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Tips & Tools for Biking

Biking is one of the many low-impact exercises that are better for those of us with fibromyalgia. It is something that I’ve enjoyed throughout my life, but has also become my main form of exercise, as an adult living with fibromyalgia. Of course, I have added many more aids to make biking more comfortable than when I was a kid.

One of the first changes I made was switching to Ergon GC2 Bike Grips. These are much more comfortable for my wrists because of the way the grips distribute pressure. The bar ends on the grips allow me to change my hand positions up while riding, which is also nice. I also always use gloves to ride, even on hot days. The ones I found to provide the most comfort for me are Women’s BG Gel Long Finger Gloves by Specialized. They fit well and have lots of gel foam padding that relieves pressure on the palm and ulnar nerve. In the few years since I’ve bought them, I haven’t seen a women’s biking glove that I’d rather have.

When I’m biking, I am sure to bring plenty of water, a snack, medicine, eye drops, sunglasses, sunscreen, kleenex, my phone, some money, my ID and my health insurance card. These are the basic items I need to feel good during the ride and in the case that something should happen to me. It is quite a lot to carry though and that is where my CamelBak Women’s L.U.X.E.Hydration Pack comes in. It can hold all that and much more and holds enough water I can be sure I won’t run out. Other tools that make it easier, that I’ve mentioned before, are my Canari padded biking shorts and my Incredibell Jellibell.

Another thing to check is that you have your bike fitted properly to your body dimensions. Using a fit calculator assures that and many bike stores will check your measurements for you. What I thought was the right set up for me was no where close to what it actually was. The Arthritis Today website has an article about bike saddles that offers great suggestions of specific things to adjust if a certain body parts hurts while you ride. The tips are for more than just the saddle and can be found at the end of the article.

What are your favorite biking tips or tools?

biking gear

My gloves, Kleenex, sunscreen & Camelbak


Comment from loolwa
Time July 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Love it! I also bring a million things with me, the just-in-cases. Plus when I’m in the midst of a pain flare, or just recently out of one, I do the back-and-forth strategy: Bike one mile out, one mile back. If I’m still good, I go a mile out in the other direction, then a mile back. The miles build up, but I’m always just a mile away. The other day, I biked over 14 miles that way! It helps me stay and feel safe, while building endurance.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Great idea with the one-mile-back-and-forth, Loolwa! I mentally check in with myself often, making sure that I feel like I can go the same distance back, knowing it will feel harder.


Comment from pam
Time July 6, 2011 at 7:01 am

Good for you! I commend any of us who exercise at all. I know it’s not easy but is so important. Doing something you enjoy helps. Keep up the good work.

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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks, Pam! I agree that enjoyment really helps!


Comment from Ann G
Time July 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

My pain is mostly in my neck and shoulders. I’ve been afraid to ride my bike on the street since last summer because the weight of a helmet and looking for potential obstacles is more than my neck can take. Hubby set up my bike on a training stand in our basement where I can ride while looking straight ahead. I’ll take solo basement bike riding over solo walking without a purposeful destination any day.

I listen to while I ride. I’ve been using the First Day to 5K mix to get back to some vaguely reasonable level of fitness after a long spell of ass-sitting due to high pain levels. I’m giving myself more than 10 weeks to get through it. When I do, the plan is to get clipless pedals and go back to week 5 or so to work up both sides of my legs.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Street biking is a lot more stressful, for sure! I typically ride on paved trails that are for biking, walking, running, rollerblading, etc… I’ll have to check out that site you posted, it sounds like it might be great for when I’m riding my recumbent stationary bike at home.


Comment from davek
Time August 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Biking is what I do most. You’re right about street riding. I prefer riding on trails and mountain biking. where there is no traffic. Arizona has alot of trails. Nice post!


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