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    Knee Problems

    After racing on the track, I have been having tighness around the right knee area. Its not painful and seems like the muscle around the knee is still very tense. Any suggestions? I will stop doing high gears for a week and see whether it will go away.

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    Me too. Not really knee pain, the muscles around the knee. As a runner, it feels like ilio-tibial band syndrome. I've been playing around with my saddle height. I think it might be a little too high. The funny thing is that the "pain" came after I concentrated on raising my cadence and stop trying to push harder gears. I'm working on my stretching regimen.

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    Me too! I raised my saddle because it had dropped some and I was having a bit of pain in one knee. That in combination with a faster cadence (which ironically developed while the saddle was a bit low) has left me with tendonitis and crongomilasia (I know I butchered the spelling) in the other knee.

    A triathalete/ ER Doc friend of mine said that the best thing to do for it is LIGHT exercise (spinning without too much resistance and at a slower cadence) is the best approach. That and Motrin. I have found it very important to keep doing stretching exercises (just not as aggressive) so I keep the tendon from getting too tight. A foam knee brace seems to help some too (but it restricts how much you can bend the knee).

    Best of luck with this. If you find out anything let me know.

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    I'm in the same group as well. I'm a runner and new to cycling. When I got my bike, the LBS set the saddle height. Silly me didn't realize that the seat clamp wasn't secure and the seat post slipped to its lowest position under my weight. After a half-dozen rides I could feel some pain on the right side of my right knee. That was back in late July. I took most of September off from running and biking but my knee felt the same. Fortunately my knee doesn't bother me at all when I run or cycle in low gears. Just wondering when I'll be back to 100%. What have your experiences been? The ironic thing is that I took up biking to avoid knee problems from running every day. My knees have been fine from years of running, but 2 weeks into biking I get problems. Go figure.

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    I have been working on my pedaling technique, particularly out of the saddle. I think I may have been standing too upright and inadvertently hyperextending my knee, resulting in soreness. On today's ride, I kept in mind what my spinning instructor said when she makes us get up. She says the front of the saddle should hit you in the butt when you pedal. I was doing that on today's ride. I found that I kept my butt a little lower, I was recruiting the hamstrings more and balancing my Quadriceps, and also keeping my knee "softer" on the downstroke. I felt much less soreness after the ride. Bicycling is a lot more technical than it looks to the uninitiated.

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    I went and saw my GP a few days ago, he said i have cause tendons to stress, hence more fluid in the knee resulting in tightness at the back and side of the knee. Its been almost 2 weeks and it hasn't gone away. Its frustrating as its the start of the track season and looks like I might have to sit this one out. one of my friends has this problem and it took almost 6 months for him to recover from it. Anyone has any time frame for this recovery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equinox
    I have been working on my pedaling technique, particularly out of the saddle. I think I may have been standing too upright and inadvertently hyperextending my knee, resulting in soreness. On today's ride, I kept in mind what my spinning instructor said when she makes us get up. She says the front of the saddle should hit you in the butt when you pedal. I was doing that on today's ride. I found that I kept my butt a little lower, I was recruiting the hamstrings more and balancing my Quadriceps, and also keeping my knee "softer" on the downstroke. I felt much less soreness after the ride. Bicycling is a lot more technical than it looks to the uninitiated.
    FWIW My brother who is a decent track sprinter is significantly quicker (stronger) when he keeps his hips forward which sounds like the opposite of your spin chicks advice.

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    I'm clearly no expert, but I think she wants us to keep our mass centered over the crank.

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    Spinning is about doing a lot of (wasted, in some sense) work in a short period of time, it's definitly not about propelling yourself down the road as efficiently as possible. Different goals.

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