Adaptive Cycling: Handcycles, Amputee Adaptation, Visual Impairment, and Other Needs Have a need for adaptive equipment to ride to compensate for a disability or loss of limb or function? This area is for discussion among those of us in the cycling world that are coming back from traumatic circumstances and tell the world, "No, you are not going to beat me down!"

Carpal tunnel handlebars?

Old 02-24-12, 04:24 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Carpal tunnel handlebars?

Does anyone know of any after market handlebar solutions for carpal tunnel relief while riding, or have a home grown solution that's working for them?

After even a short ride both hands are hurting but the right on is extreme and include some tingling and numbness the throbbing for days afterwards.
c5rouger is offline  
Old 02-24-12, 05:25 PM
Subjectively Insane
MilitantPotato's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Posts: 802

Bikes: '09 Rodriguez Adventurer Custom, '08 Trek 7.3Fx

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Aero bars maybe?
I chatted with a guy who had BMX style bars instead of a flat bar, his hands were at mid chest or so. He said it worked great, despite it looking odd.

There's Ergon GP1 grips, if angled up at the rear, help keep your wrist straight and may take pressure off the nerves in your wrist.
MilitantPotato is offline  
Old 02-24-12, 07:44 PM
Mr Danw
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: by the football hall of fame
Posts: 850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I recommend a decent pair of padded cycling gloves and making sure the back of your hands are in plane with your forearms. Do a search for trekking bars or butterfly bars. More hand positions so you can frequently change position on the bars.
Mr Danw is offline  
Old 02-25-12, 12:15 PM
Senior Member
Rona's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Posts: 289

Bikes: Pre-Grant Peterson Bridgestone Mixte, Gazelle Champion Mondial Semirace Mixte

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
what type of bike do you have? A traditional upright Dutch style bike would put all of your weight on your seat. While not as fast as a racing bike, you can find models with Reynolds 531 steel that are comfortable.

I use a touring bike myself with more weight distributed to the back. I prefer a straight BMX style bar so my wrists are straight. Northroad/normal Dutch bars put an uncomfortable bend in my wrist. On my racing bike I use a higher stem and gel tape, padded gloves and only use it on the weekends.
Rona is offline  
Old 02-26-12, 12:54 PM
Thunder Whisperer
no1mad's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Posts: 8,852

Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 274 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 1 Post
Do you know for sure that you have carpal tunnel or do you just suspect it from riding? Depending on your saddle to bar drop, you may want to bring the bars even or slightly higher than the saddle.

The GP-1s from Ergon that were mentioned earlier in the thread helped me greatly with numbness while on my hybrid.

Another option, though a hefty investment, would be a recumbent with USS (under seat steering).
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline  
Old 02-26-12, 07:15 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,310 Times in 823 Posts
wear the wrist braces Dr. Prescribed , seems#1

i like my Trekking bars set fairly level, so I often lay my hand across the hole,
open palm, as well as gripping on several of the many possibilities..
And height above the saddle..

Spenco has long made gloves with padding to take pressure off
the carpal nerve bundle area in the palm of your hand

If you have already Keyboarded those nerves and tendons,
into a painful condition , that seems where the orthopedic braces come in.

Last edited by fietsbob; 02-26-12 at 07:21 PM.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 04-05-12, 12:38 PM
Flying and Riding
sam21fire's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: NE Wisconsin
Posts: 343

Bikes: Trek 520

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 5 Posts
Until I had my CTS release surgery x 2 I had the same problem. I used thin pipe insulation on the handlebars then wrapped with padded tape. It took 2 rolls per side but worked pretty well after I got used to the increased size. Much better though to just have the surgery.
sam21fire is offline  
Old 04-06-12, 12:40 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 218
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Bars off a junk bike from 50's or 60 's.
tornado60 is offline  
Old 04-06-12, 04:16 PM
Junior Member
gitapik's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 6

Bikes: Land Shark / Single Speed hybrid

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
When I first felt that sensation, I was told by a biker who'd had surgery that her surgeon said that, if you catch it early, you can head it off by taking 250-500mg of vitamin B6 and a B Complex, daily. I did that for years with no problems whatsoever.

I did, however, also switch from straight bars to drops at that time, which made it so I could switch positions. I also raised the bars with some spanners so I wouldn't be straining my neck anymore. I've been off the vitamin regimen for about 6 months now, with no problems whatsoever. So one or all of those things did the trick. btw: the vitamins keep the mosquitoes away. They don't like the taste.

My friend, who's a doctor, said it's about the continual pressure on the wrist when you're hands are subjected to a single angle for long periods of time. So she thinks it was mainly switching to the drop handles that solved the problem.
gitapik is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
General Cycling Discussion
08-28-18 12:53 PM
Average D
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
09-17-13 02:52 PM
Road Cycling
06-02-11 01:20 PM
Hybrid Bicycles
11-26-10 11:49 PM
07-30-10 10:57 AM

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

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.