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Old 09-05-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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Cramps from riding?

im a noob and just took msf this past weekend (awesome cycles)

on both days i got really bad cramps. 1st it was in my hips/side of my thighs and the 2nd day my quads, hamstrings, and even my left hand were cramping like crazy. I was drinking tons of water but im guessing it wasnt enough? i also ate couple of bananas sunday morning for potassium.

This was my 1st time ever riding so my legs werent to used to being in that position for that long and im assuming i was dehydrated bc it was hot as and the last time i was outside in the sun like that was 5-6yrs ago for marching band lol. My legs are actually still pretty sore from the cramps. I've been soaking in epsom salt and its helped a little bit. Just wondering if any1 else had similar problems? and it will go away as i ride more..right?
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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ride more.. u get used to it after a week or two.
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Stay in shape by exercising regularly and drink more water.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:11 AM   #4
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:36 AM   #5
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Welcome!

For the hand cramping, besides the obvious from it being the clutch, make sure you rotate it up or down on your bars for comfort. Had to do that on mine when i got it.

Little gatorade too.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:02 AM   #6
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..increase your potassium intake a bit
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:14 AM   #7
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Don't forget to limber up, stretching is your friend, and +1 on the hydration and potassium.
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All good advice above, hydration is crucial. May I add that being a new rider you perhaps are tense? You may be tightly holding the bars and your entire body rigid?

I had all the same issues when starting riding again. Good advice: "light on the bars", learn to focus your mind, but relax your body while riding. Be fluid and consciously work on smoothness. It will get better.

Another tip: get a hand exerciser and use it, building hand strength will help. Your back muscles may need boosting especially if you are on a sport bike. Check to be sure your wrists are not bent while riding, if they are, adjust the angle of your controls.

Yes, it gets better. If you get cramped and tired, take a break, stetch, and then go again.
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go to the man cave in the Off topics section. It should inspire you to exercise your wrists furiously..
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You're dehydrated. If you start cramping or better yet before you start cramping drink some smart water or anything with electrolytes. Alternatively, a banana would help but takes a bit longer to take effect.
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If it was your first time ever riding then it's also possible you were putting a death grip on the handlebars and footpegs. Loosen up, keep your elbows bent to relieve pressure from your wrists, and just relax. The more your ride, the more confidence you'll gain.
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And if you're on a sport bike, think about using your hamstrings and glutes to support your upper body, rather than your arms.

Sit on a chair, and lean forward so your shoulders are out over your knees - and hold your arms out in front of you. Feel what muscles are working to support your upper body; remember that feeling, and use those same muscles when you're riding.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:43 PM   #17
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just remind yourself to relax and loosen up...your muscles are probably tense from nervousness and the heat probably made it worse...

Just chill....
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I remember that . On the way home from when I bought my first sportbike I got some bad LEG cramps.lol.
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