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Knee wobble(9 posts)

Knee wobblewitcomb
Jan 6, 2004 6:26 AM
This probably sounds pretty stupid, but ...

I was on my trainer yesterday and I have noticed that my right knee likes to wander. My left leg will maintain a perfectly smooth up and down motion, whereas my right knee likes to move right and left about 2". This doesn't bother me all that much, but could this just a poor fit problem which might be resolved by raising my seat or something?

- Thanks
No pain, no problem. But,,,Spunout
Jan 6, 2004 7:18 AM
if you are seriously performance oriented, some times an orthotic can help make your knee track better in line, in a linear relationship to the foot. More power, more efficiency.

Finding the right help is probably the toughest part.
re: Knee wobbleMShaw
Jan 6, 2004 9:28 AM
Sounds like you may have a leg-length discrepency. OR your cleats may not be aligned correctly.

In my experience, if your knee isn't tracking straight up and down, you're off on your fit. Time to double check things...

re: Knee wobblewitcomb
Jan 6, 2004 10:40 AM
Thanks guys, my first thought was that there was a leg-length problem. I'll double check the cleats though, I never thought of that. I know this is nothing major, but it seemed odd. Is there anyway of verifying cleat a cleat positioning, how can you tell when it is right? I try to position the cleat under the ball of my foot as best as possible, but there is also a rotation that could be wrong.

Thanks again
no pain so i'm not worried (nm)witcomb
Jan 6, 2004 10:51 AM
re: Knee wobbleoldbutslow
Jan 6, 2004 12:29 PM
My experience is that it will eventually lead to pain. It may take many miles but, it will come. I have the same wobble and it never hurt till 3 years later. Now, it's a constant source of agrivation.

The previous poster's comment about an orthotic is spot on. That is my next step. I have tried the LeWedge with some success. Also, raising my seat helped a little. YMMV

Also, take a look at the wobblenaught webpage. It is a fitting system that addresses just this issue.

Good Luck and let us know how it goes.
Contrary view...KEN2
Jan 6, 2004 2:13 PM
I've had a right knee wobble for years, never had any problems with that knee in 40+ years of bicycling. YMMV
Same Here...dave_w
Jan 6, 2004 3:21 PM
Always had a right leg that moves some between the top and bottom of stroke...through many different bikes, set-ups, and pedal systems. Wonder if it has something to do with being "right legged", having a more coordinated right leg that might have it's own ideas of how best to do things, while the "dumb" left leg just responds to the basic inputs. Hmmmm

ps. Might want to run pedals with extra of float, as the knee moving at the top makes the heel want to move at the pedal.
re: Knee wobbleSaddle_Sore
Jan 7, 2004 2:51 AM
Am I glad that someone else has wobbly knees!

I noticed this a few years back. I haven't had any serious pain, but there are the odd niggles that I feel when lifting weights in the gym, but that might be entirely unconnected with my cycling.

My thought was that my saddle isn't up high enough, but I always ensure that I use cleats with plenty of float just in case restricting this "wobble" triggers some kind of inflamation.

I would have thought that precise leg motion is unique to every individual anyway. Trying to conform to a perceived "perfect" form might do more harm than good. If it isn't broke - don't try and fix it :-|

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