Why Riding a Bike May Not be Great News for Your Knees

If you have any pain, please consult with your physician or physical therapist prior to attempting any of the movements suggested. This content is intended for clients who have been screened in the Foundations/ Practical Strength curriculum.

I love to ride my bike. The freedom it gives me- the wind in my hair, the views from the beach path- I have some really happy moments on my bike.

In addition to being good for our mental health, riding a bicycle has so many physical benefits as well. We get to pump our heart rates up, we reduce loading forces across the lower body (hips, knees and ankles) as we are not weight bearing directly across those joints when we are perched in the bike saddle.

Bicycle riding is prescribed readily by medical doctors hoping to encourage fitness for their patients who have challenges to weight bearing.

And yet, over the course of my time in the clinic, I have found that clients who bike ride over other activities (hiking, trail running, swimming) are more prone to developing knee pain. How can this be given the modified weight bearing?

I think this is down to biomechanics. Think about the position your body is in when you are riding your bike, sitti