Standing with your arms down at your side, point your thumbs out to the front and make a fist. Slowly rotate your arms so your thumbs are pointing out to your sides while pushing out your chest. Then, rotate back past the original position so your thumbs are pointing backward. You should feel this across your chest and in your shoulders. Being in the riding position for long periods of time can leave us tightened up into a position with our shoulders pressed inward. This stretch can feel great after a long day of touring.

  • allworld

    Good information.

  • 12er

    Good info and a big flashback to my old “Stretch Monster,” Mr. Armstrong’s green buddy.

  • HazardtoMyself

    Yoga in full leathers. It’s the next big trend.

    • Ryan

      Yep. The race suit makes it like Bikram Yoga with added resistance. And if your suit is new, you get to break it in at the same time. Now that’s what I call a win, win!

  • Mahatma

    I do all those on bike when riding.Optimization baby.Never understood limbering up when doing stuff casual.I follow Tallahassees school of thought on this one.

  • Ricky Lepre

    Ok…somebody’s girlfriend has been in somebody’s ear and she happens to be a Yoga instructor. I get it.

  • G.Stuck

    As I have gotten older, I started getting numbness in my fingertips while riding. One pre-ride stretch that has helped has been leaning into an open doorway with both arms at a 90 degree angle with hands and forearms pointing upward and against the door frame. I hold the lean for about a minute(repeat as many times as preferred) and this helps open up the chest and stretch the pectoralis minor muscle which I have read can cause this numbness. Another, while riding, is stretching one arm out straight ahead or to the side, parallel to the ground, and rolling the arm and hand forward and then backward, keeping the arm pointed in the same direction. I also do this similar movement with both hands on the handlebars. Looking forward to trying some of the stretches above, but without the leathers 🙂 Thanks for showing these stretches.