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Old 08-08-15, 08:58 AM
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Have had every knee injury possible, so have turned to the bike to help

Hi all,

Over the past 12 years I have done everything I can to destroy my right knee. First injury was at 16 years old, I am now 28....

2002: Broken femur, broken knee cap - Metal pin through femur
2003: Pin removed due to issues with scarring and movement restrictions
2005: Torn ACL, torn hamstring, torn cartilage - ACL reconstruction, metal pins and menisectomy
2010: Arthroscopy and general wash out
2012: Crack in bone in knee joint - Micro-fracture technique
2015: Torn cartilage, fractured bone - Menisectomy and 'smoothing out'

So yeah, knee is looking bad. After the microfracture in 2012 I was told I can't do any impact sports, (including simple things like running, twisting/turning) so bought a road bike and began pedalling.

Fell in love with it last summer and between putting the bike away for winter and getting it out this year have managed more damage and a final warning from the consultant... next thing for me is a knee replacement.... oh and I have tri-compartmental osteoarthritis just as an extra little treat.

So... here we go again... back on the bike, have joined a new club having relocated to Belfast, NI from Newcastle Upon Tyne and hitting the gym hard. Doing about 100-150 miles per week between the spinning bike in the gym and out on the road.

Just wondered if there were any equally injured folks out there to offer some advice on how to get the most out of my cycling without compromising the knee.

I have a long list of additional issues as a result of all this including; sciatica, glute weakness, hipflexor weakness, poor balance, leg alignment issues and of course, pain and swelling.

Have had a bike fit done which was very insightful but my stupid Cannondale has a 25.4mm seatpost diameter (don't know why) which makes it very difficult to source suitable replacements. I need at least 25mm setback which is proving a nightmare!!

So... lots to discuss
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Go for the knee replacement.
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Old 08-08-15, 12:41 PM
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Not very helpful... I'm 28 and if I have a knee replacement now I will need another every 10-15 years. Each time you have one you lost a fraction of the bone above and below the joint, causing further issues.

Also a knee replacement is pretty major surgery and should only be done as a last resort.
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Welcome to Bike Forums. I feel your pain. I've had arthroscopic surgery on both knees. My sports med doc said I could ride until I'm 100. That means I've got 30 years left.

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Have had a bike fit done which was very insightful but my stupid Cannondale has a 25.4mm seatpost diameter (don't know why) which makes it very difficult to source suitable replacements. I need at least 25mm setback which is proving a nightmare!!
The seatpost size shouldn't be a problem. I see lots of them online. Good luck.
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welcome to the forums. Good luck with what ever you wind up doing.
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Thanks all, thanks for the motivation
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