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    alen_z
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    Thanks for suggestions, unfortunately we’ve taken over the Tuesday Ride thread!

    This wasn’t a problem before, so it’s either the cleat position or the single-speed and the fact that I’m pedaling harder than I’m used to.

    Jonny, I tried flats for one ride, but found that I really missed the pull, especially with the single-speed…

    If the cleat adjustment doesn’t work, I plan to drop the gear ratio a little bit and see how that works.

    #630793

    Trailhead
    Participant

    Wow! I’m having flashbacks to the discussions I had the spring before I blew up my right knee.

    #630794

    Renegade Hardware
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    @alen_z wrote:

    Thanks for suggestions, unfortunately we’ve taken over the Tuesday Ride thread!

    This wasn’t a problem before, so it’s either the cleat position or the single-speed and the fact that I’m pedaling harder than I’m used to.

    Jonny, I tried flats for one ride, but found that I really missed the pull, especially with the single-speed…

    If the cleat adjustment doesn’t work, I plan to drop the gear ratio a little bit and see how that works.

    I had some bad knee problem a few years back. Long story how it came about and how I alleviated it, but the basics I did when riding in cold was:

    -Warm up the knee BEFORE going out in the cold. It’s hard to get it warm enough when it’s -2 outside.
    -I used to put some tiger balm or 701 tape on it.
    -Tensor wrap.
    -Then warm up and ride until you’re warm enough to stretch your legs. If you won’t do this step, you deserve the pain. Knee problems almost always come from tight leg muscles. Stretch with knees bent a little so you don’t fuck it up.

    Adjusting your bike is only going to go so far. You have to adjust yourself too and that means understanding the principals of knee mechanics and keeping it warm and snug. I managed to avoid surgery thus far after 2 years of pain and clicking/snapping sounds.

    #630795

    Maestro SM Ben
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    @jonnyb wrote:

    Or you could put some flat pedals on, ride around, realize how awesome they are, and throw away your clipless pedals and disco slippers.

    Yes (but keep slippers)!

    Oh and Alenz you’re also getting old, have you tried just giving up?

    That’s what I am doing tonight…lung surgery tomorrow ‘n all @ 6am (sympathy dropper)

    Have a great ride!

    😉

    Ben xox

    #630796

    alen_z
    Participant

    Damn, Ben, good luck tomorrow. Remember to set the alarm tonight!

    #630797

    Trailhead
    Participant

    @Maestro S&M Ben wrote:

    @jonnyb wrote:

    Or you could put some flat pedals on, ride around, realize how awesome they are, and throw away your clipless pedals and disco slippers.

    Yes (but keep slippers)!

    Oh and Alenz you’re also getting old, have you tried just giving up?

    That’s what I am doing tonight…lung surgery tomorrow ‘n all @ 6am (sympathy dropper)

    Have a great ride!

    😉

    Ben xox

    Be well friend;

    [youtube:c8myveuj]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqZmtq5LhFo&feature=fvw[/youtube:c8myveuj]

    #630798

    encorp
    Participant

    Goodluck Ben!

    #630799

    Screamin Ilan
    Participant

    Good luck. Hope to see you out on the trails soon, Ben!

    #630800

    Maestro SM Ben
    Participant

    Aww shucks thanks guys 🙂

    Hope the ride was great-see you on the trails soon!

    #630802

    jcitizen
    Participant

    @renegade Hardware wrote:

    @alen_z wrote:

    Thanks for suggestions, unfortunately we’ve taken over the Tuesday Ride thread!

    This wasn’t a problem before, so it’s either the cleat position or the single-speed and the fact that I’m pedaling harder than I’m used to.

    Jonny, I tried flats for one ride, but found that I really missed the pull, especially with the single-speed…

    If the cleat adjustment doesn’t work, I plan to drop the gear ratio a little bit and see how that works.

    I had some bad knee problem a few years back. Long story how it came about and how I alleviated it, but the basics I did when riding in cold was:

    -Warm up the knee BEFORE going out in the cold. It’s hard to get it warm enough when it’s -2 outside.
    -I used to put some tiger balm or 701 tape on it.
    -Tensor wrap.
    -Then warm up and ride until you’re warm enough to stretch your legs. If you won’t do this step, you deserve the pain. Knee problems almost always come from tight leg muscles. Stretch with knees bent a little so you don’t fuck it up.

    Adjusting your bike is only going to go so far. You have to adjust yourself too and that means understanding the principals of knee mechanics and keeping it warm and snug. I managed to avoid surgery thus far after 2 years of pain and clicking/snapping sounds.

    Just thought I’d ad this: Stretch your IT Band
    http://www.thestretchinghandbook.com/archives/knee-pain.php

    I’ve had knee problems in the past which resulted from imbalance, and I’ve found these types of stretches, as well as some weight training did help.

    As for the warm-up message, it’s really true. I’ve read you should be covering your knees when riding at temps under +15, so in the negatives you gotta bundle those things.

    Happy riding!

    ps1 Does anyone hit Joyride on Tuesdays? Have yet to see any familiar faces

    ps2 Go Ben!!

    #630803

    Nick Boers
    Participant

    @jcitizen wrote:

    ps1 Does anyone hit Joyride on Tuesdays? Have yet to see any familiar faces

    I should have my jump bike together in a couple weeks and am planning to head up on some of the tuesdays and thursdays that the Don night ride moves there.

    #630804

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    @jcitizen wrote:

    Just thought I’d ad this: Stretch your IT Band
    http://www.thestretchinghandbook.com/archives/knee-pain.php

    I’ve had knee problems in the past which resulted from imbalance, and I’ve found these types of stretches, as well as some weight training did help.

    As for the warm-up message, it’s really true. I’ve read you should be covering your knees when riding at temps under +15, so in the negatives you gotta bundle those things.

    Amen. The IT was a major contributor to my knee problems.

    #630805

    jcitizen
    Participant

    @nick Boers wrote:

    @jcitizen wrote:

    ps1 Does anyone hit Joyride on Tuesdays? Have yet to see any familiar faces

    I should have my jump bike together in a couple weeks and am planning to head up on some of the tuesdays and thursdays that the Don night ride moves there.

    It would be really fun having a bike appropriate for Joyride, but till then my ol’ stumpy will have to do.

    #630806

    alen_z
    Participant

    Great ride last night everyone! The return on PA and Catalyst nearly killed me, I have to remember not to try that again on the single-speed until I have few more rides under my belt. Andrew cleared it all (well, except the rutty switchback, but come on! who rides that!?!?!) – well done my friend.

    Thanks to everyone for your knee feedback – I am happy to report that I conquered the knee pain by mashing my elbow real hard on the Downhill of Death! Now the knee doesn’t hurt at all!

    #630807

    the medurn
    Participant

    @alen_z wrote:

    (well, except the rutty switchback, but come on! who rides that!?!?!)

    You could have guessed, but I ride it in the summer!

    Great Ride Guys! Fantastic conditions for studded tires, but i think all the guys without studs had a blast as well.

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