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Sore Knee(4 posts)

Sore Kneemd0426
Jul 15, 2002 5:20 AM
I need so me help here!!! When I ride, I tend to get some pain on the outside of my knee. I don't know if this is due to riding style, cleat position or what. Figured I ask you guys for some help.

Jul 15, 2002 5:42 AM
Seat could be too high or too low...

I definitely get outside knee pain if my toe is pointing in too far (as in setting up new cleats). If you assume your seat is set up correctly, do you have any cleat float when pedaling comfortably (ie. you are in the midrange of float), or are you locked completely locked in to one "side"? One knee or both knees?

I have bad, bad knees from sports injuries- which is a big part of why I love cycling- no impact, no knee pain.

It would help if you posted a bit of your riding history- are you new to road bikes? Are you new to using cleats? Are you on a new bike? Did you make changes to an old bike that was comfortable? Are you recovering from knee surgery? There are a ton of variables, and people here generally won't want to insult your intelligence by posting "obvious" responses. New shoes? Major change in ride distances? Always had pain in the past and are finally asking about it? What have you already tried? I'm not trying to be crass, but this isn't real time, and being a bit more specific will probably yield better suggestions.
Jul 15, 2002 5:48 AM
I am not new to riding, well I gues to road riding I am. I have been mountian biking for 12 years, with no pain. I have a New Lemond Zurich, I was think of bringing it in to have it fit exactly to my style of riding. I tend to ride three centuries a week, and a few recovery rides between. I have used cleats in the past when mountian biking, and never had any pain, given I am not riding 100 miles on a mountian bike either. My seat height feels correct, I am get a good extension of my leg, not to full lock, it seems like it may be related to cleat position, but I am at a loss. I have some new shoes coming in, so I thought I would take the time to move the cleat around and see if that would resolve the pain.
Jul 15, 2002 6:47 AM
Check your seat height by measuring it.

Also, move your cleats slightly inward, start with about 1/16".

The Q angle needs adjustment, you are irritating your ITB.

You can also play around with cleat angle by sitting on a countertop or table and letting your legs dangle freely.

Visualize the angle between your feet, and adjust accordingly. Many times right foot angle does not equal left foot angle.