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Excess Pressure on Wrist Fix?

Old 03-07-23, 12:20 PM
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If a drop bar, then I found that narrower bars let me keep my hands and wrists straighter. My new bike came with 42cm drop bar. My older bikes had 38cm wide drops. I changed it to 38cm wide drop and it is a tad more comfortable on longer rides. Not just for wrist and hands, but shoulders too. But... might not be what's your issue.

How you hold the hoods might make some difference too as well as how your hoods are angled.

Still, we don't know what type bike or what handlebar style you use. Nor do we know if a long ride is 20 miles, 60 miles or > 100 miles.
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Crap that would have helped, wouldn't it?

I ride a Trek FX 7.3 hybrid. I'm not even sure I can raise the bars at all. Usually after 5-8 miles I get pain
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Originally Posted by RoadWearier

I ride a Trek FX 7.3 hybrid. I'm not even sure I can raise the bars at all. Usually after 5-8 miles I get pain
First, look at the rotation angle of the handlebar and brake levers. When viewed straight on from the front, the bars should form a slight smile. Not a frown. Twisting the bars forward raises the ends. Then the levers--when you're seated comfortably, the levers should be rotated to form a straight-line profile from the elbow to the first knuckle on your fingers. Most bikes come from the shop with the levers too high.

Second, look at your weight distribution Too much weight on the wrists can be caused by a saddle that tilts forward. It should be dead level, or on a flat-bar bike, tilted slightly upward in front. Then look at your saddle setback. Moving the saddle back shifts your center of gravity away from your shoulders.

If all this fails, go to your bike shop and ask to try a stem with a higher rise angle and/or shorter extension length.
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If you look at your hands and they are bent back at a angle to your forearms, then that's going to be a problem. You need to figure out what you can do to the setup to eliminate the tendency of your wrist to get bent.

I've always viewed flat bars as the worst possible bars to put on a bike. However I do understand that for the demands of real off road riding that they have a good reason for being. But not on a paved road or most gravel and certainly not for a long ride... IMO.
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Good advice all!
I'll look at seat, bars etc Thursday.

Any suggestions for replacement bars that wouldn't require new brake levers etc?
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