I've been experiencing some pretty significant knee pain in the last couple of weeks. The obvious original source of the pain was trying new clipless peddles on my first mountain biking experience. Stop, fall, hit knee with handlebar.
I normally heal pretty quickly, but this one's taking a little longer than I thought. Local bike shop guy, who I knew before he opened his bike shop earlier this year and is generally a pretty good guy, thought that a part of the problem might be that my frame is way too small. It is. I know that, but I figured I can make due with it for what it is right now because, well, it's my only bike and I've really been enjoying riding to work and around town on the weekends. I know it would likely be better for healing if I didn't ride for a while, but I really wanted to ride, so I have been. However, I have a job that requires physical fitness and my consistent knee pain for the last couple weeks is making me nervous about riding. I have, for the last several days, avoided riding to let the knee heal. However, the knee pain (along with an unrelated shoulder injury) has me really gun shy about hurting myself. I'm not sure if I could be injuring my knee by riding a too small frame if I have the height of the saddle correct. Uncomfortable upper body position, sure, but knees I'm not sure about.
I may be worrying about nothing, but I want to avoid future injuries. I don't expect a full doctor's examination over the internet, just wondering if it sounds like the issue could be the particular bike. Also possible that my cleats aren't adjusted properly, I've just been over using my knee or, at the cusp of turning 30, that I might just be getting old.