Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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Originally Posted by Ryan_M
With the riding I've done one knee feels perfect the other is maybe 90%. I can feel something is not exactly right but I definitely wouldn't say it's painful. The effects don't last, as in my knee doesn't hurt after the ride or the next day, just the lingering feeling that things maybe aren't 100%.
Originally Posted by RonH
Are you sure the bike is fitted correctly and the saddle is at the correct height?
I'm with RonH. It sounds like a fitting problem, not a cadence problem.
In addition to saddle height and setback, I'd consider cleat location and pronation matters.
I used to have issues with my right knee, similar to your description. At a fitting it was discovered that my right foot tips in towards the crank. I use SPDs and Specialized makes wedges that fit inside the shoe to correct this. This eliminated issues in my right knee. (Last I heard, Trek was also coming out with a set of wedges for SPD shoes, but I've been unable to verify this.) There are other wedges that fit between road cleats and the shoe.
For some unknown reason, I tend to sit slightly crooked on the saddle. I've been unable to correct this on my own. Moving my cleats (one forward, one aft) has largely corrected the matter. It wasn't bothering my knee before, but it did for a few days after the change until I got used to it. While it wasn't bothering my knee to begin with, perhaps you have a similar issue that's causing you problems--leg or femur length differences for instance.
Finally, have someone watch you from the front and back while you're pedaling. Have them look to be sure the trouble-prone knee is moving straight up and down, not moving in an oval. I see that a lot on other cyclists as I'm riding around.
Last edited by tsl; 07-28-10 at 09:04 AM.