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Ok... I ain't 40 anymore either.... shit.... I'd give my left nut to be 50 again...

 

but riding with young stu.... who does this shit a lot.... I was scared... tired... out of breath.... and I didn't have the bike out of the truck yet....

 

the trees are too close together... the rocks are too abundant... the downhills too fast ... the uphills to steep... I did maybe a mile.... I'm dead frikken tired... but ... I will go back... it was fun....

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Ok... I ain't 40 anymore either.... shit.... I'd give my left nut to be 50 again...

 

but riding with young stu.... who does this shit a lot.... I was scared... tired... out of breath.... and I didn't have the bike out of the truck yet....

 

the trees are too close together... the rocks are too abundant... the downhills too fast ... the uphills to steep... I did maybe a mile.... I'm dead frikken tired... but ... I will go back... it was fun....

Stu, Did you bump yo head ? your suppose to start at the top & go downhill, have the wife drive the truck down to meet you :nod:

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Stu, Did you bump yo head ? your suppose to start at the top & go downhill, have the wife drive the truck down to meet you :nod:

That's how we doing it... next time.... :grin:

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Ok... I ain't 40 anymore either.... shit.... I'd give my left nut to be 50 again...

 

but riding with young stu.... who does this shit a lot.... I was scared... tired... out of breath.... and I didn't have the bike out of the truck yet....

 

the trees are too close together... the rocks are too abundant... the downhills too fast ... the uphills to steep... I did maybe a mile.... I'm dead frikken tired... but ... I will go back... it was fun....

that bastard better have a motor on it if i was to ever try it !!

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You better wear some Depends on your next ride. You might jar something and it might slip out. :rotfl: And ya you to ole for that chit you best stick to the pavement.

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Summer time you can buy a lift ticket at the resorts they have hooks on the chairs for your bike I sit at the outside bar an wTch the kids limp in with bloody knees and elbows

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Summer time you can buy a lift ticket at the resorts they have hooks on the chairs for your bike I sit at the outside bar an wTch the kids limp in with bloody knees and elbows

Been there & done that, I am one of the reasons Schwinn no longer has a lifetime guarantee on their frames, there are pics. around that show a punkass 8th grade kid jumping a van & a Vette back in 1970, I can't confirm or deny it was me :no::grin:

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Have fun Bro, I used a mountain bike for rehabbing my knees after all 4 operations & will prolly use one for the next

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My left knee... the one I had the partial replacement is great... my right knee has gone to shit... I've had to quite playing racquetball... every time it felt good I'd go play... then couldn't walk for 2 months... the bike seems to be helping.... I have a stationary that I used some... not enough... I think I'll use it more when I can't ride the mountain bike... I'm hoping biking will eliminate surgery.... we'll see....

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I've had dislocations of both knees - the left one more than the right though. I had the left one scoped, but it was done by Kaiser... and my knee is the worse for that.

 

For me - what works best is to keep the muscles around my knee strong without going too extreme. I regularly work out, and when I do I work knee extensions and curls, along with leg presses. I tend to work higher reps than most, going for 30+ reps of everything, once I can do 35 or so reps regularly for awhile I up the weight a bit.

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I've had dislocations of both knees - the left one more than the right though. I had the left one scoped, but it was done by Kaiser... and my knee is the worse for that.

 

For me - what works best is to keep the muscles around my knee strong without going too extreme. I regularly work out, and when I do I work knee extensions and curls, along with leg presses. I tend to work higher reps than most, going for 30+ reps of everything, once I can do 35 or so reps regularly for awhile I up the weight a bit.

I was doing about the same... But less reps... But... I'd always go play racquetball ... So ... I dropped the gym membership .... I just couldn't not play.... Now I can't.... But no leg machines at home... So it's bikes and elliptical ...

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24 hour fitness runs me about $30 a month.. it has a pool and basket ball courts which I don't use. I just lift the weights and walk on the tread mill once in a while.

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Good for you! A few things to know:


The good


Mountain biking is a great workout, total body. It has kept my knees strong and my hips loose. When you are out of the saddle the dynamic motion of keeping yourself centered and up is great for the stabilizing muscles in your knees. Keeping yourself in on the trail while paying attention to what is up ahead and underneath you is great for your reactions. I find it very calming, its quiet and because you must pay attention to what you are doing, a great break from life.



