Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Stretching and resting

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Stretching and resting

Old 05-14-21, 07:13 PM
  #1  
slickrcbd
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Stretching and resting

Since I turned 30, I found that if I don't stretch before using my bicycle, I get horrible cramps the next day.
I know, they taught me in school that I needed to stretch before doing any exercise, but it seemed unnecessary when I was a kid or even a teenager just to hop on my bike and go somewhere.

One thing I've never been clear on is a good rule of thumb of how long after I stop riding before I need to stretch again.
For example, let's say that I ride the bike to Wal-Mart, then spend 20 minutes locating what item I need and then waiting in line to check out.
Would I need to stretch again? I'm just wondering what should be the cutoff point. I've been using about 10 minutes, because I really don't want those cramps the next day.
slickrcbd is offline  
Old 05-14-21, 07:49 PM
  #2  
wolfchild
Senior Member
 
wolfchild's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario canada
Posts: 7,963

Bikes: I have 3 singlespeed/fixed gear bikes

Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3364 Post(s)
Liked 1,958 Times in 980 Posts
I am 51 and I never stretch, I find no benefits in stretching., it's just a waste of time and it doesn't do anything for me..
wolfchild is offline  
Old 05-14-21, 07:57 PM
  #3  
Bmach
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,058
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 419 Post(s)
Liked 245 Times in 152 Posts
Try stretching after you ride.
Bmach is offline  
Old 05-14-21, 11:06 PM
  #4  
rsbob 
😵‍💫
 
rsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Seattle-ish
Posts: 3,755
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1453 Post(s)
Liked 2,696 Times in 1,550 Posts
As people age they tend to stiffen. We have all see older men with a shuffling gate due to stiffness. I stretched before going on runs and have always done the same for cycling. At 66, I stretch before and after a ride. I stretch before to limber and after to help prevent cramps since I am an egg-head and like to push myself on every ride.

Internet search on Stretching for Cyclists and you will find pages and pages of dedicated stretches and videos. The sheer number of pages shows that stretching is not an anomaly.

How many miles to Walmart? How old are you? If you are getting cramps just riding a few blocks, you may want to consult a physician.
__________________
Road and Mountain 🚴🏾‍♂️



rsbob is offline  
Likes For rsbob:
Old 05-15-21, 02:38 AM
  #5  
Ironfish653
Dirty Heathen
 
Ironfish653's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: MC-778, 6250 fsw
Posts: 1,974

Bikes: 1997 Cannondale, 1976 Bridgestone, 1998 SoftRide, 1989 Klein, 1989 Black Lightning #0033

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 791 Post(s)
Liked 707 Times in 429 Posts
Everybody’s going to have a little needs as far as far as stretching or the need to stretch before or after a ‘workout’

I think regular stretching is good, especially if you only ride a couple times a week. Stretching a couple-three times a week on ‘off’ days can keep stiffness at bay. Stretching regularly throughout the week can eliminate the need you feel to stretch right before a ride.

The other big thing that can contribute to successful recovery is warm-up and cool-down time: Allow 3-5 minutes or a couple of miles on each end of a ride or workout, depending on duration/intensity to allow you body to transition from resting mode to ‘work’ mode and back.
y
Ironfish653 is offline  
Old 05-15-21, 04:24 AM
  #6  
Trakhak
Senior Member
 
Trakhak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 3,619
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1407 Post(s)
Liked 1,407 Times in 817 Posts
Recent science on stretching summarized (May 2021):

Stretching science has shown that this extremely popular form of exercise has almost no measurable benefits

Do what you like, but I'm nearly 70, I've been cycling all my life (still doing fast training rides of 2 to 4 hours daily, weather permitting), and I've never stretched. And I'm as flexible as I've ever been or needed to be.
Trakhak is offline  
Old 05-15-21, 04:32 AM
  #7  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 13,364

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 196 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4462 Post(s)
Liked 2,568 Times in 1,670 Posts
Stretch if it feels good and helps you. Don't stretch if it doesn't.

I stretch my back and neck often due to old injuries. But I don't do much stretching of my legs before bike rides or running. The current conventional wisdom says pre-ride/run activity should activate the muscles to warm them up -- mostly gentle exercises that contract the muscles, rather than stretching.

After rides and runs I do a lot of massage, especially with rollers and percussion massagers. Those have been more effective for me.

