Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-28-09, 11:46 PM   #1
merlin55
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: SoCal
Bikes:
Posts: 1,246
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How to adjust bars to reduce hand pain?

I've got a Mongoose Cannan Elite XC bike, and the bars/grip cause pain on the outside parts of my palms after a couple of hours. The bars are no rise with some sweep back. Should I rotate the bars so the sweep is a liitle down, rather than just back. I've tried different types of gloves, without much improvement. Any suggestions?
merlin55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-09, 12:10 AM   #2
Dannihilator
User Title
 
Dannihilator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Annandale, New Jersey
Bikes: 2014 Surly Steamroller, 1989 Nishiki Altron
Posts: 19,422
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Loosen your grip on the bars.
Dannihilator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-09, 11:04 AM   #3
dminor 
Moar cowbell
 
dminor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: The 509
Bikes: are awesome.
Posts: 12,427
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
That too. And going to a riser bar may help a bit. Risers have more backsweep than a standard flat bar.
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Twain
"Don't argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
dminor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-09, 11:14 AM   #4
Bike Lover
Should be riding
 
Bike Lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: S.E. Michigan
Bikes: C-dale- moutain, Pedal Force RS- Campy Record, Quiring Ti XTR, Red line Monocog, S E F@r
Posts: 1,602
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
different grips may also help. Big fan of oury grips to reducesome trail chatter on my rigid. I've heard mixed reviews on ergons but have nvr tried them.
Bike Lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-09, 11:43 AM   #5
Milice 
Senior Member
 
Milice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,329
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Groovy Luv Handles http://groovycycleworks.com/extras.aspx
__________________
If it looks like the $3000 bikes but costs less than a decent helmet, it probably isn't a wise investment.


http://keith-crossreference.blogspot.com/
Milice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-09, 08:54 PM   #6
millennium
Junior Member
 
millennium's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
After two hours, I think it generally gets uncomfortable. Could be normal. But, that said, usually hand pain is caused by your seat being too far forward, which causes you to lean too heavily on the bar. Could it be your seat position? How far behind the center of the BB is the front tip of your saddle? (Drop a plumb bob line from the front tip of your saddle and measure the distance from the line to center of BB--for most people, the line needs to be rougly around 3 inches behind the center of BB to get good weighting/balancing on the saddle.)
millennium is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-09, 08:56 PM   #7
X-LinkedRider
Flying Under the Radar
 
X-LinkedRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northeast PA
Bikes: 10' SuperiorLite SL Club | 06' Giant FCR3 | 2010 GT Avalanche 3.0 Disc
Posts: 4,117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Comfort is more about finding a good spot and sitting on it, not grabbing it. Also, switch positions frequently. You can try different grip tape with some comfort strips underneath. Or you can play with you adjustment. Everyone rides differently.
X-LinkedRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-09, 04:39 PM   #8
doco
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 775
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
hey I'll second the groovey love handles....many more out there

check out the Fubar under handlebars under misfit products..

http://www.misfitpsycles.com/
Misfit Psycles The Evil Empire



http://mtb.unrealcycles.com/catalog/Handlebars.htm
Unreal Cycles Catalog - Handlebars

ragley is putting one out now..the carnegie

several other manufacturer's......also titec h and j bar

I was having problems with my wrists and stumbled on a riser with a wide sweep back....no more problems and the really a nice natural position now
doco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-09, 07:19 PM   #9
zerocool33
Banned.
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Bikes:
Posts: 281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ergon Grips get my vote!
zerocool33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-09, 08:18 PM   #10
Zephyr11
Pint-Sized Gnar Shredder
 
Zephyr11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Somewhere between heaven and hell
Bikes: '09 Jamis Komodo, '09 Mirraco Blend One, '08 Cervelo P2C, '08 Specialized Ruby Elite, '07 Yeti AS-R SL, '07 DMR Drone
Posts: 3,549
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Personally, I hate Ergons. They encourage you to set your hand position and not move or rotate it.

Loosen the death grip on the bar and keep your weight over the bottom bracket. Make sure your brakes aren't too high, though I'd think that would tweak out your wrists moreso than your palms. If you have large hands and skinny grips, you can try fatter, more padded grips like ODI Rogues. And I would think that more backsweep would put more pressure on your outer palms, though from the other posts here it looks like I have that wrong. Maybe try a DMR Wingbar. Nice bar that's wide with lots of backsweep, though it's a little on the heavy side.
Zephyr11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-09, 09:18 PM   #11
reptilezs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: boston, ma
Bikes:
Posts: 2,852
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i like my bars rotated downward slightly. just try a few options yourself. you will know what feels good or bad
reptilezs is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:24 AM.