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snapping in the kneecap?(7 posts)

snapping in the kneecap?High Gear
Jul 28, 2002 3:33 PM
I get this once in a while, it kind of flairs up every know and then. I also get a pinching kind of pain that comes along with it. Is this something normal that most riders get from time to time? I just recently changed pedal brands and I think it may have brought it on. I first encountered this problem last year when a well known bike fitter moved my saddle back 1 1/2 cm and up 1/2 wich caused me to overextend on the pedal stroke.
Doesn't sound right..DINOSAUR
Jul 28, 2002 8:54 PM
I get a clicking sound in my right knee when climbing steep hills, but no pain involved. I think about switching pedals sometimes also, but I'm afraid to mess with my set-up anymore. Anyway you can duplicate the old set-up and see if the problem goes away?
Doesn't sound right..edmundtan
Jul 29, 2002 12:55 AM
My knees click as far back as I can remember .... even just walking. Doesn't bother me, unless I want to be a sneak thief ... :-)

If it hurts, better check with a doc.
Yes, me too.mja
Jul 29, 2002 3:48 AM
And there is the pinch you describe. It concerns me, as I am returning to biking, and fear that it may worsen over time. Sometimes a deep knee bend sets it right for me.
I use to get this also during the Spring. A world class runnerPaul
Jul 29, 2002 5:19 AM
told me that this is due to the quads loosening, and the knee floating. Mine would snap/pop with a little pain. Once I got into shape, it would stop. Now I ride year long, and don't experience this problem. I don't think pedal change will affect this.

Adjust your saddle height by fully extending your leg, and placing your heel on the pedal. You should do this without stretching. If you have to over extend your leg, lower your saddle. Once you get this, do fore/aft using a string with a small wrench. Place the string below the bump on your knee, and the wrench should bisect the axle of the pedal. Move your seat accordingly. Of course cleat position is critical all so, cleat should be under ball of foot.

If you don't ride too often, you will get this.
When does it occur?...cabinfever
Jul 29, 2002 8:59 AM
I had a similar problem about 4 years ago. It was torn cartilage. The doctor called it a "joint mouse". It would move around, and when it got in the joint, it hurt like hell. But, it would click and almost lock up when I'd go from a seated to a standing position. I got so used to it that I would have to stop half way up, support my kneecap, and proceed to standing. I had it removed, but I still have some in there that flares up once in a great while. The more miles I put on me, the better it gets though.
Torn Cartilage ???Aegis_guy
Jul 29, 2002 11:26 AM
Sound like what the other guy said. I just got scoped b/c of this clicking. If you have insurance that will cover a MRI get it done so you don't make it worse. If it is just a tear, arthroscopic is not bad. I was off crutches in 3 days and biking ( at a rehab pace!!) in 1 1/2 weeks. Of course , if you are like me you will wait until the end of the season, ride like hell on it and take care of it in the winter. We're all 18 years old forever in our minds. Good Luck