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Shoulder pain(6 posts)

Shoulder paintwin
May 19, 2003 9:24 AM
Is the stem to long or to short or something else? I made a stem change so I think it is that? Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Carla
I think you should install a 150mm stemKristin
May 19, 2003 9:43 AM
No, just kidding. But could you post more details? What kind of pain? Where exactly (front of shoulder or back, etc...)? What is your current stem length? How high is your seat from the floor and how high are your bars from the floor? Do you ride with your elbows locked?
re: Shoulder painc722061
May 19, 2003 9:48 AM
It could cause by many reasons, not just because of the stem. But one thing for sure, you need a good bike fit. You can go to to submit your measurements and get a relatively good fit dimension to work as a base bike fit data. From there, you can start adjusting sitting position, handle bar angle, etc, with that. Hope this help.
Traps or delts?dzrider
May 19, 2003 10:00 AM
Raising the nose of my seat cured painful traps and neck. Rotating my handlebars to shorten the reach to the brake hoods cured painful delts. YMMV, but simple enough to be worth a try.
re: Shoulder painFredrico
May 19, 2003 10:34 AM
Stem change, eh? So you didn't have shoulder pain before the stem change, and now you do?

If the stem is longer, try raising the handlebars. That will allow more body weight to rotate back on the seat and off the handlebars, so you can relax your shoulders.

If the stem is shorter, raise the handlebars even higher, if the bars are over and inch or two lower than the saddle.

If your shoulders hurt, you're probably either too stretched out or the bars are too low. Another cause: saddle is tilted down and your body weight moves forward all the time. You have to push yourself back onto the saddle with your arms. So make sure the saddle is level first. The bars should be between 2" lower to about an inch above the saddle.

A little analysis is in order. Fit problems are all solvable.
Maybe on-bike stretching?Kerry
May 19, 2003 5:42 PM
A lot of people get sore shoulders since they never move their head and stare straight ahead. Keep moving, and do neck and shoulder stretches. Obviously, you might be having trouble adapting to the stem change, especially if you significantly changed your position.