During tonight's ride my knees started to bother me a little. The only difference I could think of was that I was spending more time in aero (I've had the bars on my bike for a while but am now finally starting to get more comfortable with the position). I'm wondering if I just need to get used to riding in that position or if I want to get my bike refitted to accomodate the bars? (the bike was originally fitted without the bars and I just put the bars on myself so those were never formally fitted)
Thanks for your thoughts!
Try sliding your seat back a little (like 3-5mm). You tend to move slightly forward in the aero position, and that can definitely cause increased quadriceps utilization and pain towards the front of the knee. Hope that helps!
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Thank you, I will give that a shot! I was looking into bike fittings and what I found was around $225 to get it fitted for triathlons and I'd rather try to figure out how to fix the problem myself before investing that much into a bike that was less than $1000!
I can appreciate you not wanting to drop the dollars on a that cost less than 1g...BUT and that is a big BUT, if you are going to stay in the sport, spending $225 for a fitting is most certainly worth it. Also, look around not in just your city but around to see if there are any other LBS that do tri fittings. When you have a ride that fits you, there is nothing like it. Its like driving a Lexus (not that I have one but you get the drift).
A few calls just might save you some big dollars and more importantly some knee pain.
Just my .02
Did you try Ben's suggestion and move the seat back a bit? I have a fitted road bike with lots of miles no knee pain. When I added aero bars I found some knee pain (top part) A friend suggesting pulling the seat back about a inch.. No more knee pain
It did seem to work but I ended up getting a new fit for $140. I haven't been able to ride yet due to travel and a cold but I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
Glad to hear you did the bike fit. I hate dropping the cash every time I want to change something on my bike (a-bars > bike fit, new cleats > bike fit, new shoes > bike fit). I have found that if you stick with the same shop you pay considerably less for the little things after the initial fit. Also, I've gone in a few times after something started to hurt and they make adjustments for free. Hopefully your knee will be feeling better on your next ride.
This weekend rode my first 50 miler on the newly fitted bike (I tend to stick with Olympic length tris). Absolutely nothing hurt and I'm ready for the next one! While the bike fit was expensive, and now I'm considering different pedals and shoes, it was worth it to feel like this.
Happy it all worked out for you.
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