I'm not racing so I don't care about data on measurable benefits. I do what feels good for me and relieves my discomfort caused by injuries. It's the difference between limiting my workouts to 60-90 minutes, or enjoying a longer ride, walk or run.
canklecat is offline  
Likes For canklecat:
Old 05-15-21, 05:32 AM
  #8  
shelbyfv
Expired Member
 
shelbyfv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: TN
Posts: 10,164
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3031 Post(s)
Liked 3,998 Times in 2,019 Posts
I prefer a hard foam roller.
shelbyfv is offline  
Likes For shelbyfv:
Old 05-15-21, 05:36 AM
  #9  
CAT7RDR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Hacienda Hgts
Posts: 1,750

Bikes: 1999 Schwinn Peloton Ultegra 10, Kestrel RT-1000 Ultegra, Trek Marlin 6 Deore 29'er

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 686 Post(s)
Liked 1,566 Times in 779 Posts
I stretch while riding. Getting in the drops or shoulder stretches are just part of being on a bike to me.
CAT7RDR is offline  
Likes For CAT7RDR:
Old 05-15-21, 06:05 AM
  #10  
Clyde1820
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 1,759

Bikes: 1996 Trek 970 ZX 2x11

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 562 Post(s)
Liked 469 Times in 356 Posts
Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Recent science on stretching summarized (May 2021):

Stretching science has shown that this extremely popular form of exercise has almost no measurable benefits

Do what you like, but I'm nearly 70, I've been cycling all my life (still doing fast training rides of 2 to 4 hours daily, weather permitting), and I've never stretched. And I'm as flexible as I've ever been or needed to be.
Good article and summary of much of what's currently understood in the area of "stretching." Thank you for the link.


An area with clear benefit: range of motion, either restoration of or creation of. That article mentions it. I've experienced it, through general training and specifically with injury recovery. And know of dancers that clearly developed their required range of motion because of it.

Interesting aspect, range of motion. As we age, many naturally gain increased "stiffness" with an attendant reduction in range of motion. At some point, activities that require a given minimum ROM can run up against such stiffness and lack, thereby causing injury.

With injuries themselves, some injuries can induce a significant limitation on muscular range of motion, and stretching (with general fitness restoration) is one of the very few practical methods of returning to a reasonably performance-oriented ROM.

Aside from that, the article also mentions the one clear situation of first-aid for severe cramping. BTDT, myself, as have many others. Have had severe cramps in calves on a few occasions, after hours upon hours of strenuous activity without any means of stretching throughout; "heavy" targeted stretching at the moment of the cramp turned out to be the only thing that could rapidly counter such cramping. (As the article alludes to.)

As for the rest, a fair argument can be made there's little to no benefit beyond the "feel good" aspect. Hard to say whether blood flow, for example, is somewhat improved via having better-stretched muscles when performing an activity; uncertain what studies of the science of this have been done for athletics and other activities. Hard to say whether recovery rates are somewhat improved, with better-stretched muscles. Particularly in cases of solid (even extreme) tightness or injury. Though, I suspect all of those are true to some extent. The article focuses on what can be medically/scientifically proven. Some things are hard to get at, with such proofs.

All of the warnings in the article about aggressive stretching or certain technique being potentially injury-causing are true. It's funny how in an otherwise fit person that stretching at the "wrong" time or stretching too vigorously before the muscles are warm enough for that level of effort can lead to strain, even injury. But do those same stretches when the muscles are warmed, with an appropriate level of effort, much less risk of such strains/injuries.

Useful activity for those who experience tightening of ROM and need to counter it. Not so much for those who do not. Hard to get at the apparent usefulness, when so many aren't so encumbered by ROM impacts of their activities. I was, during a stint with competitive performance running, back in the day; many of my fellow training buddies and competitors were not. Everyone's different.

