I've put another 75 km's on my XC mountain bike this past long weekend and I'm still experiencing back pain and wrist pain.
All of the riding I do is up moderately steep to wicked steep paved roads through the low mountains around the city I live.
Heres my bike:
My bike has basically straight XC racing bars.
I've had the bike for a year now and I've always had some wrist pain and back pain while riding it through the mountains.
I've put ergonomic grips on my handlebars which seem to help a bit.
PLEASE folks. I really need to know. Should I consider putting some riser bars on my bike.
What are riser bars designed to do exactly?
A more open and upright riding position?
What are the drawbacks of using riser bars on an XC bike on steep paved inclines?
I've posted several times on this topic and people just suggest that I suck-it-up and do more riding.
I've put hundreds and hundreds of klicks on my bike to test it out but I'm still in pain.
Is there anyone who has more constructive answers?
Please understand that advice on mountain biking here in Taiwan (where I live) is fairly limited because most shops are in the business of selling bikes .......not supporting riders.
If I lived in Boulder, or Vancouver or Calgary or Vermont or Eugene, I might just wander into my local mountain bike shop for advice. As I live in Taiwan, that kind of advice is simply not around.
Have a heart eh.
Would really appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.