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    Hi,

    I've had my 20" unicycle for around 2 weeks now, and for the last 7 days I've had sharp pains in both of my knees causing myself difficulty climbing stairs and nearly impossible for me to unicycle. I've never had the kind of pain before. Just wondering if any of you people have also experienced this or have any advice.

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  • #2
    Could it be how you position your feet on the pedals? I have never had knee pain from riding, in fact it makes mine feel better.
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    • #3
      Yeah, I have a weak meniscus disc that has torn a few times (not unicycle related). Unicycling has actually helped in that it has strengthened surrounding muscles making the knee feel much better.

      Where does it hurt? I know that when I started back on the unicycle it would hurt directly above my kneecap. Two things fixed that: 1) resting and allowing the muscles in that area to get stronger with time and 2) raising the seat. The muscles above my knee will still occasionally hurt a bit if the seat was too low during the ride.
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      • #4
        Yes, I had similar knee pain shortly after learning to ride. Take it easy for a while and come back to it gently. Your knees probably aren't used to the kind of abuse that unicycling can dish out.

        For what it's worth, my knees are fine now and never bother me, even on long-ish rides.
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        • #5
          When I first learned how to ride, my knees hurt really bad. I fixed this by raising the seat.

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          • #6
            When I first learned how to ride, my knees hurt really bad. I fixed this by raising the seat
            Wow, my hint would be "try to lower your seat"...
            I had the same problem years ago, while riding for hours with my big backpack, and I felt better lowering the saddle a little. Then I put an elastic band, quite thight, around the knee, and it was fine.
            I'm not a knee surgeon, but I'm a thoracic surgeon...
            But the best hints are the most logical: I think that you have to rest for some days, then start slowly, after a good warmup... Go little by little! If the body says to you:"i feel bad", well, Listen to it!
            PS: now I ride a lot, with NO pain at all, even after days of massive riding!

            Good luck
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            • #7
              I had really bad knee pain in my right knee for about 8 months before it cleared ...... 3 days after it cleared my left knee started hurting in exactly the same way!!! for now its volterol gel, Ibuprofen and a knee strap whenever I ride over 15 miles..... I think knees just need to build up their strength
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              • #8
                In the beginning I panicked that my hurting knees would end my unicycling. I took it easy, took days off of riding here and there, and added a brake for downhills. Eventually the knees cleared up and (knock on wood) haven't been a problem since. My elbows actually are more of a problem. Figure that one out.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mbalmer View Post
                  In the beginning I panicked that my hurting knees would end my unicycling. I took it easy, took days off of riding here and there, and added a brake for downhills.
                  I find high speed downhill the hardest thing for my knees..... I normally ride either G29 or G36 so I shift in to low gear to cut the strain down
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