For myself, generally, I know that as I've aged I have personally witnessed a decreasing ROM if I fail to regularly stretch (multiple times per day). But then, these days, old injuries have kept me from many of the athletic levels of physical activity that once probably accounted for most of my ROM and certainly for most of my strength and general flexibility. Beyond basic fitness activities (not athletic sport, as such), stretching comprises a good portion of what keeps my ROM what it is and avoids the tightening, stiffening and reduced-ROM that this aging is otherwise producing. I can skip a day or two of vigorous physical activity, but may all the gods have mercy upon me if I skip even one of my stretching sessions, as that's the surest way to get "stoved up" and "no-ROM tight" as I can think of. Funny how that works, with some. Don't know if medical science will ever nail down the exact cause of this. It'd be nice.
Clyde1820 is offline  
Old 05-15-21, 06:40 AM
  #11  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 36,008
Mentioned: 204 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16566 Post(s)
Liked 11,497 Times in 5,548 Posts
I neither stretch nor shop at Walmart. Wonder if there is a correlation.
indyfabz is offline  
Likes For indyfabz:
Old 05-15-21, 07:21 AM
  #12  
Kapusta
Advanced Slacker
 
Kapusta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 5,835

Bikes: Soma Fog Cutter, Surly Wednesday, Canfielld Tilt

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2599 Post(s)
Liked 2,302 Times in 1,301 Posts
I have found stretching my hamstrings to be very beneficial to cycling and running.

However, it makes little difference WHEN I do it, and I almost never do it right before or after a ride, simply due to the extra time and inconvenience. I just work it in to my daily/weekly schedule whenever it makes sense.

I do it for the flexibility and range of motion, and that is more of a long term thing. Its not like I am going to suddenly have more flexible hamstrings because I just stretched. I find just being in motion for a little while loosens everything up to its most limber state.
Kapusta is offline  
Old 05-15-21, 01:10 PM
  #13  
Inusuit
Full Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: SE Wyoming
Posts: 486

Bikes: 1987 Diamondback Ascent, 1995 Specialized Rockhopper,1989 Specialized Rock Combo, 2013 Specialized Tarmac Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 166 Post(s)
Liked 454 Times in 221 Posts
I'm 76, do yoga and lower back stretches 2-3 times a week. Stretch the quads and hamstrings after a long ride. I've had issues with restless leg syndrome and find that stretching, foam roller, and magnesium supplement helps immensely.

Cramps are a different story. I'd make sure to be hydrated and maintain an electrolyte balance with a sports drink or supplement.
Inusuit is offline  
Likes For Inusuit:
Old 05-17-21, 07:19 AM
  #14  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,038

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2163 Post(s)
Liked 1,388 Times in 884 Posts
I remember being 30, but I don't remember much.

I've found stretching after riding helps me maintain range of motion, general flexibility, and reduces cramping. So I try to stretch at least a few times a week, and certainly after a longer (more than a couple hours) ride. I'll try to stretch hamstrings, quads, and calves every 50 miles or so on ridiculously long rides, while stopped for a "nature break," food, or water.

I've read it's easier to pull a muscle stretched cold, so I don't do that unless it's cramping.
pdlamb is offline  
Old 05-17-21, 08:32 AM
  #15  
burnthesheep
Newbie racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 3,374

Bikes: Propel, red is faster

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1566 Post(s)
Liked 1,535 Times in 954 Posts
With a bike, most of this conversation should be more centered around preparation long before mounting the bike.

The bike fit needs to match your current flexibility.

Then, you need to do whatever you need to do off the bike on a routine basis to be able to use that bike fit. Core work or cross training the supporting muscular structure.

Randomly stretching right before a ride? Most non-cyclists athletes actually use a bike as their "warmup". Look on the sidelines of an American football field. Or gym of other sports folks. They hop right on the stationary and spin for a bit to warm up. Then go on to the weights or sprinting or whatever they do.

If you have to do that before the bike, I'd say you need to roll easy around the block for a bit to warmup if anything before starting to go at it. But no need for a pilates class before a bike ride.

Maybe if you're a time triallist who has a pretty constricted bike fit and you've been on vacation.
burnthesheep is offline  
Likes For burnthesheep:
Old 05-17-21, 11:19 AM
  #16  
cbrstar
BMX Connoisseur
 
cbrstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Canada
Posts: 774

Bikes: 1988 Kuwahara Newport, 1983 Nishiki, 1984 Diamond Back Viper, 1991 Dyno Compe

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 399 Post(s)
Liked 108 Times in 69 Posts
If you are extremely sore the next day that's also your body saying you didn't drink enough water during and after your exercise.
cbrstar is offline  
Old 05-17-21, 11:28 AM
  #17  
delbiker1 
Mother Nature's Son
 
delbiker1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Sussex County, Delaware
Posts: 2,670

Bikes: 2014 Orbea Avant MD30, 2004 Airborne Zeppelin TI, 2003 Lemond Poprad, 2001 Lemond Tourmalet, 2014? Soma Smoothie

