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charlie chitlins

Knee replacement surgery, anybody?

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Not me personally (yet, but lots of other work), but a chap in my club has had one replaced and was out for around a year. He is riding again but at a lower standard. ANother chap, 80 odd, had hip replacment and rode again.

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I think if your heart tells you to do it, your new knee will follow. No science in that statement, of course! Take it gently - I guess it's low impact so better than some activities. Good luck.

 

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Both knees replace, not at the same time, several years ago. Riding the best I have in a long time at 77. Work hard on your physical therapy and you will be back to riding within a few months. It took me a long time to convince my doctor that trials did not have a lot of jumping and that the effort on the knees was a lot like mountain biking. After that he said I could ride.

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After lots of mountain bike riding I returned. I recommend a knee brace just for belt and braces safety.

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Steve Colley, both hips done, riding as well as ever, David Knight had one hip done, about to have the other done, still riding at a top level.

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My right tibia (lower leg) is held together by a titanium rod, to fit it my knee had to be apart.  I lost a lot of sideways flexibility (can't really stick my knee out and move the bike under it) which does affect my riding a bit, but the killer is heavy kickstarting - I start the Cota off the bike with my left leg instead (the TY is super easy to kick, so no worries there).

 

I wouldn't be able to do big jumps, but I do ok with classic trials type riding, which is what I prefer anyway :)  It took about 2 years for things to fully settle in with it, but I was riding road bikes within 3 months and gentle off road after about 6 months.  Lots of physio and cycling on a mountain bike (with fat tyres and decent front suspension) really really helped, too.

Good luck!

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I have a 2000's bike, but my style is strictly pre-65 😉

I just want to be well enough to feel what it's like to be in a stream bed with a motorcycle under me again.

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