I just returned from a long cross country ride and after multiple long days in the saddle I started having a sharp on in the right shoulder and upper back. I’m guessing from the handlebar positioning. Any one experienced similar issues and any suggestions? Thanks
Every year at the start of the riding season. I think it is caused by muscles getting used to carrying a helmet and the riding position. It helps if I concentrate on sitting up with a straight back, but is really a conditioning, or lack there of, issue.
I checked out the impingement syndrome but the pain is more mid clavicular radiating across the upper back. I’m thinking about changing the handlebar positioning or maybe it’s just muscular and needs to be massaged out.
How old are you? That is a huge factor in why stuff aches. At 56 my left shoulder is ruined. I can still hold the bars but long off road is like someone ramming a knitting needle through my shoulder. Rotator cuff is a mess. Torn this and that, crash impacts etc... Could be your bars, could be a life well lived.
43 years old, but itís been a rough 43 on my back and all my joints. Thanks for the input all I will try some of these suggestions.
I hear ya. Take your arm off the bars more often and let it hang and or rotate it. Leaning forward and back so you don't lock in one position is good, arms and back. Adjustable bar risers will help find that sweet spot. Other than that Advil? A535? Dunno
I've been suffering at both ends on long rides lately. The lower end from sliding forward with the seat in the low position and also experiencing pain between the shoulder blades. I raised the seat back up in the front, which helps a lot, although it puts me almost on tiptoes, which I don't like. I have ordered bar risers from Wunderlich and hope that will cure the back/shoulder issue.