I've recently started bicycling and am really enjoying the short term health benefits. Bicycling seems like an effective way to do some strenuous exercise enjoyably.
But I'm having some hand pain / numbness.
Facts: 55 years old, 200 lbs, 5'9", 33" inseam
Bike: Trek X01 cyclecross, converted into a road bike. 55 cm
With this setup, the hand pain was extreme. Anything longer than 10 miles was torture. I hated coming home with plenty of legs and lungs left, but with my hands all crunched up and aching.
(1st modification: installing stem riser)
I remember thinking to myself, "wouldn't it be nice if I could convince my machinist friend to make this piece so I could raise the stem a bit?" A few days later, I went to a bike shop and found exactly what I was looking for.
It made a huge difference, but still no joy. Hand pain continues.
(2nd modification: installing Wing handlebars)
Got it from Nashbar, FSA wing handlebar. Much better. But the pain hasn't gone away.
Sure seems to me that converting handlebars to flat bars, or something higher, where I don't have to bend over as much, would fix my problem.