The Bad


Be aware, of the many sports I do, it is by far the most dangerous. You will go flying over the handlebars at some point. It will happen, you are not likely to get much more that a scrape or bruise, depends on what you land on. I landed on a pile of rocks last year, just missed my helmet, kinda got my bell rung. Took me 20 min before I could ride out. However that was the worst that happened to me in maybe 5 years. I go about 25 times per year. People do break bones doing this, I have seen it. In my preferred trail system, someone dies about every 5 years, no joke. Helmet, gloves, and eye protection are mandatory. Its worth taking a lesson, how to shift your weight on climbs and descents, how to enter turns and ride over obstacles. Just because your son knows how to do it does not mean he van teach you how, just a suggestion. Lessons are cheaper than Dr. bills.


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Good for you! A few things to know:

The good

Mountain biking is a great workout, total body. It has kept my knees strong and my hips loose. When you are out of the saddle the dynamic motion of keeping yourself centered and up is great for the stabilizing muscles in your knees. Keeping yourself in on the trail while paying attention to what is up ahead and underneath you is great for your reactions. I find it very calming, its quiet and because you must pay attention to what you are doing, a great break from life.

The Bad

Be aware, of the many sports I do, it is by far the most dangerous. You will go flying over the handlebars at some point. It will happen, you are not likely to get much more that a scrape or bruise, depends on what you land on. I landed on a pile of rocks last year, just missed my helmet, kinda got my bell rung. Took me 20 min before I could ride out. However that was the worst that happened to me in maybe 5 years. I go about 25 times per year. People do break bones doing this, I have seen it. In my preferred trail system, someone dies about every 5 years, no joke. Helmet, gloves, and eye protection are mandatory. Its worth taking a lesson, how to shift your weight on climbs and descents, how to enter turns and ride over obstacles. Just because your son knows how to do it does not mean he van teach you how, just a suggestion. Lessons are cheaper than Dr. bills.

 

Appreciate the advise.... plan to keep it easy ... blues and greens.... not so much the black trails.... but.... in a week... my knees feel, mostly the right knee as the left has been fixed and is good.... feels so much better.... I'm hoping that biking will allow me to hit the slopes again....I miss skiing a lot... all the kids board and I've always wanted to give it a try.... maybe next year if things keep improving like they have over the last week....

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Hey Stu I pulling for ya! I live vicariously though your efforts! I ride the stationary bike 7.5 miles or so in 30 minutes. I can't beat that record though. I have gone from size 56 pants to size 40 waist though.

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Yup, it will make your knees feel better, that is for sure. Once you get used to it you will really like it. I can also attest that it keeps you in shape off-season for skiing. At 56 I am still pounding the double black diamonds.

 

I tried snowboarding, don't like it. When I fall skiing I slide out feet first usually. Snowboarding....head first, I don't like it! Besides, most snowboarders are just scrape their way down, rare to see on their edges. Common to see skiers on their edges, I'll stick to the two plank method. Your experience may vary.

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Hey Stu I pulling for ya! I live vicariously though your efforts! I ride the stationary bike 7.5 miles or so in 30 minutes. I can't beat that record though. I have gone from size 56 pants to size 40 waist though.

Pete... I pull out the early Blue Ridge pics now and then... You're doing great my friend.... I've just gotten older and fatter... I'm trying to fix some of that....

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Yup, it will make your knees feel better, that is for sure. Once you get used to it you will really like it. I can also attest that it keeps you in shape off-season for skiing. At 56 I am still pounding the double black diamonds.

 

I tried snowboarding, don't like it. When I fall skiing I slide out feet first usually. Snowboarding....head first, I don't like it! Besides, most snowboarders are just scrape their way down, rare to see on their edges. Common to see skiers on their edges, I'll stick to the two plank method. Your experience may vary.

Watching the good boarders is amazing... They are so fluid... My kids are really good... I can't hang with them on the two sticks.... Plus I've had some pretty bad spills... I'm thinking having my feet strapped together might help...

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Watching the good boarders is amazing... They are so fluid... My kids are really good... I can't hang with them on the two sticks.... Plus I've had some pretty bad spills... I'm thinking having my feet strapped together might help...

Maybe it was me, I kept catching the downhill edge and falling on my head, that got old fast. Of the sports that I do I am best at skiing, so I wasn't dying to learn boarding. Update us after you try it, interested to know how you make out.

 

Two best boarders I know are both girls, my buddy's wife friends. One is hot and the other is hotter..and French. They are all terrain animals, I have to let it all out to stay with them. "I like zee Con-di-tions today, I izz good, oui? Oh gawd.... I hope I don't ski into a tree watching her.

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I was skiing at snowshoe a couple years ago and this old guy... I was younger then... Was on a board.... We talked... He said 5 days to get good... But a hard 5 days... And yeah.... Toe edges suck....

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