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It's not about the legs(4 posts)

It's not about the legsMikey2k
Jan 1, 2002 5:02 PM
I thought it was when I started, but my weak point
has turned out to be my left arm, specifically the
muscle above the elbow (long head of the triceps).
Right arm can go all day, but the left one feels like
it's under constant stress. I thought my arms would
be strong enough from years of pushups, but I was
wrong.

Anyone have experierence overcoming this problem?
it's about abs &back....C-40
Jan 1, 2002 5:30 PM
If your abdominals and back are sufficiently strong and you have your position adjusted properly, your arms should be bent and relaxed at the elbow, with very little weight on the hands. Strong triceps shouldn't be required. Check knee to elbow clearance when riding in the drops. More than 1cm of clearance indicates that a shorter stem could be used.

Perhaps you have some other problem, maybe a pinched nerve that is causing discomfort. I once had a ruptured disc around the 6th vertebrae that caused pain in my right arm and numbness in my index finger. Had nothing to do with muscle strength.
re: It's not about the legsSnowBlind
Jan 1, 2002 8:19 PM
Start using your left arm to move the mouse around. Should even things up. ;)
Seriously, check seat alignment, tweaks in the cockpit (stem, handlebars), general fit of bike.
You also might want to try a chiropractor (sp) (some people don't like them, so stop reading if you think they are quacks) as you may have your hips/back/shoulders out of whack. Find one that is an avid bike rider, it helps a great deal to understand what/why you ride so hard/long.
Mine even went on a ride with me to see what the issues were.
Used to have something similar...Leisure
Jan 2, 2002 4:37 AM
and I did plenty of weightlifting, too. For me it seemed to be that exerting stress on the elbow at a different angle from where I was working out was tweaking tendons and ligaments in and around the joints. I just tried moving things around from time to time, taking different riding positions until I broke into it. All the bike setup advice already mentioned was also helpful.