Join Date: Jul 2007
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I also suspect that your handlebars are too low or stretched out. If you are not a pro-racer, you don't need to go that low. And if you do want to go that low, you can always just bend your elbows a little bit more or spend more time in the drops. No biggie.
Because of my body type (long thigh bones, medium torso length, and short arms), I prefer to ride stretched out more than most clydesdale riders. If I'm not stretched out, my knees repeatedly slap my forearms and/or elbows on the up-stroke, whenever my hands are on the hoods or in the drops. So, I naturally put more pressure on my hands than many riders out there.
My solution is to move my hands around a lot, such that I put my weight on different parts of my hands and wrists when I ride. Get the weight off of your palms. Use the outside of your hands, the joint area just below your fingers (I place mine on the very top of the brakes/shifters), pistol-grip the hoods, move down to the drops, and various hand positions on the back bar when going up hills (fist, fingers, heel of the hands, etc.). It works.