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Old 10-19-16, 09:42 PM
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Tightness in shoulders on road bikes

I've ridden 54cm, 55cm, and 56cm road bikes with 38cm width handlebars up to 44cm handle bars. I'm 5'9" and 175 lbs. The shoulders at the top of my shoulder blades gets painfully tight after 10 minutes of riding. I've ridden several different road bikes around this size with varying geometries and it remains the same. What should I do?
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Too little info. It might be as simple as too much weight on your arms, or lack of upper body strength, or some complex organic thing going on.

You need to let some knowledgeable person see you on the bike and consider possibilities.
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So you are saying that you get this discomfort on several size bicycles and with wide and narrow handlebars...

This must be a conditioning problem and may not be a bike problem at all...


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I'm guessing that it might be impingement, mostly because I have a mild case of it too. Google it. What fixes it is very simple: hang by your hands, palms forward, for as long as you can, as many times as you can, say two or three times/week. I can manage it for 3 reps of 1 minute with 1-2 minute rests between reps. Fixed me up in about a month of that. Plus my forearms got quite a bit stronger . . . The object of the game is to reshape the acromion, a bone in your shoulder.

The dumbbell work is good, too. I superset dumbbell side raises, front raises, and rear raises. Lightish weights are best, 3 sets of 12-20 reps with enough weight so that the last few reps are tough.
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I do stretching with yoga practice. I will add more shoulder stretches to my sequence.

I thought about the problem more and realized the narrow handlebars feel better. I still get pain, but not as much and it takes much longer when they are narrow.

Thank you for the responses.
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