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Knee pain(7 posts)

Knee painPsychler
Mar 20, 2001 6:01 PM
New pain..or should I say, recent pain...OUTSIDE of knee...right leg...happens after about 5 miles...hills would kill me....friend suggested Bursitis...will be making an Md. appt, but curious if you all had any feedback? At what point do I consider more float in the pedals?
Don't know but would like to hear your results ...Humma Hah
Mar 20, 2001 6:20 PM
In my case, after about 42+ years of riding, I was 60 miles into a century a couple of weekends ago when my left knee, outside, started giving me fits. Within a few miles I'd pretty much lost the ability to stand-climb. It felt like maybe a small muscle or one of my quad attachment points had gotten strained -- it was a sharp, intense, and very localized pain.

Driving back to the motel in my stick-shift truck was murder -- I could barely work the clutch.

I'd swapped cranks to 5 mm longer than stock the week before and ridden a 55-mile training ride with no problem. A 55-mile ride this past weekend ended with the knee just starting to complain a little. The long cranks have been in use before with no problem, but I'm thinking of scrapping them in favor of a little shorter. I ride platforms, not clipless, so that's not the problem in my case. And I rode a century the month before on the shorter cranks with no knee problem.
re: Knee painJiggy
Mar 20, 2001 6:21 PM
Dr. Jiggy is betting on IT band friction syndrome... rest, gradually increasing activity level, and ice afterwards would be the treatment. that will be $100 please
Yuh, know, it might be worth it ...Humma Hah
Mar 20, 2001 6:30 PM
... the sensation was like whatever taut little tendon or ligament it was, was getting twanged like a guitar string.

Fax me a copy of your medical diploma and I'll cut you a check!
Ah-ha ... lookie here ...Humma Hah
Mar 20, 2001 6:51 PM
This website describes it to a T, and give the stretching exercise to relieve it! Good illustrations, too!

http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/itband.v2.html
Just discovered a saddle height/knee issue for me.TNC
Mar 21, 2001 4:50 PM
I know that the normal saddle height/leg extension issue usually involves having the saddle as high as possible without having extreme leg extension. In experimenting with a different saddle, I accidentally lowered my saddle height a fair amount. I immediately realized it when I took off on my first ride. I went ahead and completed the 30 mile ride and was amazed to find a post ride knee pain did not return as it normally does (my right knee has no ACL). I also did not experience a groin/hamstring area muscle soreness that is common after a few miles. I obviously had the saddle too high for my physiology. I did not have it too high by "normal" more accepted standards, but apparently my needs are not "normal". I suppose alot of riders out there are not normal also. I began to think about the fact that we take alot of our "accepted standards" from how the pros do it. How many of us are that young, tough, and flexible. I'm 50 and apparently my body likes a lower saddle height. I've been riding this setup for a week now, with no adverse effects. Everyone is not the same, but I've learned to do alot more experimenting with position and bike setup when I experience a pain or comfort issue. What do you have to lose?
Just discovered a saddle height/knee issue for me.Dave Hickey
Mar 22, 2001 4:43 AM
I've done the same as TNC. I lowered the saddle and the knee pain went away. It also helped relieve pressure on crotch area.