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Q: Arm problems and bike fit?(3 posts)

Q: Arm problems and bike fit?SoreArm
Jun 20, 2001 3:58 PM

I test rode a LeMond Zurich the other day for a little over 30 minutes. Overall the bike had a very nice feel, but I did have one weird problem that I wanted to ask about.

After about 20 minutes, I noticed that my right forearm (lower inside, towards the hand) was starting to get pretty sore. I'm thinking that it might be due to an unfamiliar hand position (I've only done mountain biking in the past and not much of it in recent months), using the brakes in that position, and a more stretched out posture on the bike than I'm used to. The pain was a muscular sort of soreness, which makes me think that it might have been me squeezing onto the brakes too hard or something. Does that sound reasonable or is this something serious going on with fit that I don't understand? If it isn't serious and I decide to go with the bike, do I need a shorter stem, or will I just get used to the position after a few rides?

On a side note, what's the minimum length of time that you'd set aside for a test ride? Is 30 minutes enough? I'm getting tired of test riding, but I haven't found a bike that really makes me go "wow" yet. :-(

1 hour minimumCima Coppi
Jun 20, 2001 4:05 PM
The general consensus on the message board is to test ride the bike for a minimum of an hour. Try different positions on the bar (hoods, drops, tops) and see if the discomfort persists. Talk to the bike shop about stem length, and see what they have to say. Also. bars come in various shapes and sizes, so a different bar may be in order to complete the bike.

Good luck!!
read up on fit...C-40
Jun 20, 2001 8:25 PM
at There are a lot of fine details to proper fit, that it can take weeks of riding to get right.

While you're there, look at the Tommasini Sintesi. Classic Italian steel may make you say wow. A lot higher quality paint and lots or chrome, far above the quality of most stock bikes you'll see at the LBS. Even better with Campy 10 speed, instead of Ultegra.