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Frame Size and Cramps

Old 05-02-08, 08:19 AM
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Frame Size and Cramps

Is it possible to get calf cramps from riding a frame thats to small?....i ride a Giant Medium size frame and ussually around the 20 mile mark i get a cramp in my calves or sometimes just one. I pedal using the scraping mud off your feet theory and had tried my cleats front back and every thing in between. I had a guy look things over that knows much more then me ( i obviously know very little) and he said my seat height looks good that sometimes a high seat causes cramping. I went by giants theory for buying a frame size, they use that compact deal, when i got mine in 05 it said Medium, now im right on the high end of the meduim frame size but i was told to go with the smallest frame that fits you. I rode a friends cannondale thats i think a 58 and it felt good, more stretched out room. Im supposed to be a 54 according to there inseam measurement but im just wondering about this cramping thing being from the frame, i got pleanty of energy and they do go away after a few minutes and im drink a gallon of water before all day before an evening ride and pound down 2 to 4 bottles while riding depending on the temps. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-02-08, 09:33 AM
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Are you getting enough electrolyte with all that water?

I tend to sweat heavily and drink lots of water and had lots of cramps, especially in the calves. I (mostly) got rid of my cramping problems by increasing my salt intake and drinking an energy drink with electrolytes on longer rides. If this is the problem, it can be like magic. (But YMMV).
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I get calf cramps and tight calves easily. It has nothing to do with the bike and everything to do with my form and proper stretching.
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Old 05-02-08, 09:42 AM
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I drink a bottle of accelerade on the way to meet for the ride and then ussually 2 bottles while riding
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Old 05-02-08, 10:06 AM
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Since it's been getting hotter, I've been getting this problem. I think it has alot to do with hydration. I really need to figure out a good system for myself, since last year it cost me finishing two races.
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Old 05-02-08, 10:28 AM
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They say lack of potassium causes leg cramps so drink some orange juice before your ride, or take a banana with you.
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bananas before and after the ride (I had similiar problems as a 10k and mini marathon runner and later as a MT biker). also, gatorade and lots of it. Skip the sodas and sugary foods before hand (day or so).

Also, get a good professional fit on your bike.

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Position on the bike can have a big impact on calf cramps. I suffered for years with them, year-round, and tried everything known to man to stop them. I had a Wobble-Naught bike fit in January, and have never had a twinge since then, it was almost miraculous for me. I told my fitter about the cramps in advance, and he thought my setup did not allow my calves to relax between pedal strokes. I was skeptical, but he was able to cure me.
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I never had cramps until earlier this year when I had a 5 day bout with lower G.I. "distress".

After being sick, I was getting calf and thigh cramps just laying in bed at night, not really on the bike, but I could feel them real close.

I got a tip for this stuff--NuSalt--from another forum area.

It is potassium chloride. 1/6 teaspoon has 530 m/g of potassium, 15% of the daily requirment. The only potassium supplement tablets you can buy in the store have 3% per tablet...total waste of $$. You can get this in any grocery store.

I put 1/4 teaspoon in a water bottle with a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 fruit punch for longer rides now that it's warming up some.

After about a month of using this when riding, using the NuSalt as salt on regular food, and about 5 bananas a week, I'm not having any more cramping problems. I also take a 400 m/g (100% RDA) magnesium tablet every other day.

Very economical way to get potassium, and good if you don't like bananas.
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