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 711 Post(s)
Liked 1,046 Times in 615 Posts
I am one to stretch numerous times in a day. I stretch the body part that feels like it needs it at the time. I have no doubt that it helps my chronic spinal and shoulder issues. I also stop occasionally during a ride to get off the saddle for a few minutes and lightly stretch. I have no doubt that it helps me to be more comfortable on longer rides. Hydration is a huge factor in all activities.
delbiker1 is offline  
Old 05-17-21, 11:48 AM
  #18  
Clyde1820
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 1,759

Bikes: 1996 Trek 970 ZX 2x11

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 562 Post(s)
Liked 469 Times in 356 Posts
Originally Posted by cbrstar View Post
If you are extremely sore the next day that's also your body saying you didn't drink enough water during and after your exercise.
Maybe. Depends on what the cause of the aches are. Hard muscle use can cause such aches, independent of hydration. Though, as you suggest, hydration's a big part of the body's normal repair and strengthening processes.
Clyde1820 is offline  
Likes For Clyde1820:
Old 05-17-21, 01:47 PM
  #19  
guachi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 520
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 229 Post(s)
Liked 326 Times in 179 Posts
Originally Posted by Inusuit View Post
Cramps are a different story. I'd make sure to be hydrated and maintain an electrolyte balance with a sports drink or supplement.
There's no evidence that cramps have anything to do with hydration or electrolytes. I'd certainly stay hydrated and consume electrolytes on a longer ride, but not because of cramps.
guachi is offline  
Likes For guachi:
Old 05-17-21, 03:01 PM
  #20  
Inusuit
Full Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: SE Wyoming
Posts: 486

Bikes: 1987 Diamondback Ascent, 1995 Specialized Rockhopper,1989 Specialized Rock Combo, 2013 Specialized Tarmac Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 166 Post(s)
Liked 454 Times in 221 Posts
[QUOTE=guachi;22063712]There's no evidence that cramps have anything to do with hydration or electrolytes. I'd certainly stay hydrated and consume electrolytes on a longer ride, but not because of cramps.[/QUOT

Mayo Clinic disagrees with your assertion.

They list both dehydration and mineral depletion as contributors to cramps.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...blood%20supply.
Inusuit is offline  
Likes For Inusuit:
Old 05-17-21, 04:53 PM
  #21  
favabean1982
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I’ve found stretching to be both a help and to do absolutely nothing-it’s probably more of a placebo. Running, on the other hand, that absolutely requires some stretching beforehand!
favabean1982 is offline  
Old 05-19-21, 09:29 AM
  #22  
Kabuki12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 2,681
Mentioned: 30 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 640 Post(s)
Liked 1,464 Times in 859 Posts
I ride quite a bit and I am not prone to cramps . I drink plenty of water and use an additive to my bottle when I go on long rides. I do stretch not only before riding but at least once during a long ride. For me stretching is helpful for fighting fatigue . I have had non cycling related injuries and gone to physical therapy where they teach various forms of stretching. Even after healing I continue the treatment on my own with what they taught me.
Kabuki12 is offline  
Old 05-19-21, 08:39 PM
  #23  
slickrcbd
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I think people missed the point of my question.
How long can I not be riding before I need to stretch again? Often I'll take a 30-45 minute rest when riding more than 3-4 miles (yes I know, I've been trying for years to get back into shape but it seems every winter I lose 90% of all progress I made).
I know I need to stretch again after 45 minutes, but how long can I be stopped and either resting, walking around (aka shopping), or standing (aka waiting in line) before I need to stretch again?


Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
I am 51 and I never stretch, I find no benefits in stretching., it's just a waste of time and it doesn't do anything for me..
I used to feel that way, until about 10 years ago when I started getting these cramps the next day after riding. I looked up recommended stretches for bike riders, tried them, and surprise, no cramps the next day.
After some experiments, I found that the if I stretched, I had no pain the next day, but if I did not bother stretching, I got horrible cramps.
Before I was 30, I never needed to stretch, even when I went 5 miles up hill to college that time when my car was in the shop after somebody sideswiped me (and the repairs were on their dime).
Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
Try stretching after you ride.
I should have mentioned that I do that too.
Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
As people age they tend to stiffen. We have all see older men with a shuffling gate due to stiffness. I stretched before going on runs and have always done the same for cycling. At 66, I stretch before and after a ride. I stretch before to limber and after to help prevent cramps since I am an egg-head and like to push myself on every ride.

