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Old 10-16-08, 07:33 AM   #1
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How much do you bend your elbows?

I've been having some elbow pain since I stared riding a few weeks ago. I don't notice it so much when I'm riding but its obvious as soon as I get off the bike and hurts the worst when I straighten my arms. I thought I had been keeping myself from locking my elbows straight when riding, but I paid really close attention to it yesterday and noticed that my elbows are *almost* locked straight most of the time. I consciously kept my elbows bent for a portion of the ride and felt much more comfortable except that my biceps/triceps were getting a little sore.

If having my elbows locked out is 180 degrees, then I would say I was trying to keep them at about 150 yesterday when riding on the hoods. What angle works for you?
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Old 10-16-08, 07:40 AM   #2
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Just dont lock them, your biceps and triceps will work more, like you noticed, but thats better

Sore muscles = getting stronger
sore joints = damage
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Old 10-16-08, 08:03 AM   #3
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mostly straight. not locked. how much i bend them depends upon the wind and whether or not i'm ascending/descending.

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I always make sure to move my hands around a lot to make sure that I don't lock my arms, or put too much pressure on the same areas of my hands (causes tingly fingers for me). On my road bike, I move my hands around along the entire top bar and hoods, with some time spent with the weight along the outside edge of my hands. I only use the drops when I'm going over 26 mph, or when there is a big head wind.

I do something similar with my mountain/commuter bike, moving my hands around out onto the bar ends, etc.

I also like to have my bar high enough such that it just feels uncomfortable to lock my elbows.

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I've been having some elbow pain since I stared riding a few weeks ago. I don't notice it so much when I'm riding but its obvious as soon as I get off the bike and hurts the worst when I straighten my arms. I thought I had been keeping myself from locking my elbows straight when riding, but I paid really close attention to it yesterday and noticed that my elbows are *almost* locked straight most of the time. I consciously kept my elbows bent for a portion of the ride and felt much more comfortable except that my biceps/triceps were getting a little sore.

If having my elbows locked out is 180 degrees, then I would say I was trying to keep them at about 150 yesterday when riding on the hoods. What angle works for you?
You don't want them locked, in fact I can't lock my one elbow, after breaking the humerus last year - the large upper arm bone -- there is nothing humorous about a broken humerus..... Especially as it feels like I just whacked the funny bone, but it's always that way.,,,,,,

If your biceps/triceps hurt, it's because in an unlocked position they are taking some of the load off the core muscles, your abs and the similar muscles in the lower back. You should be able to take your hands completely off the bars without falling over, but most clydes have weak core muscles.
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