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left elbow pain. Bike fit or aluminum ride qualities?(3 posts)

left elbow pain. Bike fit or aluminum ride qualities?Aztec
Sep 18, 2002 9:43 AM
I bought a road bike in July. Felt aluminum frame with carbon fork. It's my first road bike and so far I'm very happy with my purchase. However, I'm getting elbow pain on the left side after about 30 minutes of riding. Never had this problem on epic MTB rides some it's got something to do with the road bike.

I bought the bike from my LBS so I'm pretty sure it's sized right. Is my pain a result of fit or the aluminum frame? I spend most of my time on the hoods and notice that my arms are not quite fully extended in this position but pretty close. Maybe I'm too streched out?

Any ideas would be great. Thanks.
Most likely fit and/or getting used to it.Leisure
Sep 18, 2002 10:16 PM
Aluminum won't matter here because the carbon fork and handlebars are where ride compliance comes from for your arms. The fit *could* be an issue, but if you feel it's been done right, chances are it has. Most likely, it's just getting your arms used to sitting in that position for longer rides under your body's weight. When I first started mountainbiking I had that issue, and also when I started longer road rides. The fit was always good, but the arms needed time to get used to it. Try moving your hands to different positions frequently, and keeping your elbows slightly more bent as opposed to locked-out. Over time you'll naturally sit longer in the positions that feel better, and your arms will handle the load better as well.
Sep 19, 2002 4:46 AM
I had the same problem, and my arms were stretched out just a bit too far. Try either getting your bars a little closer, or leaning forward a little more so your arms can have more of a bend.

Or, just take an hour ride and only use the top bar instead of the drops or hoods, and see if you have the same problem.

Other than being too straight, your arms could be supporting too much weight. The farther forward your seat is, the more weight your arms need to support. I'm not suggesting you move your seat to compensate for arm problems (the seat position should be based soley on where you want your legs to be in relation to the bottom bracket), but it's true nonetheless.

Also, if your seat is tilted forward at all (most people like their seat level or tilted upwards), your arms may be what is preventing you from sliding forward.