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has anyone had knee pains from climbing?

Old 08-01-09, 02:18 AM
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has anyone had knee pains from climbing?

i was riding around san francisco today, and after around 3 hours of riding i started to get a pain in my knee when i was standing on my climb, it got so bad i had to jump off the bike and rest it for awhile. i sat down for the rest of the climbs and had no problems. and i did a century last weekend with 11,000 feet of climbing and had no problems. any ideas on what i could be?
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Old 08-01-09, 02:21 AM
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I have complete body pains every time i climb. Knees included.
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Old 08-01-09, 02:35 AM
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I have had it but not for a long time. Usually, for me, knee pain would come from sitting down and pushing too big a gear up a hill for a long period but obviously your mileage varies.

Trip to the doc if it doesn't improve.
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Old 08-01-09, 03:54 AM
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I've had a similar problem recently and my amateur self-diagnoses is too big a gear on too steeper hill. About 20 years ago I had a motorbike accident that badly stretched the cruciate ligament in my right knee, it eventually healed to about 98% after a while but this latest injury is my left knee, though I tend to dominate (ie stronger) with this leg. It only hurts to ride, not to walk, go figure. I took some anti-inflamatory tablets and they helped settle it down but as soon as I got on the bike it flared up again. There was no swelling or other abnormality except the pain. I took a week off from the bike and then started off with a ~10km each way pretty easy commute to work but for some silly reason decided I should do some hill repeats the next day and the knee injury flared up again.

I took another few days off the bike and started back again trying to spin more rather than grind and so far so good. Done a couple of fast bunch rides and even did some hills and it seems to be ok, so far. I have a race tomorrow involving a 10km hill climb so that will make it break it.
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Old 08-02-09, 12:34 PM
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I rode over the North Cascades Highway pulling a heavy Bob Trailer on an old touring bike that didn't quite have a low enough gear setup. I kept trying to shift down but there weren't any more. I got sore knees. I made it over Loup Loup Pass but decided to abort the tour before Wauconda and Sherman Passes.
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Old 08-02-09, 12:38 PM
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seat height is my guess. i bet standing doesnt cause it just exposes it
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Old 08-02-09, 02:00 PM
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Ramping up the amount of climbing too fast can make the knees hurt.
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Old 08-02-09, 02:06 PM
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I'd guess leukemia. Or ramping up too quickly.

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Old 08-02-09, 05:24 PM
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Search IT band on google. to hard of training or to many hills can make it sore. I live in a very hilly area with lots of short steep climbs (1 mile climbs at 10-20%). If I do lots of hilly rides my IT band will hurt. If you are aware of it and ease up on your pedal stroke as soon as you feel it coming on it will heal in a day or two. If you keep pushing it, it may take much longer.

However knee problems can be many things and your best bet is to check with a doctor. You do not want knee pain or problems because you damaged something due to the medical advice hear on BF.
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