Hello all. I've been experiencing some pain on the sides of my knees which I think may be the IT-bands. It is right on the outside next to the knee caps. From looking at pics of IT-band inflamation online, it looks to be it. I have tried the stretches recommended but the pain still persists. I wouldn't label it a dying pain, but more of a nuisance really. Mostly noticed when clothing rubs against it - and on the bike of course.
The pain started when I wanted to improve my spin. I have always been more of a masher and recently got a single speed and wanted to see what gearing I was going to use with it. So, I have been using my geared road bike and trying different gear ratios. I live in a hilly area so I wanted a gear that would get me up the climbs and have a decent spin on the flats. However, once I get my spin up to approx. 95 rpm's the pain begins. IMO, 95 rpm's should be no problem... for most people. Now, I can get the pain to stop when I shift up a gear and bring my rpm's down to about 80 - what I am used to. However, once I shift back down and spin faster, the pain comes back. I have always read that higher rpm's / lower gear ratios are better on the knees, but I'm not finding this to be true
Do IT-band troubles and higher rpm's go hand in hand at times? I know 95 isn't considered a high rpm, but coming from an average of 80 rpm's like myself, it is new to me. I don't know if perhaps I am changing my leg angle when spinning higher? - perhaps my heel is dropping or rising causing the pain? I know the best thing to do is see a doctor about this, and I do plan to, but I wanted to check in here first to see if anyone else has experienced anything similar to this and perhaps I could share that information with the doctor.