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Delayed Onset Bike Fit Concerns

Old 07-19-06, 02:28 PM
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Delayed Onset Bike Fit Concerns

Hey gang,

I hope that you all are having some good rides this summer, and enjoying the season. I know that I have upped my saddle time to currently just under two hours daily and generally three to four hours on my weekly day off. One thing that I have noticed, however, is some bike fit concerns that have only recently started to appear. I am generally very pleased with my curret setup, and feel just fine at the start, but I notice that about 45 minutes to an hour into a given ride, I start to experience some pain in my right wrist when on the hoods as well as some saddle soreness. The latter is minimal and can be mitigated with some movement or standing for a bit. The right wrist, though, is really starting to be bothersome and is actually starting to be felt off the bike as well. I have had an issue with carpal tunnel or similar conditions, nor any injury to my wrist in the past. I know the list of issues that can cause wrist pain, but I am hard pressed to go about making changes to my fit when I do not begin to experience any discomfort to almost an hour into the ride. Also, I find it odd that only one wrist would be involved. Intermittent flexion of my wrist against my thigh (although extremely painful) during the ride seems to have some benefit and allow me to stay on the hoods for a while. This is a difficult question I know, but I would appreciate any ideas as to how to go about approaching this problem as well as some thoughts as to what could be causing single wrist pain. I did a search but thus far only have noted some well founded ideas for remedying pain in both wrists.

Thanks very much and take care.
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wrist - try and relax. bend your arms. change your position every 5-10 minutes.

saddle sores - buy a pair of bibs with a quality chamois and get some chamois cream for the 'taint.

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