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    Guyon's Canal Syndrome and GT Avalanche 1.0

    I appear to have Guyon's Canal Syndrome (let me know if i need to post more about this) brought on by riding my GT Avalanche 1.0 long distances.

    Or to put it a different way...I am a large guy and I put too much weight on my hands durring long rides. I don't think I canpoint the front of the seat up without affecting another large item. I am thinking I should raise the handlebars in some way.

    What can I change on the bike in the handle bar area to reduce the weight I am putting on my hands?

    I am not a speed racer.
    I am not single tracking.
    I am just getting on the bike an going longer and longer distances as I get ready for a fall tour on this bike.




    Maybe I should have posted this to the mechanical forum, but .....move it as needed.


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    I believe riding in a more upright position might be of some help. I have a shoulder problem, as well as bad disks in my neck. I bought a different handle bar for one bike (Puma Nevis), and raised the handlebar on another (Schwinn Voyageur IG3). Ths has helped me quite a bit,...I'm not sure it's the answer for you, but I'm hoping it might help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
    I believe riding in a more upright position might be of some help. I have a shoulder problem, as well as bad disks in my neck. I bought a different handle bar for one bike (Puma Nevis), and raised the handlebar on another (Schwinn Voyageur IG3). Ths has helped me quite a bit,...I'm not sure it's the answer for you, but I'm hoping it might help.
    I guess my question is more of a mechanical one.
    What do I want to buy to raise the handle bars?
    I am some what mechanical. So in theory I should be able to figure out how to change it once I get all the parts, but....

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    Something like this is what I'm still buying for my Puma, eventually: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2TE9IQP68MWQU

    My Schwinn has this on it already.
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    Hiya Blue--it's me from PP. Talk to your LBS (local bike shop) about a more steeply angled stem/aheadset piece, and perhaps different bars with some rise in the bars. Just be sure to readjust the aheadset properly afterwards. I bet your LBS will let you watch them do the install--note that too much rise might require a new cable set but not likely. Also, if you don't have them yet. get a set of slicks (tires) for riding on pavement. It will be much easier on YOU. Oh and add a set of bar ends for better hand positions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic303 View Post
    Hiya Blue--it's me from PP. Talk to your LBS (local bike shop) about a more steeply angled stem/aheadset piece, and perhaps different bars with some rise in the bars. Just be sure to readjust the aheadset properly afterwards. I bet your LBS will let you watch them do the install--note that too much rise might require a new cable set but not likely. Also, if you don't have them yet. get a set of slicks (tires) for riding on pavement. It will be much easier on YOU. Oh and add a set of bar ends for better hand positions.
    Long story cut short, I trust the local bike shop about as far as I can see them. It is not that they are all bad, but I think some of the mechanics are not paying attention. I may have them do the work, but I want to know exactly what I want done before I take it to them.


    I went with a compromise tire since I sometimes ride on grass and gravel.
    Forté Gotham Road and MTB Tires

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...43_-1___400238
    I got 700+ miles on the rear tire before I ran over something that made a half inch cut in between the treads. The front is still going strong.


    I could always go back to my road bike, but I think I will have the same issue. I have too much weight on my hand/wrists/shoulders for too long.

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    Hmmm...I see a recumbent in your future! Come to the Dark Side, we have cookies!

    Continental may still make a tire called Town & Country that might work well for you.
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    Psst: I am the DarkSide, on this site: http://anythingbutipod.com/
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    Get a riser stem like this (just an example), and perhaps one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic303 View Post
    Hmmm...I see a recumbent in your future! Come to the Dark Side, we have cookies!

    Continental may still make a tire called Town & Country that might work well for you.
    I have considered getting bent, but....
    1. I don't think it do the tour I want to do.
    2. Storage space. I just don't have it.
    3. I would like to try before I buy and I haven't seen them at the LBS.

    I will consider a different tire when I kill these.....700+miles from now.

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    Try this handlebar. Sis got one, loved it.

    I then had one put on my wife's bike. She used
    to shake her hand a lot, and she doesn't now.

    http://www.metropoliscomponents.com/handlebar.htm

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