Reconditioned Trials Riders

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Norman Foley, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    The Platella was described as the worst for short term (took me out for a month) but the best long term results.
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  2. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    Since not all rider parts are rebuildable I'm waiting for the electric start Vertigo to show up.
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  3. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    It's been about 9 years for me now since I had ACL surgery on my right knee. The doc did an opposite patella graft so I had both knees cut open at the same time. Immediately, that was tough but I kickstarted a bikea bike at 6 weeks and rode around a bit. I walked two city blocks the 3rd day. I think it was about 12 weeks before I was pushing it. Missed about half a year of completion and/or dirt biking.
    Shop around for a good surgeon, don't just go to the 'local' butcher shop. :deal
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  4. motodojo

    motodojo Been here awhile

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    I remember checking a national in Lucerne Valley around 1990 and there was a rider in the support class with only one good arm. The other was amputated above the wrist. Back then there were only 2 or 3 lines and at Lucerne with all the traction you had to go up some big rocks. I didn't think he could make it and was scared for him falling 7 feet from the top of the rock. He had some sketchy rides but made it through, had a very impressive ride the last loop and finished the event with some cuts and bruises.
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  5. Hyperbolic22

    Hyperbolic22 Adventurer

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    I remember that guy. I couldn't believe he was able to go up some of the things he did.
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  6. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Was that Noel Smage's brother?
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  7. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    Just two neck surgeries, after sidecar wreck from losing front wheel bearing. One discectomy 4 months ago, back on all bikes.
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  8. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    My right knee is warn, its bone on bone , replacements possible i suppose but i am reluctant to have anything done to it here. I have seen many older riders needing surgery like this never fully recovering from it.
    I just limp and put up with the pain, which can be considerable running is not an option for me any more been like this 4 years at least. i kind of lope about with a straightish right leg if i need to move quick. If i ever break out in to a full blown run, i pay for it big time afterwards. It sucks wearing out. But is a fact of life we must all face.
    I look at my body like an old truck it crunches if i am brutal going into third gear but if i take it steady i can pull cattle with it just fine. Sure its not getting better but this truck as more than the box to worry about and some thing else will probably kill it long before the box gives up the ghost completely.
    Im fighting a running retreat and the sea is not that far behind me now. :lol3
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  9. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    I've had a few repairs along the way.... plated fracture on Fib/Tib from dirt bike crash; torn acl with a patella tendon repair, after a horse used me for traction. Did someone mention Jerry Rice? Six weeks after said ACL repair, I slipped in a hole in deep snow and hyperflexed that knee. It broke my patella into four pieces and had to be fixated with pins and a cable. One piece was turned on edge and was cutting into the tendon.... I've never had such pain in my life. My recovery from the ACL surgery had been very good and I was to start working at this time, but the patella fracture laid me up for another 3 months. I was racing 6 months later and my first race back was a rainy and muddy Unadilla GNCC... probably not the best choice to race with about 800 friends, but I survived!

    At 63 my left hip is bone on bone and needs to be replaced. I've been holding off, but the quality of my life has been lessened the last year and a half, due to constant pain. A top flight guy is going to do it and I'm confident in the outcome. No horseshoeing for six weeks and no bikes for three months.... hard, but it will be worth it. Some people think it's folly to ride after this procedure, but I'm going to live with the odds.
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  10. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    Norman i was told if i was having a knee op to get as much muscle toned up good around the joint pre op regardless of the discomfort, to help after the replacement.
    I looked at my knee xray and i am convinced if they let me loose on it just 2mins with a angle grider i could easeit up a bit. :lol2 They are just far too fussy. :lol3
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  11. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    So true. My surgeon couldn't get me in for a few months and told me to get a stationary bike and load up the knees for an hour a day pre-op. I took his advice and no idea if that helped but it certainly doesn't hurt.
    Also get your ROM up. They say you will only have ROM out what you went in with. :dunno
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  12. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Familiar with this from my ACL surgery. After I blew my knee and the swelling went down, I was on the exercise bicycle and working out right up to the surgery. I had a great outcome and quick recovery in part because of that. A freak accident derailed the whole process though!

    My muscle tone is good. I haven't been sitting on the sofa! I'm still working shoeing horses, riding my trials bike and exercising. I will be keeping this up right until the surgery.

    Ortho surgery is a bit crude.... Hammers, power chisels, saws, grinders and cordless drills. They'll probably do to your knee, what you're saying as a joke!:photog
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  13. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    :lol3 Joking me! I need a half an hour on one of those big old 710 maicos get me properly scared numb with adrenalin, and half a bottle of rum after the knee grind i would be good to go. :photog:lol3

    Seriously i got the advice off a physio lass her son used to pall about with my lad on the trials bikes one day picking him up, she asked why i was limping and told me the importance of pre op toning up.
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  14. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    I'll also add on Ortho surgery.... All the fixtures, screws and such; look like the came out of your grandfathers odd bits drawer! When I got the cable and pins out of my patella, I was shocked at how big and rough it all was. The piece the used to clamp the cable tight, had all square edges and points. They said we'll only remove it, if it bothers you... and it did! When I put a cable brake snake on my enduro bike, it's tidier than what they pulled out of me! Not to mention when they use screws that are too long and you can feel the heads and tips under your skin!
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  15. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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  16. ADVCoop

    ADVCoop Long timer

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    I don't have any cool pics and I didn't really have these done JUST to ride but I wouldn't be riding if I didn't do it:

    2005 Back surgery #1 L5-S1, discectomy
    2007 Back surgery #2 L4-L5-S1, discectomy
    2013 Right bicep tendon surgery, partial tear
    2016 Left bicep tendon surgery, full tear
    2017 Back surgery #3, anterior and posterior fusion, nice titanium parts in L4-L5-S1
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  17. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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  18. slicktop

    slicktop Been here awhile

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  19. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Dang! I feel relatively unmodified compared to some if you lot!

    I had some metal fixation in the ankle area from a 1975 motocross race when a CZ400 used my leg as a berm, but that went out with one foot in the grave.

    No back surgeries (yet), only a simple knee meniscus repair surgery a long time ago. Just the missing bits and nothing to set off the metal detectors.
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  20. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Now how much of this damage was caused by a trials bike compared to something else. My knee was done getting off the bike, but I didn't list the 4 plates that are in my skull, that had nothing to do with being on a bike (but maybe something relating to why I am on a trials bike now:loco)
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