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muscle fatigue, cramping in upper back....(3 posts)

muscle fatigue, cramping in upper back....got2ryd
Aug 14, 2002 2:07 AM
i have never had this problem before and now on longer rides of 50-70 miles i get muscle tightness in upper back between shoulder blades. i have rotated my bars up a bit and it helped some. should i be looking into a shorter stem, more rise or combination? i tried flipping stem over, but did not have enough brake cable to reach. anyone had similar problems and found a fix? i do plan on going into LBS to have them watch me on trainer. thanks.
Just my thoughts...cabinfever
Aug 14, 2002 5:28 AM
Given that it only happens on longer rides, and you seem to think the height and length of your stem may be a factor, I think you are on the right track in having your LBS look into it. On longer rides like that, I have had similar problems and I think it is simply being in that hunched over position for such an extended period of time. For the price of a cable, you might want to try flipping the stem. I installed my stem that way, and love the comfort I get out of the higher riding position. Of course, you sacrifice aerodynamics a tad, but I feel it was worth it for me. Also, do you have wide shoulders? Are your bars the right width for them? If you are a big rider, but have a 42cm bar, that may possibly be a factor, but again, just my thoughts.
dehydration, electrolytes, salts ...jose_Tex_mex
Aug 14, 2002 4:49 PM
It could be because of your diet or the weather. If your region is like the North East - going through a heat wave - your problem could be the air quality, sports enduced asthma...
If the setup was fine before then look into your diet.