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Old 01-09-06, 03:07 PM
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Pain: left shoulder and feet

I just moved to a road style (touring) bike from my comfort style bike I was riding before over Christmas.

I'm noticing on this bike that after extended riding (after about 20 miles), I get pain in my left shoulder. Nothing "killer", but kind of like the pain if you sleep on your arm or something. I never had the shoulder/arm pain before, so I'm thinking I have some kind of fit problem. Any ideas what incorrect adjustment would cause that? And why it would only be in the left arm?

Secondly, I'm getting pain in my feet. It seems to be where I'm clipped in at. I have to stop once in a while to walk around for a minute for my feet to feel better. I DID have this on my old bike too, but it seems to be slightly more pronounced on this new bike. I'm guessing this is an adjustment to the clipless system, but what should I try? Adjust shoe cleats or pedal clips? And what kind of adjustment? Ideas?
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Old 01-10-06, 08:53 AM
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The shoulder pain could be caused by your 'cockpit' length. Take a look at increasing the distance from you saddle nose to your bars. You may be able to make small adjustments by moving your saddle back. You may also consider getting a longer stem. What about your bar height? How upright is your position? What is the drop from your saddle height to the top of your bars?

As far as foot pain, let me know if you find a solution. My feet are killing me too.
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Originally Posted by KingTermite
Secondly, I'm getting pain in my feet. It seems to be where I'm clipped in at. I have to stop once in a while to walk around for a minute for my feet to feel better. I DID have this on my old bike too, but it seems to be slightly more pronounced on this new bike. I'm guessing this is an adjustment to the clipless system, but what should I try? Adjust shoe cleats or pedal clips? And what kind of adjustment? Ideas?
Can you describe the pain? Depending on whether it's a burning sensation (aka hotfoot) versus a sharp pain it could be your shoes are too tight (restricting circulation) versus the pedals are too narrow/shoe soles are too soft (creating a pressure point on your foot).
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Originally Posted by ajay677
The shoulder pain could be caused by your 'cockpit' length. Take a look at increasing the distance from you saddle nose to your bars. You may be able to make small adjustments by moving your saddle back. You may also consider getting a longer stem. What about your bar height? How upright is your position? What is the drop from your saddle height to the top of your bars?

As far as foot pain, let me know if you find a solution. My feet are killing me too.

His other bike is a compact frame design with an upright position. Do you think that his shoulder pain is just from the "getting used to" time that he needs for the leaned over position? I would think that making the distance further might aggravate his shoulder more......?

Hey bro, are you favoring one side and leaning on your left wrist? Are your shoes too stiff or not stiff enough?
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Sorry....I hadn't seen any replies to this and thought the thread got "lost".

Feet....kind of like the bottom of the foot where the cleat is gets very sensitive feeling. I'm not sure if I'd call it "hotfoot" or not. Although...Sunday I moved the cleat up higher and it seemed better. So I'll see if this is the permanent fix.

Shoulder pain: I did get the stem lengthened according to the "fit" I had using their fit system. Although, the pain was there originally, and is still there with the longer stem. I'm almost maxed out now, stem is 120mm. It feels plenty far enough out....I don't think a longer stem would help.

I was really trying to figure things out on Sunday and I think my sis Siu has it right. I think I'm (not sure why) favoring one side. Is there a fit reason that would entice me to favor one side?

As far as the feel of the pain in my arm/shoulder, it feels like it would as if I'd slept on it and it was "out of whack". It's not killer pain, but a long dull pain. Now its Tuesday, 2 days after the ride and I can still feel it.

Of course, I have other problems now too....I crashed Sunday and need to get my bike fixed. At a minimum I bent my handlebars and need to replace the handlebars. Luckily all that I came out of it with is a bruise on my leg.
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Originally Posted by KingTermite
Shoulder pain: I did get the stem lengthened according to the "fit" I had using their fit system. Although, the pain was there originally, and is still there with the longer stem. I'm almost maxed out now, stem is 120mm. It feels plenty far enough out....I don't think a longer stem would help.

As far as the feel of the pain in my arm/shoulder, it feels like it would as if I'd slept on it and it was "out of whack". It's not killer pain, but a long dull pain. Now its Tuesday, 2 days after the ride and I can still feel it.
One thing I quickly discovered when I first switched to a road bike (from a hybrid) was shoulder and upper arm discomfort. Never really got over it completely but the more I rode the better it got. One thing that helped was light weight training especially upper body (shoulders, upper arms, chest, upper back and abs). On long rides I would get real fatigued in my shoulders and arms. Road cycling requires strength and conditioning other than than just legs.

Sorry about the crash. Hope you and the bike are ok.
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You are riding a little stiff perhaps. It happened to me when I went to the drops, causing shoulder discomfort.

"Diamond" push-ups will help to strengthen your upper body, so a little front fly's with your bike as dumbell will help too.

And stop locking up your elbows
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The hotfoot syndrome could be blamed on not snug enough shoes. Supplement insoles with another insole from an old tennis shoe and tell us if the situation changes
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