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Inner thighs aching: normal?

ajmitchellajmitchell Posts: 203
Hi as a relative newcomer to cycling I did not expect to experience aching inner thighs and groin (where the adductor muscles & gracilist insert to pelvis). Yes I expected quadriceps and hamstrings but not inner thighs. I notice over a year my inner thigh muscles are stronger and more developed but at the same time often aching and sore. typical DOMS I expect but is this common? Strangle I don't get much quad discomfort. I guess I hadn't realised cycling develops inner thighs muscles and am just looking for others views on this. thanks


  • figbatfigbat Posts: 680
    I can offer only my own observations on this, nothing scientific.

    I find that when I ride my MTB I get some upper/inner thigh ache - not a strain or pull, just a sort of you-worked-this-muscle-hard kind of thing. However I don't get it on my road bike, but do get more prominent quad burning.

    I therefore surmise that it is a position thing, with one bike causing me to work muscles differently to the other. I further suppose that a change of saddle/bar heights and angles, pedal/shoe fittings etc would probably make some difference. Whether you want or need to make any change is up to you, but these are my musings.
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  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    Don't ever remember inner thighs aching so I think your position might not be quite right.

    Post up a picture of you side on maybe ?
  • ajmitchellajmitchell Posts: 203
    hi I found these past threads on inner thigh strain which are useful ; seems it is not that uncommon and inner thighs are effected by cycling esp in tt position.


  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,565
    "normal"? Only if you're using a Susan Sommers Thigh Master.
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    seat could be too high. Inner thigh pain is normal if this is the case and happens quite quickly. -wheel building and other stuff.
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