Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Training & Nutrition
Reload this Page >

Knee pain continues!! HELP!!

Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

Knee pain continues!! HELP!!

Old 02-24-04, 08:24 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
wlevey's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Reisterstown, Maryland, USA
Posts: 324

Bikes: Bike 1 - Bianchi 928, Easton carbon stem, bar & seat post, Ultegra 11/23 cassette. Bike 2 - 03 Lemond Buenos Aries. FSA compact crank, Sella Italia FSK sadle and Ultegra 12/27 cassette

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Knee pain continues!! HELP!!

I am a 54 year old rider who just switched from a commuter bike (modified with a drop bar etc.) to a true road bike (Lemond Buenos Aries). When I was fit for the new bike my riding position was raised because I had apparently been miss fitted to the old bike and was riding too low to get optimal performance out of my legs.

Of course there were other subtle changes due to the new geometry, but that was essentially the main change.

My problem is that I have developed pain in my left knee which does not bother me on the bike, but becomes an issue when climbing steps in particular. The pain is on the inner aspect of my knee. I was seen a month or so ago by an orthopedist who said I may have torn my meniscus (shoveling snow on a steep grade). I have been using a knee brace (I have tried both the open petella and regular type) but I have not gotten much relief. My left knee has been a problem for many years and I take Vioxx 25 mg for it (and other age related aches and pains). Cycling actually improved my knee problem (probably due to improved muscle strength) until recently. I have been putting in a lot of hours training for my first season of racing (usually about an hour a day during the week and if I can fit it in up to two + on at least one weekend day).
I have toyed with getting speedplay pedals, but my other bike has SPD (as does the Lemond) and I never had this problem before (except when I went on long rides without proper conditioning).

ANY help would be greatly appreciated since I really don't want to stop riding!!!
wlevey is offline  
Old 02-24-04, 12:07 PM
MikeOK's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Ozark Mountains
Posts: 1,608

Bikes: 2003 Yeti AS-R, 2018 Waltly ti

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 428 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
wlevely - you will probably get lots of diagnoses here, but the only one who can properly answer your question is a doctor. I am a veteran of knee problems. After logging 20,000+ road miles in a couple or so years (this was several years ago), my friend talked me into going on my first mountain bike ride. After the very first ride I had severe knee pain that sounded similar to yours, and eventually ended up causing me to go under the knife.

I layed off serious road riding for a couple years after that, and now that I am 41 years old have picked up the pace once again with very little pain. I still have a couple nagging injuries that hold me back a bit, but so far so good. So my advice to your is see a doc, and lay off a little until the pain is gone.

By the way, for me the answer is to lay off the long repetitive miles of road riding except for strictly training purposes.
MikeOK is offline  
Old 02-24-04, 12:11 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Denver
Posts: 723

Bikes: Cannondale R600, Gary Fisher Tassajara

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You can do a lot of damage to a knee in 54 years, could be a lot of scar tissue, could be cartalige wearing away, see a doc, go to a PT nip it in the bud.
temp1 is offline  
Old 02-24-04, 01:47 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wlevey, the doctors diagnosis sounds consistent with the description of the pain. I just had my knee scoped for a torn 'anterior meniscus' back in January. Prior to the surgery I tried the knee brace without any success. The pain was intolerable, even while just sitting. After this scope job, my knee is pain free except during high impact functions, the worst being walking down stairs! I don't have much cartilage remaining on the inside of my left knee, thankfully I can still cycle without any discomfort. My recommendation would be to have it scoped, since a torn meniscus pad will not heal on it own, it can only get worse. In the mean time, if it hurts don't do it you will only be making the problem worse!
ewn is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Saving Hawaii
Bicycle Mechanics
04-07-14 06:08 PM
Road Cycling
08-17-11 10:21 AM
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
06-30-09 05:49 AM
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
11-18-04 11:45 AM
Mountain Biking
01-02-04 06:01 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.