Queen of the Pea Pile
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Boca Raton, FL on the beach
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I just came off of knee surgery. Nothing as extensive as what you seem to have gone through. I'm working on building muscle in my legs, especially the quads and calves, everything that supports the knees. Working in bigger gears now, gradually moving up adding more resistance and riding out of the saddle quite a bit more. At the slightest hint of feeling stress on the knee itself, and I'm back down in a lower gear. I also gear down and do some spinning at a fast cadence, mixing it up to keep everything loose. I guess it's a type of interval training.
Any type of resistance type exercise should build mass. How much depends on how you go at it. Cycling is a big part of what you may want to consider for getting your legs back. The bigger gears your able to manage, the stronger and more well defined and massive the muscle group. The key word is gradual to protect the knees. And of course, check with your doc.
The previous poster has it right. If you've no experience riding, you'll want to build an easy base of miles to start with in lower gears for a time before you attempt moving up to the bigger gears.
Last edited by oceanrider; 08-07-02 at 06:18 AM.