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New road rider pedals question(9 posts)

New road rider pedals questionboyd2
Apr 21, 2003 4:41 AM
I am a very experienced MTB rider that just bought a road bike about 4 weeks ago. The problem is that I am starting to have knee pain after road rides. I am currently using an extra pair of Ritche MTB pedals because I do not have road shoes. I know the cleats are aligned properly because I have put lots of miles on these pedals. I am not riding that many more miles more then I used to. The bike fits great and saddle height/reach/stem position is pretty well dialed in. I was about to swich to a pair of old ('93) 105 pedals that I have, but I do not know if I should.

Questions are:
1. Any ideas what could be causing the pain?
2. Should I setup the old 105 pedals and ride them?
3. Should I look for road pedals that have lots of float? Any recomendations?
re: New road rider pedals questioncolker
Apr 21, 2003 7:30 AM
i did the same transition 2 yrs a go. fro my expeirence, i'll guess somethings but knee pain is serious and you should give ti attention.
check your sadle height and fore aft. it has to be exact, more so than in mtb.
gears in road bikes tend to be heavier and taller than in mtbs. cassettes running inn the 12-25 are less friendly than 12-30...
it could be the pedals too.. try to use the same shoe/ pedal you have on your mtb as you adapt for say... 6 months.
re: New road rider pedals questionc722061
Apr 21, 2003 7:49 AM
I agree, fitting on road bike is the most important part. I had used MTB pedal for quite a while with out any problem. LBS should be able to help you with fitting to your bike. Cheers!
Apr 21, 2003 10:53 PM
I've found major differences in comfort with Saddle height adjustments of 1/8" to 1/4".

re: New road rider pedals questionkenyonCycleist
Apr 21, 2003 2:41 PM
i only ride road (cat. 3), but me guess is the stiffness of the frame in conjunction with little float. speedplay or coombe make good pedals for worked for my knees.
re: New road rider pedals questioncycleaddict
Apr 21, 2003 4:11 PM
I seriously doubt the pain is caused by pedals, but agree with those that say bike FIT is the cause.
And congratulations for giving road riding a go--hope you find it as enjoyable as I have!!
re: New road rider pedals questionkenyonCycleist
Apr 21, 2003 9:45 PM
is the pain in both knees?
where is it localized (front/back, above knee-cap/ below it)?
re: New road rider pedals questionboyd2
Apr 22, 2003 4:03 AM
My pain was behind my kneecap. After searching these forums I have seen several diagnosies for this problem.

Funny thing is the pain has disappeared. I had a long XC run on Saturday and a long MTB ride on Sunday. I commuted to work yesterday (10 miles each way) and no pain the whole time! Perhaps it was a passing thing. I sure hope so. I will go to LBS soon to be fit (although I am hesitant because I bought the bike on e-bay). I found an article on this website on bike fit and I checked over my bike with those rules in mind, but everything was just right.

We have a local Dr. here that is a serious racer. I may make an appointment with him if the pain comes back.

How does the float on those old 105 pedals compare to modern SPD MTB pedals (Ritchey WCS)?
re: New road rider pedals questiongamecat
Apr 24, 2003 10:32 AM
I have a pair of old 105 on my winter bike, and there's pretty much no float on them. Using SP-SL on my race bike and they're very floaty, a reasonable amount of rotational float and alot of lateral movement .. almost loose feeling for the first few miles, but easy to get used to.