Cycling is a considered a low impact sport however depending on how the bike set up a badly fitted bike can lead to knee pain and longer term injuries such as chronic Tendonitis & Osteoarthritis.
Generally, most people are not frequent riders and given the additional expense don't normally get measured and fitted for a cycle when purchasing a new machine. Realistically given their relatively low mileage per year it is less important to have a professional set up the bike for you however it should be said that some consideration should be given to bike suitability, frame size, seat height & handle bar position etc. There are some great cycle shops in Oxford and who will help with general set up advice but some others are just happy to flog you a bike in a box!
Cycling In the last few years has seen a fantastic and huge increase in interest, from cyclo cross county/ mountain / family trail riding, to road race and Sportive riding, with many different events across the country. Given this type of rider is generally riding for longer periods with high levels of endurance intensity and repetitive leg movements it is important to have a good bike set up to try to prevent injuries.
It can also be said that inadequate training is also a common cause for this type of knee injury, endurance event cyclist doing too much, often too hard a ride and much too soon between events. Overuse knee injuries and the motion of pedalling can lead to a variety of knee injuries, cumulative tissue micro trauma and consequent symptoms, acute tissue inflammation, and also long term degeneration.
If you suffer with knee pain a postural assessment, sports massage and ultrasound would assist in finding and treating the problem.
- Leg length difference?
- Muscle compensatory pattern back pain and muscle weakness?
- Knee pain on the inside ??
- Knee pain on the outside?
- Quad cramp?
- bad posture?
saddle height etc......