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View Poll Results: Which part has the most sore/pain during long rides?
neck
5
10.20%
shoulder
6
12.24%
lower back
3
6.12%
arm
3
6.12%
wrist or hand
9
18.37%
hip
1
2.04%
butt
20
40.82%
knee
4
8.16%
leg
5
10.20%
other
7
14.29%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll

Which part of your body has the most sore/pain during long rides?

Old 05-27-14, 04:44 PM
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Which part of your body has the most sore/pain during long rides?

It could have to do with how your exert muscles, riding posture, bike frame fitting, etc. I make this a multiple-choice poll, but please try to minimize selections.
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Old 05-27-14, 06:08 PM
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You left off a box for NONE. I've ridden a metric century in a day and just felt a bit tired.
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
You left off a box for NONE. I've ridden a metric century in a day and just felt a bit tired.
You may choose "other"---a nonexistent part . You must have a perfectly fit bike and ride in correct posture.
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Old 05-27-14, 06:12 PM
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Pretty much just my legs hurt. Did 30 miles this past Sunday, and at about the 25 mile mark, my thighs really started to ache. They both almost cramped up a few times before I finished. Thank goodness they didn't, but it was a very painful last few miles. I'm sure that as I regularly do such distances, the instances of (almost) cramping will diminish.

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I ride a recumbent - a low recumbent trike for the most part and have done so for more than a decade now. I left all of the problems associated with the seat and being hunched over the handlebars behind when I did. Had I kept riding a DF bike, it would probably just hang from the garage ceiling as my mountain bikes mostly do.
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
I ride a recumbent - a low recumbent trike for the most part and have done so for more than a decade now. I left all of the problems associated with the seat and being hunched over the handlebars behind when I did.
Any incidents of birds' droppings onto your face?
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No bird droppings lately. I do remember regularly getting dive bombed by red wing blackbirds when I lived in Wisconsin. The darn things would always come in from behind so you never knew in advance it was going to happen. Wouldn't be so bad these days as I always use a bike helmet. Bird safe!

BTW on a recumbent trike you face forward, not up. It is in sharp contrast to the road bike rider who nearly ran me down the other day on a bike trail. He was concentrating so hard on looking at the front wheel that he was oblivious of anyone else on the planet. A very loud "LOOK UP" got his attention before we crashed head on.
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
He was concentrating so hard on looking at the front wheel that he was oblivious of anyone else on the planet.
It seems to me in road bike riding position one either can't keep looking forward or, if they do, develop neck sores. It just looks unnatural and uncomfortable to me.
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I second the vote for "NONE" ... I've done some very, very long rides, and I've been tired of course, but nothing really hurt.

It's all about getting a bicycle that is the right size and set up correctly for you.

Using a good saddle for you.

And being fit.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I second the vote for "NONE" ... I've done some very, very long rides, and I've been tired of course, but nothing really hurt.
How do you manage looking forward without neck sore on a road bike?
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How do you manage looking forward without neck sore on a road bike?
realistic stem/handlebar height?
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Originally Posted by vol View Post
How do you manage looking forward without neck sore on a road bike?
I think it just takes some getting used to. I had a sore neck after a short ride on my road bike in the first week or so. Now after 4 weeks, my heck doesn't hurt anymore.

I did get some stiff shoulders after riding 40 miles with hills yesterday, but even that wasn't nearly as much discomfort as I felt on my shoulders in the first couple of weeks.

Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
realistic stem/handlebar height?
That's probably part of it for me, too. I had the original stem swapped with a shorter, higher-degree one after about 10 days.
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I have two hybrid bikes. The new one has 1.5" longer distance from seat to stem, and it's sooo much more uncomfortable for me! I have to lean forward to reach the bar, and it's not even close to the hunched roadie position. Yesterday during a 1.5 hour ride I had to sit back from time to time with one hand off the bar to release pressure and sore.
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Originally Posted by vol View Post
How do you manage looking forward without neck sore on a road bike?
Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
realistic stem/handlebar height?
Yes.
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Here's me riding Machak, my Marinoni Ciclo ... a bicycle who fits me very well ... on a tour in Europe in 2007. I'm not in a "hunched roadie position" ... I'm quite comfortably riding along, looking forward, etc.

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Here's me riding my Thorn touring bicycle about a year ago. Also a very comfortable bicycle.


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Okay, following @Machka, I have my posture shown here...



As you can see, I'm pretty upright with the 17-degree stem.
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My butt hurts most after 24 hours in the saddle. Legs, arms, neck, muscles all good but ye gods does that butt hurt!
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No doubt that "none" should have been a choice. I too ride recumbents, both a bike and a trike. I have no pain at all. After a long ride, I may feel tired, but have no pain.
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Wrists, thinking i need to raise my handlebars a bit and just a result of being overweight/not strong enough core
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not strong enough core
That's an important factor for being comfortable on a bicycle over long distances. I've found that the stronger my core is, the longer I can go without any issues.
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Another Vote for "No Pain"

I can't really say that riding causes me any pain at all. After a 60+ mile ride, I might feel tired in my muscles. Sometimes I have a faint sensation that I've been sitting for a long time, but it's not pain, not numbness or tingling, not really discomfort at all...

When I ride my mountain bike and have crashes - the pain comes. It doesn't have to be a long ride. Most frequently, it's bashing of calves/shins on cranks or pedals. Rarely, it's my face striking the ground. That usually leaves a small mark...
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Originally Posted by daihard View Post
Okay, following @Machka, I have my posture shown here...



As you can see, I'm pretty upright with the 17-degree stem.

Looking good! I can't wait to try out my 30 degree stem. May feel like a lazyboy chair.
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All my aches and pains have been diminishing by riding more. I am down to my right elbow hurting occasionally. Doesn't matter which bike I ride so I am beginning to think it isn't related.
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Used to be my arms, then I stopped waving.
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None, but then again, I'm on this:




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