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First time roadie(11 posts)

First time roadiewaterboy
Jun 6, 2001 1:37 PM
Hey all, I'm fairly new here, but have a question. I just bought my first road bike (schwinn paramoun ti, chorus group) and have developed some pretty severe elbow pain after a long ride, I really don't think I was locking my elbows either. I guess I'm used to the suspension of my mountain bike- is this a common problem? what can I do about it?
Thats a good question about elbow pain...notes_clp
Jun 6, 2001 1:45 PM
I also am a somewhat new roadie with the same problem, I think mine is from trying to sit more upright than leaning into the bars. It will be interesting to hear from some more experienced roadies on this problem.
from an experienced roadie...Jofa
Jun 6, 2001 2:05 PM
24 views and nothing yet... kind of embarrassing. Elbow pain is rare... my only comment can be that you shouldn't be putting much stress on your arms, and consequently elbows, at all. Your arms sort of 'stabilise' your position on the bike- if they are doing anything more, then your overall position is probably iffy. In a recent post, somebody gave a superbly eloquent analogy of efficient pedalling- visualise an egg under each foot, which shouldn't move, or be broken; I'd say the same thing here, but under your hands: If you could visualise breaking the egg between your hands and the bar, then you're pressing/pulling too hard.
Hope this is useful... waiting for somebody else to post something more pertinent, and perhaps (!) with experience of this...

It should go awayDave Hickey
Jun 6, 2001 2:09 PM
If your not locking your elbows it should go away. When I converted from speed skating to road cycling, I had problems with elbows and hand numbness. It did go away but it took a couple of weeks. It was so bad at first, I could not even open a door or turn on a car. It is very important to relax your upper body.
re: First time roadieRhodyRider
Jun 6, 2001 2:20 PM
My US$0.02 worth is to suggest you utilize all stations of your handlebar i.e. time spent in the drops, on the hoods, and on the upper bar too. To repeat the other poster, relax that upper body! Roll your head/neck, flop your shoulders, ride one/no handed and shake your arms & hands out, etc. The elbow issue will eventually disappear.
re: First time roadieLen J
Jun 6, 2001 2:20 PM
How were you fit to the bike?
How far back is your seat?
How far below the level of your seat are your bars?
Is your seat flat, or is it nose down? Nose down can "Push" you into the bars causing undo weight on your arms & Hands.

These items, if not proper can cause what you describe. One other thought, How often do you change positions? Frequent changes in position on the bars (Drops, Hoods hooked, Hoods palm, Flat bars, curved bars etc) releives stress on the arms and hands. My experience with new riders, (especially former MTBer's) is that they stay in one position (usually on the bars) too long.

Just some ideas. Need more info.

Good riding, welcome to the road
re: First time roadiewaterboy
Jun 6, 2001 2:55 PM
fit done at a local bike shop, then ordered the bike via mail order.
Pretty far back, I like to be stretched out.
3. About an inch and a half
4. flat

Mabye I'm not changing positions enough, I do notice I almost never use the drops 'cause I feel like I'm compressing my rib cage, ( or mabye it's just that spare tire)
check your seat positionbianchi boy
Jun 7, 2001 7:45 AM
The "ideal" seat position (front to back) should place the bone just below your knee cap directly above the pedal spindle. To check, drop a plumb line or level from your knee down toward the pedal. This isn't a hard & fast rule, but it's the recommended neutral position. If your elbows are bothering you, it sounds like they might be extended too far so they don't bend. Moving the seat forward should help that, or using a shorter stem. You won't be as stretched out, which you say you prefer, but that might be what's causing the problem.
Lots of little pains at first.Brian C.
Jun 6, 2001 2:47 PM
Lower back, a knee, a big toe, hands (but not elbows), but most seemed to have gone away.
It might be the body getting used to new stresses from a new and different posture.
If your elbow pain doesn't go away, like the post above says, consult your LBS about how the bike fits.
re: First time roadieMGS
Jun 6, 2001 6:43 PM
You have to give more information.
Where is the pain? Inside or outside of elbow.
Is the pain in the forearm in front of the elbow?
Does the pain radiate to any part of the forearm?
Is it positional, i.e., related to the arm being straight or bent?
What activities do you do off the bike that reproduces the pain... lifting or turning the hand?
It's a good question, but be more descript in your complaint. It could be several things.
re: First time roadiehnmalone
Jun 9, 2001 7:46 AM
How tightly are you gripping the bar? I found that my elbow pain went away when I learned to keep a relaxed grip.