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Knee Pain, help . . .(7 posts)

Knee Pain, help . . .Jas0n
Nov 9, 2002 1:59 PM
just finished a ride today (33 miles, 18 mph avg), and the knee pain i had was so bad, i had to get a ride back to school. its pretty strange, it doesn't hurt too much to walk, only when im riding. the hurt intensifies while out of the saddle, and seems to correlate with the 12 o'clock position (right leg; when the left leg is stretched out). does anyone have any ideas what this could be from. checked cleat position and anlge, and it seems fine. someone did comment today that my right knee moves in a bit at the top of its stroke, but i wonder if that was me compensating for the pain. its really worry me considering im 18, any help or ideas would be appreciated.
re: Knee Pain, help . . .gtx
Nov 9, 2002 2:12 PM
I've had on again, off again knee issues for 18 years of riding (since I was 16). Without knowing more about your situation, I would say that pedals with float (Time, Speedplay) might help. So would proper warmup and stretching. You might consider having your position checked or visiting a PT. I have actually had absolutely zero knee issues (for the first time ever) since I took up the stretching routine recommended in this book a year ago. It's quite a bit different than the standard hold and burn method.

Good luck!
Have you changed anything?. . .Dave Hickey
Nov 9, 2002 2:51 PM
Any of the following will give you knee pain.

1. Fore and aft saddle position
2. Saddle height
3. cleat position
4. shoes

Have any of the above changed?
just stem lengthJas0n
Nov 9, 2002 3:49 PM
just stem length, dunno if thats a possibility for the pain. by the way, i appreciate all help. thanks guys. i know the fit is proper, i was sized up by teh shop owner where i used to work, and i dont doubt his positioning, as hes know for being one of the best fitters in ny.
re: Knee Pain, help . . .rdbkr
Nov 9, 2002 3:50 PM
The fact that you're 18 indicates that you may still be growing. Have you checked your saddle height lately?

Also, a leg length discrepancy (which is very common) may explain the pain in one knee.

See if you can find anything in the bookstores written by Andrew L. Pruitt, Ed.D. He covers just about every cycling ailment you can think of.

Or you can go to:
re: Knee Pain, help . . .yzfrr11
Nov 9, 2002 3:59 PM
Your symptoms are consistent with THE most common knee problem experienced by cyclists: Chondromalatia patella. Look it up on the internet and you will get good explanations. To heal this condition, you must rest the knee and slowly return to your prior training volume. Also, try raising you seat a bit, and moving in aft a bit as well.

If you have any specific questions for me, you can contact me by e-mail I am an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports knee injuries, and a fellow Cat 3 rider.

Hope this helps, Rick
On internet, also try "chondromalacia patellae" (nm)micha
Nov 10, 2002 3:57 AM