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Old 07-09-09, 07:52 PM
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Hi, I am a newbie and I usually go cycling about 4 to 5 times a week, about 2 hours each time. I dunno why but my knees hurt every time, any recommendation for me to deal with this problem?
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Old 07-09-09, 09:53 PM
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I'm not a doctor and don't know what's causing your problem, but I would definitely take of them. I'm pretty much never running or skiing again due to some knee damage.
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Old 07-10-09, 02:34 AM
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Ask your doctor. How old are you? When I was 14 15 I had problems with my knees. Mine came from my bones growing too fast for my muscles to keep up, so they were very stretched. This might not apply to you. Its called Osgoodschlaters or something like that.
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Old 07-10-09, 04:26 AM
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You could try out a bike equipped with biopace chainrings. Shimano marketed these in the late 80's to early 90's. It should have a little yellow sticker on the outside ring saying Biopace.
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Old 07-10-09, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by rainman7 View Post
Hi, I am a newbie and I usually go cycling about 4 to 5 times a week, about 2 hours each time. I dunno why but my knees hurt every time, any recommendation for me to deal with this problem?
If you're using clipless pedals like an SPD...give CrankBrothers a try. When I use my SPD's...the inside of my right knee hurts after 20mi or so. My Candies have more float and don't seem to hurt.
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Old 07-10-09, 06:35 AM
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I recommend a sports doctor. Could be a myriad of things causing the pain. My E-diagnosis: ACL sprain...
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Old 07-10-09, 07:14 AM
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Back off your riding and lower your gears until the pain goes away. Ice your knees after riding. I know its hard to back off, but you must.
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Old 07-10-09, 12:38 PM
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Knee pains will vary and depending on where the pain is will determine if it is a fit thing....Front knee, back knee, lower front patella area?
I suffer from "jumpers Knee" pain in front just under knee cap.....tight tendons I need to stretch daily, since I know it is not serious I ride and it goes away after 15 mins......have it checked out. seat location up/down/back/forth plays a roll. To high to low to back to forward....bad cleat set up......be careful.
the proper set up will almost alway resolve the problem.
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Old 07-11-09, 11:15 PM
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Im guessing it's your bones growing to fast, i recently had that with my knees and elbows. I just stopped biking for 5 days and went on easy dirt jumping sessions, it'll go away, i visited my doctor on that prob too, he said it can last for months if you push to hard, so better to just stop for a bit, it bummed me out, but it's worth it, for me it's now dislocating my shoulder almost every time i do a hard session But all in all u just need to rest your body for a couple of days.
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Old 07-12-09, 09:12 AM
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We need more info. A pic of you taken from the side with the visible foot down as far as the crank will let you; would help.

What part of the knee hurts?

Have you tried spinning? That's pedalling fast to avoid putting large amounts of pressure on the pedal.
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Old 07-12-09, 02:35 PM
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It's either you've got a physical condition that's causing it, or your bike (or improper riding stance) is giving it to you, or both.

Too many variables to consider...

If it's serious, go to a sports trainer or sports doctor that specializes in cycling - so they can find out what causing it and give you the correct fix, before it gets worse.

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Old 07-12-09, 05:19 PM
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Four things that I'd suggest you look into:

1) Seat height. Too high or too low could be a problem. A low seat forces your leg muscles to work harder. A higher seat allows you to extend your leg which uses the muscles where they have the most leverage. But too high and you are forced to rock your hips as you ride. Ask a good bike shop to assist with seat height.

2) Foot position. If you put your cleat on your shoe without considering your natural foot position, the cleat may be forcing your foot into an unnatural position, putting stress on your knee joint.

3) Low gears and Spinning (mentioned above too). Everyone has a natural cadence. For most people it's between 75 and 90 rpm. Figure this out for yourself and choose gears that allow you to maintain this cadence when possible. New riders tend to push big gears because it feels like you are accomplishing more with each stroke. But you can't keep this up for long before your leg muscles give out and your joints hurt.

4) See a doctor.

Good luck.
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Old 07-12-09, 05:24 PM
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i had the same problem, it ended up being seat height, problem solved
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Old 07-13-09, 01:17 PM
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Thanks for everyone's reply

Here's some more info, it's the middle part of my knee hurts after cycling, that should be the knee cap, it's not really very serious, I am ok while standing and walking, and feel pain while squatting or going up/down the stairs.

I just turn eighteen, so I am assuming it's probably not because my bones are growing too fast

I havent been cycling for 3 days now, hoping it will go away, it gets better but hasnt gone completely yet

I guess I will see the doctor later
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Old 07-13-09, 02:07 PM
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First be sure its not medically serious then be sure you use cadance count and shift down early so not to strain the knees for a while maybe weight training with small weights./Kenneth
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