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Old 08-09-08, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hello from NJ, new possible biker

Hello all!

I am looking into biking as a way of returning to activity after ACL reconstruction in May. I play(ed) rugby, and did a great deal of running and lifting, but haven't ridden a bike for about 10 years.

However, biking has been repeatedly suggested as a way to get back into shape and really get moving once I am finished with physical therapy and cleared for activity. One of my teammates was telling me that biking 3-4 days a week after her ACL surgery really helped bring her back up to an almost normal level very quickly.

So that got me started, and the more I think about it and read about it, the more I think I am going to get a bike this fall and really work it into my routine. I love being outside, I love being active, and I know that running alone isn't going to cut it, especially since I won't be able to run as much as I was pre-injury for quite a while. I also know a few people who do triathlons and rave about how much fun they are, so having a bike and getting into some shape there might lead to some races and such in the future.

I will probably lurk around here for a while and then start to seriously ask questions about what to buy, etc. That's my 2 second bio, and I look forward to hanging around here!
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Old 08-09-08, 12:26 PM   #2
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Old 08-09-08, 05:26 PM   #3
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NSEW, where are you in nj?
concrats on rehab "ACL" (?, sorry, no idea what acl means!)
s nj here!
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Hello questionfear, a lot of people return to cycling when they discover that those youthful activities have caused their knees to wear out sooner than anticipated .

Virtually all of them love cycling now!


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Thanks for the awesome replies!

TomG, I am in North Jersey, the morristown area. Where are you?

And sorry, I forget not everyone hangs out with contact sport fans with bad knees: ACL=anterior cruciate ligament, it's the ligament that holds your femur and tibia in place behind your kneecap. Surprisingly difficult to have lateral movement without one...

I am definitely looking forward to spending more time on this forum!
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Old 08-11-08, 05:55 AM   #6
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Hello from central NJ ... you know, NJ is a much nicer place to cycle than I thought it might be. You'll love it!!!
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