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Old 05-28-13, 09:28 AM   #1
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handlebar, stem, & grip advice

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I posted a few weeks ago about getting my Trek FX 7.2 After replacing the stock seat I'm noticing pain in my palms and wrists. I'm sure the pain was there before the seat swap but the pain from my rear end overrode everything else.




After about four or five miles I get the red marks on my palms. At the eight or nine mile mark I have to take my hands off the grips and flex them a few times to make them feel better. Then it seems like every mile or so I have to flex my hands. I'm looking for way to reduce the pain and tingles. Order Ergon Gp5 Grips? http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/gp5 Wider handlebars? Longer stem or take the spacer out and lower the stock stem?

I read this article http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/l...ycle-1526.html and it made me a little more confused. I can see the front axle under the handlebars now. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-28-13, 09:46 AM   #2
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Looks from the picture like you are putting a lot of weight on your hands. Part of this might be a core issue, part a fit issue. You could take the bike back to your LBS to address the fit issue. Hard to tell from the pics exactly what the problem is.

If you don't wear Padded cycling gloves, try that, see if that mitigates some of your hand pain. I just bought a couple of pair from Nashbar for, $5/pair. I prefer just a little light padding, while my wife likes a glove with more padding in the palm.
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Old 05-28-13, 09:56 AM   #3
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Do you wear gloves while riding? What sort of grips are you using now?

Not being able to see what you look like on the bike, it's hard to make a recommendation for what to adjust. A longer stem or removing spacers will tend to place more weight on your hands. That's generally not what you want... The typical thing to do, assuming you're wearing padded gloves when you ride, would be to make the stem shorter or increase the angle or both so that your bars are higher and you're placing less weight on your hands.
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And maybe switching out handlebars to something slightly more swept back. Just an idea. Really, you need to work with a LBS locally, or at the very least, with someone knowledgable who can make recommendations.
Additionally, and IMO working on your core strength will also tend to reduce the pressure on your hands as your stronger core will support more of your weight while riding, taking the pressure off your hands. This will take time. 3 or 4 sets each of Planks, and side planks 3 times a week are the sorts of exercises I am thinking of.

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Difficult to tell exactly, but it looks like a fit issue. As MRT2 says, go back to the shop and have them address what's going on. Another recommendation for gloves. More than once, I got half-way down the block and realized that "something was not right". I "felt naked". Yup! Forgot to put on my gloves. Gloves are good for two things; 1) most gloves provide a little bit of padding, and 2) when one falls, the first thing that they instinctively do is throw out their arm/hands to break their fall. The palm of one's hands and asphalt don't play well together. The asphalt usually wins. Gloves even the playing field. A third, minor advantage of gloves is that most of they have some type of terry cloth at the base of the thumb. Works perfect for wiping sweat off the forehead. I like the crochet type because I can use the whole back of the glove to wipe my eyes/forehead/mouth/etc.

Just curious about one of your pictures. Do you usually ride with your thumb on top of the bar? Or, do you wrap your thumb under the bar?
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ergon grips should be in your future
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I'm looking at how your wrist is bent in the photos and that may be part of the issue. Many bikes have ergonomic grips (like the Ergon grips you mentioned), with a bit of a flattish "tail" on them. This portion needs to be positioned with the tail pointing a few degrees upward. This helps to keep your wrist straight. It does look slightly awkward at first, but I've found it really does help.


Another issue may be what part of your palm you are resting on. There is another thread on this forum with a really good illustration showing the fleshy areas of the palm and where you should be grasping in order for to avoid numbness. I realized when I saw this why I had more problems with numbness on my upright bar bikes and hardly any problem with drop bars. I'll see if I can find it.
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Just curious about one of your pictures. Do you usually ride with your thumb on top of the bar? Or, do you wrap your thumb under the bar?
I think I usually ride with the thumb under the bar. I was trying to get my wife to take a photo of my hands and not fall over at the same time.
I'm going to the dealer today to pick up some gloves and talk about making the bike fit me better.
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Found it. Post #30 on the second page. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...rt-rides/page2
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