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Q-Angle? Is it possible to make bike conform to you?(5 posts)

Q-Angle? Is it possible to make bike conform to you?AnnG
Jul 3, 2002 9:38 AM
Hoping one of you out there might be able to help! I'm a triathlete with a good bike leg and hoping to make further grounds in it. I've been doing a lot of hill work lately, but am developing pain on inside of knees. I have a history of PFS-knee cap tracking problems- but always develop pain on outside of knees.

To make a long story short, I made appt. with first orthopedist I could see ( my regular ortho being out of town for two weeks) to find out what this new pain was. He said it was tracking problem again (I don't understand how and he only got frustrated when I tried to find out), I have a large Q-angle and there was nothing I could do to change that. I am a girl, so a large Q-angle is not unusual. My question is, is there any way to change something on the bike since I can't change my Q-angle? Crank arms possibly? A the very least, do you know of any athlete friendly orthopedists in the DC area?

Thanks for all your help.

re: Q-Angle? Is it possible to make bike conform to you?Chen2
Jul 3, 2002 10:21 AM
I have the same problem magnified by arthritis. Have you tried Speedplay pedals? If not, I recommend the X-2 or X-1 models. The X-1's have a slightly shorter titanium spindle and cost a lot more. People with high Q angles usually make poor runners but good bikers, we can keep our knees close to the top tube without even trying. I've had other riders ask me how I'm able to do that, makes me laugh.
re: Q-Angle? Is it possible to make bike conform to you?AnnG
Jul 3, 2002 10:29 AM
Huh! Interesting! Doctor told me running should be better b/c it doesn't involve such a great range of motion. He said it could be the amount of hill work I've been doing as that put's a lot of pressure on knees. How much are you able to ride? How does float help knee tracking problems? What do you thing of TIME pedals?
re: Q-Angle? Is it possible to make bike conform to you?AnnG
Jul 3, 2002 10:37 AM
Interesting! The ortho said running would probably be better as it does not involve such a great range motion! Biking has normally started the problems for me!

What kind of mileage can you do with your knees? Is hill work out? How does float help knee-tracking problems? What do you think of TIME pedals?

re: Q-AngleChen2
Jul 3, 2002 10:54 AM
Mileage doesn't seem to make much difference to my knees. I do at least one century per year, usually three. In warmer weather I train on 60 to 80 mile rides and about 150 miles per week. My knees always feel better in the heat, the hotter the better. I've been working on hill climbing and doing better, but sometimes climbing causes my knees to be painful the following day. I have no cartilage left between my patellas and femurs. Spinning is always better than crunching. I watch my cadence meter a lot and ride between 85 and 110 rpm. This way I'm trading knee pressure for aerobic endurance. The Speedplay pedals allow your joints to work in a more natural position. I have not tried Time pedals but know they have a good reputation. I only wish I had switched to Speedplays sooner (from SPD's). I'm 59+ years old.