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Old 01-07-09, 12:11 AM
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Hand Pain

I am new to cycling. I have been riding for the last few months. I have been riding more frequently lately either outside or on my trainer and it seems that I have to much pressure on my hands. I have tried adjusting my seat height and moving it forward and back, also moving the handle bars up a little. Do I keep adjusting till I get it right? It also seems to hurt more on the trainer then when I ride outside. I rode Sunday for 1.5 hours and didn't really have a problem. I rode tonight on the trainer for 50 minutes and couldn't get comfortable.

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Did you get a fit?
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what part of the hand hurts? and what type of pain (intermittent,constant, stinging, aching...) ? be a little more specific
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Originally Posted by AricB
...I rode tonight on the trainer for 50 minutes and couldn't get comfortable.
I am rarely comfortable riding on a trainer for anything more than 30 minutes or so. It is much too static, forcing long periods on the pressure points.

Having said that, by chance do you have a riser block under the front wheel? If not, having the front of the bike tilt downward a couple of inches can alter the weight distribution forward to your hands.
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+1 for the riser blocks on the front wheel.

can also substitute it with thick books.

if you're experiencing hand pains often, you can do a few things
a: work on your core strength
b: ignore the "KOPS" rule and have your knee well behind the optimal KOPS position. The further back you are, the less weight you will have on your hands. This obviously increases the cockpit length, so you might have to use a shorter stem if you're not flexible enough.
c: constantly change hand positions.
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Recently got my bike fit and some really great information about my form on the bike. There really shouldn't be a lot of pressure on the hands/bars. Your core should be supporting you more than you are holding yourself up with the bars. Work on your core and your form.
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could it be you move your hands more with different positions and changing gears as the terrain changes but on the trainer you just keep the hands in same position?
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
Did you get a fit?
No, I didn't I am thinking I should go some where to get fit. I bought my bike from Performance and they don't fit.

Originally Posted by mnkyman
what part of the hand hurts? and what type of pain (intermittent,constant, stinging, aching...) ? be a little more specific
It's more on the palm and wrist and kind of a numbing pain and pretty constant. It doesn't matter either if I am on the hoods or drops.

Originally Posted by stevetone
I am rarely comfortable riding on a trainer for anything more than 30 minutes or so. It is much too static, forcing long periods on the pressure points.

Having said that, by chance do you have a riser block under the front wheel? If not, having the front of the bike tilt downward a couple of inches can alter the weight distribution forward to your hands.
I do have a riser. I have seen others post that they are on the trainer for 1-2 hours. Shouldn't I be that comfortable to do that? But I do agree that being on a trainer is very static and could be why I have so many problems.

Thanks for the advice so far. Any tips or things I should look into is much appreciated.

I am going to call around and see about a fit today.
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