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Title: Cycling Injuries
Post by: kudy on October 11, 2012, 08:39:59 PM
I have been having wrist pains after cycling lately.  After today's ride to work and back, my knee is killing me.  I'm not that old or infirm, but I guess I must be doing something wrong? The bike is not too small, and I am careful about how I position my hands/wrists, yet I seem to be injuring myself when I ride.

Has/does anyone else have problems like this? Any secrets I should know?
Title: Re: Cycling Injuries
Post by: gooki on October 11, 2012, 08:48:22 PM
I've had both.

Pains went away after some mild adjustments to seat height, and a further month or so of cycling (and more walking).
Title: Re: Cycling Injuries
Post by: PJ on October 11, 2012, 09:25:05 PM
Back when I had first started riding to an old job, it was my elbows that hurt.  I eventually figured out that I was just leaning my weight forward too much, resting all my weight on my arms.  (12 speed bike with the curved handlebars, not a mountain bike.)  But if I used my core muscles better then the pain in the elbows went away.  Bonus:  my core muscles got stronger. 
Title: Re: Cycling Injuries
Post by: Russ on October 11, 2012, 10:02:02 PM
http://sheldonbrown.com/pain.html (http://sheldonbrown.com/pain.html)
Title: Re: Cycling Injuries
Post by: yolfer on October 11, 2012, 10:43:49 PM
Have you had your bike professionally fit? A professional bike fitting will run you a couple hundred dollars, but the medical bills you'll rack up after hours on an improperly-fit bike will cost you much more.
Title: Re: Cycling Injuries
Post by: Nudelkopf on October 11, 2012, 11:11:11 PM
I agree that it sounds like the bike might be the wrong fit. I rode to school every day for 9 years, and the stupid handlebars of my high school bike were stupid and made stupid pain and stupid stupid stupid. (Can you tell how I feel about sore wrists? haha). I ended up just riding with no hands (smart, right?)