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Elbow Pain(7 posts)

Elbow Painstrongjava
Aug 11, 2003 9:20 AM
Anybody know what the fix is for elbow pain? After about the first 10 miles or so, my elbows start hurting, and after 30 miles it becomes very painful. One rider suggested I get a longer stem; however, I feel stretched out on my drops as it is. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Feel the pain...wspokes
Aug 11, 2003 10:40 AM
go with your body's feeling! If you already feel stretched. try a slightly shorter stem and see if it improves. or a slight rise.
agree, sounds like you need a shorter stemtarwheel
Aug 11, 2003 11:43 AM
Your elbows get sore when they lock -- that is, stretch out with no bend. You can shorten your reach with a shorter stem and/or one with more rise.
Bend the elbows definitelyKerry Irons
Aug 11, 2003 4:19 PM
Whether you need a shorter stem has to do with your flexibility. But you need to ride with bent elbows both to reduce strain but also to improve handling. You should be able to ride on the tops with a "light touch" on the bars. If not, you need to do some core strengthening exercises like crunches and "superman" (leg and arm lifts while lying on your stomach). I can't imagine that your elbows would get sore if you ride with them flexed all the time.
re: Elbow PainCaseysdad
Aug 11, 2003 11:19 AM
How long have you been riding? If you're relatively new, some portion of the pain may be attributable to your body simply getting used to the demands of this new experience. Granted, it's generally a good idea to "listen to" pain and treat it as your body's way of telling you that there's something wrong. However, when I first started riding I experienced mid- and post-ride elbow pain for the first month or so. Based on the advice of someone here on the forum, I gave it some time and sure enough, as my body in general got used to riding, so did my elbows. Just something to consider...
me tooDrone 5200
Aug 11, 2003 11:26 AM
I would never say to ignore the pain, but for me it took about 2 months as a newbie to get rid of the pain. As I built up some strength it just started to lessen and finally went away.

Gloves helped. Switching hand positions regularly also helped. But I don't need to do that conciously anymore.
I feel your painJeff Rage
Aug 12, 2003 6:35 AM
I have the same problem. My shorter stem should be here this week. Hopefully that will fix the problem.

It's definately not a "core strength" problem for me.