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Old 08-27-11, 10:17 AM   #1
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Is it bad to put my weight on the handle bars?

My boardwalk S1 has a long enough seat post to accommodate my 6'3" frame properly, but when the seat is at the correct height my weight must shift forward to reach the handlebars, which do not adjust. It's less comfortable for my arms, specifically my wrists, than when my seat post is improperly low (which I don't do to avoid injury)

One more reason I'd like to upgrade from the S1 to the Downtube Nova once I have the spare funds for it. But I'm wondering for now.... am I actually hurting my arms/wrists by putting more weight on them, or is it mainly just a comfort issue?

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You may want to investigate the option of using an Aberhallo stem which will give you handlebar adjustment options. Check out thorusa.

As long as you don't get tingling or numbness or sustained wrist joint pain, you are OK. A forward riding position is one to get used to. Pedalling harder also helps, as it shifts some support work to the legs.
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Old 08-27-11, 11:22 PM   #3
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My S1 survived my 6'3" frame for 3 yrs (it's now being ridden by my 13 yr old grandson).

I had the vertically adjustable stem riser (The bike is a 2005 model), but the handle bar level was slightly below the seat height - which was maxxed-out on a Thud-Buster specific seat post. I also spent most of my time riding on a pair of stubby bar ends I had installed to get adequate reach.

Grandson says when handle bar hinge gets a little loose, they tighten it. I told our daughter (his mother) about it when I gave him the bike earlier this year. She "wrenches" the families bikes.


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It's not good. Hands on handle bars should mostly provide balance/stability. Ideally, your upper body should be supported primarily by your core. I have trouble with this myself as my core is not all that strong, but since you asked . . . .

That said, if you don't ride for long periods and nothing hurts after rides you'll probably be okay.
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