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Riding in the Drops, Left wrist sore

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Riding in the Drops, Left wrist sore

Hi All,

I got properly fitted at the LBS but now that I'm riding in the drops for more than half of my 90 minute rides my left wrist is really sore.

Any suggestions on how to fix it?


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...there are any number of causes for this, but most commonly it is due to angling or cocking your wrist, combined with too tight a grip on the bar. Why do you feel the need to spend half of your time on the bike in the drops ? Are you in training for the Giro or something ?
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Try different hand orientations and particular locations on the drops.
Rotate the wrist so it is perfectly parallel with the forearm, and canted in somewhat so that your knuckles point out a tiny bit (and every position in between too) so you can find which is your favorite.
I personally ride two places (and rotate regularly between them); down almost at the end of the bar such that the meat of my palm is almost at the bar end cap and up in the hook right under the shifter where it's fairly vertical.
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I don't know how your fitter set the angle of your bars, but the tips should be pointing to the middle of your seatstays. At least initially and adjust to your hands from there. If your tips are facing straight back parallel to the ground, like I see so many are, that could cause your wrist to bend down unnaturally.
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Is it just when riding in the drops or is it also during activities other than riding that could be causing this sore left wrist? Perhaps switching hands???

But seriously........ suggesting a few things.

Work on your core muscles so you don't have so much weight on your wrists.
Some weight training to increase wrist and arm strength.
Frequently moving your hands to different positions during the ride rather than spending long periods in the drop position.
As your wrist feels more comfortable, increase the time that you stay in the drops.
Possibly changing the position of the bars so the wrist feels more comfortable.
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For what it's worth I spend most of my time on the bike either on the drops or the tops. I rarely climb and that is usually the only time I'm regularly on the hoods.

Bar angle depends on a gazillion factors but ultimately it's what the rider wants/needs.

I also put substantial weight on the bars, due mainly to a very long torso relative to my arms/legs.

I do move my hands around regularly to reset any "getting numb/sore" clocks, just like I stand regularly to reset my "numb butt" clock.
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