Hey everyone. I read some old topics about this issue, but I still need some help. I used to be one of those sunday upright joyriders on an old steel bike. I bought a nice new Trek 7.3FX, which I love. I think the positioning is awesome. More aerodynamic and aggressive, but still maintaining some degree of uprightness. I only took it out for a few miles every so often during the winter, and didn't have a problem. This weekend I did my longest ride ever (8 miles! Some of you probably do that as a warmup...)
Well, at the age of 21, being a computer geek has taken it's toll. I've had a few wrist surgeries, and have a bit of tendinitis in my hands and fingers (needless to say, my hands/wrists are complete crap). I didn't think anything of it, until come monday morning, I took some tylenol and seriously regretted that ride! The only part of me that was sore though was my wrists, hands and fingers! I do wear some fingerless Bell Gel Gloves, which are very comfortable and have helped quite a bit during the ride anyway.
In retrospect, I think I have a few problems right off the bat...
- It being my first ride of more than an hour, I probably had a death grip on the handlebars, which I need to watch out for.
- When riding my Trek, the position is fairly comfortable, but it feels like my entire weight is pressed down against my wrists/hands. I do my best to keep them straight, but I'm not sure how good the default handlebars/grips are for this.
I've been thinking about getting some Ergon grips with the bar ends to try out different positions. They fitted my bike (not professionally, guy at the LBS, but seemed pretty professional) when I got it, but they seemed more concerned about how far my knees extended. I'm not sure what I can safely (or should) adjust seat or handlebar wise to correct this problem, or if I'm on the right track or not...
Some advice would be appreciated!