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    Fit help?

    My first question is if this is most likely a fit issue or a fitness issue.....

    When I ride I definately feel too much weight on my hands, this leads to wrist pain. Not ulnar nerve but wrist pain from the weight.

    It does seem to be improving as the season progresses, but I am not sure if it is just my wrists getting stronger/used to it...

    I do tend to be a pretty high cadence rider avg around 90 and I don't usually push big gears much (my knees thank me for it).

    I have been re-fit at 2 bike shops in the past year to see if it was a simple adjustment but was always told all was correct.....I am 6'2", 200lbs, 34inch inseam, on a specialized allez sport 62(might be 61 I cant recall and it does not seem to say anywhere obvious)

    If anyone has thoughts I would appriciate the help, I am about to go out and start test riding new bikes....out of frustration.

    Thanks

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    forgot to add

    I forgot to ask the other part of the question, is this just a matter of needing to strenthen my back?

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    Bend your arms a little - maybe try a slightly smaller bike? My buddy is 6'4", 235 with a 35" inseam, and he's on a 61. Everyone is different, but you never know. Have you tried a shorter stem? It might allow you to get back a little farther on the seat... Back strength will come with time, but you could always do some exercises to strengthen it.
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    I am definately bending my arms, but I still have too much weight....seems my form is ok, from what I am told...

    I had the stem switched out once to a shorter one a while back, I could probably go a little shorter...

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    Better core strength - both abs and back - will help. It would also be good to take a look at your hamstring flexibility - cyclists often have extra-tight hamstrings, which means that you can't really lean the way that you want to. You might also want to look at your saddle angle - if it's angled forward, you may be trying to keep yourself from sliding off. A micro-adjust seat stem makes this a whole lot easier to tweak.

    Is there anybody in your area who does real fits? I've gone to a physical therapist who also does bike fits, and having somebody who understands both cycling physiology and bike fit can make a big difference.
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    Thanks,
    I am sure I can improve my core strength, doubt flexibility is an issue, as I can easily place my palms flat on the floor with my knees straight.....I might have the opposite that I am bending too easily....

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