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    My elbows hurt - why?

    I rode my new bike for about 11 miles last night and found that when I rested my hands on the hoods for any extended period of time, my elbows would get sore and hurt a bit.

    I thought that was odd...on my flat bar bike, I never feel pain in my elbows.

    Is my body just getting used to riding a bike with drop bars, or is the stem too long or what?

    I'm 6'1, ride a 57cm bike, and the bars are angled up quite a bit. Here was the thread about my bike

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    Did you forget to take your HTFU this morning, that could be the cause.

    Your arms are probably getting used to it, flat bar hybrids typically are more upright causing lessing weight and stress on your arms. Also is your bike adjusted right? Are your arms locked at the elbow when you ride or do they have a slight bend in them. I've been getting pain in my hands when I'm on my hoods since I lowered my bars, it gets better when i try and carry my torso weight with my lower back rather than my arms.

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    the only explanation would be that in your riding position your wrists are not straight and therefore causing unneeded harm

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    Well, yes, typically my elbows are locked. My grip on the hoods above the brake lever has my thumbs on the inside of the lever while the rest of my hand wraps around the hood and two fingers rest on the levers themselves.

    So I shouldn't have locked elbows? I guess I could move the seat forward a little, or get a different stem?

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    Riding with locked elbows is just asking for trouble. Perhaps your stem is too long?

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    You know I found I was trying to force myself into the wrong position when in the hoods and not only did it cause pain in my hands but also it caused pain in my genital area. I was leaning forward instead of bending my back. I still lean forward sometimes and it causes the weight to go on my wrists and also the front of the seat to push against my goods and prizes. Try and make sure you are bending your lower back when you ride, if your having problems try doing lower back stretches and abdominal exercises.

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    6' 1" on a 57? Do you know the top tube length? If anything I would guess the bike is a bit small, causing you to raise the seat to accomodate your legs which might create a substantial seat to bar drop....which could explain why your elbows are locked becaue you're reaching down for your bars. Try Photo's suggestion of putting a bit of bend in your back which will put a slight bend in the elbows. The more you ride the more natural this seems. I went from flat bar to drop bar about 3 years ago and it took a couple hundred miles before I got used to bending a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airosen View Post
    Riding with locked elbows is just asking for trouble. Perhaps your stem is too long?
    +1.

    Figure out why your elbows are locked. Fix it (change handlebar position, change saddle position, improve core strength, or whatever works). Ride with bent elbows and your upper body pain (shoulders, arms, hands) should go away.

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    I'm closer to 6'0 honestly, and have a 32.75 inch inseam. I'm all torso and have trouble fitting any bike. I can barely stand over a 58 cm bike's top tube.

    I will try to bend my back more. Thanks for the tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonoma76 View Post
    I'm closer to 6'0 honestly, and have a 32.75 inch inseam. I'm all torso and have trouble fitting any bike. I can barely stand over a 58 cm bike's top tube.

    I will try to bend my back more. Thanks for the tips.
    Your core can support more than your elbows and hands so remember try and strengthen up your core if it's weak and put the weight there.

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