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Old 04-08-05, 01:42 PM   #1
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Hand fatique prevention?

Halfway through my decent yesterday, my hand started cramping and hurting big time. I used more brake than normal but is that the only reason why? When I say hurt I mean I had to stop and stretch my hand and rub my palms for the pain to go away. It was unbearable. Other than hand stretches could the problem be my brakes?
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Halfway through my decent yesterday, my hand started cramping and hurting big time. I used more brake than normal but is that the only reason why? When I say hurt I mean I had to stop and stretch my hand and rub my palms for the pain to go away. It was unbearable. Other than hand stretches could the problem be my brakes?
It's all about conditioning bro. Spend some time in the gym using free weights where you're actually gripping someting heavy and you'll find that long descents become less painful. No doubt you'll still get somewhat sore but your conditioning will help mitigate the pain.

Also, if you're not using them already, consider going to disc brakes. You have a higher degree of modulation which allows you to achieve the greater braking efficiency with less effort. My $.02.
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Check the position of your levers too - make sure you don't have to stretch your hand too much to grab the brakes.
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More water might help, too-and potassium. Supposed to aid in cramp prevention. If it's a really long DH, it might take awhile to get accustomed to using the brakes. ^Conditioning and whatnot....
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It's all about conditioning bro. Spend some time in the gym using free weights where you're actually gripping someting heavy and you'll find that long descents become less painful. No doubt you'll still get somewhat sore but your conditioning will help mitigate the pain.

Also, if you're not using them already, consider going to disc brakes. You have a higher degree of modulation which allows you to achieve the greater braking efficiency with less effort. My $.02.
He knows what hes talking about...no need for me to add my 2cents
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Im not going disc until next year when I get new hubs and a new wheelset. Im upgrading my stock tektro's to avid arch rivals and my crappy sh1tmano levers to avid sd7's. Im looking forward to this "one finger braking"

I drink plenty of water nearly 2 gallons a day and I lift weights 4 days of the week without gloves. Honestly, I think its my brakes/bad rims.
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Do you wear gloves when you're riding?
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Get a Power Ball, do some grip exercises.... and get off the breaks on the down hill.


Also there are many really good break pads available now, check with the LBS that the down hillers in your area frequent to get the word on what works best for your local terrain.
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Im not going disc until next year when I get new hubs and a new wheelset. Im upgrading my stock tektro's to avid arch rivals and my crappy sh1tmano levers to avid sd7's. Im looking forward to this "one finger braking"

I drink plenty of water nearly 2 gallons a day and I lift weights 4 days of the week without gloves. Honestly, I think its my brakes/bad rims.
It sounds like you know what the problem is so, the only thing you can do now is get new brakes. It pretty much sounds like you're just going to have to live with hand pain for a while.
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better brakes will definantly help. GO on ebay and you can find some nice V brake sets for reasonably low fees
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Drag your feet once in a while - give those hands a break.

Squeezing a rubber ball for 5 - 10 minutes a night while you're watchin' TV helps too.
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I got some LG erGOair gloves and it solved my problem. I figured WTHeck, Ive tried everything else so.... and they work great. supposedly the hands can get too hot with normal gloves and these are like coolmax for the hands only more hardy and very well padded. I got Xgels for warm weather(fingerless and Freddys for cold(full finger for temps. below30f). disc brakes will help tremendously but if you go Avid Mech. they will still get a little hard to hold on long descents. Hydro is the 1 finger braking you speak of for long, steep hills
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Old 04-08-05, 08:37 PM   #14
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In your original post, did you mean you were having a decent ride as in one that was pretty god, or decsent with an "s" as in on your way back down a hill? I'm jw for my own curiosity because you spelled it decent and others were saying decsent.
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haha I know haow to prevent it.....>STOP KILLING KITTENS
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Nvm on my previous post, I could have sworn i saw the word ride after decent, it's late and my eyes aren't all that good, I need glasses i think.
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Maybe you need to play around with bike fit some to take the weight off your arms?
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Are you serious? I wear gloves everytime I ride.

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IMO,You should relax your hands while riding.
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IMO,You should relax your hands while riding.
Its kind of difficult to relax your hand and brake at the same time dontcha think?
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I think he means relax your hands any time when not on the brake. If your hands are always clamped down hard they are bound to fatigue
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Your pretty defensive seeing as how you asked a question about hand fatigue. Maybe you should include more info next time so everyone doesn't have to try and guess what your problem is. And you should also quit being a baby about your hands hurting and just ride through it. Eventually your hands will be strong enough to take it.
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Honestly, I think its my brakes/bad rims.
Get new brakes then. That should help the situation.
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Your pretty defensive seeing as how you asked a question about hand fatigue. Maybe you should include more info next time so everyone doesn't have to try and guess what your problem is. And you should also quit being a baby about your hands hurting and just ride through it. Eventually your hands will be strong enough to take it.
I provided enough info, youre just ignorant to think that I (let alone anyone) would ride without gloves.
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