Internet search on Stretching for Cyclists and you will find pages and pages of dedicated stretches and videos. The sheer number of pages shows that stretching is not an anomaly.

How many miles to Walmart? How old are you? If you are getting cramps just riding a few blocks, you may want to consult a physician.
Not really relevant, Walmart isn't the only place I go, it was just an example. Still, it's about 2.5-3 miles, I never clocked it exactly.
Originally Posted by guachi View Post
There's no evidence that cramps have anything to do with hydration or electrolytes. I'd certainly stay hydrated and consume electrolytes on a longer ride, but not because of cramps.
I sometimes think I go overboard on staying hydrated, and cut back last year due to the water fountains being turned off due to COVID, but normally if I'm going more than a mile I carry two water bottles and do not hesitate to drink from them, refilling at practically every opportunity.Even when I'm going only a mile (which is frequent as the library and the shopping center with the bank, grocery store, and dollar store are only 1 mile away) I always fill the smaller 12oz bottle on the principal of "better to have it and not need it than need the water and not have it".
Being hydrated has no effect on the cramps, stretching does.
Again, I never needed to stretch before I was 30.
slickrcbd is offline  
Old 05-19-21, 11:17 PM
  #24  
guachi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 520
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 229 Post(s)
Liked 326 Times in 179 Posts
Originally Posted by Inusuit View Post
Mayo Clinic disagrees with your assertion.

They list both dehydration and mineral depletion as contributors to cramps.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...blood%20supply.
They can list whatever they want but actual scientific study after study shows no relation between hydration or electrolytes and cramping. One study I read had participants get ridiculously dehydrated. Result? No additional cramping.

From another study: the "electrolyte depletion" and "dehydration" hypotheses do not offer plausible... mechanisms... that could adequately explain the presentation of [cramping].

You'd think if what Mayo Clinic said was true it would be easy to find lots of studies to back it up.

Last edited by guachi; 05-21-21 at 07:36 PM.
guachi is offline  
Likes For guachi:
Old 05-20-21, 12:35 AM
  #25  
livedarklions
High Performance Noodler
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 14,453

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7611 Post(s)
Liked 7,976 Times in 4,478 Posts
Originally Posted by slickrcbd View Post
I think people missed the point of my question.
How long can I not be riding before I need to stretch again? Often I'll take a 30-45 minute rest when riding more than 3-4 miles (yes I know, I've been trying for years to get back into shape but it seems every winter I lose 90% of all progress I made).
I know I need to stretch again after 45 minutes, but how long can I be stopped and either resting, walking around (aka shopping), or standing (aka waiting in line) before I need to stretch again?


I used to feel that way, until about 10 years ago when I started getting these cramps the next day after riding. I looked up recommended stretches for bike riders, tried them, and surprise, no cramps the next day.
After some experiments, I found that the if I stretched, I had no pain the next day, but if I did not bother stretching, I got horrible cramps.
Before I was 30, I never needed to stretch, even when I went 5 miles up hill to college that time when my car was in the shop after somebody sideswiped me (and the repairs were on their dime).

I should have mentioned that I do that too.
Not really relevant, Walmart isn't the only place I go, it was just an example. Still, it's about 2.5-3 miles, I never clocked it exactly.

I sometimes think I go overboard on staying hydrated, and cut back last year due to the water fountains being turned off due to COVID, but normally if I'm going more than a mile I carry two water bottles and do not hesitate to drink from them, refilling at practically every opportunity.Even when I'm going only a mile (which is frequent as the library and the shopping center with the bank, grocery store, and dollar store are only 1 mile away) I always fill the smaller 12oz bottle on the principal of "better to have it and not need it than need the water and not have it".
Being hydrated has no effect on the cramps, stretching does.
Again, I never needed to stretch before I was 30.

I've found that stretching does absolutely nothing for me, and I regularly ride centuries without cramps. I'm 60 y.o. I think you're missing the point of the comments--there's no scientific answer to your question, and no one here can answer what's going to work for you.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I don't think it's normal to get crampy after a 5 mile ride unless you're doing it very fast.
​​​​​​

Last edited by livedarklions; 05-20-21 at 12:43 AM.
livedarklions is offline  
Likes For livedarklions:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.