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Knee soreness and pedaling technique

Zippinalong2011-09-10 17:15:31 +0000 #1
I'm wondering if pedaling technique can cause sore knees. My knees have been sore the past two weeks. I think honestly I pushed myself too much 2 weeks ago when I tagged on to a group of guys and was going along between 16-18 mph, topping out at 20. I usually don't ride that fast but I thought I challenge myself and had fun seeing the looks on their faces when they saw I was keeping up.

Anyway, I went biking this morning with a friend and she said I was pointing my toes down

I've tried real hard to have good pedaling technique but I seem to be failing miserably. So I obviously need to work on that (heels down!

).

Could this also be causing my sore knees as well?
marni2011-09-10 17:18:46 +0000 #2
if you have a trainer or access to a spin bike, try some one legged drills- they should help you even out your pedal stroke. I find my knees complain most if I am pushing in a higher gear than I should be, or if I am spinning at too lose a resistance, at which point if I am tired I tend to fling my knees around. It helps me to envision my knees driving straight forward ind concentrate on a circular motion with no jerk of pull or push at the top of bottom of the stroke.

as for toes down causing your knee pain, I don't know.

good luck on finding a solution.

marni
zoom-zoom2011-09-10 17:25:40 +0000 #3
Too hard a gear or having your saddle even a hair too low can really put painful stress on your knees. I wouldn't think it's the toes down thing, since I pedal like that and very rarely have sore knees--but I rarely pedal with cadence <85 or so, except up steep hills.

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