Hello to all, and thanks in advance for any/all replies! This forum gives me hope!
Am 47yrs old, 378lbs and have had 7 knee surgeries to date. (Have 'OA') The short question is this; I am told that when I have my total knee replacement, I will be able to ride a stationary bicycle for exercise.
I wish to know if it is only a dream, or if it is possible for me to get back into cycling again in some form?
Back at age 17, in 1979 I owned a Schwinn "Le Tour" 10sp. While in College that year I got involved in bicycle touring (I lived in Portland, OR) and did not own a car. Was riding 10-30 miles daily, and 50-100 miles every weekend. My longest ride was from Portland to Lincoln City and then 40 odd miles down the coast - some 200 miles total over a long weekend.
I then destroyed my left knee and had my first of seven knee surgeries. Never got on a bike again...
Fast forward to now. Am 47, I smoke, am soon to get the total knee replacement done. Currently weigh 378lbs, am 6' 1" tall (31" inseam) am in very poor physical shape, heard about the fact that I would be able to get on a stationary bicycle after the surgery (as part of my rehab) and am wondering about getting back into and ONTO a bicycle for health, fun, miles, and enjoyment?
Am wondering about a "Cruiser", or "Comfort", or "Hybrid" bicycle? Do they even make one that can handle my size???
Am looking for your thoughts and knowledge here? Do you know of any other riders in this size range? Are any Bicycles made that can reasonably handle 400 pounds? What am I looking at as far as costs go? Of course, the more you spend, the nicer it is...
What is in my head is this (if possible??)...
About the time of my surgery, I buy a *cheap* bike to start on - just to see if this is even do-able or realistic or not. If the knee works, if I can get past the pain of sitting on the bike again, etc... and the bug hits me again, and I find that I can indeed enjoy riding again, at that point I would want to get into a higher quality/better/nicer/more featured bicycle in the $600-$1500 range?
On Amazon, I see the cheap stuff starting at around the $150 range (and yup - you get what you pay for!!) - FYI - in 1979 my "Le Tour" with gear was just shy of $700 bucks. But I'd hate to put out some serious $$$ only to find out I can not, or will not use it, right?!
Please, if you have time, share your thoughts and knowledge with me? Am I nuts here? Or, is this possible? If possible, can I get details? Numbers, links, SPECS, etc...??