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Old 08-22-16, 06:12 AM
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handlebars for handlebar palsy

I have done my research on the topic and an extremely surprised that no manufacture had come up with a handlebar marketed as better for ulnar nerve issues. I have a drop bar on a Surly LHT that is double wrapped. From what I have read is that a drop bar is better for ulnar nerve problems. I am willing to try mustache handlebars but I have not read that that will help. The ONLY product I have found is the grips by Ergos for flat bars.
Does anyone know of a handlebar marketed as a ulnar nerve (handlebar palsy) friendly product?
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I've seen bars with flattened middle sections. My hamster bars work great, but your bikes can't take 'em.
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If you are getting "pavement buzz" through your handlebars, this may be the cause or a big factor in hand and wrist problems. A wider, folding bead tire run at lower pressures can make a huge difference in your hands happiness with bicycling. bk
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Carbon Fiber handlebars, Expensive? yes .... dont crash on them either..

Switch over to Straight/hybrid bars? with broad paddle shaped Ergon Grips.. GR 1 or 2~5 with Bar ends, integrated..

not made any more But, in the early 90s there were 'off the front.. grip shapes' they were made to go under your tape..

Want to know how you can make your own?


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Not sure I really qualify for "handlebar palsy," but I have wrestled with wrist discomfort and some hand numbness on longer rides. I have not found a single solution, but these are some of the things that have helped me:

1. bars as wide as your shoulders - this has been the biggest helper for me, a huge improvement. Most handlebars are way too narrow for prolonged riding
2. carbon bars, bars with flat middle section
3. bar gels PLUS wrapped with gel tape (Fizik performance is the best I've found)
4. gloves without too much padding, and what padding there is in the right places
5. improve core strength, keep good posture, don't ride with elbows locked
6. bigger tires run at lower pressure (amazing how little/no speed penalty there is for this, and what a HUGE improvement in ride comfort)
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IMO - the issue is less related to handlebars per se, and more to grip and fit. Experimenting with hand positions that improve wrist alignment may help as well as changing fit and riding position to reduce weight on your hands.

If you look at your body in a relaxed state you'll note that your hands tend to be palms in toward each each other rather than down toward the floor. So you might duplicate that on the bars by using bar extensions turned upward.

Consider any bends at the wrist, both backward and sideways. Getting the hands and wrist aligned decently will take the strain off your wrists and might solve your problems. Also, having multiple hand positions (one of the virtues of drop bars) will improve circulation and prevent the unrelieved pressure that a single position causes.

Lastly, part of the problem may be in your head. Some people (maybe you, maybe not) tend to hold the bars very tightly as if concerned that they'll lose control if not. The truth is that a decent bike can ride fine with very little steering input from you. You may find that simply trusting the bike and holding with a loose fingertip grip giving gentle nudges as needed is more comfortable.
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FBinNY I think has a good read on the situation, at least as it applies to me. I've found that drop bars work fine as long as they are low enough and low enough is with the bars at least a bit lower than the saddle. When the bars are a bit too high, wrist angle is wrong for comfort. If the bars must be as high or more than the saddle, one may as well have flat bars. As a beginning cyclist my bars were even with the saddle and I never found comfort. I flipped a 6 degree stem and right away numbness went away with the bars only several cm lower. I think a bit of sweep-back would help also but I've not seen anything with quite the shape I'd like to try.
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