Raised saddle = inner groin/thigh pain

CleeRider Posts: 304
edited November 2012 in Road general
Before my last ride, I raised my saddle as I felt my legs weren't extending/stretching enough. It feels just right now but 15 miles into said ride I started experiencing pain on the inside of my leg, 1 or 2 inches from the groin. This became very painful and I could only manage another 10 miles. It felt a little like cramp because if I pushed my knee away from the bike with foot still on the pedal, it stretched the muscle and the pain eased for a minute. It affected the left leg much more than the right.

The pain wore off over the next 48hrs.

Question is... Have you experienced something similar and does it sound like:
1. Cramp
2. Muscles that weren't being used before and therefore the pain will continue for a couple of rides while they get used to being worked.
3. I have the bike setup wrong and I'm risking injury.


  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,542
    certainly 3, probably also 2, with perhaps a bit of 1

    there're umpteen online guides, one is...


    done methodically, diy can get you the right saddle height and position, the tricky bit is bar height/reach which a fitting jig allows to be adjusted easily, whereas on the bike it's not that straightforward

    it is possible that you won't be able to get the 'perfect' fit with only adjustments to the bike and cleats, some people also need wedges/shims/footbeds or other adjustments to get things just right
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • t.m.h.n.e.t
    t.m.h.n.e.t Posts: 2,265
    Sounds a lot like hip flexor strain,something that would exacerbate a shortened muscle.

    http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/1042865 ... psoas-.htm