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Do you stretch before or after your ride?-nm(10 posts)

Do you <b>stretch</b> before or after your ride?-nmSquishy
Jun 18, 2003 5:44 AM
re: Do you &lt;b&gt;stretch&lt;/b&gt; before or after your ride?-nmmackgoo
Jun 18, 2003 5:55 AM
No.
During ...Humma Hah
Jun 18, 2003 5:59 AM
... My shoulders sometimes get a little tight after 50 miles or so, and to ward that off I'll pick a nice relaxed straight stretch with no traffic and ride no-hands while working out the upper-body kinks.
During ...EagleRider
Jun 18, 2003 7:06 AM
There are a variety of stretches that you can pull of while in motion. I too stretch during a ride. It is a great way to get some zip back.
Part of getting mentally prepared...Asphalt Addict
Jun 18, 2003 6:12 AM
I always stretch before a hard workout whether it's riding or running. Not only does it warm the muscles and tendons but also gets your mind in tune with what's on the agenda. Focus and do well! I was lucky to have had one of the top track and cross country coaches in Florida during high school who knew how to train to win. His lessons on stretching have stayed with me for the past 25 years. I usually stretch for 30 minutes with 10 different positions. Way more flexible than most people my age thanks to Coach Don Fuchs.
Only if something hurts.dzrider
Jun 18, 2003 7:28 AM
I do stretch my shoulders while riding and sometimes on breaks during ultra rides I stretch my lower back as well.

Occasionally if a muscle feels sore or tight I will stretch before or after riding, but not very often.
no, I'd rather spend the time riding nmDougSloan
Jun 18, 2003 8:01 AM
re: Do you &lt;b&gt;stretch&lt;/b&gt; before or after your ride?-nmMXL02
Jun 18, 2003 9:02 AM
I think it is up to each individual, but technically, one should warm up a little before stretching. I usually ride between 5-10 miles, stop, stretch, then hammer home. But it varies depending on the ride, the group, etc.
Both. Always.AllUpHill
Jun 18, 2003 9:11 AM
Responders who say they never stretch have never had to deal with knee problems associated with riding (and they very well may in the near future).

My three separate knee flare-ups which kept me from riding any appreicable time (multiple weeks) could have been prevented with better flexibility. I have learned my lesson and stretch devoutly as a measure of preventative maintenance, especially when I'm in a period of increasing the weekly mileage. Prior to these incidents I always thought of stretching as a pointless ritual. Now it's an essential ritual, after the misery of being off the bike when I wanted to be in events and/or training. The important thing is to keep it up even when there appears to be no pain and no problem. It's easy to get complacent when things are going right, but that's when the trouble strikes.
Both and sometimes during too (nm)Rich_Racer
Jun 18, 2003 11:16 AM