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Steve's Mountain Bike Page, Cool, California


 Black Canyon Trail, Arizona, January 15, 2016

I recently retired and moved to Cool, California to be able to do day trips to Lake Tahoe, and ride the Auburn area the rest of the year.

After ruining my knees from years of running and undergoing five surgeries, I decided to try mountain biking in 2000. I really got into it and I made remarkable progress over the course of a year. However, both knees went out again in May 2001. I had surgeries six and seven in November of 2001, and after a six month recovery period and a full year off, I returned to the trails in May of 2002. I managed to average about one ride a week until February 2007. MRIs showed absolutely no cartilage under either patella and I had total knee replacements in June and July of 2007. After about seven months of riding the knees hurt too much and I stopped riding for two years. My knee pain still persisted and I had a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) implant in July 2010. I still have a lot of knee pain while I ride so I take codeine every 3 - 4 hours. I post on mtbr.com as Wherewolf.