I'm in the camp that suggests checking the seat adjustment.
I have to add, though, that I find that stationary bikes don't seem to be really adjustable. Maybe a real gym has more elaborate equipment than the hotel fitness center bikes I know best, but it just seems like you can only move them up or down at one inch intervals. If you need to go up or down by fractions of an inch, or if you need to move the seat forward or back to fix the angle, you can't. And I know from riding my own bike that moving the seat up by a half an inch last year made a huge difference in my comfort level (and my pace!)
I hope the tightness goes away!
Edited by: EBRAINK at: 4/6/2014 (13:26)
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do you have the seat adjusted correctly and your not over extending your knee? but I am who has a torn knee I always feel tightness that is what I have to stop but if you do not have a knee problem of sorts I would make sure your seat is I a correct position and your stretching your knee before riding..
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My first thought is that the bike isn't set up the same way your regular bike is. I'd play with the fore & aft adjustment on the saddle.
I get tightness in my adductor longus, primarily in the right leg. It doesn't hurt, and usually after a few minutes I feel a POP! and then the tightness is gone. It's weird, and that popping sensation is a little scary. Since I've started stretching my hip flexors, it doesn't happen as often. While this doesn't hurt you and it goes away on its own, it may be an early warning sign.
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Perhaps stretching? I know my knee gets tight on occasion whether it is a stationary or my road bike. I find that yoga helps me with that, I think because it stretches it in a different way. But you also need to listen to your body, if yoga is painful for you, or that type of thing.
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I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with this? I have been using the stationary bike at the gym to get in some seat time while it is still yucky outside. After doing a half hour (using the rolling hills program in the bike) at a fairly high cadence/high speed (about 16.5-17.5 mph) I always have a really noticeable tightness in my right knee. It isn't painful per se and it loosens up again after moving around for a few minutes.
I have never experienced this with my regular bike. Is this a matter of not having the bike set up quite right for me or maybe just a 'getting back into it' type of thing? Since its not painful and loosens up fairly quickly I am not too concerned about it but was just wondering if anyone else has experienced it?
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