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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-23-2007, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Knee pains

After about 350 miles of riding the last 3 days my left knee feels like I was hit with a bat about 20 times. My knees are bad to begin with, a mix of hereditary arthritis and to many hits in football. Dont remember it being a problem on any other bike or for that matter before the floorboards. I noticed last night that when riding on the interstate only I tense legs. I figure it doesnt happen on regular roads since im moving legs around shifting and braking more often. I noticed if I put my left hand on my knee while riding I can keep it relaxed, but thats not a smart way to ride for long stretches. Im thinking adding ccspinner's highway peg brackets may help. I think having a peg set up so foot is not undernieth me would take care of it. What do you think?
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I can relate because I have a real screwed up right knee. It starts hurting after about 1/2 hour of riding it is almost unbearable. I put a real tight knee support around my knee; one of the kinds that has a hole for the knee cap. You can get these at any sports store. It helps me tremendously. The only thing is it tends to "chaf" the leg a little bit but it's nothing like the knee pain. Give it a shot.
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I wear knee braces regularly since going up and down ladders gets to me when business picks up, so that was the first thing I tried. Having brace on with knee bent for long periods leads to everything below knee falling asleep.
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You're right Tirrell, I do have somewhat of a problem with that too. but if I keep the knee support as high on the knee as I can, I can ride about 2 hours before I need to get off and walk around a little bit. I did a lot of trial and error. But without it I can barely ride at all. Of course I'm an old b*stard, 65, so what do I expect! I'm lucky to even be able to walk!
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Dont take this as a knock, but at least you have age as an excuse. I am 26. All my friends call me an old man for years, they still joke about having to pick me up after most plays when I played football so refs wouldnt think I was injured. Since about 15 it has taken me a while to get up off the ground. I sound like someone stepped on some shipping bubbles.
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Dont take this as a knock, but at least you have age as an excuse. I am 26. All my friends call me an old man for years, they still joke about having to pick me up after most plays when I played football so refs wouldnt think I was injured. Since about 15 it has taken me a while to get up off the ground. I sound like someone stepped on some shipping bubbles.
Ooof - decrepitis at 26. Been there, had most of it removed (lots and lots fo torn cartiledge - couldn't do anything about the arthritis). Sounds like the knee itself is part of the problem, but so is being tense. I'd work on the latter first - a little biofeedback strategy when you're on the bike. When traffic's light and you've got a moment to think about you, take an inventory: how's your mind? Sharp? Good - keep riding. Muzzy? Take a break and then head home. How's your neck? Tense? Why? Try to get it to relax. Do the same with your shoulders, your hands and your legs. It's hard to concentrate on riding, cars, shifting, and body parts all at the same time, but the longer you ride, the more some of the stuff (shifting, handling the bike) will become imprinted, and that'll give you some space to concentrate on you. You can even do this off the bike -sit quietly someplace and see yourself riding - I'll bet ya $10 if ya stay in that headspace for more than a few minutes, that leg will be cinched right up.

It's funny: a delicate balance between keeping your head sharp as a tack, but keeping your body relaxed. Gotta separate the two - but as an athlete, you can do it (you did it all the time playing football).

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Some really good ideas there, Cindy. I will give those a good try. You sound like an expert in this sort of stuff.
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Some really good ideas there, Cindy. I will give those a good try. You sound like an expert in this sort of stuff.
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You mentioned floorboards but I didn't see in your sig that you had any on this bike. I can tell you from experience, bad knees and oem pegs on this bike makes for some serious pain. Both of my knees are shot as well, sports injuries for me too, and until I built and mounted my floorboards, two hours was torture for me. Plus, it travelled up my legs and made my butt ache, back stiffen up and my neck started hurting too. I was constantly moving my feet around on the little pegs trying to find any position that didn't bother my knees and I couldn't do it. Now with the floorboards, I can ride for what seem like forever and don't have any knee pain. I'm sure forward pegs would help, but having floorboards that give you plenty of space to move your feet around really helped my situation.

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Dont remember it being a problem on any other bike or for that matter before the floorboards. I What do you think?

You got rubber pads on those floorboards or just "sandpaper"?

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