Triathlon - Bike fitting question - sore arms
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Yes, when I can I will get a professional fitting, but until then, any ideas would be appreciated.
When I ride I find my weight is too far forward and on my arms. So soon I feel sore in my elbows & hands. What fitting suggestions can you give me to adjust things for now so I can at least get it set up closer before I do a final fit?
An incorrect seat fore/aft adjustment can place too much weight on your upper body, have you played with that? Here's a good link dealing with bike pain and adjustments.
Harris Cyclery (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/pain.html)
Do you have a Tri bike? If you do, this may be OK. You should be spending the bulk (if not all) of your time in the aero position. In this case, you would typically be resting on your forearms with your bicep/tricep part of the arm as your support. This is a very comfortable position.
If you have a road bike, you may be stretched out too far. You could slide your saddle forward some to close down the angle.
The best thing is to not wait for a final fit. Get it fitted now. Id did and it makes a world of difference.
07-25-05, 09:23 PM
I suspect that the nose of the saddle is tilted downwards a bit much causing you to slowly slide forward, thus putting pressure on your arms to hold yourself in position.
I agree with the nose being slanted or the fore aft being wrong as the cause of the problem. I like a saddle almost pointed up, it makes better weight distribution.
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