Ok I have an Older Mongoose hardtail with XC geometry and setup. The seat is about 3 1/2 inches above the flatbars. Ive owned the bike for 10 years and from the first second I sat on her It was love at first BIKE. Its not untill Im doing heavy mileage that I noticed this hand thing.
THIS LINK: http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/CUSA/model-6VP9.html
Has a picture of a bike that looks pretty close to the way I have my seat to bar ratio my seat is a tad higher though. THIS IS NOT MY BIKE JUST A REFERENCE PICTURE.
I am doing 46 miles today 97% of which is a mix of groomed dirt, fine gravel or rough chunky gravel. In otherwords, constant bouncing. I never feel while Im riding that I have too much pressure on my hands but they start to hurt alot. They tingle go numb, I end up shaking them out periodically. Also my elbows hurt, but I don't have my arms locked out.
1. A better fork might help but I can't afford it.
2. I was thinking of getting 1" riser bars, but I love the aggresive riding position of my bike, Im worried the riserbars will make it feel like a grandma bike.
3. I have gel gloves, but they arent spectacular, maybe there are uber gloves I can buy?
4. I would like to get SUPER cushy grips with no regards to weight, but I have gripshift and most of the ergo grips dont fit on there right.