Cycling reduces the chance of knee pain, especially in the over 60s - study shows

Study found that those who cycled were less likely to experience knee pain

Female cyclist climbs in summer kit
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"Ohh, but think of your knees!": most cyclists have probably heard the cry, laced with concern, upon relaying the past weekend's - in your opinion, perfectly reasonable - activities. However, a new study has confirmed that cycling is indeed good for knee health.

The study, published earlier this year, analysed data from 2,607 participants in their 60s, and found that those who cycled at some point were 17% less likely to develop knee pain, and 21% less likely to develop arthritis with pain at the knee joint.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.