Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: living in the moment
Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Teramo, 2000 Marinoni Leggero, 2001 Kona Major Jake (with Campy Centaur), 1997 Specialized S-Works M2, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper
It depends on the kind of pain, but I find that sore hands on a road bike are usually cause by one or more of three factors:
1. Holding the bars/hoods too tightly. You don't need a white-knuckle deathgrip. One thing I do on long rides, when I have my hands on the tops of the bars, is hold my thumbs over top of the bars so I'm not inclined to clench.
2. Bar rotation/brake hood position. Most road bikes come out of the store set up essentially for criterium races, with the bars and the brake/shift levers rotated down. This can put a lot of pressure on the heel of your hand, particularly on the median nerve. This thread
talks a bit about that.
3. Seat angle. If your saddle is angled too far forward, you may be putting pressure on your hands. You might try rotating the tilt of your saddle back 0.5-2 degrees.