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Old 08-29-21, 08:36 AM
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Right arm tricep pain

Why does my right arm only tricep hurt during rides? Am I favoring it? If so, why? Could it have to do with the fact that I'm right leg dominant? Any advice sincerely welcomed. Thanks!
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I did. Clueless. You think docs know anything about cycling? And then he woke up,
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Your Arm Hurts . Not Your Bike. Yes I ride with a Doctor.
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Shouldn't this be in "Arm mechanics" not " Bicycle Mechanics"?
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Your doc's degree is from Bahama State University.
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I’m not a Dr., but I do ride bikes…from what I’ve seen here…raising your seat usually fixes just about everything…
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Moved here from Bike Mechanics.

You might want to try moving your seat back just a little. Peter J. White has a procedure for setting seat setback that has worked for me https://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.php
Raising your seat is similar to moving your seat back. Note that if your seat is the right height, you probably need to drop it if you move the seat back.

I get elbow pain sometimes. Probably for similar reasons the OP is getting tricep pain: need more strength in those muscles. Pushups help a lot. They also help neck soreness.

Some of you people must go to your physicians a lot. They probably have a note calling you a hypochondriac. I would never think of going to a physician for something like this. 97.5% would tell you to ride less. They might refer you to a physical therapist.
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Thank you!
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So it's the muscles in your arm that hurt and not the elbow joint or another joint?

Seems that would have to be something about your position that is causing you to keep those muscles tense. But since the replies above got contentious, I'm not going to bother reading them.
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I've had a similar problem with right arm pain. My issue was that I didn't hold the right bar and bend my right elbow exactly like I did my left. I worried about that for a couple of years, finally figured out that I was leaning slightly to the right on the bike even though I didn't have a leg length discrepancy. I worked on that for a year or so and now both arms are the same. That said, doing pushups every morning fixes most arm problems.
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A former pro cyclist told me I'm gripping the handlebars too tightly. Told be to relax my arms and upper torso and use core for power. Thanks for your input.
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Thanks! A former pro cyclist told me I'm gripping the handlebars too tightly. Told be to relax my arms and upper torso and use core for power. I'm working on trying to keep my right arm relaxed and focus more on overall symmetry. May be time to hit the pushups!
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Why does my right arm only tricep hurt during rides?
Some areas to consider ...

Not enough muscle strength or flexibility.
Over-use.
A strain, for any number of reasons. (Such as too tight of a grip, "stiff" upper body instead of relaxed, etc.)
Inflammation in the area.
Something was strained and you're not affording the body sufficient recovery to "fix" it.
Fitment, with the bike. (Something bent, shorter one one side, etc.)
Technique, with you. (Favoring a side, increasing strains on some muscles over others, etc.)
Nutritional deficit, though I'd think other zones would also ache similarly if that were true.


Hard to know, for certain.

Used to have occasional aches and issues with serious distance running, back in the day. Did lots of hard cycling and swimming in those years, as well. Had to vary what I did, regularly, to ensure I challenged all of the muscles in different ways and didn't over-use, over-strain or get "in a rut" with certain muscles or joints through too great a focus on any one thing. During most weeks, I'd find a little adjustment, tweak, stretch, or other change to my training was required to ensure I could perform in peak condition, strength, speed. Eventually, throughout the season, there'd be benefit from taking off-time from the serious training and instead doing much-reduced intensity activities for several days (or longer).

I'd get back to basics and check a few of the simpler things. Take several days off the cycling, as part of recovery. Do other physical activities for a couple of weeks. Do a bit of stretching in the area; work on flexibility. Get the area massaged, daily if possible. Verify your fitment, riding position. Might be that something's bent of out of whack with the bike's setup, causing one side to be showing strains before other areas. Once you get back to frequent riding, go slowly to ensure you're not inducing strains and stresses.

If it persists, it might be worth running by a sports-therapist type instead of the "family" doctor.
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