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Old 03-29-14, 01:02 AM   #26
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So in short, there can be an inversely negative effect for too much padding.
Are you sure it's not a reversly positive effect of too little padding?
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Old 03-29-14, 06:14 PM   #27
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The gloves are pearl izumi gel gloves. My saddle is an inch below handlebars and has no tilt up or down. The brake lever is set at a 45 degree angle. I don't know what "loading up fully flexed wrists" means.
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Old 03-29-14, 06:29 PM   #28
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Try to ride with your wrists straight and a little bend in the elbow. Let the elbows flex a little on the bumps.
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Old 03-29-14, 10:16 PM   #29
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Do you really only have one foot on when you go over bumps and rough pavement?

If so you're putting more pressure on your hands and bike than with both feet on at 9 and 3 o'clock. Then you should be able to keep your butt off the saddle, hands light on the bars for steering and absorb the bumps with your legs in a nice, balanced position.
Right here. This will greatly help.

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The gloves are pearl izumi gel gloves. My saddle is an inch below handlebars and has no tilt up or down. The brake lever is set at a 45 degree angle. I don't know what "loading up fully flexed wrists" means.
Sorry, I meant extended, as in palms out, which is exactly what your wrists would be doing while reaching up to 45° brake levers. You want a neutral position as described by 2manybikes, where pressure and shocks are not going straight into the joint. Try rotating your levers down to 320° for starters, but you may need to look at bike sizing, stem length, and grip habits as well.
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I switched from flats to On-One Mary bars for a more neutral hand position and Ergons for grip.
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I rode ten miles today with no gloves and a loose grip on the handlebars. I used the 9 and 3 position on the bumps and potholes hands feel good. The egron grips make my palm extend over the grips.

This has nothing to do with my hands, I was unsure if I should start a new thread for it. Has anyone here seen or used these "Helios Bars" they look awesome.

Helios - Transform any bike into a smart bike.
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