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bradja
06-27-2006, 03:34 AM
Anyone have any tips for eliminating or reducing the discomfort I'm experiencing from even fairly short rides. Is it just an endurance thing being a new rider? Should I try to find a newer, lighter weight helmet? The full face Arai that my brother gave me is a few years old and seems to be fairly heavy.

iwannadie
06-27-2006, 08:50 AM
build up your muscles, either hit a gym or give it time for your body to strengthen up. your prolly using mucles when riding that never got that kind of stress before so it can be expected. even if you got the time and dont want to ride go sit on the bike in your riding position for w while just go get the muscles working.

fordfurious
06-27-2006, 08:56 AM
it comes with time. practice, practice, practice. ride, ride, ride.

Scrappy
06-27-2006, 10:10 AM
So many people don't realize how physical riding can be. It can be both physically and mentally exhausting. Just as with any sport, be sure to stretch before and after your ride. While you're warming up your bike, warm up your body. Personally, I think your neck and back suffer the most while riding because of the position you're in. Try to stretch when you stop for gas as well. All this stretching will help to keep you limber and get your body used to the new demands that you're placing on it. When you're sitting around at home, do some neck rolls and then touch your chin to your chest and then back up to normal position a few times.

Hope this helps. It helped me when I first started. Ride safe.

Scrappy

Dan Dubeau
06-27-2006, 10:27 AM
The one thing I find that really helps on the long highway commutes (or just less "involved" riding) is to keep your head down, and look through the top of the visor. When I'm railing or in traffic i have my head tilted back more and level with the ground.

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Another plus to stretching though. It's often overlooked, but helps out tremendusly.

bradja
06-27-2006, 11:08 AM
Yeah, I've been stretching quite a bit. I learned the importance of stretching back when I studied Shaolin Kung Fu for three years.

Thanks for the tips everyone!

GytRDunKat
06-27-2006, 02:28 PM
I like to call it the "Suzuki Death Grip" hehe. Bar weights fixed me right up... I went from numbness to cramps (after adding wieghts). I magically found that my gloves were just a titch too tight. Now I don't have any poblems at all.

Gromit
07-05-2006, 10:48 PM
The one thing I find that really helps on the long highway commutes (or just less "involved" riding) is to keep your head down, and look through the top of the visor. When I'm railing or in traffic i have my head tilted back more and level with the ground.


+1

I find this works well for me on longer rides. It's also a good idea not to lock your head into one position for hours on end! Move around a bit, stretch, try to stay supple.

Personally, I get a bit of upper neck/back discomfort. But it doesn't seem to worsen with time on the bike. It's just a low-level thing.

But I do find I have to consciously stretch my low back to avoid locking into a position that curves my lower spine the wrong way.

jonnykuhns
07-17-2006, 07:11 PM
I've had a problem with a pinched nerve in my neck for years now... It's taken some adjusting to not irritate it while riding for long periods of time, but I found that changing position and generally trying to relax (not death grip things...) has helped out with it quite a bit.

MDNTRDR
07-23-2006, 03:37 PM
bought carbon fiber (expensive!) helmet after neck injury from lowside and weight of inexpensive helmet that pain in the neck went away

SL1D3R
08-09-2006, 03:12 PM
I bought a really heavy helmet apparently. But, my neck doesn't hurt as much as my back does. I just started riding though, so I hope this will go away over time.

IIceman
08-15-2006, 09:35 PM
I find that avoiding pathfinders and road trips from San Diego to San Jose tend to go a long way towards avoiding muscle and back pain.