Join Date: May 2002
Location: Lakewood, Colorado
Bikes: Aegis Swift, Titus Racer x
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I've had this for years! It's the reason why I started cycling. I continue to do my straight leg exercise (leg lifts and step ups) 2-3 times per week. Stretching is very important. I build up my riding over time, ie, I don't go out and ride a 60 miler if I haven't ridden in several months. Be sure your saddle height is correct. In general pain is nominal but I can tell if I've overdone it.
A doctor told me that I will have periods with no pain and other times I will have pain and don't know why. That's pretty much the nature of the disease.
This winter I spent a lot of time painting and working on my house getting it ready to sell. I wasn't riding or lifting weights, maybe it was all of the stooping and such but my knees felt worse then than they do now with all my skiing and biking.
Also, spinning your gears, not mashing them keeps the stress off the knees.
l listen when my knees start telling me I'm overdoing it.
I also wear orthodics in all my shoes, including my cycling shoes. I had some made by a pedothorist
BTW, I rode 4,500 miles last year, did 4 bike tours, which included lots of hills in Maine, Virginia, and the hilly part of Indiana and didn't have many complaints.
If you haven't done so get to a good PT who understands sports (mine is a PT for the Cincinnati Reds and worked on Pete Rose, Jr.) and listen to what they have to tell you because it is something you don't "get over" unless you retire from exercising (I actually had a doctor tell me this about 10 yrs. ago).