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Old 05-21-09, 11:45 AM
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Question about tomorrow's commute?

got a question- yesterday I developed some knee pain- inside towards the top. my commute is 21 miles each way with 10 good sized hills sandwiched in between. due to the sheer enjoyment factor i ramped up my mileage last week- 3 days and this week 3 days. i am chalking this up to too many hills and a not so good bike fit (my bike is new and i didn't get a professional fit). i raised my seat a bit on the way home and it helped a little

tomorrow is again going to be a warm day, perfect for commuting. i took a rest day today with eyeing riding tomorrow on my roubaix that i did have a pro fit on. do you think it's unwise to ride tomorrow if my knee is still sore? would i be risking a summer of riding enjoyment by trying to jam in 1 commuter ride before my rest period? my plan is to take saturday thru tuesday off as i'm going out of town for the holiday weekend.
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Old 05-21-09, 11:50 AM
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safer to rest until you have no more discomfort, regardless of how long that takes
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Old 05-21-09, 12:13 PM
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got a question- yesterday I developed some knee pain- inside towards the top. my commute is 21 miles each way with 10 good sized hills sandwiched in between. due to the sheer enjoyment factor i ramped up my mileage last week- 3 days and this week 3 days. i am chalking this up to too many hills and a not so good bike fit (my bike is new and i didn't get a professional fit). i raised my seat a bit on the way home and it helped a little

tomorrow is again going to be a warm day, perfect for commuting. i took a rest day today with eyeing riding tomorrow on my roubaix that i did have a pro fit on. do you think it's unwise to ride tomorrow if my knee is still sore? would i be risking a summer of riding enjoyment by trying to jam in 1 commuter ride before my rest period? my plan is to take saturday thru tuesday off as i'm going out of town for the holiday weekend.
Resting is a fine idea but you'll want to correct whatever caused the problem in the first place or it's likely to come back.

Measure the distance from the center of the cranks to the top of your seat on the Roubaix and make sure the seat is that high on your other bike.

Make sure you keep your cadence up (above 80 when you're cruising, I shoot for the 90's). A cyclocomputer that displays cadence may help. If you've got a big hill to climb, make sure you're in a low enough gear. Standing is better on your knees than mashing from the saddle.

Take an anti-inflammatory. Make sure you're well hydrated.

I'd ride a shorter distance (just for fun if necessary) to see if the pain continues before doing 20 miles.
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Old 05-21-09, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
Resting is a fine idea but you'll want to correct whatever caused the problem in the first place or it's likely to come back.

Measure the distance from the center of the cranks to the top of your seat on the Roubaix and make sure the seat is that high on your other bike.

Make sure you keep your cadence up (above 80 when you're cruising, I shoot for the 90's). A cyclocomputer that displays cadence may help. If you've got a big hill to climb, make sure you're in a low enough gear. Standing is better on your knees than mashing from the saddle.

Take an anti-inflammatory. Make sure you're well hydrated.

I'd ride a shorter distance (just for fun if necessary) to see if the pain continues before doing 20 miles.
i'm dropping my new trek off to my bike fitter tomorrow evening-he has my specs from my roubaix and said that he can transfer the settings. the last bike fit i had cost me close to $500 for the fit plus parts- yikes
it's funny, i rode during the winter and was just thinking earlier in the week how much stronger i feel and have already laid down close to 1000 miles since the beginning of April
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I would rest, personally. Why risk damaging your knee. I would also get the bike fitted properly. A bad fitting bike is like a bad fitting shoe.
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