Biking After ACL Surgery

Within the last week I have started biking outside again. It has been 7 weeks since my ACL surgery and I feel strong enough that I can be biking outside on the partially snow covered roads. The reason I am biking outside instead of inside on a stationary bike is because we have a very very active dog that needs some intense exercise every day. Here are some of the tips I have followed to have me biking outside after ACL surgery…

Tips for Biking after ACL surgery

1. Properly Inflated Tires – This sounds dumb but nothing makes as big a difference with bike control as properly inflatted tires. In the winter especially your tires will have lost some pressure.

2. Slightly lower than normal seat – The reason I like to have a slightly lower seat is that if I have to put my leg out to support myself it isnt in weak fully extended position.

3. Strengthen your quads – Your quads will be used heavily while biking and minimizing quad atrophy after knee surgery will help get you back on the bike sooner.

dog-at-beach-before-acl-surgery

Dog at beach before ACL surgery and before winter

How to bike as soon as possible after knee surgery?

There is really only 1 thing I can think of that will help you get back on your bike outside as soon as possible and that is working on your knees range of motion and getting on a stationary bike.

Anyone have any tips on getting back on a bike shortly after knee surgery?



The Top 5 At Home Exercises
I did that helped get me walking 4 days after surgery

Click Here to see the exercises

Comments

  1. You are actually 8 weeks post op as of Wed this week and going on your 9th week. I know because I had my surgergy Dec 7th 2010 and I keep track of every single week. I too started some cycling outside and it was a nice change from the stationary bike that I’ve been on for the last month. I wouldn’t reccommend anyone to get on a road bike before 6-8 weeks because I think the risk of re-injury would be pretty high if something went wrong and you fell down on your bad leg. I took it nice and slow and live in FL so I didn’t have to worry about snow or ice….

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