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Old 02-24-12, 04:24 PM   #1
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Carpal tunnel handlebars?

Does anyone know of any after market handlebar solutions for carpal tunnel relief while riding, or have a home grown solution that's working for them?

After even a short ride both hands are hurting but the right on is extreme and include some tingling and numbness the throbbing for days afterwards.
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Old 02-24-12, 05:25 PM   #2
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Aero bars maybe?
I chatted with a guy who had BMX style bars instead of a flat bar, his hands were at mid chest or so. He said it worked great, despite it looking odd.

There's Ergon GP1 grips, if angled up at the rear, help keep your wrist straight and may take pressure off the nerves in your wrist.
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Old 02-24-12, 07:44 PM   #3
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I recommend a decent pair of padded cycling gloves and making sure the back of your hands are in plane with your forearms. Do a search for trekking bars or butterfly bars. More hand positions so you can frequently change position on the bars.
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Old 02-25-12, 12:15 PM   #4
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what type of bike do you have? A traditional upright Dutch style bike would put all of your weight on your seat. While not as fast as a racing bike, you can find models with Reynolds 531 steel that are comfortable.

I use a touring bike myself with more weight distributed to the back. I prefer a straight BMX style bar so my wrists are straight. Northroad/normal Dutch bars put an uncomfortable bend in my wrist. On my racing bike I use a higher stem and gel tape, padded gloves and only use it on the weekends.
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Do you know for sure that you have carpal tunnel or do you just suspect it from riding? Depending on your saddle to bar drop, you may want to bring the bars even or slightly higher than the saddle.

The GP-1s from Ergon that were mentioned earlier in the thread helped me greatly with numbness while on my hybrid.

Another option, though a hefty investment, would be a recumbent with USS (under seat steering).
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wear the wrist braces Dr. Prescribed , seems#1

i like my Trekking bars set fairly level, so I often lay my hand across the hole,
open palm, as well as gripping on several of the many possibilities..
And height above the saddle..

Spenco has long made gloves with padding to take pressure off
the carpal nerve bundle area in the palm of your hand

If you have already Keyboarded those nerves and tendons,
into a painful condition , that seems where the orthopedic braces come in.

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Old 04-05-12, 12:38 PM   #7
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Until I had my CTS release surgery x 2 I had the same problem. I used thin pipe insulation on the handlebars then wrapped with padded tape. It took 2 rolls per side but worked pretty well after I got used to the increased size. Much better though to just have the surgery.
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Bars off a junk bike from 50's or 60 's.
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When I first felt that sensation, I was told by a biker who'd had surgery that her surgeon said that, if you catch it early, you can head it off by taking 250-500mg of vitamin B6 and a B Complex, daily. I did that for years with no problems whatsoever.

I did, however, also switch from straight bars to drops at that time, which made it so I could switch positions. I also raised the bars with some spanners so I wouldn't be straining my neck anymore. I've been off the vitamin regimen for about 6 months now, with no problems whatsoever. So one or all of those things did the trick. btw: the vitamins keep the mosquitoes away. They don't like the taste.

My friend, who's a doctor, said it's about the continual pressure on the wrist when you're hands are subjected to a single angle for long periods of time. So she thinks it was mainly switching to the drop handles that solved the problem.
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