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Knee pain info(5 posts)

Knee pain infoCJ
Sep 5, 2001 8:39 AM
A quick search turned up little on the discussion board - any sites with info on preventing knee pain caused by riding? Any useful information from you out there? As a new rider (in my 50s), I find new pain right above my left knee while riding. Too many things are changing to be able to isolate the cause, but I did start riding with new Time ATACs.
Factors that I can think of which I can control include seat hight, cleat placement (fore/aft & shoe alignment w toptube), & gear usage. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
re: Knee pain info53x12
Sep 5, 2001 9:05 AM
Knee pains above the knee usually indicate a seat that is too low.
re: Knee pain infoMothhunter
Sep 5, 2001 9:12 AM
Try www.bicyclesource.com, also, www.sportsinjuryclinic.net
I'm just recovering from tendonitis, will probably take my first ride in weeks this Friday. If it starts to hurt bad, see a doctor and don't push it. Rest would've had me back on the bike a lot sooner, but like an idiot I decided riding harder would some how take care of the problem. It didn't.
What changed my riding life....nestorl
Sep 5, 2001 11:08 AM
I suffered from severe knee pain through 5 years of racing...My seasons would actually end in JULY because my pain was so severe and so consistent. And after 5 years I finally found the answer...and was it easy :-)

1. I changed my cranks to smaller size (167.5) and decided to keep my cadence above 95 at all times! (that includes climbing). These puts less torque on your knees and makes you spin better and be a more efficient rider. See latest article about this on VELOnews.com

2. Training schedule: I never, never, never ride hard 2 days in a row.

3. I raised my seat.

Now I've gone through 2 racing seasons without ANY pain.!!! Which I am still having a hard time believing!!!:-). Hope this helps.
re: Knee pain infoGregJ
Sep 5, 2001 9:32 PM
You should not overlook the obvious causes of position or technique. However, there is also the possibility this is simply an overuse injury. A rest of a week or two and then easy riding for a bit may be helpful. Tendonitis of the patella region is likely. You may see some benefit with ice and anti-inflammatory medicines. Do not continue riding if the pain persists or worsens, if that is the case you may want to see a doctor.
Minor inflammations around the knee are not uncommon in cycling. Stretching is good prevention. Also be careful to properly build up your base of miles before doing really long or hard rides. Good luck.