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11/3/17 4:11 P

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I have mild arthritis (I know....I'm lucky!)...and still do a lot of road biking. One thing my doctor (who also rides) suggested was to be certain to gear down...be as gentle on your knees as you can. Also check that you have your legs positioned so that your knees are straight "in line" with your hips and ankles/feet.

If heat helps your pain, then you might try a heat pack before you ride. (Cold did great on my pain...but...my knees were SO stiff and ached afterward when I got up to walk that I avoid ice now!!) A short walk before you bike might also work to help reduce pain....

Have you asked your doctor for a referral to a Physical Therapist? They might be able to guide you better as to improving muscles to help hold your knees in a stable position. I did this for hip arthritis...and it really helped.
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11/2/17 10:08 A

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You should have about a 15 degree bend in your knee when it's fully extended on the pedal. If it's more than that, you might need to raise the seat.

If that doesn't help and you're still having pain, you might want to talk your doctor about it. Exercise shouldn't be painful, so maybe you'd be able to try a different activity that's more comfortable.

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CORGIGIRL2 Posts: 55
11/2/17 9:49 A

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Now that you mention it, my seat might be different now. I do seem to have more knee pain lightly and I'm not sure why. It comes and goes, but I have had more bad days than good lately. I have arthritis in both knees and am trying to lose weight to get surgery. Catch-22!

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11/2/17 9:16 A

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Is your bike seat set properly? Have you had issues with your knees in the past and do you have any knee discomfort with other activities? Has anything else changed that might have caused this pain to start?

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"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
CORGIGIRL2 Posts: 55
11/2/17 9:09 A

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I had been using my stationary bike regularly and then after vacation not so regularly. When I try now the pain in my knees is so excruciating that I can't do it. Part of me thinks I should bike through the pain, but I hope there is something else I can do first. Stretching, maybe?

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