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Sore hands and elbows: gloves or fit?

Old 05-03-16, 11:56 AM
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Sore hands and elbows: gloves or fit?

Hello everyone,

I just got a new (used) road bike, and took it for a 35 mile ride this weekend. This was by far the longest ride I have done in months.

The frame reach (top tube) is a bit long for me, so I swapped out with a 50mm stem, and now it is very comfortable. My elbows have a very slight bend when I'm in the hoods (not "locked").

The road I took had lots of bumps and bad pavement in some sections. After the 35 mile ride, my hands were quite sore, and the muscles in my forearms up to my elbows as well. The tendons connecting my hands to my elbows were a little sore too. My neck, back, legs and such feel totally fine.

Now, I wasn't wearing bike gloves, and not having ridden for a while, I don't know if the soreness is due to lack of training and not wearing gloves, or if I need to revise my bike fit. I could angle and move the seat back a little to relieve hand stress maybe, or swap out my handlebars for ones with even shorter reach (83mm to 73mm for instance), angle the bars upwards a bit, etc.

What do you guys think, could it be due to not wearing gloves, lack of fitness combined with a bumpy road? Or should hands and arms never ever feel sore after a ride?

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may be some Upper body strengthening .. Pushups?

yea set back of your C of G rearward reduces the % of weight on your hands.

Frame long ?, get a shorter stem.
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