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Old 07-13-08, 08:46 PM   #1
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Sore legs

I've been getting a few miles under my belt on the bike & my legs have started to hurt. They hurt before but it would go away but this last week they are still sore. It is the front of my leg above the knee, the big muscles that I can't remember the name.

I have been using Sports Legs by a recommendation from another rider but it doesn't seem to help much. I try & stretch after each ride but I don't always get that accomplished.

Counting Friday, Saturday, & Sunday I rode 140 miles so maybe I'm just putting in to many miles, but then others in our club ride that much & it doesn't seem to bother them.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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I've been getting a few miles under my belt on the bike & my legs have started to hurt. They hurt before but it would go away but this last week they are still sore. It is the front of my leg above the knee, the big muscles that I can't remember the name.

I have been using Sports Legs by a recommendation from another rider but it doesn't seem to help much. I try & stretch after each ride but I don't always get that accomplished.

Counting Friday, Saturday, & Sunday I rode 140 miles so maybe I'm just putting in to many miles, but then others in our club ride that much & it doesn't seem to bother them.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
It took 500 miles for my legs to get in condition for more mile. 1000 miles to get strong.
Take some long walks and long steps.
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I've got 2315 miles on my bike since February & I do a lot of walking during the day with my job.
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I've got 2315 miles on my bike since February & I do a lot of walking during the day with my job.
5,500 miles for me this year. I take Vitamin "E" 1600 IU for my knees.
I am 66 y/o, rode 413 miles three weeks ago in 5 days. No Leg Problems.
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Mashing to much? Go to a lower gear. Spin more.
Seat to High or Low.
Let me know when you find out.
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Those are your quadricep muscles, aka "quads".

Are you riding faster and/or further than usual? How's your diet?

Have the others in your club ride been riding longer?
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Seat Height Or Water

Hi, just in case it may be one of the basics, above the knees will hurt if the seat is not at the right height for a proper stretch. Also making sure your drinking enough water. A good gulp every 5 miles thirsty or not was something I read years ago.
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If it's not a medical problem, you're just riding too much and recovering too little. You wouldn't think so from reading Bike Forums, but that's pretty common, even if nobody over 50 will admit to it. Don't know if you're doing this, but dieting and high mileage also don't go together very well. You need to replenish calories, and you need to eat protein to allow the muscles to repair themselves.

It helps to do high mileage if you do it very light on the pedals. Avoid mashing, and use easy gears to go up hills.
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Spinning will make more use of your quads, not less. However, it does not put the strain on the muscle and, more importantly, the joint that mashing does. Its also more efficient to climb in a seated position than standing. Take some yoga once or twice during the week and break down and pay for a good massage.
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Try this. Take a medium pace walk after your ride, at least a mile or so. If you just plop down in a chair it allows the legs to tighten up. I have made it part of my routine for anything over 40 miles and it has helped alot. Do not feel as sore the following day.
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Like running, cycling uses some of your quadricep muscles (there are four in the front of the leg) but not others. Because your pain is above your knee, it sounds like you built up a little too fast and either strained one of the quads or the tendon that connects one of the quads to the knee joint. (if you have pain under your kneecap, that indicates a quadricepts imbalance, which results in your kneecap pulling over to the stronger quad and for which you can do specific exercises to strengthen the weaker quads) I recommend icing the area that's been sore after you ride, whether you have discomfort at that time or not. Also, while your quad is sore, massaging your quads is probably better for it than stretching (think of what happens when you stretch a frayed rubber band). This device (www.thestick.com) is very good for that purpose. Good luck.
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5,500 miles for me this year. I take Vitamin "E" 1600 IU for my knees.
I am 66 y/o, rode 413 miles three weeks ago in 5 days. No Leg Problems.
Could be anything.
Mashing to much? Go to a lower gear. Spin more.
Seat to High or Low.
Let me know when you find out.
Agree with this, seat may be low, or using too high a gear, also make sure you are properly hydrated and not potassium deficient.
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