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elbow pain(4 posts)

elbow painErnie1212000
Apr 3, 2002 9:31 AM
Hello.

I'm new to road biking and I'm riding about 150 miles per week for the last 3 weeks. When I ride more than an hour or so my elbow gets so sore I can barely let go of the bars to wipe my nose. I usually keep my hands on the hoods. Could this be due to the stem being too long? Does this happen to anyone else?

Thanks.
re: elbow painMootsie
Apr 3, 2002 9:52 AM
I ride a lot of long distances and have found that keeping your elbows bent (if you can't bend them, your position on the bike may be wrong), shaking them out and stretching your arms behind your back occasionally eliminates the numbness/pain. Also it helps to change hand positions occasionally.
Yes bend those babiesKristin
Apr 3, 2002 9:55 AM
Its an easy habit to get into--riding with your elbows locked. When I first began, I rode on a limestone path with a hybrid bike (read zero impact). When I switched to a road bike on pavement, my elbows killed. It was all because I'd always ridden with them locked.
reach too long?tarwheel
Apr 3, 2002 11:39 AM
I had elbow pain for ages from riding a bike with a longish top tube and stem. Got a new bike with shorter top tube/ stem and pain went away almost immediately. I also went to a handlebar with shorter reach and drop (Ritchey WCS) so I can ride in the drops much more comfortably. If your elbows lock in the straight position with no bend, then your reach is too long.