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New to thisJack Daniels
May 9, 2001 3:19 PM
Hey. I am a mountain biker but I just built my frist road bike. After finishing it yesterday I took it out for a ride and let me tell you its awsome. Very fast and shifts well. The only problem I had is when I have my hands on the hoods I am very unconfortable. I can ride in the drops all day. Do I need to move my levers up? Does the bar need ot be turned different? It hurts on the inside of my hands. Any advice?
Flip Your Bars bayou
May 9, 2001 3:22 PM
So the drops are on top. Re-adjust everything. Go like hell.
Can you post a photo?gimmeaminute
May 9, 2001 3:25 PM
If you can several folks will respond, I'm sure. Many factors to consider......
If you had said your wrists hurt, I would have said thatbill
May 9, 2001 4:12 PM
you should roll your bars back toward the cockpit just a bit (so that the ends of the drops point a little lower -- more to the rear axle than horizontal). Well, I guess I said it anyway, because, when you say you can ride in the drops all day, that says to me that maybe your bars are rolled forward a little too far to ride comfortably on the hoods. I had the same problem (including being preternaturally comfortable in the drops), and that was the fix.
The problem also could be the stem length. Too short a stem, and your cockpit is cramped, and you're pushing against the bars with too much of your weight, and your whole upper body may hurt. I went through that, too. Just a silly cm longer in the stem and all sins were forgiven.
Aero-bars helped my discomfortUnderdog
May 10, 2001 9:33 AM
I commute to work and its a 17 mile ride in. I suppose I could get used to riding on the hoods but the aero-bars not only made it me comfortable, but like the name, I'm more aerodynamic. I'm so comfortable I'm afraid I might fall asleep! (just kidding) Big help though.