Welp, it finally happened:
About 8 weeks ago after a 40 mile ride my right knee quite suddenly and very intensely started hurting. After a week of limping around I finally made it to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and was diagnosed with iliotibial band syndrome.. a fairly common injury, no big deal, but something that takes a while to heal.
Now, after six weeks of physical therapy and rest and stretches and stupid boring exercises, (and depression due to being unable to ride my bike ) I'm finally *just* about ready to hop back onto the saddle.
However, I really, really, really don't want to reinjure my knee. I've adjusted the fit of my bike, got shorter cranks, etc. It's also geared pretty light at 46x18.
Was wondering if anyone here had gone through anything similar and had any other recommendations to prevent reinjury. Would it be at all wise to start riding a freewheel? Does it matter? blah blah blah?