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    How Long Should I Ride For

    I haven't riden my bike for good while due to my back problems. Now i've mostly got em under control i can ride again.

    Yesterday i planned to go for a ride for an hour but ended up riding for about two and a half hours cuz i was enjoying my self so much and now my knees are a bit sore. The same thing happened last week

    I am fairly sure the knee soreness is due to overuse. Think my feet are the right distance from my seat (i ride a recumbent)and my cleats are in the right position. I have speedplay frogs which have non-centering free float so i dont think my feet are held down in the wrong position for my knees.

    I plan on adding some stregthing exercises for my knees/quads to my back exercise programme. Meanwhile to easy myself into riding my bike without overdoing it (like i probably have done this week) how long should my rides be half hour, one hour?

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    Start slowly and build up the distance. You know two hours is possible but leaves you in pain so try and only do one hour and see how that goes.

    As long as you're absolutely sure about the seat to pedal reach (This is very important if you don't want to destroy your knees permanently) then your choice of pedal isn't the problem. At a guess I'd say it's just new "recumbent" muscles getting their first good shake out.
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    I would cut it to an hour a day for a few weeks and then start adding a longer ride or two a week.
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