- Hand pain on the road bike :(
1. get chiba gloves or specialized gloves, with lots og gel
2. shorter stem, i ride a 60 mm, absolutely love it, keeps the cockpit real short! -bikecomponents.de has some nice one, called procraft.
3. look for a handlebar with short reach, and curvy drops, like fsa:
When getting a new frame, look for a tall headtube, like 17o-190 mm
4. wrap gel, or slice an old tube, and wrap it under your handlebartape.
Sorted 😆Posted 6 years agooldgitMember
Well we’re all different, I get sore hands with too much padding. My road mitts have no padding, just an extra layer of leather. I use BG mitts for cross but I used a scalpel to remove the gel bit. And I don’t think any winter gloves have any padding at all do they?Posted 6 years ago
Another guy in our club has very serious hand pain, sometimes he has to go home after a mile.
So basically anything that moves between the bar and my hands is uncomfortable.StefMcDefSubscriber
Just got my first drop-bar road bike in the last few weeks after years of riding flat-barred MTBs with suspension and hybrids for commuting or touring.
No issues with any aches and pains anywhere, which surprised me – apart from my hands. Glad it’s not just me.
Think a certain amount of it might be tension from just being uncomfortable with an unfamiliar posture on a bike that is quite skittish compared to anything else I’ve ridden – especially on descents, WRT hand positions that are not an unfurled index finger away from the brakes.
Just bought some ergo-shaped bars on the classifieds – hoping the flat tops of the bars will suit my default hand position – resting the “balls”(?) of my palms on the tops of the bars, a bit better.
Also, dunno how much any of us MTB-ers who ride on the road occasionally have to learn from pictures of top pros – surely their set-ups are optimised for performance, for being a few hundredths of a second quicker than the next guy, rather than comfort. A bit of hand pain is probably the least of their worries. 😕Posted 6 years agoedhornbySubscriber
first thing that costs nowt – flip the stem, play about with the bar angle, rearrange the spacers so the bars come up. Then you can slowly drop them a bit at a time until you find the right bar height and position
second thing, do some regular stretching, before and after the ride – again costs nowt
[edit: keep remembering things] don’t grip the bars too tightly, bend the elbows. hoods aren’t for riding long stretches on, use all the different hand positions as that’s why they are shaped like that, for variety
something that costs very little – double wrap the bars, simply put a second layer of bartape on top of the first, cost about a tenner
also, fresh pair of gloves as they compress over time and lose the padding (prendas knock out really good ones for much less than the high street prices)Posted 6 years agomountain chubMember
This is pretty interesting – I’ve only just got my first road bike and the bars were set up straight; but after the first ride set them with a slight drop as it felt weird straight! I thought I was being weird but glad to see I’m not!!! I’ve just bought latest cycling plus (hangs head in shameful guilt) and it has some pretty useful tips on setting up your bike – I need to gety saddle sorted as still too much pressure going through arms shoulders neck.
Your hand pain does sound like a trapped nerve issue – I used to get it wearing a pair of spesh BG gloves but changed to endura and all good – strangePosted 6 years agojuanMember
I would suggest you learn to position yourself on the biek a bit better. Road biking position is not like mtbing. You need to sit on the saddle the same way you would sit on an office chair with your back straight and your core muscle to maintain it that way, and then you will have to pivot around your hips to reach the handlebar. Pressure pain in the hands is due to people not using their core muscle and using their hand to sustains their weight
HTHPosted 6 years ago
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