Anthony Redding's aged towering bike hung, untouched, in his garage for a good 15 years.  But when he perceived word he'd have to get both of his knees removed, he motionless to make a change and get behind on his bike.

We held adult with a Hanover, Pa.-based National Bike Challenge member to speak about his tour behind to bicycling.

How did we get concerned in the Challenge?  What desirous we to join?

It was posted on a newsletter during work. we suspicion we would enter and follow a challenge. Watching a ratings and comments is a good motivator to get out there and put some miles on a road.

What's your idea for a assemblage of the Challenge?

My idea is to float as many as probable and see how we magnitude adult to a other riders.

You got behind on a bike 3 years ago — what was it like after a prolonged hiatus?

I never rode severely before. we had a Wal-Mart towering bike unresolved in a garage for during slightest 15 years. When we found out we would need knee replacements in both knees, we figured it would be good to blow a dirt off a bike, and get my leg muscles in figure to assistance with a liberation from a surgery. It was severe to float again after being out of a saddle for so long.  Also, my daughter, Kayla, started doing Triathlons, and when we went to watch her, we was vacant during a range of a competitors — amateur to professional, all categories of earthy shape, all ages. Seeing their integrity finished me set a idea not only to float to get prepared for surgery, though to maybe attend in a triathlon also!

I did my initial Triathlon during age 57, and REALLY enjoyed a biking portion. So we started roving more. we would float with my daughter, and she always gives me impulse to pull myself. I upgraded my bike in Nov of 2011. we started using Endomono to layout routes. They went from brief 1/2 hour loops tighten to home to 50+ mile routes with some unequivocally engaging hills. This year we rode in a PA Hope Ride for a American Cancer Societies Hope Lodges, that was a 140+ mile float over 2 days from Hershey to Philadelphia Pa. 

What was unequivocally startling was a fact that when we rode my bike, my knees felt better! When they would start painful we would float for as small as 15 mins only to disencumber them up. But a ol' knees got to a indicate something had to be done, so we scheduled a surgery. But we was means to get in a 65 mile Covered Bridge Ride in Lancaster a Sunday before!

Tell us some-more about how bicycling has helped we redeem from surgery.

As I mentioned, roving my bike was profitable to soothe some of a pain before to a operation. Riding longer and some-more frequently helped rise stronger leg muscles. we had prejudiced knee replacements finished on both knees Aug 20. we followed a doctors and therapists instruction closely, since we wanted to get behind to roving as shortly as we could. Two weeks after a medicine on Sep 3, we set my bike and tutor adult in a basement, and slowly pedaled for 10 minutes. we used a step sofa to assistance get on and off of a bike, though have been pedaling each day. Within a week, my continuation time has increased, my ability to pedal stronger has increased, and we charge a roving to completing my therapy sessions as of today! Both a alloy and therapist said, roving is one of a best exercises to use for knee therapy.

What kind of bike do we ride?

I float a Scott highway bike we bought on eBay. Hopefully we can upgrade  next year.

What do we adore many about bicycling?

I adore how it calms me. After a stressful day during work, a brief float helps transparent my head. Weekend early morning rides on behind nation roads capacitate me to see a  lot of elementary things in inlet we don't see speeding by in a car. The people we have met on a rides are unusual ! Encouraging, fun loving, and a small bit crazy each now and then. 

And we adore that my daughter for encouraging me to do this! Thanks Kiddo!

(Photo: Redding and his daughter, Kayla)