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Knee position during downstroke...

Old 12-24-12, 05:13 PM
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Knee position during downstroke...

Noticed something today while on my trainer. Though I'm pretty knock-kneed I kind of cycle in more of a bow-legged formation. In other words, when looking down, my knees are actually aligned outside of my hips. Could this be the cause of my knee pain? I always attributed the knee pain to an amalgam of several physiological issues (both knees reconstructed, very flat fee, not being professional fitted to my bike, etc..).
When I try to bring my knees in, it feels extremely unnatural. I'm not sure if this is due to having always cycled in this way or because, perhaps, my seat is too low or something.
Anyway have any experience or advice?

Before it gets posted, I am getting a professional fit in a couple of weeks. Just looking for as much info as possible so that I might bring it up during the fit.
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Old 12-24-12, 06:35 PM
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Try adjusting your cleats to move your heels out. That will move your knees in. Don't change too much at once though.... 5mm or so and see how it feels. Thinking about your knees while pedaling also helps.
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Anytime I'm making cleat adjustments, I bring a wrench on my rides so I can adjust mid-ride if I need to.
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Knee position during downstroke...

My guess is you'll need both cleat angle adjustments and probably some shims. Your fitter should be able to get your knees to track straight and pain free.
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Bought some Specialized shoes over the summer and the BG Fit tech transferred my old cleats to my new shoes.

He widened my stance quite a bit as I have a wide pelvis by moving my feet out by adjusting the cleats, added in some more arch support and it was game changer for me.

Very happy knees ever since. Everything is now inline as it should be.

Hate to give the standard "get a professional fit" suggestion but it's one area where a critical and educated eye can see things that you might not when sitting on the bike. Maybe you can specifically get some cleat/leg/knee attention if you don't want to go all the way with a full fit session.

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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Anytime I'm making cleat adjustments, I bring a wrench on my rides so I can adjust mid-ride if I need to.
I do too (I always have a wrench that'll tighten cleats) but its even better to adjust them then try the position on the trainer. Just make sure to tighten the cleats enough so they don't move when you unclip.
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I see many people who ride that way. If it bothers your knees, you should look into wedges. So you need to find someone experienced in fitting them to the rider. I know several people who've been helped by wedges.
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