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Standing while pedaling(3 posts)

Standing while pedalingcurdog
Jul 19, 2002 6:58 PM
Hey, just wondering if when standing to pedal, either to sprint or climb, if my legs should reach full extension. Over time could this be bad for the knees? Should I try and have a slight bend? thanks,

-curran
Climbingjose_Tex_mex
Jul 19, 2002 7:05 PM
I stand as much as possible in order to build up those hard to train muscles. It works great and definitely helps increase your hill climbing ability.

As for climbing I try to be as straight up as possible - especially keeping my back straight in order to maximize breathing. I think I reach full extension. Although I'll have to ask my riding buddies if this is true - definitely do not make a conscious effort to bend knees...
re: Standing while pedalingbm
Jul 21, 2002 9:27 PM
if you'll notice in the french tour, riders out of the saddle do not bend their knees.

bending the knees puts too much stress on the knee and could lead to injury. plus, i think, full extension of the leg makes it easier to 'spin' (smoother pedal action)