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Pedals for knee pain(8 posts)

Pedals for knee painMcBaine
Aug 3, 2003 11:02 AM
What pedals should I consider if I have a history of knee pain. I'd like a high performance pedal. Float and weight are important. I'd be getting new shoes as well.
re: Pedals for knee painsmcintos
Aug 3, 2003 12:10 PM
Here is a link to a add on extender that may help. These have done a great job for me. I found mine on EBAY for much less.
Pedals are personal preferenceKerry Irons
Aug 3, 2003 5:14 PM
While Speedplay is a general recommendation for people with knee problems, they don't solve everyone's problems and actually aggravate some. Otherwise Campy, Shimano, Look, Time and others all have pedals with float. Looks tend to heavier than the other top brands. I personally use ProFits and like them a lot, but it's a bit like saddles - what I like may not like you.
Speedplay X-1 or X-2.Chen2
Aug 4, 2003 10:52 AM
X-1 has shorter lighter spindle. X-2 more bang for the buck.
Speedplay X-1 or X-2.jkantor1312
Aug 4, 2003 7:14 PM
x-1 has weight limitations...
Speedplay X-1 Or TimeSynchronicity
Aug 5, 2003 10:56 PM
I bought speedplay X-2's on my first road bike as the originals one's that came with the bike were death traps! I think they're very good. Sooo good I went out and bought another pair (speedplay X-1's this time) for my new bike!! I have dodgey ankles, and these pedals are perfect for me. I never get any pain. Occaisonaly (once or twice it has happened) I might get a sore knee but ONLY because I slightly over-did my training session for my level of ability.
I think a lot of people like Time pedals as well, but they have been very heavy. They now have a redesigned Magnesium pedal (& an even more expensive magnesium/titanium version). Lots of people like them too. However the time pedals are single sided, which is a PAIN!! With speedplay's you don't need to look at your pedal to "flip it over" for your cleat to engage. You just stomp down and go.

Anything with float should be okay.
What sort of pain do you have?spincircles
Aug 5, 2003 6:16 AM
Speedplays offer lots of float and can advertise a light weight b/c they shift a lot of the mechanicals and metal to the cleat. I was having IT band issues from my super low Q-factor Chorus cranks. My feet were too narrowly spaced and I couldn't get proper toe out. I got the LOOK CX6's with 10mm of adjustable Q per pedal. I was able to dial in my foot position perfectly, no problems since. You can get em' for about $140 shipped from When you factor in Cleat and Pedal weight they're comparable to speedplays, cheaper, replacement cleats are much less $, and you can adjust Q and have from 0-9 deg of adjustable float.
The Sort of Knee Pain I have.McBaine
Aug 6, 2003 3:14 PM
I've mnt biked for many years using Shimano 747s without pain. After a hiatus from mnt biking I put the 747s on my road bike and started riding 17 miles daily to loose 10 lbs. I read about the benefits of spinning 90 rpm or more and started counting my cadence in my head. After several weeks my knees hurt in the front near the knee cap as well as in the rear near the tendons. I got a cyclo computer which does cadence and suspect that my cadence had been much higher then 90 rpm. So I my knee pain seems to be at least partially due to overuse.

After 2 weeks of no cycling my knee pain still persisted if I sat for a long time or walked down stairs. The pain was in the rear. It also showed up in the front outside lower then the knee cap and front inside very near the knee cap.

Now after three weeks I've started doing exercises to strengthen my vastus medialis, hamstrings, inner and out leg muscles and stretching. I can ride at a warm up intensity at 90 rpm but fear to go harder. A LBS felt my bike set up was fine. I then read that my 747s are really called fixed cleat and started wondering about pedals.