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Knee pain & saddle height?(6 posts)

Knee pain & saddle height?Triphop
Dec 16, 2002 7:55 AM
I have seen it on here before, and am sure it has been asked numerous times. So, I searched the archives but was unable to find the answer to my question.

What is the rule of thumb for saddle height when experiencing knee pain? I thought it is, if the knee pain is in front, the saddle should be raised. If the pain is behind the knee, the saddle should be lowered. Is that right?

Thanks in advance!
re: Knee pain & saddle height?eschelon
Dec 16, 2002 8:26 AM
I've never heard of the "rule of thumb" thing...but I've had experiences where changing my seat height as little as half and inch to an inch was the difference between a pain in my knee to complete comfort.
Dec 16, 2002 9:29 AM
Saddle too high= pain in back of knees.
Saddle too low = pain in front of knees.

Another thing to look for is cleat alignment (even with cleats that float) and using too big of a gear (that is always my indicator). I force myself to use a lower gear and spin (old guys use lower gears)...maybe that's why my 60 year old knees have held up so long...also cover those knees when the temps drop and warm up first for at least 30 minutes in cold weather using lower gears...most guys use pedal/cleat systems that don't give their knees problems..once you find what works for you stick with them...take care of those knees!
Dec 16, 2002 10:01 AM
Thanks D!

I was asking because my GF recently started riding, we did 40 miles saturday her longest ride to date. Afterward she mentioned the front/lower portion of her knee was bothering her. My first thought was saddle height, but now that you mention it...she was pushing tall gears for the first half of the ride, thinking that she needed to be pushing hard to get a good workout, not realizing that spinning 40 miles was a workout enough. Even after telling her a number of times to take it easy and spin, she kept on with it...afterwards she felt why I was telling her to go easy...some poeple just have to learn the hard way! I am sure she will be spinning next time out. :)

Thanks again!
Try a Spinning class to......PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 16, 2002 11:13 AM
...that may help get a better feel for a smooth spin and a little higher cadence.Of course nothing beats outside but for a little training this might do the trick.
Dec 16, 2002 1:38 PM
Yeah...I'm very very lucky as I have never had a problem with my knees (knock on wood)...

For info related to "warm up"- I live in the NorCal foothills and I'm stuck with a lot of climbing regardless of what I feel like doing. On one of my rides it takes me 5.7 miles to get to a spot where I can do 6.2 mile loops. On my first loop I'll be in the 23 or 25 gear, second loop I feel warmed enough and I can start pushing the 21 gear. Usually on my "Mondays" I can push a bigger gear then on my "Fridays". On some days I can use the big ring on certain climbs, on other days I'll stay in the small one. I'm a big believer on listening to what your body is telling you. This is one reason it must be extrememly difficult to be a pro because they don't have that option. But I guess that's why they are pros...