ITB and LeMond wedges
So I spent the better part of Spring '06 preparing for a ride across the state of PA on their nicely marked bicycle system. I didn't ride more than 100 miles at a time, and when the ride came, we rode 200 miles the first day, and 100 the subsequent two days, with more gear than I'd ridden with before, on my Surly Cross Check.
After the ride, my knee was disabled. I was diagnosed with ITB syndrome, or illiotibial band syndrome. It's something runners get... a tendon on the outer part of knee was enflamed, and I rested for a month before riding 2 miles. I slowly built up the mileage, and then in late July competed in the Wilderness 101 on a Vicious Monolith. No problem with the knee at all...
Now that winter is here, I ride less. I just put the Cross Check on the trainer for the first time in weeks and found that my knee is giving me slight problems again. I've changed saddles, lowered my seat, raised my stem and generally made the bike a ton more comfortable than before.
I just stumbled upon LeMond wedges as a possible solution. I notice they require a $40 caliper to estimate thickness and position of wedges.
Has anyone else had success with these? Has anyone found a reliable way to figure out thickness and position without the calipers? Has anyone fixed their ITB syndrome with another reliable method?