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Hot Buy: Hip & Knee Saver -Pedal Extenders on eBay

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The pain in my hip has had me thinking about KneeSavers/Pedal Extenders for quite a while but the price ($45 plus $3 s&h) always put me off. But I recently found them on eBay at Bicycle Pedal Extenders for $19 with free shipping.

My industrially sized sandals tend to rub against the crank arms and a little more pedal clearance should be a good thing? I’d love to hear from riders who have tried them.

Kneesaver claims the following Benefits:

If you are a cyclist suffering with hip, knee, ankle or foot pain due to the condition known as “Q Factor Syndrome” from large feet, wide hips or a toe-out condition, Kneesaver TM Pedal Extenders can relieve your pain or discomfort.

  • Moves your pedals further apart, widening the Q Factor.
  • Allows more toe-out, up to 45 degrees depending on what Kneesaver width you select.
  • Precision made of stainless steel, weighing 3 ounces/pair (20 mm size)
  • Available in 20, 25 and 30 mm widths (9/16″ threading) for road, mountain or recumbent bikes based on your individual need (feel free to e-mail or call if you are unsure which width you need)
  • Available in 20 and 30 mm widths (1/2″ threading) for stationary bikes or trainers.
  • Titanium Kneesavers available (1.6 ounces/pair) in 20 mm width only.
  • Pedal Adapters also available that allow you to use your pedals and shoes on stationary bikes or spin trainers. (1/2″ male end, 9/16″ female end) – 20 mm width in steel only.
  • Easy to install with a pedal wrench and crescent wrench, or vice grips in the case of Allen wrench pedal systems.
  • Made in America by an American!

I am an EE and Q Factor has nothing to with knees or hips for me so I added some references at the end of this posting to clarify what Q-Factor is being referred to here.

I am not so sure about the KneeSaver claims but I know other Recumbent Riders who swear by them. Kneesavers sell for $45 + $3 s&h but they do come in more widths. So you might want to try these first at $19 total.

I just receive a very nice looking stainless steel set that I purchased on eBay for $19 with free shipping at Bicycle Pedal Extenders. The seller Steven Walther tells me they are made by machinists who are out of work because Boeing has moved their jobs out of the country.

Resources:

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Explains Q angle

Q- Factor and Knee Pain – Road Bike Review

KneeSavers Discussion Bike Forums – some real negatives discussed

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Written by Roland

February 24, 2008 at 8:33 am

Posted in Equipment, Hot Buys

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  1. Although the Q of KneeSavers is undoubtedly low due to non-existent inductance, they have really helped me be comfortable on my Slipstream. I, too, have duck feet causing my shoes to rub the crank arms. Using the minimum extension of 20mm, I found they took care of the rubbing problem and in addition seemed to make climbing more comfortable. KneeSavers also makes adapters which allow me to use the same pedals on my recumbent stationary exercise bike. This is great as I use it more since I don’t have to fight with it.
    The cost was a bit of an issue; however, I find they are well made with a good finish and unlikely to fail short of a nuclear strike.

    Charles Stell

    February 25, 2008 at 8:31 am

  2. Thanks Charles, you are the second recumbent rider who has said they help .

    I have to confess I bought the $19 version and will give them a chance as soon as the snow is off the roads, soon I hope. Do the ones in the picture look much like the ones you bought?

    Roland

    February 25, 2008 at 9:42 am

  3. Yes. As far as I can tell from the photo, they are the same. The material is stainless steel.

    Charles Stell

    February 25, 2008 at 11:46 am

  4. Thanks Charles, that makes me feel better. Yes, they are stainless steel but that is a pretty broard term. We’ll see how they do on the bike.

    Roland

    February 25, 2008 at 12:45 pm

  5. […] Resources: Hot Buy: Hip & Knee Saver -Pedal Extenders on eBay […]

  6. I can not deal with ebay can you tell me how to contact Steve Walters I need to buy pedel extenders

    Thanks Sam F

    Sam Furman

    May 12, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    • I have a way to get a hold of Steve. If you haven’t gotten your extenders yet please let me know. I can put you in touch with him.

      Joe Burt

      February 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

  7. Sorry Sam, like many eBay Vendors, I have no other way to contact Steve Walters.

    Roland

    May 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm

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  9. I think I need a set of your 30mm extenders with 1/2″ axles ( I brought a set of pedals that said they fit bicycles with 1/2″ axles, and they fit my bike )
    I also need to know the cost of a set?

    john shepard

    July 1, 2008 at 11:06 pm

  10. John, was that question for me? I have no commercial relationships with anyone in the bicycling world. I am only a rider trying to share what works for me.

