As our Psycho Pmate said, you must have slightly bent arms. Less shock, more manoeuvrability.bwheelin said:When I'm riding my bike my arms tend to lockout unless I lean over more and bend them.
Does this mean the bike is too stretched out or big for me, or do I just lean over more to prevent lockout of my arms?
I'm 5'11 32 inseam. Ride a large Cannondale mtn bike.OldNick said:As our Psycho Pmate said, you must have slightly bent arms. Less shock, more manoeuvrability.
As to why your arms are straight, that's a tough one.
How long have you been riding? Beginners tend to feel a little uncomfortable on the bike, and usually two things happen: they have the saddle too low (which can tend to make you site up and straighten your arms), and the old "pucker factor", along with the fact that riding bent arms is a strain on the triceps, tends to make you lock your arms
Ironically if you have the saddle too _high_ in relation to the bars, that can make you uneasy and straighten your arms. Can't win! <G>
The bike _may_ be too big, or not set up right.
What bike and frame size do you have? How tall are you? What's your inside leg? That's basic. Fitting a bike really carefully is a science in itself. But you may be able to adapt either yourself or the bike if the problem is minor. I have. My wife has. We may have got better fits, but it's near enough that we enjoy riding, with a bit of adjustment.
Can you try moving the saddle back or forward to see if that helps? Can you adjust the height of the bars?
The bars height in relation to the saddle is very variable. I run about level, but many guys run with the saddle a good 3-4" over the bars. Naturally that is going to make bending the arms even more of a strain, both mental and physical, but I cannot argue with their decision, because it's "whatever works" (as long as you have tried other stuff first, so you know it _is_ working <G>)
If you know somebody that's into MTB then that's the way to go. But don't get "told" according to formula. Try the standard, but in the end you're the one with your bum in the saddle, and it's a very personal thing. (can't get much _more_ personal really ! <G>)