Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Topanga, but I'm not a hippy
Bikes: IF Club Racer, Bike Friday Pocket Rocket
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I pretty much have the same story. Before I started biking again, I used spin class as a way to build up my legs and get some cardio work done so I could ride for more than 5 miles without dying. I did great for a while, and I started cycling again.
One day, I was going really hard in spin class and tweaked something in my left knee. For the next few weeks I could barely do a class without the knee acting up, though I was able to ride without pain I finally gave up on spin class and put my bike on a trainer at home. No problems with that either.
It's been about 5 months of 200- 300 outdoor mile months and I'm finally able to get back to spin class (though I really dont like them now).
It's too late, but too try and make a long story short. My fit was all wrong on the spin bike. I went and got a pro fit on my road bike, and didn't have a problem. When I tried to mimic that position on the spin bike, I had been riding with the seat WAY to low and the seat WAY too far back. I wound up raising the seat 2-3 inches up and about 1 inch forward.
The problem with spin class is all the mashing that goes on when you're pushing hard with high resistance. If you're in a bad fit position, it really puts strain on your knee.
Careful with that knee, I wound up taking 3 weeks off heavy knee stress, no climbing, no spin class, no lifting, just light spinning on the trainer and outdoors.