Originally Posted by ironic
I recently completed a Century.
My palms were killing me around mile 70. I was getting shots of pain up my arm.
I'm riding a fixed with bull horns, using iO golves.
I've got another large ride coming up next week and i was to have new gloves....any suggestions? Or maybe I need to set my bars differently???
Fit is it, like a few said already, most likely. I ride fixed gear mostly now (did 100 miles this sunday to bear mountain) and ended up ditching the bull horn bars that came stock with my redline 925. I could not get comfortable on them and they made my palms hurt, but I never got the pain up the arm. My fit was right on, too, so I think it was just the bars did not agree with me for long distances.
Check the drop to the handle bar - perhaps it is too much. Everyone is different with drop - height, arm length, flexibility, etc they all play roles in what's an ideal drop for any given person. Me, personally, I have a 3" drop to the bars measured from the highest point of the saddle to the floor and to the top of the bar right by the stem to the floor.
Also, if your reach is too far out, saddle too far forward, saddle tilted down too much. Lots of possibilities...
For long rides hoods and drop bars are a lot better, imo.
Competitive cyclist has a fit calculator online for free that is pretty accurate if you measure properly.
What's the long ride? I live in Manhattan...
A glove that has a lot of padding is the Castelli Rosso Corsa - expensive but the best glove I've used. Lots of nice silicone padding all over the palm with mesh in between.
Last edited by Spookykinkajou; 09-25-08 at 06:12 AM.