How to avoid the shoulder cramp.

by Molly

Love to ride my bike and want to ride longer distances but I always end up with a vicious cramp in my right shoulder when I ride. Is this a posture thing? Related to my bars?

Not sure what to do, but I really want to stop it.

Thanks ladies!

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Jul 26, 2010
100 miles and posture...
by: Sandra

I just did my first poker run yesterday and ran a little over 100 miles w/5 other bikes (50 in all, but 6 in our "pack")...

During the ride I would start to feel uncomfortable and every time I got that feeling, upon doing a posture check, I would engage my abs and roll my hip bones forward a bit and IMMEDIATELY a huge tension would be lifted from my arms and shoulders...like all the work had suddenly been taken out of steering the bike. But I had to do this posture check every 10 miles or so! You would think I would choose to sit better because it feels so much better, but instantly I would sink back into a more slouchy position.

I was not fatigued or saddle sore at the end of the day, but still enjoyed a good soak in our hot tub afterwards - soaked the road grime off! LOL Hope this is helpful to you - ride on!

Jul 15, 2010
by: Aili

now I can't remember where he got it, but my husband bought a small, clip-on paddle shaped thing that goes on the throttle that helps keep a more relaxed grip. It was cheap - under $15.

Also, might be vibration irritating a muscle that is fatigued from other use, like work or posture. There's an anti-vibration thing called "bar snake" that deadens vibration. I wish I could put some under my seat. Think it runs about $50.

Don't know if either of these will help, but worth a try.

Jul 12, 2010
Shoulder Cramp
by: Rocco

Put risers on. You'll have more room to stretch your shoulders.

Jul 12, 2010
Throttle Rocker?
by: Sandra

It sounds like just tension - try relaxing your grip and rolling your shoulders back often during the ride. Do you have a locking mechanism for your throttle (a throttle rocker I think is one brand?) that allows you to lock your throttle grip so you can let go of the bars with your right hand occasionally and shake your hand and arm out? Kind of like having a cruise control.

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