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Charley Horses in Calves while Riding(5 posts)

Charley Horses in Calves while RidingMisJG
Jul 3, 2003 12:29 PM
I posted this as a response to another post below, but I wanted it to be a topic 'cause I want to know!!

If calf muscles don't help you ride, why do cyclists have such carved calf muscles? I have heard the "calf muscles don't" bunk for years and if it's true, then why am I having so much trouble with my calf muscles when I ride? I have been experiencing charley horses in my calves and am at my wits end trying to determine how to stop them! Is it saddle position? (too high?) Cleat position? (too far fore/aft) I've been told is dehydration. Dehydration? I drink so much water and gatorade it's silly. If anyone has the answer, please let me know. I'm going to go move my saddle again. . .
a startDougSloan
Jul 3, 2003 12:34 PM
Start with moving your cleats rearward on your shoes. Puts less stress on the calves.

Staying hydrated and electrolyted (hehe) should help.

I had calf problems with Speedplay pedals. Went away when I switched. FWIW.

Foot position...t0adman
Jul 3, 2003 1:42 PM
Sorry if you've heard all this already but I recommend making sure your pedal stroke leads with heel down to extend the gastocs. If you lead with your toes they'll shorten (eventually) and probably cramp. Also, on long rides, if you're drinking a ton of fluids and not replacing sodium you may get cramps (I sure do). Stretching is also a good idea. Good luck - it sucks having nagging issues like that. I'm forced off the bike today by a sore knee from pushing too high of gears. Grrrrr! I like to go fast!
re: Charley Horses in Calves while Ridingcoonass
Jul 3, 2003 3:33 PM
I'm with Doug.High Gear
Jul 4, 2003 5:56 AM
I had problems with my calfs too a few years back. They would be the first to go on long hard rides. Now, they don't even come into the picture. I solved my dilemma by moving the cleats back on the shoe. You might have to drop your saddle a little if your at the upper limits of your saddle hight. Move them back 1/4" and ride them for two to three weeks and see how it works. Let us know how you make out.