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Old 08-15-06, 08:12 PM   #1
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Bad Knee Pain

Hey all,
I'm only 19, and I am already experiencing bad (unbearable at times) pain in my knees. I have been riding the same 13 mile course for about a year now, and the past month has been hard on me. My doctor recommends that I cut back on cycling for a while, but I can't see myself doing that. Cycling has become part of my "daily routine" and I am finding it harder and harder to ride less.

Any help? I plan on continuing to ride, and I was just wondering what home remmidies you guys use for similar problems
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Old 08-15-06, 10:01 PM   #2
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Hmm, I've had similar problems. I did a lot of "road biking" on a 35 pound mountain bike, mashing the biggest gears up some crazy hills. After a few years of this, I got some tendonitis in my knee and prescribed (literally) to physical therapy by a sports doctor. Being too cheap and lazy to take time off work to go to therapy, I bought a road bike and Speedplay pedals, which seemed to help. But any time I do a lot of skateboarding it comes back...

But enough about me! Tell us more about your 13 mile route. What kind of bike are you riding? Are you doing big gears and mashing or adjusting according to load? What kind of pedals are you using, and how often are you riding? What's your height, weight, and how much are you eating? (eating disorders are bad for your knees if you're biking) Is your frame a proper size for your height? Have you adjusted the saddle height and position, bar height and position according to your riding style? These things could help provide a more specific answer. It sounds like you may need to get your bike "fitted" (or a new bike if you're riding a mountain bike like a road bike)

In my instance, not always riding my maximum gear ratio and keeping a cadence around 90 rpm on a 17 pound bike with Speedplay seemed to help

By the way, if pain is "unbearable" as you put it, the best thing you can do is drink tons of liquor (for the pain) and sit around for a few days. I've been there. Drive where you could have biked (if you aren't drunk), and just go easy on yourself. I wouldn't need physical therapy right now if I hadn't pushed myself so hard. As it is, I seem to be on track to chronic arthritis at an early age which kind of sucks ass... DON'T bike if your knees hurt, because it sounds like you're doing something wrong...

Sorry if this post is incredibly stupid, I'm somewhat wasted out of my mind.

oh and BTW, there's nothing "manly" about mashing the biggest gears when other people are going faster and your knees are prematurely aging ... even if you have huge legs that look synthetic-testosterone-worthy as a result.

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Old 08-15-06, 10:36 PM   #3
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Hey all,
I'm only 19, and I am already experiencing bad (unbearable at times) pain in my knees. I have been riding the same 13 mile course for about a year now, and the past month has been hard on me. My doctor recommends that I cut back on cycling for a while, but I can't see myself doing that. Cycling has become part of my "daily routine" and I am finding it harder and harder to ride less.

Any help? I plan on continuing to ride, and I was just wondering what home remmidies you guys use for similar problems
Go see an orthopedist to find out why you have knee pain. Taking time off the bike is probably best to recover from the current injury, but you need to find out why you get pain from short rides.
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Old 08-16-06, 03:52 AM   #4
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There are so many different kinds of knee pain... If I have my saddle too low I get very sharp, cutting pain combined with a snagging sensation. It's so sharp it's impossible to pedal, and if I unclip and wiggle my leg I'll be fine for another little while. There is no permanent pain, or injury, and it's so intense it's impossible to ignore or work through. Is what you experience something like this? If so, raise your saddle. Did you have your bike fitted? If not, that might be a worthwhile thing to do.
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