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    just over the next hill cruzMOKS's Avatar
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    Knee pain

    I had some pain behind my knee. Reading a search of BF
    I learned that my seat my be too high. I lowered it Ĺ
    inch. After riding 42 miles today, I donít have any
    discomfort at all. But tomorrow morning my show
    something else. Doing some stretching (touching my
    toes) before todayís ride helped some.

    I was wondering if anyone had a similar experience?
    Enjoy the ride.
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    I've had similar experiences. The saying goes "knee pain in the front, slide the seat back-knee pain in the back, slide the seat forward". Hopefully the adjustment you have made has provided some relief. If not, you might try moving the saddle forward a little.

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    Might try stretching after riding when your muscle is warm and has been active...a good relaxer and if done correctly, a good stretcher. Warming up your legs the first few miles of a ride has been better for me than pre-ride stretching. You can also stretch on the bike as you ride...stop pedaling, extend your leg, stand in the saddle, drop your heel....whatever gets you out of the same repetitive motion for a nice, easing stretch for tightened muscles. You might lower your mileage a bit and work back up if you radically change your position.
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    As a survivor of six knee surgeries I give only the following advise.
    1) Adjust the saddle for maximum stretch of the leg. I like mine high.
    2) The last few miles I usually ruin my average because I spin up the RPM in a lower gear.

    I'm lucky, bicycling doesn't cause me any knee pain (knock on wood!).

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    What do you suggest if your seat is as far forward as possible? Is it okay to turn the seatpost around to allow for more forward adjustment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by strauernicht
    What do you suggest if your seat is as far forward as possible? Is it okay to turn the seatpost around to allow for more forward adjustment?
    Yes.


    One other thought -- I have a history of knee problems, including two full and one partial dislocation of the left kneecap. Although bicycling rarely bothers my knees, I occasionally experience a little knee pain when riding the Ross mountain bike, which has an aluminum frame and a 73mm wide BB shell, which places the pedals farther apart than on any of my other bikes.

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    I am so grateful for this thread. I very rarely have knee pain from biking, but the mornings are killer when 1st out of bed (too much soccer and skiing when young). My pain occurs behind the knees, on longer rides (20+ miles). My seat is adjusted for max stretch (heel on pedal, leg straight). Currently, the saddle is back a bit, so I will try and move it forward.

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