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Ok, if my knee hurts on the inside front, then my saddle...(6 posts)

Ok, if my knee hurts on the inside front, then my saddle...MVN
Mar 30, 2003 6:16 PM
is too low, right? I get knee pain on my left knee, inside front of the kneecap. I haven't lowered it, but I am thinking about raising it a couple of centimeters. My lbs owner says I can stand to raise it some (he did my fitting). Right now it's approximately 1/2 inch above the bars. Also, any proof out there that turning the saddle towards the drive side a bit will help with comfort and power? All suggestions/advice welcome. Thanks.

difficult to diagnoseMJ
Mar 31, 2003 12:21 AM
I had a similar knee problem

mine was attributed to the over development of the exterior leg muscles and lack of development of the anterior leg muscles - it had the effect of pulling my knee cap out of the groove it was supposed to stay in

it hurt where you're hurting

I saw a sports physio who took all of two minutes to diagnose and begin effective treatment (which lasted for three plus weeks)
I had a friend who had this problem(or very similar). nmjtferraro
Mar 31, 2003 7:22 AM
Could also be cleats/float positionSpunout
Mar 31, 2003 4:33 AM
Medial (inner side)
medial collateral ligament
pes anserenus
cleat position too wide - foot held internally rotated
excessive knee frontal plane motion
too little pedal float
Possible solutions
narrow foot position by moving cleat inwards
orthotic or wedge to correct foot alignment
pedal float should be 6 - 8 degrees
Are you ramping up your miles too quick?bigrider
Mar 31, 2003 5:08 AM
I had the same situation one spring and it wasn't saddle height. I simply just tried to gain too many miles/week too early in the season. I had to back off and spin for a few weeks.
re: Ok, if my knee hurts on the inside front, then my saddle...DINOSAUR
Mar 31, 2003 9:50 AM
Try raising your saddle a couple of mm's. Also check you cleat position. What kind of pain is it? Dull, aching, that makes you limp when you walk and never goes away? Does it hurt when you ride your bike or just when you are walking? I experience pain in the front of my left knee on occasion. It's usually in the spring when I am starting to ride with no leg coverings and increasing my mileage. Also consider stretching before and after you ride. Check your KOPS (or whatever you use to set your saddle position). A setting that is too far forward can cause havoc with the knees. Also make sure that you aren't pushing too high of a gear. And I presume your pedals have a float? A pain in front of the knee can indicate a saddle that is too low. You want to extend your knee at the bottom of your pedal stroke and stretch it. But bottom line is, if it really hurts, don't mess around and seek medical advice from a professional...