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New shoes, now knee pain

Old 02-03-14, 10:00 AM
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New shoes, now knee pain

Last summer I got a Retul fit and it went pretty well. At the end of that fit, the fitter told me he wanted to raise my saddle up a bit more, but wanted me to ride the new fit for a while first. At the time I was riding on SPD-SL (105) pedals in some Louis Garneau shoes that were a bit too large.

I just switched to speedplay pedals and rode on those for a few weeks, the first few rides I couldn't get used to all the float so I reduced that a bit with the two adjustment screws. Everything seemed good, I did some 45-55 mile rides without any pain or issues.

Last week I finally got new shoes, and put the speedplay cleats on them. At the same time, raised the saddle about 3mm because I knew the speedplay stack height was less than the old pedal/cleat combo. I've only ridden indoors, and only twice for less than an hour each time, but have been noticing some knee pain since then. Pain is only in the right knee, front, center, and below the knee cap. Woke up this morning and it was aching.

My first try will be to put the seat height back, but I'm wondering if I need to move the cleat fore or aft of where it is now. Does the location of the pain give any indicator of what is needed? I don't want to go get a total refit just because I changed cleats...
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I'm no fit expert, but your situation makes me think that maybe your forward-back cleat placement could use adjustment. Intuition tells me that if you have your cleats too far forward or back then you could be putting additional stress on the front of the knee.

Hope this helps.
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Well, that's kind of what I figured but I'm not sure if I need to move it fore or aft Easy enough to adjust and try but was hoping someone could say "that's clearly a case where you need to do X".
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