Leg pains?

I ride flatland bmx and have so for about a year and have been going to imax and seeing you guys there which has inspired to me to sell my mountain bike and build a fixie…eventually.

So I joined my school cycle club cause they wanted me to do the mountain biking, I went to the gym afterwards and spent half an hour on the fixed gear exercise bike at my school and then I ran 1500 metres for sport.

that was on wednesday. Now my knee is fucked and when I squat at my school locker im in agony, my quads and thighs feel like they are on fire as well but I assume thats from not riding a real bike for a year.

I just wondered if knee problems were common among fixed gear riders, I did slow the bike with my legs a couple times and stupidly almost got thrown off by the momentum the first time.
Am I just being a pussy and am not used to riding or is it something else?



+1 pussy.

Seriously, how old are you? The exercise you’ve done doesn’t sound very stressful. The muscle soreness sounds to me that you may be a bit unfit in those muscle groups and you don’t deal with lactic acid well yet. It’ll pass.

The knee trouble on the other hand sounds like the bike seat hight might not of been set up properly for you or something.

But hey, I ain’t an expert. That’s just my uneducated opinion from my own worldly experience.

too much too soon

take it easy

drink some milk


you guys are macho wankers


this is me

Make sure that you are warming up and stretching PROPERLY before your exercise and then warming down and stretching after your exercise. Without stretching, muscles can tighten up and give your joints a hard time. Particularly with your running.

Go and see a physio if the knee pain doesn’t go away quickly, or if it comes back next time you ride/run.

and then I ran 1500 metres for sport.

I did slow the bike with my legs a couple times and stupidly almost got thrown off by the momentum the first time.

my quads and thighs feel like they are on fire as well but I assume thats from not riding a real bike for a year.

As frequently said, sounds like too much too soon. You probably had no preparation or history of running and just sprinted in shoes which aren’t right for your feet/legs. Then going hard on the exercise bike and clowning around trying to pull skids on it or whatever you were doing - it’s no wonder you knackered your knee!

As for the muscle pain in your legs it’s probably just delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). It’s probably gone away already right? Just means you did some good temporary muscle damage, nothing to worry about.

This has got nothing to do with riding a fixed gear bike. It’s just you arsing around caning your body too hard and then suffering the consequences. You’re young and resilient now but don’t screw your knees - you’ll pay for it later on in life.

Just google image search for knee reconstruction pictures if you need some motivation :stuck_out_tongue:

This and nothing else.

Superman is a myth.
Starting small and working up from there will net you much bigger and better results in the long term.

Thanks guys, im 15 years old as heatseeker was wondering, also it was the only exercise I had done after 8 weeks in Scotland where it was about -10 degrees, I will take it easier, I wasn’t exhausted from this exercise, im not incredibly unfit, I just didn’t expect this to happen thats all. I spent a while last night doing stretches and this morning its alot better and I expect it gone in 3 days or so.


you’d be surprised how long it can stay there for, when i started courier work my thighs felt like concrete for about 3 months, i found the only thing that helped was eating as much protein as i could stomach

Ask Mum or Dad to get you some compression tights, like Skins or 2XUs. Wear 'em for a couple of hours before bed on your ‘heavy days’. Helps a lot with recovery and avoiding DOMS (the theory is, compression stops a lot of the additional micro-tearing that happens in your muscles when they fill up with blood post-exercise).

Or if you’re near the bay put your speedos on and walk for 20mins waist deep in cold water, does pretty much the same thing (that’s why you see footballers doing it).

A big drink of Choccy milk after a hard session on the bike is also pretty good (high GI carbs to help replenish your muscle glycogen quick smart, and a little bit of protein for your muscles, and it’s fluids).

Here endeth today’s lesson :-D.

excellent advice.

i love milk

i dont have a problem with soymilk.

me too!

hey brendan, i met you in sydney yeah?

woke up yesterday morn with an incredible shooting pain in my left achilles tendon. I dont think it was brought on by riding.

sometimes i don’t feel it at all when walking and then BAM! it comes right back and i have to start limping.
Took the fixed out for a spin to see if i could loosen it up but it made zero difference and didnt seem to hurt to much while spinning.

Kinda scared to go for a decent ride. Anyone else had this? I think i must have somehow strained the ligament but i cant figure out how…

…or my achilles somehow got tourettes

Hey guys, I hate to rain on your parade but soy milk is high in phyto-oestrogens, which not only accelerate the growth of cancerous tumours, but being similar to the fundamental female hormone, is also great for your man boobies and sperm count.

Sorry I hate to rain on your parade but you’re full of shit.

Soybeans and other soy product do not contain the highest “total phytoestrogen” content of foods. Thompson et. al. [1] found that food groups from highest to lowest levels of total phytoestrogens per 100g are nuts and oilseeds, soy products, cereals and breads, legumes, meat products, various processed foods that may contain soy, vegetables, and fruits.

Because of the presence of phytoestrogen many jump to a conclusion that there is a correlation between soybean ingestion and lower testosterone in men [2]. In fact it is for this reason that soy product may protect against the development of prostate cancer [3]. That said a theoretical decrease in the risk of prostate cancer should, however, be weighed against the possible side-effects of decreased testosterone, which are still unclear. The popular myth that soy product might cause reduced libido and even feminine characteristics in men has not been indicated by any study; this popular notion is usually based on a simplistic assumption that estrogen and testosterone have a simple, inverse relationship in sexual hormone systems and sex-related behaviour when in fact their interplay is very complicated and largely still unknown.[4]

[1] Thompson LU, Boucher BA, Liu Z, Cotterchio M, Kreiger N (2006). “Phytoestrogen content of foods consumed in Canada, including isoflavones, lignans, and coumestan”. Nutr Cancer 54 (2): 184–201.
[2] Dillingham BL, McVeigh BL, Lampe JW, Duncan AM (2005). “Soy protein isolates of varying isoflavone content exert minor effects on serum reproductive hormones in healthy young men”. J. Nutr. 135 (3): 584–91.
[3] Heald CL, Ritchie MR, Bolton-Smith C, Morton MS, Alexander FE (2007). “Phyto-oestrogens and risk of prostate cancer in Scottish men”. Br. J. Nutr. 98 (2): 388–96.
[4] Maskarinec G, Morimoto Y, Hebshi S, Sharma S, Franke AA, Stanczyk FZ (December 2006). “Serum prostate-specific antigen but not testosterone levels decrease in a randomized soy intervention among men”. Eur J Clin Nutr 60 (12): 1423–9.

No let’s get back to talking about bike stuff, not crappy hack pseudo-science that some dick has pulled from the Herald Sun.