I also agree with Karin, LaRue and Susan. Just check your posture while you are riding the bike and make sure your seat position is set correctly. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you might want to switch the handles on the bike with one more suitable to you. How soon after you start biking do your arms begin to hurt? It could be that you need to improve your upper body conditioning as well.
Grace highlights a good point.
Did you consider the terrain. However, on another point. If your arms are sore, it’s could have alot to do with the strength of your core.
Cycling is an exercise that requires localized endurance and strong core. Remember the core is all the muscles of your axial skeleton as opposed to the appendicular skeleton.
Strengthen your core and see if it improves.
Are you riding a road bike or a mountain bike? It could make a difference.
I agree with the excellent answers given. Making sure that your bike fits you is critical–handle bars not too high or low, seat not too high or low.
The other point made is to keep your upper body as relaxed as possible, shoulders back and down.
Don’t squeeze tightly with your hands on the handle bars (unless riding on rough road!) And periodically take a hand off the bars and rotate, flex and extend that arm, flex and extend your fingers, retract the scapula.
Last, I assume that you wear good cycling gloves. They’re important.
Take care. Good luck.
Just like people bicycles come in many different sizes and styles. Some are long, some are short, some are tall while others are low to the ground. What kind of bike is it? A road bike, mountains or Hybrid. Did it come from a bicycle shop or from Walmart? Are you riding for 5-15 minutes or hours at a time. Do you have any physical issues that requires you to visit a doctor? It’s a difficult to answer question without seeing the situation. Please go to a reputable bicycle shop and for some advice. However, here some suggestions that might help.
ÔÇ¿You need to relax on the bike.
Hold the handle bar tight enough, no white knuckles.ÔÇ¿Relax the arms and shoulders, no locked arms. Allow the elbows to bend. Shake them out every 5 to 10 minutes. Allow the arms and legs to be loose allowing them to absorb bumpy surfaces. Raise yourself off the saddle when bumpy surfaces appear.
Please go to a reputable shop and ask for some advice, tell them what’s happening. ÔÇ¿They can help to remedy the issue.
1. Is the bike a good size?ÔÇ¿
2. Stem length: longer, shorter, lower or higher rise.ÔÇ¿
3. Saddle position: lower, higher, fore and aft position.
4. Do you need a different type of grip? Something more ergonomic.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿
You may also need to strengthen your core in general. Please don’t forget to stretch afterwards. Especially the hip flexors, hamstrings and quads.
I agree with the answers above regarding bike fit, position, etc.
However, depending on what type of cycling you are doing, if you are new to the sport, etc, the answer may be yes.
If you are doing terrain or downhill mountain biking, then your arms and shoulders can get sore from the reverberations and trying to maintain your balance and stability. If you’re doing triathlon and have yourself in an aero position, then you’re placing a lot of pressure on your arms and shoulders. They may not be used to that position. Any new change can cause soreness. If you’re new to cycling, racing, duathlons, triathlon, etc, your bike position is more forward than a regular, recreational road bike. Your body needs to adjust to the forward motion of your body. A good cycling training program will include upper body to strengthen your chest and upper back to support your body in a isometric contraction for the duration of your race.
However, if you’re cycling for recreation, on a stationary bike or a spin class, then no. Those bike are made where your upper body is not in a supportive role while you are cycling.