    Try the kneesavers site or ebay vendor referenced in the posts. I beleive I have seen them in both places.

    Roland

    July 2, 2008 at 12:26 am

  11. PEDAL EXTENDERS? You people want more???

    Kindbro1@aol.com is STEVE WALTHER

    Steve Walther

    July 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm

  12. and actually…..Boeing has moved their work away from them IN USA. Boeing owes them SIX FIGURES (still to this day) and they were kind enough to take my order when I walked in off the street….Well, I did make a phone call first, it wasnt that cold turkey.

    ANYWAY’s folks I have a pile of these….I dont have any way to take your CC’s so if you wanna trust the mellowest cat in the West with your NOW $24 pedal extenders Stainless Steel (and that’s SOLIS STAINLESS, not a coating) Or the $18 Solid Steel PE’s a little longer and a little cheaper. FREE SHIPPING!

    Steve Walther

    July 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm

  13. I bought mine from Steve. He is highly recommended.

    Roland

    July 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm

  14. I just received my pedal extenders. I purchased the 18mm through Ebay (Paypal) but have not used them yet. I would just like to say the transaction with Steve Walther was very quick and painless. I would send $24 direct without hesitation if for some reason I needed another pair.

    Donald In Sacramento

    August 13, 2008 at 10:03 pm

  15. Steve is hardworking,intelligent and the best in the biz………please call me

    tiffany king

    January 19, 2009 at 3:40 am

  16. not sure about the width of the pedals extenders I would need? I am 6’3″ and have a lot of knee and hip pain associated with riding.
    Thanks

    Steve

    July 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    • I don’t have much to offer on that. I just got what was available and would let my foot sit on the pedal without rubbing the crank arms or hanging off the end of the pedal.

      I can say that removing those conditions makes my foot more comfortable. Not sure if they did anything for my knees.

      What has helped my hip and knees was getting a Doc who understood my hip problem was really a back problem and working with physical therapists who were very good at what they do. Now that may sound easy but it took me about three years of pain to get there. The first Doc and PT experience set me back about a year; I came out much worse than I went in and spent a year in pain until I found the right combination. Then it was slow, first got the knee working Ok and then the back; that took about a year with major PT on each at separate locations.

      Good luck and keep at it …Roland

      Roland

      July 12, 2009 at 3:32 pm

  17. Has anyone tried pedal extenders as a solution for fitting an old bike (schwinn) with the 1/2 in pedal thread holes on the cranks with clipless pedals (which iare 9/16)?

    I got a pair of shimano clipless pedals free (essentially) and shoes and I am wondering if this could be a solution and breathe some more life into mt retro bike

    John

    August 14, 2009 at 12:06 am

  18. I have been using kneesavers for 23 years so far. Back in 1988, a friend whom I rode with and owns a machine shop in the Twin Cities, noticed that I was riding with my feet halfway off the pedal. I have a very pronounced toe out condition on both feet. He made 12 pairs of these spacers from stainless steel in 3 widths of 1 3/8″, 1 1/2″, and 1 5/8″ long. I tried the different widths and ended up using the 1 1/2″ width. These spacers have saved my bike riding. Before I started using these spacers, I could not ride more than 35-45 miles without sharp pain in my knees. I was unable to use toe clips or clipless pedals because my feet had to be halfway off the pedal to prevent hitting the crankarm.

    Since I have been using these spacers, I have ridden over 75,000 miles on my various bikes. I currently have 6 pairs of these spacers that are on my various bikes.

    At the time in 1988, I had an old Schwinn Varsity mounted on a wind trainer that I rode in the winter here in Minneapolis. The pedals were terrible, so my friend made an adapter spacer ½” to 9/16” threads so that I could use regular bike pedals on it. Worked Great!

    So for you naysayers out there, these ARE a valuable tool for some of us who have the toe-out condition. You can’t just force your knees and leg around to fit on the pedals without causing damage to your body.

    Andy

    April 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

  19. I’m desperately looking for pedal spacers for my ST Fitness recombent excersize bike. The problem is the crank threads are 14mm by 1.25mm pitch, as opposed to most bikes that use 9/16″ or 1/2″ dia. by 20 pitch. I need an “inch” out spacing, or 25mm or 30mm in metric. Do you know of a place I can purchase them? Thanks for your time.

    John Berkheimer

    February 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

  20. I was also looking such pedals as i am suffering from pain.I think these would be good for me.Please tell me how to buy it from steve.

    Schwinn Recumbent

    July 7, 2012 at 5:20 am

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