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Thread: knee pain

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    knee pain

    So I've been riding for a couple of months and well most of the time my knee doesn't bother me it always has some kind of pain on the up stroke when i pedal the doctor said that there's nothing wrong with it and I'm pretty sure i have the seat where its suppose to be. i figured it might be the fact that my feet point out when i walk and when im pedaling there sitting straight on the pedals. i was thinking of buying a knee brace and seeing if that helped since there not to expensive but figured i would get some advice and would ask if any of u guys were knee braces when u bike and what kind it is.

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    The late Sheldon Brown had an excellent article on improper bike fit by pain area of the body.

    Here's the webpage, scroll down to the section on knees:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/pain.html

    Good luck,

    -David

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    im 95 percent my seat is at the right height any higher and i would have to straighten my leg all the way to make a full pedal stroke which i know is incorrect.

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    Do you use clipless pedals? If you walk with your feet pointed out, the cleat position could be wrong causing the pain.

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    no just using skate shoes but like i said that even with them i still place my feet straight when pedaling which i do think is leading to the problem and when i try to point them out like they normally are when i walk i dont feel comfortable pedaling thats why i also asked if anyone uses a knee brace when they ride to kind of off set the twisting from placing my feet straight.

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    Pain is a strange thing, seen some interesting shows on back pain recently. Anyway, you've checked all the basics, I think your body may just be telling you too chill for a bit. Don't forget about the shoes you walk in, I use Superfeet orthotics in a pair of good running shoes. I have had fussy ankles and knees, I listen most times, a little rest, but then I get back out and ride anyway, pain tends to go away most times on its own. Maybe a couple of days of hot baths, lots of catch up sleep, and advil, will turn off the pain receptors. Then ease back into it, and don't hammer on the bike for a week or so, worth a shot.

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    Plats gave you some good advice. Also if your seat is too far forward it can cause the back of my knees to swell. I've experienced this first hand.
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    Don't pedal in too heavy gears.

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