Dr. Rajani Patil

Cyclists How to Avoid Knee Pain!

June, 2017
The Master Responds

Cycling is a wonderful sport – a fantastic way to get some non-impact exercise while having great fun too. Many people enjoy riding in groups and some prefer it solo. Some switch to cycling from other impact sports since it is supposed to be not as harsh on joints. Some take up cycling after an injury, while others might be training for a triathlon!

Whatever your reason to cycle, it is important to be aware that knee pain is quite common amongst cyclists and if left untreated can get worse very quickly. Primary causes of cycling related knee pain range from bike alignment, quadriceps weakness, lack of warm up and cool downs, over-training and over-use. The key is to prevent knee pain in the first place!


  • Make sure you pay attention to your bike set-up. No two cycles are the same and no two cyclists are the same. Your bike needs to be fitted to your frame. This is called cycling ergonomics. If you need help with this seek professional advice from a sports health professional.
  • Ramp up your training sensibly. Take advice from your coach or an experienced peer. Making sudden changes and over-training are the major causes of knee pain.

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