Had a ride out this afternoon,up to Criccieth in North Wales from just outside Stratford on Avon.312miles,all on A roads,no motorway.Now my knees are f*cked,really hurt sat on the bike and when I got off and straightened my legs couldn't bend them again for twenty minutes.They still hurt now,3 hours since I got home.Is it 'cause I'm getting old or 'cause the bike is too small?
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Depends how old you are?
Its my neck that suffers, but thats due to the fact my helmet weighs as much as a small child, and I'm getting old (er)
Almost fifty eight.I think the bike is too small,footpegs too high anyway.
312 miles is enough to do anyones knees in with high footpegs! I often ride like a child on a bike going through a puddle to stop the cramps. Wouldn't worry mate. criccieth? not been there since I was a teen. seem to remember it being near black rock beach, very scenic
4 hours later...
and they still hurt!!!Used to do 350 miles on my Nightrod Special and get off without any aches or pains.Trouble was it was so heavy I had trouble putting it away in the conservatory,split disc in lower back made pushing and pulling it about a nightmare.Wasn't fun today,it should have been 'cause some lovely roads in Snowdonia.Shan't go again unless I get a comfy bike.Black Rock sands right next to Criccieth down the coast.Very quiet there today.
I sympathise I get knackered wrists, leg and hips.
CJ how do you know what the weight of a small child carried on your head feels like???
I can sympathise.
2 bust knees from an off a few years ago - plus now being ½ way through my 40's.....
Knee seizure on longer rides. Tried to sit on an Aprilia RSV4 last year - knees won't bend enough to get my right foot on the peg... I look at the newer sports bikes with envious eyes....
Bonus with the R1100S is that it has 2 handy leg rests on either side so you can stretch out occasionally " />
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ride a Mini Moto by any chance - in which case 312 miles of A roads is probably a bit ambitious." />
excercise every day to build up the lost muscles in the legs.
If SWMBO is looking in I do my quad, hamstring and calf excercises twice a day every day, more so when in London during the week.
If she isn't I don't or only when I remember, which is usually when in pain. or when she is looking on when at home in Herefordshire at the weekend.
But when I do they really do benefit.
The voices in my head may not be real
But they do have some good ideas
You might find its peg placement, not how big the bike is per se that's the issue.
On NightRod special with feat out front, all the weight would've been on your spine. Fine if seat comfy and/or you're used to it.
On anything sporty(ish) heels are often in-line(ish) with spine which forces your knees to share some of the load. Over a couple hundred mles, you will notice this.
Tourers tend to have thights parallel to floor with knees at right angles; this spreads the load between mainly backside and some support thru feet but not enough to trouble knees.
Dropping or moving pegs forward would help. Raising the handlebars some would also help a bit. Or fix some crashbars and use them as highway pegs?!?
bit of gym work and or some adjustable rearsets
I have arthritis in my knees - in my case as a result of 20-odd years on the Rugby field and the symptoms you describe are typical of arthritic knees. The secret is to keep active. Regular visits to the gym will help a lot as will taking a break every now and again when on the bike.
I do a lot of walking...
with my dog and have always been active.Took three breaks on ride yesterday,about ten minutes each one.Don't usually bother and only stop for fuel.Knees still aching today.