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my knobby knee pain(7 posts)

my knobby knee painWadeOmatic
Jun 25, 2001 10:45 AM
I've searched the archives and find a lot of discussion about IT problems. I don't think that applies here. The pain started somewhere near the middle of my first century (Sat) and is limited to the joint. I had to stop pedaling up hills (walk gingerly) and compensated with my left leg on the flats. I considered quitting many times, but wouldn't.

My left knee has a glimmer of the same pain. My right is still tender, but won't cause a limp today.

I was riding brand new shoes, but with Bebop (20 degree) pedals. I moved my saddle during the ride for right-foot numbness relief. I'm sure I started the knee-pain by hard climbing-but with a double, you've got to stand up and pound it out.

Who can name this specific pain? I've been on/off road riding for many years-never had knee problems before, but never been over 50 miles before. Yes, I was undertrained for the Century.
re: my knobby knee painLone Gunman
Jun 25, 2001 8:38 PM
I saw an article in Bicycling that was a few years old while waiting at a doctors office that covered knee pain and what the location of each pain meant. The cure or therapy or remedy for knee pain (if it is cycle related) seems to be based upon the location in the knee where the pain exists. While doing a 6 day tour I got knee pain for the first time in both knees directly in front on the knee cap that was a stinging like pain. This pain was described as "Spring knee", an overuse of the joint and related to the overuse was a weak muscle on the inside of the knee that would not allow the kneecap to track correctly as you flexed in the pedal motion. Remedy was rest, ice and strengthen the muscle by doing seated leg lift with weights on the ankle, bent to straight and lower and raise.
re: my knobby knee painWadeO
Jun 25, 2001 9:23 PM
that could be it. I had a spasm of a muscle running up the inside of the knee.

Ice, rest, ibuprofen, beer, and a triple ring are my solutions.
re: my knobby knee painSTEELYeyed
Jun 25, 2001 10:03 PM
I had the same problem last year,you got the solution right but I would stay off the beer,to keep your weight down,I was taking 800mg./day of Ibuprofen,been taking 2000mg./day of MSM,and have been off the IBU and Clariton D for a month now,I was skeptical about it but it seems to work. First thing to do is see your doctor,tell him your plan and go from there.
re: my knobby knee painManuel Rodriguez
Jun 25, 2001 10:59 PM
It depends where the pain is. If the pain is on the outside of your knees, it probably is an IT band problem. If that's the problem, there are a variety of reasons that can cause it. Using the brand new shoes for the century could have caused it. Whenever you change your position on the bike you need to give your body time to adjust. That incudes different pedals, shoes, saddle height, etc. Also a sudden increase in training can cause the IT band to get injured. The best thing you can do is to take the pain seriously. Go to the doctor and make sure what it is that is hurt and then go about to fix it. Maybe all you need to do is to take a week off, ice your knees and start again slowly. Maybe go back to your old shoes and see if that helps. Remember, sudden changes in intensity or in bike position can cause knee problems. Don't let the pain persist or it can be the beginning of something chronic. Hope this has helped you. Good Luck.
re: my knobby knee painSkip
Jun 25, 2001 11:00 PM
Try here:
good link--and thanks to allWadeOmatic
Jun 26, 2001 9:08 AM
my knee ain't there. Which is real good, because all those injuries look major serious. My knee only hurts when flexed and when mashing a gear. Actually the right knee, once it starts hurting, will hurt-a bit less- when just following the left leg around the stroke.

I'm going to stay off until I can avoid the pain. I'm only 34. I ain't gonna screw my knees up now. I'll just wait for my new bike with the little ring on it to come in.

As far as new shoes go--with a 20 degree system like bebop or speedplay--there just isn't the level of precision needed for cleat adjustment as with other styles. (it's a freedom that must be experienced to understand) I may have changed stack height a smidge--and that could have done it.

Mainly I was undertrained. But I needed that lesson to help me train for the Wild 100 (100K MTB race in WV).