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Why do my hands hurt so bad at the base of my thumbs when i ride.?

Old 06-06-11, 10:40 PM
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thank you, I would have to say the metacarpophalangeal joint
and in this pic I would have to say around the capitate and the trapezoid, and that is with a sustained slight bend or hard bend.
and yes in the thenar or Abductor pollicis . but not the flexor

---------and almost all of this is with my right hand------------


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Old 06-07-11, 05:34 AM
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Consider "Gamekeeper's Thumb" as a possible diagnosis, if that's what you're looking for.

It's almost certainly a bicycle fit issue, but it would be difficult to make recommendations without seeing you on your bike. Best bet might be go to your LBS and ask them to take a look.
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Old 06-07-11, 09:10 AM
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I have large hands and find that a double wrap of bar tape does the trick. More padding and more cush.
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Old 06-07-11, 09:22 AM
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can you ride in such a way that your wrist isn't in a hard bend and your thumb is in line with your forearms?
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Old 06-08-11, 08:15 PM
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powitte,
I never thought that,,,I use my hands alot and it does seam to be a stabilization thing,,
I did injure both my hands a few years a go pulling up deck boards. lifter one side and when the board popped loose both my thumbs were messed up for weeks..never been the same.

todays 12 miles were not as bad...took it easy and moved my hands alot to find the sweet spot.
also I am going to work on adding a little padding.

any other ideas?
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Old 06-08-11, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by rockhoppernc View Post
powitte,
I never thought that,,,I use my hands alot and it does seam to be a stabilization thing,,
I did injure both my hands a few years a go pulling up deck boards. lifter one side and when the board popped loose both my thumbs were messed up for weeks..never been the same.

todays 12 miles were not as bad...took it easy and moved my hands alot to find the sweet spot.
also I am going to work on adding a little padding.

any other ideas?
Other than get the fit checked? No, no other ideas without seeing you/your bicycle or examining your hands.

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Old 06-09-11, 09:21 AM
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I started riding last year and when I went for rides over two hours I would get the same kind of symptoms the OP is describing. What I eventually realized was that I was simply putting too much weight on my hands and the solution was to make a conscious effort to support the weight of my upper body with my back so that my hands rest more lightly on the bars. I'm happy to say I've had no issues since.
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Old 06-10-11, 08:23 AM
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Everyone has been very helpful. I think that maybe it's a combination withme.. I realize now that I do tend to grip to hard, so have been making a pointof relaxing my hands more. I think the biggest change that helped was to adjustmy seat forward a bit and to also tilt the angle back slightly.. I thought itwas level before, but tilting it back a notch I'm finding I no longer have tokeep slidding back on the seat and it now feels like I am putting less weighton my arms and hands leaning forward. I'm not sure if rotating the grips madethat much difference, still experimenting with that as well. I have a BrooksFlyer saddle (sprung B17) on a KHS Urban X commutter bike.
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