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Pain in front of knees, even with correct saddle height?

Old 05-17-15, 04:44 PM
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Pain in front of knees, even with correct saddle height?

Not sure whether this is the right place to post this, but I'm pretty sure I've seen similar threads here.

Anyway—my saddle height is adjusted such that I reach just short of full extension at the bottom of each pedal stroke, which is what I've read is appropriate. When looking up the causes of knee pain in the area where I'm feeling it (roughly where the quads attach to the knee, if I had to guess), sources seem to suggest that my saddle is too low, but that doesn't seem to be the case for me as far as I can tell.

Is there something else in my fit/positioning that might cause this? It's not too severe and I only really feel it in certain parts of the extension through full range of motion, but I'd like to take care of it before it becomes a serious problem.
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Old 05-17-15, 05:31 PM
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CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS -

Could be any of several dozen things, the above link helped me pin my own issues down.
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I suggest changing the pedals, either to speedplay's(Road) or Time Atac(SPD), these offer wonderful non-tensioning float. I believe that float is one of the keys to a healthy knee. Also, try looking into choindritin/glucosamine supplements.
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Old 05-17-15, 06:02 PM
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Had a similar problem and was able to resolve the issue. First, I transitioned from a cheap MB bike tank to a carbon TREK and this is when I encountered the flaming burn in the knee area. Second, I THOUGHT my legs were in shape but not even close after painfully completing a 32 mile ride. Third, I was riding not clipped in wearing sneaks. RECOVERY PLAN: recheck fit at LBS no adjustment was needed. I felt like my feet were all over the pedal with very poor technique. Upgraded to clips and corrected form thanks to the LBS team. Clips allowed me to use larger muscles, quads and hams, and took a lot of stress off the knee joint. Started incorporating simple strength building with squats, lunges and calf raises. And finally, start all over with short distance rides 2-4 miles and consistently increased incrementally. Took about 6-7 weeks with no unusual discomfort. Up to 42 miles now and should hit my Century goal this summer before I turn 60. Now since I have no idea about your conditions or circumstances, feel free to totally disregard all of the above and visit your LBS for PROFESSIONAL advice. Hope you get it worked out.
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Old 05-17-15, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by arben View Post
my saddle height is adjusted such that I reach just short of full extension at the bottom of each pedal stroke
That is probably too high if you used this method. Try using the methods in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVu5Zrktm40

Then for saddle setback, I prefer to use this method:

https://www.stevehoggbikefitting.com...or-road-bikes/

Good luck!
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I had mystery pain so bad I couldn't ride more than an hour and I was constantly in pain. A friend told me to play with my cleats, so I took my pair of off-road shoes and compared them, I'd set everything too far back on the shoe. Slid it forward a ton and pain was gone within the week.
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Old 05-18-15, 12:40 AM
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Thanks for all of these resources—I'll read through/watch them all!

I really didn't give enough information: I'm currently on speedplays (frogs, yay commuting) so I've got float, and while my legs are what I would consider embarrassing, I'm primarily a powerlifter and outright strength is likely not the issue (or so I'd think, anyway).

I'll report back if something (or some things) here fixes it; thanks again!
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Your saddle is too high
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What is your typical cadence? I would guess that, as a powerlifted, you tend to push a hard gear at a low cadence, and this could be one of the causes behind your knee problems.
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Have you done the pendulum test?
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Originally Posted by arben View Post
It's not too severe and I only really feel it in certain parts of the extension through full range of motion,
If it's not too severe and is tolerable it could just be weak quad muscles. Ride harder, build up your fitness and it could help the pain go away. The quads support the knee. The knee jerk (no pun intended) reaction is to start changing stuff on the bike but that's not always the cause of every ache and pain.
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