Fifty Plus (50+) - shoulder/back pain
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Hi guys! I just got a new bike (electra townie original 8i - got the 8 gears as recommended by the majority of you). I really love the bike. I wanted something that would let me sit up and not put weight on my hands, as I am prone to numbness when I do that. But I get a pain in my left shoulder in the area I associate with keyboarding pain. I do spend most of my day at a keyboard and often get that same pain if I am using a laptop.
I just got the bike and have only ridden an handful of times; do I need to go back to the LBS or can you all recommend some adjustments? I am just 5'2" so I think that is part of my problem. But should I raise the handlebars - or lower them? I did raise them and tilt them more towards the seat, but still have the pain.
Looking for advice :)
10-08-10, 11:16 AM
Look at http://www.bicycling.com/maintenance/bike-fit; you may find some info to help remedy/eliminate your pain.
With increasing age, 60+, I have found the amount of backward sweep in my handlebars alters any shoulder/back pain. I now need 20° or more backward sweep to achieve comfort in the shoulders/back.
I also now ride with Ergon GP1 handlebar grips, the ones with a flat platform at the rear to spread the load on your hands.
I had my good bike stolen earlier in the year as I rode to a cycling rally. I had to use my old bike for the rally and surprised to find that I was in real hand pain using the old tubular rubber handlebar grips.
It may be worth trying some different shape or width of handlebars, plus some Ergon grips.
10-09-10, 03:33 PM
Shoulder pain is not something I have experienced----Except for a Frozen Shoulder. It used to catch me if I kept my shoulder at a certain position and angle for a certain amount of time.
Luckily - after the first set of treatment I knew how to cure it without 6 weeks of Physio and time off work.
So even if it is not Frozen shoulder- You may have the hand/ bar position set up wrong. No easy way to check this out- but raise or lower the bars and see if the shoulder is still affected. See if your LBS can suggest a different ride position- Try raising the saddle-
Try anything to try and eliminate the pain. If you can't----- get to the quacks and get it checked out.
10-09-10, 03:38 PM
Get a pair of these.
10-10-10, 08:36 AM
I have arthritis in my hands, and I find the best ergonomic grips for me are the Bontrager ones from Trek. (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/gear/) I've tried a number of different brands. I have the Satellite Plus on one bike and the Satellite Elite on another. Try a pair - it's amazing the difference - not just in your hands, but all over including your back and shoulders. Your local Trek LBS should have them in stock.
BTW - I didn't like the Electra ones.
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