Originally Posted by 49er
Have runners knee after i took a 2 week bicycle ride rest. Got on a bike the other day for a light ride for 6km i found out my knee has a lot of pain. Only when i ride my bike it hurts. I was thinking of buying a new road bike now it looks as if my riding days are officially over. Maybe next summer i will try to ride again if it hurts again goodbye riding days.
As previously suggested, spend the money to ensure you and your bike have a good fit if you're having problems finding the correct fit on your own.
And even though this may seem counter-intuitive, cycling is one of the best therapies you can have for rehabilitiating a knee. There are studies which have shown this. Google awaits the curious.
Here are things which work for me (17+ continuous years of utility cycling after military service)
--Eat Jello, a single cup serving (you can buy them in 6 packs, diet and regular) once a day is more than enough gelatin to help give your body a source of repair material. Jello brand is more pleasant than most. This may sound wacky, but honestly, it's not like someone asking you to take exotic pills or anything weird. The body knows what to do with gelatin--use it to repair things.
--Use lower gears and a smooth cadence. No standing in the pedals or racing traffic across intersections. Be humble oh Spandex'd one, at least until you've regained the pain-free function of your knee. Most of the time that whole "Pulling senstation beneath the kneecap" is caused by pushing a gear that's too high. If you live in the "big ring", move yourself to the middle ring and don't get out of it unless you can maintain the same cadence (downhill or a flat situation).
--Understand that it takes the body about three days to heal minor stuff, with injuries in joints that time can be in weeks. It is also a good idea to use an anti-inflamatory, like ibuprofen 30 minutes before a ride if there is swelling of the knee. This helps, but shouldn't be used to justify non-theraputic behaviors (ego-based spur-of-the-moment competition sprints or that 30 to 50 mile ride after one good day).
--Don't be afraid to touch yourself in public
Massage your legs, above, below, and at the knee several times a day-. It helps increase blood flow and it gives you a chance to show off. If you have someone who doesn't mind touching you that's even better because in much the same way we can't tickle ourselves our body knows when someone else is touching it, and that's good for increasing blood flow too.
--Cycle every day you possibly can. When you're rehabilitiating a knee set a healthy goal at first and when you start getting results gradually push the envelope. Your body will work with you. Even just 15 to 20 minutes is enough to make a difference.