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Knee pain(6 posts)

Knee painraven800
Sep 10, 2001 12:53 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions or advice for knee pain. I am a MTB'er who has become hooked on Road riding. The training advantages are awesome. I have recently developed some minor knee pain in the front and down the outside of my shin on my 1 knee. Is it OK to continue riding. should I rest until the pain subsides. I never had real problems until I starting putting in heavy road miles. I climb lots of hills. Advice?
I have purchased a new Olmo and have been experimenting with seat height and position. I think I have it set up properly now.
Seat adjustment can be really touchy...MrCelloBoy
Sep 10, 2001 12:57 PM
1/4" in any direction can make a HUGE diff. Ride for a day or two in one position before changing it again, and do one adjustment at a time. I found relief with freer floating pedals (Speedplay).
Try lowering your seat 1/4" for a day or two.
Seat adjustment and/or rest worked for me.Brian C.
Sep 10, 2001 2:09 PM
My right knee was bugging me for several weeks over the summer. The pain was around the knee cap but it seemed to subside while actually riding; indeed, I used to look forward to rides just for the relief, but walking around the office was, well, a pain.
As the above poster said, seat adjustments should be in tiny increments. I lowered mine a tad.
I also had a two-week layoff in August and have returned to good, vigorous rides with no pain afterward.
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Sep 10, 2001 2:04 PM
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re: Knee painnebill
Sep 10, 2001 2:15 PM
Knee pain is usually caused by 1) saddle not adjusted correctly or 2) grinding up the hills in too high a gear.

A STARTING point for saddle height is to sit on the saddle, and with your heel on the pedal, adjust the post so your leg is just straight. Then, when you are clipped into the pedal, your knee will be just slightly bent when the pedal is all the way down. As was mentioned, changes of just a quarter inch can make a big difference, but this should give you a good place to start.

The other thing is to gear down going up a hill. Pulling too large a gear can really put a lot of stress on the knees. If your bike has three chainrings, don't be afraid to use them all! With practice, you will find a gear that will allow you to keep up a good, steady cadence without really bothering your knees at all.

Should you rest your knees now? Only you can answer that! If your knees are in pain, then you better let them rest of see a Doctor, otherwise, keep them spinning, and go for those hills!
Lateral PositionDCP
Sep 10, 2001 3:22 PM
While I transitioned from MTB to road, my left knee hurt on rides over 25 miles. I read on one of these boards that pain on the outside of a knee could mean that your foot was too far in toward the bottom bracket. You could try moving your cleat in toward the bike so that your foot is moved out from the bike while you pedal. I did this and have not had knee problems since; well except for a crash, but that's another story altogether. Hope you find something that works.