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Elbow Pain!!(5 posts)

Elbow Pain!!Aztecs
Oct 24, 2001 11:18 AM
Had extreme pain in both of my elbows (started in the left one first) after switching to a road bike from my mountain bike. Did not get the opportunity to ride for 3 weeks and now all the pain is gone. I have set up an appointment with my LBS to get my bike fitted. Just wondering if anyone else had similar pain and it was relieved after adjustments to the bike. I am no expert but it seems like my arms are pretty much in a locked position (with my hands on the hoods) for too long a period of time. Can this be fixed by adjustments to the bike. Seems like there is only so much adjusting that can be done.

Thanks for any input
Are your arms/elbows locked strait when riding?Tig
Oct 24, 2001 11:47 AM
Too much strait arm riding can cause some elbow discomfort or injury. A slight bend is usually recommended. A stem too long or low can make a bent arm position difficult to maintain. If the brake hoods are to far down on the bar, the extended reach might be too far as well. Sometimes the brake hoods are in a good position, but the bar is rotated forward, causing them to be out of reach. The lower flat section of the bar's drop-outs should be close to flat/level.
Elbows locked?Kristin
Oct 24, 2001 11:50 AM
Pay attention to your elbows when riding the road bike. Do you lock them? I had developed a bad habit of riding with locked elbows on the Prarie Path due to the low impact nature of limestone. When I switched to pavement, my elbows would be sore for a couple days after a ride. I can imagine the same thing could happen going from a full suspension MTB to a road bike.
had the same experience. remember that you don't have shocks! nmraboboy
Oct 24, 2001 11:58 AM
Had the same problem...Roxy
Oct 24, 2001 12:16 PM
but it's completely gone now. Took a couple of months.

I chalk it up to just getting stronger, and being better able to support myself on the bike - effort more evenly distributed.