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Newbee question about clipless pedals and knee pain(4 posts)

Newbee question about clipless pedals and knee painchskin
Jul 25, 2002 9:30 AM

I have just started riding with clipless pedals. They came stock on my Trek 2200, are made by Bontrager and have 5 degrees of float. Some times after a ride I have a bit of pain in my knees. Is this something that a new rider can expect of should I start looking for mew pedals?

Thanks in advance.


P.S. So far I have only forgotten once to take my feet out of the pedals BEFORE I come to a stop. Luckily no one was watching.
re: Newbee question about clipless pedals and knee painJBurton
Jul 25, 2002 9:44 AM
To truly cure the dope fall (clipped-in fall when stopping), you MUST do it in a situation where as many people as possible are watching...preferably at a red-light where you hold up traffic because of this fall!

Too little float can be associated with knee pain, but since you are a new rider, you might be having knee pain for other reasons, like low saddle height, mashing hard gears, or poor form. I think the best bet is to check these things before you invest in new pedals and cleats. Have you had knee problems in the past, even not bike associated? Do you think you might be doing some of the other things?
Probably not the problem of the pedalselviento
Jul 25, 2002 9:53 AM
5 degrees is probabaly fine for most people (some people swear by 0 float).

Since we don't really have much more information than your pedal model, it's hard to give a good diagnose. You might want to tweak your saddle height and position, and adjust the Q factor, i.e., the lateral position of your cleats to determine the distance between your two feet. Lose sleep over it, you will figure out a comfortable position.
re: Newbee question about clipless pedals and knee painpnitefly
Jul 25, 2002 12:55 PM
I had the same problem when I switched pedals. My knees suddenly started hurting. I Raised my seat only 5mm and it went away.