Well I found out the other day that I have advanced Arthritis in both of my knees; the left one is in particularly bad condition, and will need replaced in the next couple of years. This comes as no big surprise to me, as I have already had my left hip replaced, and seem to have degenerative Arthritis in most of the joints in my body… I’m only 48, but I’ve had a rough life. Oh well, we play the cards we are dealt.
But, enough of that… My question is: Are “Pedal Forward Design” bikes easier on the knees, or rougher on them?…I’ve heard both sides of this argument from several people in bike shops, so I thought some of you may have some experience with this issue… I’m thinking of buying a new bicycle by the end of this summer, and I have been looking at many of the “Pedal Forward Designs” such as the Trek Pure, Giant Sued, and the Electra Townie, just to name a few. If the “Pedal Forward Designs” do not offer a significant advantage, I may just see about putting a triple crank on my Fuji Mixte so I can spin easier up those hills.