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Wide handlebars causing shoulder pain??

Old 02-26-08, 01:55 PM
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Wide handlebars causing shoulder pain??

I have developed shoulder pain in the front of my R shoulder since I began to ride a road bike last July. I've ridden about 1800 miles since then. The pain is over the anterior tendon to my biceps muscle. I have a hunch that it might be due to how wide my handlebars are; 46 cm. I should be using 42 cm. Has anyone over heard of wide handlebars causing shoulder pain?
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Those are rather wide bars, but a typical problem is that too much weight is being supported by one's arms. Have you been fit professionally?

You could try raising your bars a bit or moving your seat and bars closer together by repositioning the seat or using a shorter stem.
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Do you have loss of movement / pain in the shoulder when reaching up behind the back and reaching up overhead to put on a jersey?

I had this type of shoulder pain in my right shoulder last year. The sports medicine facility I went to dianosed it as a "muscle impingement" in the rotator cuff. Generally, I was on my road bike so much that my shoulders naturally slouched forward. The shoulder muscles were stretched and weak in some areas so they were getting caught it between the joint resulting in swelling and even more impingement.

I'm 95% back to normal now from rowing, bench and military presses to strengthen the back to pull my shoulder back and strengthen the shoulders.

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The doc just told me that I had biceps tendonitis.
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Originally Posted by Tequila Joe
Do you have loss of movement / pain in the shoulder when reaching up behind the back and reaching up overhead to put on a jersey?

I had this type of shoulder pain in my right shoulder last year. The sports medicine facility I went to dianosed it as a "muscle impingement" in the rotator cuff. Generally, I was on my road bike so much that my shoulders naturally slouched forward. The shoulder muscles were stretched and weak in some areas so they were getting caught it between the joint resulting in swelling and even more impingement.

I'm 95% back to normal now from rowing, bench and military presses to strengthen the back to pull my shoulder back and strengthen the shoulders.
I've got this same issue. I'm working with a trainer several times a week to lossen the joint and to strengthen the muscles. Question is, to avoid this in the future, I'll need to reduce the amount of weight on the arms and shoulders as I ride. If I recall an article by Peter White, moving the saddle forward causes more weight on the arms and shoulders, however if I move it back, my reach is tougher and I find myself sliding forward to shorten the reach. How have others solved this dilemma?

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I never changed my position on the bike, only visits to the weight room doing exercises to strengthen back and shoulder muscles. After a couple months of this, I do not have any pain anymore and mobility is almost back to normal.

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I never changed my position on the bike, only visits to the weight room doing exercises to strengthen back and shoulder muscles. After a couple months of this, I do not have any pain anymore and mobility is almost back to normal.

T.J.
Thanks....I work at a high school so I'm fortunate to have our sports trainer giving me a hand with this. He does a ton of arm/shoulder stretches with me, and then we do light weights. Since this all started, I've swapped out my bars and stem and been fitted so I'm hoping the new position along with the rehab will take care of everything in time.


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nesdog and joe -

I suffer from the same issue stemming from a car accident. stretching seems to be the only thing that helps. considering yoga now as well since the 6 ibuprofen/day can't be good.
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I get pain in the front of the shoulder with bars that are too wide.
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Might as well ask this here:

If the bars are too wide, what might hurt?

And, if the bars are too narrow, what might hurt?
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nesdog and joe -

I suffer from the same issue stemming from a car accident. stretching seems to be the only thing that helps. considering yoga now as well since the 6 ibuprofen/day can't be good.
Look into yoga or whatever else. Ibuprofen is about the only OTC pain reliever that works on me. So I used it. And became seriously allergic to it very suddenly. ER Doc told me it happens that way.
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