Knee therapy riding.....Fullerton loop a good choice?
Hey all, new guy here. I've been reading pages from this forum a long time and finally decided to register.
I'm looking for a little info about the Fullerton loop.
So a little background first, I've been out of the riding game for about 15 years now. I did a lot of DH and a little bit of XC way back in the 90's. Mostly up at Summit in Big Bear. Then in '98-'99, I just sort of stopped and buried the bikes in the back of the garage.
So that was then, and now I get my racing fix with motocross. It does come with certain risks, though, and about three years ago, I had a bad get-off in a race that tore my ACL, MCL and meniscus. I finally got everything fixed this year and my PT guy has been telling me some of the best therapy would be to get back to riding bikes.
Last bike I raced was a '97 GT LTS DH. I've since dug the old girl out and given her a remodel. I don't really want to go out and spend what it costs for a new bike, so I figured I'd update/upgrade a few things and hit the trails on my old school ride.
So now that the bike is done, I'm looking for places to ride that I can ease my way back in to shape. I've gotten a bit, um, round, since I used to race/ride regularly. Between knee issues and getting myself back in shape, there's no rush to go bombing down any hills yet.....YET.
Since I'm so close, I've been looking at hitting the Fullerton loop. As close as it is, I've never ridden this trail before. I've heard about it and had friends that used to ride it years ago, but I don't 'know it'.
I'm mainly curious if there are sections of the trail that I should avoid for now till I get in better shape, and where they are. I don't know if there are any major climbs or tricky single track or anything that could be a bit too much for a weak knee. Of course, for all I know, the whole thing is a freeway.
Anyway, just looking to hear any experience/advice you guys might have.
Re: Knee therapy riding.....Fullerton loop a good choice?
Welcome back! There are at least three climbs i can think of that can be difficult. No need to avoid them though... Just walk your bike up when you run out of steam. As for downhills, there aren't any crazy portions.