hey there. back again with yet another newbie knee pain question. i've searched a bunch of threads on this board but couldn't find an answer to my question. i've put about 600 miles on a trek hybrid. the pedals i've been using are the plain platform stock ones. seems like those who use clipless pedals and have knee pain should look into the speedplays. . . i'm wondering if using flat non-clipless pedals are causing my pain, or if any type of clipless would make it worse.
the pain i feel is on the side of my leg about 2 to 3 inches laterally across from the side of my kneecap towards the back of my leg. i feel discomfort sometimes about 15 miles into a ride, and on those occasions when i do, i really feel it when i'm carrying my bike up the stairs. never had pain until this one session at the gym on a treadmill after a long time spent away from gyms and treadmills. anyway. . . i guess i should go in for a bike fitting. will they do a fitting for a hybrid with platform pedals? will clipless pedals hurt or help my situation?
i'm working on fine tuning my seat height. too high and my butt hurts from grinding against the seat. too low and sometimes my knee doesn't hurt. seems very random. guess i need to do some more longer ride sessions to get some more data.
oh, my knee never swells, and usually the next morning i am totally fine.