sore hands/wrists after riding ??
Im having a problem in that over the last few rides i seem to be getting sore wrists and hands after riding anything pointing downhil?
whilst riding downhill i seem to be putting a lot of pressure through my hands and its getting a bit sore.
im pretty sure my stem is too long as i feel quite streched out on the bike.
would putting a shorter/higher rise stem help do you think??
stevePosted 8 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
There could be a few factors causing it, a stretched out position on the bike is one. 10mm or 20mm off your stem length can make a big difference, although it will make your bike steer a bit quicker – if it's an 80mm XC machine it could end up feeling a bit skittish.
Your brake levers should be angled so that your wrists sit at a fairly natural angle when you're using them. I sometimes see people with them pointing right up and it makes me wince! And, if you're still getting used to longer non-stop descents, you will have a bit of tiredness to start with.Posted 8 years ago
SFB – Hold a pencil in your hand as you would a handlebar. Relax your wrist so the joint is straight and relaxed – the pencil will be pointing back and down on the outside and up and forward on the inside. Simple anatomy. All that has happened is you have adapted to the conventional bars and there is a good argument conventional bars are better for control.
They clearly put significant strain on your wrists thru forcing the wrist to be twisted up ( pronated) and turned in( adducted) This compresses the carpel tunnel.
Mary bars are one solution to wrist and hand painPosted 8 years agoDT78Member
After breaking both wrists back in may this year I have some pain/trouble occasionally on the rough stuff when using my XC hardtail (with rebas) I swapped to a carbon bar and got some Ergon grips. They've really helped.
I also use a 661 wrist brace now which seems to help as well.
The missus also got me a powerball which is great for building wrist strengthPosted 8 years ago
SFB – you simply are not putting your arm joints in the neutral position. Look at the crease folds on your palm – they do not run straight accross.
With you hand clasped in a fist around a pencil and your arms in front of you at waist height shoulder width apart if you put all the joints in the most relaxed position the pencil will point back and down to the outside.
This is just basic normal anatomyPosted 8 years ago
SFB – you simply are not putting your arm joints in the neutral position
perhaps riding a bike all these years has deformed me ? When I really, really relax there might be a few degrees between bar angle and pencil angle, but my wrist can accomodate roughly 80 degrees rotation in that plane, so it's insignificantPosted 8 years agoGNARGNARMember
Somehow I can't see mary bars working on a bike that merits 36s. I get the same problem on my big bikes, I find it's worse in wet weather, I assume this is due to tension more than anything but having wet hands probably doesnt help.
I've experimented with lever positions, grip widths and am currently running carbon bars, but at the end of the day I think it comes down to forearm strength. I find kettle bells are a good way to build this but any reasonably heavy weight lifting will benefit the forearms. Captains of crush also do a range or very good hand grippers that are guaranteed to test/build grip strength.Posted 8 years ago
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