cries*
I'm going to get some cement to mix with my Blend43

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Re: broken finger driving me nuts

Postby Nobody » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:11 pm

jules21 wrote:mate we have had fantastic clear weather the last couple of weeks but in the morning it is cooold :)

i rode this morning. it's hard to grip the bars and i popped a stitch, but otherwise i managed..
Good that you didn't get injured. :) Haven't got a trainer?
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