Looking for some guidance here. I picked up a Peloton stationary back in February of last year as a dual purpose for my wife to get some exercise in (we have 2 young kids now) and for me to do some training on for dinghy sailing and get some good cardio in on a restricted schedule (nice to ride super early in the morning or late at night). Since day 1, I had some knee pains and messed around with shoes and bike fitting for awhile… going from what I read about being optimum, to have a much lower seat with a much wider q-factor, pedal spindles over middle of shoes, even shorter cranks. Sometimes I would get temporary relief but the pain always came back, often in a worse/different way.
I had two online bikefits because there are not good Bikefitters where I live (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico area) to my knowledge. They had some varying opinions based on my videos and I made the recommended changes, still knee pains. By the way, no cycling = no knee pain.
Eventually I spent part of the summer working in Oregon and had a bikefit done in Portland on a Retail, then another done in San Fransisco on a Peloton with P-fts/Pedro. Pedro ripped out all the wedges and other modifications the other guy made to my shoes/cleats and basically put me back to where I initially started when I first got the bike and was reading about optimal positioning.
I returned home to give this new/old setup a try and have the pain creeping in again. It is mostly right side, anterior but also a bit under the knee cap, at the top more. Sometimes it comes on left side in a similar fashion. I have tried a lot of stretching/yoga afterwards and core activation, glute activation and this does help the recovery but it still doesn’t feel right while riding. I can never get to the point of muscle burn because the joint starts nagging early. I started mvssb and didn’t even do an FTP, I just dialed it to where my knees will TOLERATE a 1 - 1.5 hour ride. I dream for the day of just muscle fatigue/soreness! One recent discovery was that I wasn’t feeling much of the pedal to the outside under my foot. I got the urge to undo my shoe and have it much looser and that actually help make the pain subside right away and I had better pedal contact. But then, it only helped so much, and the pain is still there ride after ride as the primary obstruction to progress.
What should I do next? Keep tweaking? Keep trying different exercises? Fly to another bikefitter with a Peloton in house hopefully? Keep riding the mvssb and hope I just adapt? It’s frustrating because I love to work hard, be disciplined and progress… and I really love the programs and even the cycling… but I don’t want to hurt myself permanently or do unnecessary damage.
Thanks for reading. C