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Fitting Your Bike Are you confused about how you should fit a bike to your particular body dimensions? Have you been reading, found the terms Merxx or French Fit, and don’t know what you need? Every style of riding is different- in how you fit the bike to you, and the sizing of the bike itself. It’s more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your frame size, style of riding, and your particular dimensions. Here ya’ go…..the location for everything fit related.

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Old 06-08-14, 07:09 AM   #1
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I injured my knee, need bike fit adjustment help

Yesterday I went for a 27 mile ride which had some moderate hills (Ive done 30 mile rides previously that were mostly flat) and on my return trip my right knee started hurting with every downstroke and it got worse. Stopping to rest didnt seem to help at all, also had plenty of water/snacks. By the time I got home my knee was swollen, stiff, and hard to bend. When I did bend it I would get a sharp pain on the lateral (outside) side of my knee. Im not sure exactly whats wrong (IT band, ligament strain?) but I want to make sure this doesnt happen again.

When I got the Trek FX they fitted me at the store and it feels good but I see many online charts Bike Fit Calculator | Find Your Bike Size | Competitive Cyclist for example) that say my seat should be higher. I do feel that it could go up slightly if needed but that site recommends 41" seat height (ground level to seat, I added the ground to BB measurement) and mine is currently at 37". Could this be the cause of pain or perhaps improper form?
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Old 06-11-14, 04:44 AM   #2
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No replies after a few days? Unique problem eh? Well my knee is much better now so it wasnt serious. I guess i'll have to figure this out on my own.
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Old 06-11-14, 10:25 AM   #3
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In general, for knee pain/strain I think the first things to try are raising the saddle (make small changes) and pedaling lower gear/higher cadence. If that doesn't help, maybe read these:

KNEE PAIN » Bike Fit » Steve Hogg's Bike Fitting Website

http://www.slideshare.net/knee-pain/cycling-knee-pain
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