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Knee Problems(5 posts)

Knee Problemsmlm
Jan 22, 2002 7:16 PM
I'm a recreational road bike rider, and I have recently starting increasing my weekly mileage to get ready for an MS150. My problem is that lately my right knee has been giving me problems. Specifically, it is the tendon/muscle (you can tell I'm not a doctor) that is directly behind my right knee. It gets a little sore towards the end of my rides, and by that night it has tightened up and is giving me a good bit of pain. In fact, it appears to be a little bit swollen when compared to the back of the other knee.

Anybody had this problem before? Was it a flexibility issue, a pedaling motion issue, or was it something else.

Thanks for any input.
re: Knee ProblemsPJ
Jan 22, 2002 7:36 PM
I had identical symptoms. Turned out to be tendonitis resulting from short and tight hamstrings - apparently quite common with cyclists - particularly those that don't stretch properly.

Solution was a combination of frequent stretching and deep tissue massage to help lengthen and free up the muscle. My physiotherapist recommended stretches that would isolate the hamstrings - cyclists tend to have supple back muscles and so the usual "touch your toes" type stretches are less effective.

Alternatively your symptoms could be the result of excessive saddle height and/or handlebars that are too low, incorrect cleat placement on your right shoe or some biomechanical defect in your knee joint or leg.
re: Knee Problemskentuckyjoe
Jan 22, 2002 9:10 PM
PJ pretty much summed it up,id also experiment with my saddle height a little.I had the same problem and lowering my saddle appx 1/4" solved it completely. Later,Joe
try applying a hot salve containing red pepperPaul
Jan 23, 2002 3:47 AM
I have the same problem in cold weather. I've tried stretching before and during the ride, and still got the problem. A friend advised me about using the salve. It really works, generates heat and helps to keep the hamstring stretched.

The other advice is excellent, as you can see this is a common problem.

re: stretch stretch stretch your hamstringscyclopathic
Jan 23, 2002 7:31 AM
- before the ride after warm up,
- during the ride
- after the ride
- btw the rides

My routine on century includes stretching at stops and sometimes I do it while riding without getting off the bike. To do it on bike you need to stand up on pedals in 3/9 o'clock position, bend forward/push buttocks back. Repeat with second leg.

off the bike I'd recommend isolated leg stretch using chair/table, puts less stress on lower back and more effective good luck