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Old 02-20-12, 11:18 PM   #1
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Sore wrists and palms

I have just started riding on a hybrid. I am doing about 3km/day trying to build up to a 8km commute.

Going uphill seems ok, but when I am going downhill I am getting sore wrists. Is it likely to be something I am doing wrong like hand position or seat or handlebar height or will I just get over it like I have with a sore bum?
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Sometimes our body parts takes a bit of time to adapt.
If this is a new bike, try going back to the shop and
have them adjust the bike to your comfort. If you
don't have that option, you can try posting a photo
of you with both hands on the bars and both feet on
the pedals while leaning against a wall. This will give
the members a better idea of which advice to give you.
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I hear you. When I started riding this was a problem with me as well. If you can adjust the bars to get your wrists as straight as possible it will help. The long term solution is to strengthen your core muscles so that all your hands are doing is steering and not supporting your upper body. This takes some time.
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I have same problem too

Replaced handlebar ends with this product

Also I am using GEL padded gloves
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cdonges, Are you up tensing your muscles or griping the handle bars tighter with the added speed during the downhill run? If so, learn to relax. You will also have better control of the bicycle.

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You also might consider a true bike fit. It helped me. They spent over an hour plus fitting my bike to me (actually I took both my bikes there so it was about three hours of fitting). Its a lot of adjustments with height and positioning.
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my experience/prejudice ymmv ..... flat bars are not good for longer distance riding. if you look at history the majority of bars have the palm parallel to to the frame. Flat bars as a common bar are a result of mountain bikes. The best fix other than going to a drop bar is ergo barends cane creek ergo (which really helped me)!fKuA7oyfnT...medium=organic or ergon
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