Something I've noticed recently, is that I only seem to get sore knees when wearing full length tights, and seemingly not when wearing shorts.
I had a bit of knee pain last year, which I got sorted as the summer progressed with various changes to cleat position. Since then I've made no adjustments to my position on the bike.
My knees got a little sore when I picked up the riding again more seriously after Christmas, originally I thought this was just a fitness thing as I was ramping up the mileage. I tend to be wearing full length tights over the winter, as we've hit April I've been able to switch to shorts and have done numerous 70+ mile rides with no pain in my knees at all - which I figured was my fitness coming back, all good.
I did a fairly cold/wet Sportive on Sunday, 80 miles long which I wore full length tights for. After 40ish miles I started feeling my right knee a little, not debilitating - but enough to know it wasn't quite right. I'd done 75 miles of much of the same course the weekend before with no problem, so I was a little surprised and it got me thinking:
- Is it just the fact that my knees are covered (one assumes movement is more restricted), that is causing some knee pain?
- Is it a weather thing (sounding like an old man), my joints are just happier in glorious sunshine than on a cold/wet/miserable day?
- Does the pad/shorts make an appreciable difference (other than comfort on your nether regions) for things like knee tracking.