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    New to commuting

    Hey all. I haven't ridden in a couple of years. I had a knee injury that prevented it. But now I'm getting back into riding and was thinking of commuting to work. It's a short 3 mile ride each way. When I got hurt I sold my old bike and recently picked up a couple year old Trek 4100 for dirt cheap to get back into riding. Do you all think this cycle will be okay for this kind of commute or should I consider getting a new bike for commuting?

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    Start riding, go easy....til everything comes out to strength...

    Have fun.

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    Yup. No sense making any changes until you know whether or not it works for you as is. Have fun.

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    It is a short distance. Just about any bike that is in running order will do.

    If you have route options, find the safest and nicest one.

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    Thanks for the advice all.

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    Spend a couple grand on a new bike.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinkhole
    Hey all. I haven't ridden in a couple of years. I had a knee injury that prevented it. But now I'm getting back into riding and was thinking of commuting to work. It's a short 3 mile ride each way. When I got hurt I sold my old bike and recently picked up a couple year old Trek 4100 for dirt cheap to get back into riding. Do you all think this cycle will be okay for this kind of commute or should I consider getting a new bike for commuting?

    Thanks
    I am recovering from a recent knee injury also ,torn ACL.I commute 16 miles a day for almost 3 years now.Take it slow.Unfortunately I didn't have any one to say it to me.Had to go get drained a few times from pushing too hard.Felt great before during and after,wake up in pain with very restricted mobility.Then that big needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyersburgguy
    Felt great before during and after,wake up in pain with very restricted mobility.Then that big needle.
    That blows. The same happens to me when I overshoot- it doesn`t hurt untli at least several hours later, sometimes as much as two days. If I`m still riding when one or both of my knees start to hurt, it`s REALLY bad news and I know I`ll be hobbling around for a few weeks. The first time, I had a few visits to my GP, then an ortho specialist, X-rays, MRI, nothing showed up. Next time, I stopped after the X-rays, now I know they aren`t going to find anything, so I don`t even bother. Fortunately, I also know now that I have to be careful and can`t depend on pain being a reliable warning, so I haven`t done it to that degree in a while.

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    I actually have knee injury experience too... In 2008 I had a run-in with a cliff and a tree while snowboarding. Tibial plateau fracture, torn MCL. After a few months of physical therapy (torture) I was told that the bike was probably the best thing in terms of getting range of motion back and keeping things lined up. Lucky me though, after a the first horrible month or so, I started getting full range of motion back...I rode so much for knee therapy I decided to do my first century in the summer of 2008. It was a great goal to aim for to keep me pushing through the pain. I get a little dull reminder of pain the day or two after I really push myself, but nothing like what you guys are describing...no hobbling.
    Hang in there!
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    Commuting sounds like a great thing to do. When I decided to rehab my knee, one of the things I did was to start commuting on bikes again - shorter distances than I'd do on a fun ride, without the frustration of cutting one short.

    The bike should be fine. If it doesn't already have slick tires, those will make it easier. I like to have blinkers with me in case I'm out late, even on days I don't expect to be.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    C A R B O N F I B E R preferably with Di2. Stop wasting your time with that jalopy Trek. You're not putting your energy down efficiently.

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