Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
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Originally Posted by kayakfisher
So im 15 years old. I have loved to ride bikes since i was 4. I used to be really good and ever since i was 7 i would ride 50 miles in a day with my dad on weekend bike rides. But at 12 i had knee surgery due to roughness on the back of my knee cap, they had to smooth it down. And ever since then i have not been riding. Do you think it would be bad to get riding again?
It will be but you have to ease into it. And Get into a style of riding right from the start.
I had a knee injury 40 years ago and up till 30 years ago- I used to run competitively in crosscountry. But the injury did finally get through to me and I gave up running. 19 years ago I took up cycling with a pair of knees that would not allow me to walk more than a mile-or even attempt to run.
Cycling will put the knees into a straight up and down movement without any sideways strain to cause problems. But you can still stress them till you build up the quad muscles and stop using low cadence in high gears. The quads will build up but you have to take the strain off the knees by pedalling faster in a lower gear.
So get on a bike- take it gentle- and don't pull high gears. Any pain though and get back to the doctors to check out. If he still OK's riding- get the saddle position sorted and ride gentler.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.