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    I went and got my bike fitted on sunday, and the day after, I went for a quick 40 miler, and about a half hour from home, my knee really started to act up. it was pretty bad, and I almost didn't make it home. I was seriosuly thinking about taking off my shoes and just walking it in. but it was getting dark, so I rode easy and got back.

    once I had gotten back, I went ahead and restored my old position to the best of my ability, and took the next day off. The odd thing about the pain was that as soon as I got off my bike, there was no pain whatsoever. I was fine walking around and doing whatever.

    I went for a ride today, I planned a 70 miler, since my knee was feeling good yesterday. however, about a half-hour in, my knee starts to act up again, in the same place as on monday. it didn't hurt that bad, but I decided to turn around instead of being stuck 35 miles out. so I'm sitting here, with a bag of ice on my knee, and two aleve's in my system.

    I'm thinking that the fitting kinda messed me up. however, the coach/fitter guy didn't touch my cleats, pretty much all he did was raise my seat a mm or two.

    so pretty much, I was wondering if it was an existing condition that caused the problem or what. I did do 110 miles the day before the fitting, but I rode the day of the fitting (before) and I had no pain.

    I think I need a physical therapist/sports doctor/bike fitter. I've got 1 more exam after today, and then I'm headed home until the 10th of january, so I need a fitter in Maryland. does anyone know of anybody that'll do a cleat alignment? I've got speedplays, but I think I still need to set up the fore/aft and side to side of them better, becuase I think that's whats causeing my troubles.

    and BTW, the pain was on the inside/back of my knee on my left knee. basically, if you take your hand and put it on the back of your left knee and move it all the way to the right...the pain is in that tendon/ligament/ropy thing there.

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    sounds exactly like the problem i had. IT band injury. i went to a professional fitter recently and he moved my cleats to where the first metatarsal contacts the pedal. among other things he made sure my knee was directly over the pedal at the 3 o'clock postion. i got a shorter stem, seat height changes, yadda yadda yadda.

    i'm sure the cleat position was screwing me up for the longest time. my knee problem got really bad and i couldn't ride more than 15 miles without horrible pain. it would tighten up at first and then ache and then become a sharp pain on each downstoke. so far i've been riding pain free (knock on wood).

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    sounds exactly like the problem i had. IT band injury. i went to a professional fitter recently and he moved my cleats to where the first metatarsal contacts the pedal. among other things he made sure my knee was directly over the pedal at the 3 o'clock postion. i got a shorter stem, seat height changes, yadda yadda yadda.

    i'm sure the cleat position was screwing me up for the longest time. my knee problem got really bad and i couldn't ride more than 15 miles without horrible pain. it would tighten up at first and then ache and then become a sharp pain on each downstoke. so far i've been riding pain free (knock on wood).
    nah, IT band is on the other side of the knee. this is one the inside. been there, done that. heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatman
    nah, IT band is on the other side of the knee. this is one the inside. been there, done that. heh.
    oops. sorry, i misread. there are a few serotta fitters in maryland - don't know how close they are to you though.

    http://www.serotta.com/pages/northeast.html

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    hmm sweet. I dont have to buy a serotta, though, right? I can just get the fitting? any guesses as to the pricing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatman
    hmm sweet. I dont have to buy a serotta, though, right? I can just get the fitting? any guesses as to the pricing?
    yep - you can just get the fitting. that's what i did and i would recommend it. it will be expensive though...around the $300 range. i went with paul levine in new york and he did a fantastic job. it takes a few hours and you should be able to bring in your current bike (that's what i did) to be fitted to. the nice thing is you'll get a detailed measurement of your ideal bike set up so you can use that if you ever buy a new bike or need to set another one up. if you can swing the money this would probably be the best place to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    yep - you can just get the fitting. that's what i did and i would recommend it. it will be expensive though...around the $300 range. i went with paul levine in new york and he did a fantastic job. it takes a few hours and you should be able to bring in your current bike (that's what i did) to be fitted to. the nice thing is you'll get a detailed measurement of your ideal bike set up so you can use that if you ever buy a new bike or need to set another one up. if you can swing the money this would probably be the best place to go.
    300 BUCKS!? DAMN! thats a lot of money, about a third of my bikes cost. I was expecting to pay around 100 bucks. 300 is too freakin much. perhaps I can get health insurance to pay for it, they payed for my sports doctor and PT when I hurt my IT band running.

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