Spot of Knee Trouble.....

threshold

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Location
Birmingham
A bit of advice if possible please people, have moved onto a compact geared roadie from an mtb triple, and although I think I've set up seat height/ knee over ankle when riding etc correctly, I have discomfort in the right 'inner knee' joint, seems like a grumbling cruciate ( and believe me, after 20 years of rugby, you get to know these strange twinges).
I'm clearly using more 'power strokes' as I simply don't have the granny gears any more, but am I missing something in terms of positioning to help this?
Thanks in anticipation :sad:
 

shippers

Senior Member
Location
Sunny Wakefield
Change of position might have done it. Lift your seat half an inch.
Do you have cleats? Maybe they need tweaking...
 
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threshold

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Location
Birmingham
I do ride clipless, but if seat goes any further up, I'll be pointing my toes downward on the downstroke, but how can a 'cleat tweak' help, and what do I do?
 

cyberknight

As long as I breathe, I attack.
Not grinding to higher gear?

I have just moved to a similar set up and after working out gear ratios my top gear is 13 inches bigger than my old bike so i have tried to back off pushing the same number cog and looked at running the equivalent ratio one to my old bike for now.
 
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threshold

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Location
Birmingham
Hi Cyber,I've considered that when in top gear, but my bottom gear on the roadie is a few inches ( about 8-9") bigger than my granny ring on the mtb that I used to get up the couple of nasty little climbs on my commute.
So, as this low gear is all I've got, there's no option but to grind a little, more a function of my lack of conditioning/strength I know, but, when you're on the bottom cog, there's no where left to go, so just get on with it :-)
 

cyberknight

As long as I breathe, I attack.
What cog you running at the back , maybe consider replacing the rear cassette with one with a larger "granny gear"?

Mines 12-25 and tbh i never use the granny gear but i am keeping the spread till i need a new cassette anyway as i can live with it.

Are you sitting down and grinding or standing up as well?

There are so many variables here , i would start with checking your cleats 1st as they can cause a lot of aggro if they are not right.i used the same article as Hlab suggested and it is really helpful.
 
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threshold

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Location
Birmingham
Cyber, I am running a 12-25, with a 34/50 chainset, and mostly try to stay seated when on the worst climbs, but almost inevitably( especially when tired) have to 'knock it up ' a couple of cogs and stand to get the bugger up!
 

Simba

Specialized Allez 24 Rider
threshold said:
A bit of advice if possible please people, have moved onto a compact geared roadie from an mtb triple, and although I think I've set up seat height/ knee over ankle when riding etc correctly, I have discomfort in the right 'inner knee' joint, seems like a grumbling cruciate ( and believe me, after 20 years of rugby, you get to know these strange twinges).
I'm clearly using more 'power strokes' as I simply don't have the granny gears any more, but am I missing something in terms of positioning to help this?
Thanks in anticipation :smile:
I can relate to that. I had a potential career ending cruciate ligament injury. I played rugby from school upto the age of 19 when I hurt it. It still gives me problems 11 years on. I just grit my teeth and hope it passes if I get in pain.

As for positioning, just make sure your saddle is the correct height, you don't want your legs to fully straighten out.
 
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