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my knees HURT!!(9 posts)

my knees HURT!!aet
Oct 15, 2001 6:01 AM
have had my new bike (Klein Q-race) for 2 or 3 weeks and my knees are aching. both knees right behind the top part of the kneecap. i'm a bit duckfooted but i have my cleats adjusted for that. i try not to grind huge gears. also, i never had this trouble with the old bike.
any ideas?
anybody, bueller?
re: my knees HURT!!morey
Oct 15, 2001 6:04 AM
I had the same problem, I switched to Speedplay X2 pedals, and have not had the problem since. They have a generous amount of float. See the reviews on this pedal.
re: my knees HURT!!aet
Oct 15, 2001 6:11 AM
i take you have no problems with the pedal holding your cleat? my girlfriend uses those but they don't look confidence inspiring.
Check Seat height....Len J
Oct 15, 2001 6:11 AM
When I get pain on the upper part of knee it usually means my seat is too high, lower knee seat too low. It doesn't have to be off much to cause this. Did you adjust seat height when the new bike was set up? Remember changes should be made in 2 MM increments.

Just my experience with my body though.

Oct 16, 2001 6:42 AM
I hate to debate and respect you tons Mr. Len...but I remember this one well. I had developed a pretty good case pettelar tendonitis (I just figured out what I had) after riding with my seat too low.

I moved to Illinois in 95 just out of school and broke (still broke). Someone loaned me a bike for commuting which I affectionatly named, "the beast." It was a 40+ lb. fixed gear with solid tires. I hadn't riden since 14 years of age, so I was afraid to be far from the ground. Result: seat all the way down, 70 degree bend at 6 o'clock. Tops of my knees HURT! Couldn't walk down stairs, sit down or stand up without help. Walked like grandma. Mysteriously healed after buying a car.
No...oppositeLen J
Oct 16, 2001 7:07 AM
You could be right, I never tried 70 degree bend at 6 o'clock (except my elbow at happy hour).

Real point is that small adj make a difference & you need to trial & error with your body.

Thanks for the kind words

re: my knees HURT!!dzrider
Oct 15, 2001 8:43 AM
Try to replicate as exactly as possible your position on the old bike. Seat the same height, seat exactly as far behind the pedals as possible, and the old pedals.

My individual experience has been that a low seat troubles my knees and a high seat troubles my heels. This isn't the same as a previous posting and shouldn't be expected to be. Fit is totally individual and personal, but if you rode your old bike with no problem, it's a safe place to start for fitting your new one.
Oct 15, 2001 5:28 PM
I had the same experience with my new bike a few months ago and I know how discouraging it can be. You want to enjoy the new bike. For me the pain over the knee (and extra sore quads) was reduced by raising the seat 2cm and going a little more forward in seat fore/aft. When some pain only remained in one knee it was solved with orthotics and changing my cleat rotation to keep the heel farther from the frame.
As was said in other responses, small incremental changes and listen to your body. I also found the book called Bicycle Medicine helpful.
working on adjustments. we'll see what happens. NMaet
Oct 16, 2001 6:05 AM