knee pain and position
I know this is a common topic but when I searched I didn't find anything that fit my problem.
My knees are killing me! It's both knees--on and above the knee cap and the pain is a shooting soreness that happens most when I got to sit down or stand up.
What's shocking to me is that I've only been riding 2 times a week, three to five hours at a time. On the other days, I hike for about two hours, which aggravates the pain but I can tell that the biking is what is causing the problem.
I've never had knee trouble before but I'm now on a new bike.
I"m hoping that it is a position problem that will completely vanish when I change something about the way I'm sitting. Right now, when my seat is all the way up, it allows my legs to almost extend fully, though I think it's recommended that it be a bit higher. Is this true? Also, it doesn't seem like my seat tilts. Do all seats tilt? Could this be the problem?
I've been doing a lot of very steep hills that aren't very long in preparation for my first tour that is starting in mid-July. I put my bike in the lowest gear and have been careful to keep the gears low so as not to strain my poor knees.
I'm very worried about my knees because I've got a ticket bought and a route planned for this tour in July. I have this horrible fear that this knee pain is here to stay.
In case you're wondering why I don't go to my local bike shop and get some professional advice, I live in Seoul, Korea and haven't found one that speaks English or that I believe knows enough about cycling particulars, so this forum is all I've got.
Any advice or ideas will be appreciated.